The Ultimate Guide on How to Write an Anime Review [2018]

zuper_cb/ March 2, 2018/ Misc/ 0 comments

To write an anime review, it really depends on the persons’ style of writing. The medium itself has plenty of ways to show off a persons’ style and character. One can be very playful, one can be very stern about the subject, etc.

With that said, there are still fundamentals that should be followed when writing an anime review. Below, we go through the basics of what should be in an anime (or manga) review.

Be Familiar with the Anime

write an anime review

write an anime review

I think this goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, the anime should still be somewhat familiar. Some people can review it from memory, I prefer to watch the anime again and take notes of what I liked about it, the highlight episodes, etc.

I then figure out what kind of review is this going to be. What kind of angle is this review going to take? What can I include that is not going to spoil the show?

When I wrote my Cowboy Bebop review, I found it exceptionally difficult because there were so many things to talk about. I wanted to include every bad-ass scene I thought of, break down the fights, etc. In the end, I thought about the main point of this type of writing and to make it good for readers.

Also, NO SPOILERS, lmfao!!

Write an Anime Review, Be Technically Correct!

write an anime review

write an anime review

It’s ok to use tools to write content, it’s actually quite helpful. I personally use Grammarly (a Chrome plugin) and Yoast! (a WP plugin). Grammarly is pretty self-explanatory but Yoast, for those who are not familiar, is an SEO content curator. It will basically grade your writing on how SEO friendly it is.

For the most part, if you are doing any writing, it will end up on the internet. Yoast will guide you to writing Google friendly articles. If you don’t care about that then that’s fine but Yoast does critique your writing off well-known comprehension criteria so it’s not a waste of time.

[ed notes. At the time this article was published, my Yoast grading of this post was “all green”. :)]

Remember, writing an anime (or manga) review is to relay your thoughts to another person and that said person will understand your message.

Be Yourself

write an anime review

write an anime review

Once you’ve done the basics of writing, add some of your personality, your sense of humor, your own thoughts. A percentage (25%) peppered in a piece of writing shows personality. That personality and charisma is the one thing that keeps the readers from coming back.

Also, at the end of your review, add a grading system. It could be as simple as “Grade A” or a funny one like “Power Level is over 9000”. It completes the review and makes it official.

You Gotta Know the Rules, to Break Them

write an anime review

write an anime review

Try to stick to a format in the beginning and once you get familiar, try and experiment – see what sticks. My reviews follow a formula once you’ve read enough of them, it makes them easier to edit and I only have to worry about the meaningful content inside.

Check out your competition, see what they are doing. My favorite reviewer is actually in the movie genre, Chris Stuckmann, I personally like his style and format of reviewing.

Copy what you like about them and discard the ones you don’t like. Once you start getting the hang of your own reviewing “style”, break down your own. Break all the rules that you’ve set for yourself. Evolve to a better writer by assimilating the best of the best.

Final Words

Following this tips will make you into a better anime reviewer. It’s a skill to develop like anything else in life but as any skills, time and patience will sharpen it and make you a better writer.

In the end, we’re all just trying to spread the gospel of anime and manga to the world.

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