The Manga Recon team -- who always write engaging, smart and even sassy reviews -- talk about how theyÂ "grade" manga for their reviews here.Â One of the things I struggle with here is how to write reviews that will be useful for the reader -- for instance, here I tend to review manga that would probably fall into the "B" range, because then I can offer both negative and positive remarks on those titles.Â I also almost ALWAYSÂ only devote full length reviews toÂ the first volume of a title -- mainly because I feelÂ these are the most usefulÂ in helping folksÂ decide whether or not they wantÂ to pick up a new title.Â
However, there are certain titles that I simply want to "fangirl" andÂ I almost never review those, and instead try to discuss them in otherÂ venues, like my "Top 5 Shojo Manga Published in English," orÂ the "Manga for Adults" lists I did when I first joinedÂ the blog.Â (In other words, I save my slavish devotion for times when it is clear I'm not wearingÂ my critic's hat.)Â Likewise, I tend to avoidÂ reviewing manga that I findÂ boring (as opposed to simply "bad") because I know a lot of time the manga itself may not be top notch, but my dislike of it probably has more to do with personal taste than perhaps critical judgment.Â Â Of course some manga is just flat out bad and then who wants to write a cranky review about bad manga?Â I usually don't (although the folks at ANN bravely cover it all -- the good, the bad, the mediocre).Â Â
I also toy with the idea of simply doingÂ adding aÂ reading diary or report -- I read quite a bit of manga that never gets discussed here because it is overwhelming to find something "reviewer-like" to say about all of it.Â Sometimes I just want to say I read it and you know.Â Cool shit happened.Â Â
What do you like to see in reviewsÂ and do you want graded reviews?