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The Grading System

Here, I will explain how I grade comic books, television shows, movies, and video games, which are the main things that I review on this site. Grades are done on a  scale of 1 to 10, including decimals, which 1 as horrifically bad and 10 as perfect. Generally, if I give something around a 5.0 or lower, it’s probably not very good.

First, let’s start with comic books. This category includes American comic books, manga, manhua (Chinese comic books), manhwa (Korean comic books), and all other forms of that medium. The grading system is divided into four grades. The first is plot, which covers only the plot of the particular comic book. This includes how exciting the plot is, how believable it is, and more formal structural things, like rising action and the climax. The second is artwork, which covers the artwork of the comic book. This is primarily directed towards the pencils, though I might point out particularly good inking or coloring. The third is dialogue, which is about how funny/appropriate/in-character the dialogue is. Lastly, there is overall, which is pretty self-explanatory. However, it is NOT an average of the other three grades.  t might happen to be just that, but it also takes into account the idea of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Or at least it can be.

Next, we have television shows. There are slight differences between how I grade live action and animated shows, but it’s only in one area. First, we have story, which is a combination of the plot and dialogue grades. Next, we have cinematography for live action, which includes camera angles and visual/special effects, and artwork for animation, which is how cool/pretty/appropriate the artwork is. Next, we have soundtrack, which covers the music and sound effects of the show. Then, we have acting, which covers how good the live action actors or voice actors portray their characters. Lastly, there’s overall, just like with comic books. Movies are reviewed the exact same way, including the same differences for live action movies and animated movies.

Lastly, there’s video games. First, like with television and movies, we have story. Next, we have gameplay, which is how fun it is to play the game, including controls, the fluidity of the game system’s response, and other related subjects. Next, there’s presentation, which includes graphics (most importantly) and menu layouts (and similar topics). Then, we have soundtrack, which is the same as with television shows and movies. The last grade is acting, which may not be there if there is no voice acting in the games. If there is, I grade it the same way I grade animated television shows and movies. Of course, there’s also overall at the very end. So that’s how I grade everything. Feel free to ask me questions if you’re confused or debate how I grade!

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