Luna’s Ranking System︱The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

10


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Only 3 anime entries have ever made it to the 10/10 spot. These entries are my idea of perfection. Something that I can watch for days on end and never get tired of it.

9


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The 9/10s are Herculean, meaning they’re packed such a heavy punch, while being unique and irreplaceable, that they broke through the four-star barrier. Some of the four-star series, despite being unparalleled, have flaws. I personally did not like the finale of Neon Genesis Evangelion and the unanswered questions it left in its wake, as opposed to something like Texhnolyze, that is comparatively unsoiled.

8


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The 8/10 ranking is for something that is not only emotionally compelling, but a story that is irreplaceable. Something that I believe cannot be replicated, like Omoide Poro Poro or Neon Genesis Evangelion.

7


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My SO, @SakihataLily, is kind of baffled at this, but I refuse to give anything a 7—10 ranking if it doesn’t rouse some kind of emotional reaction out of me. A 7/10 is where an emotional connection is made and I’m very invested in the characters and atmosphere of the story.

6


⭐️⭐️⭐️

The 6-rank is reserved for series that I think are really neat, but are not emotionally invested in. The dividing metric between by 5/10 and 6/10 rankings is that a 6/10 is typically something that I am so enthusiastic about, that I would buy the Blu-Ray, DVD, or merchandise for said franchise. The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is a really well-rounded and iconic series, so I would want to buy it, but it doesn’t emotionally move me, therefore it doesn’t get a higher score.

5


⭐️⭐️⭐️

The 5-rank means that I enjoyed and found merit in said series, but I wouldn’t buy a copy of it on DVD. For example, I rated One Punch Man and Kaiba a 5/10, both have their respective virtues as cohesive stories, but I am not enthusiastic enough about them to buy the Blu-Ray or merchandise.

4


⭐️⭐️

The 4-ranking is typically something that I really want to like or do (in a few sporadic cases), but something went horribly wrong and it incapacitated me from being supportive of the show’s narrative. I typically find some sort of enjoyment out of a series with this rating.

3

⭐️⭐️


A 3-ranking means that something in the story went terribly wrong or I just found outstanding grievances with the story or presentation. I typically do not enjoy watching (or reading) a series with this rating.


2

⭐️

Rating something a 2-rank means that I was completely miserable while watching it, but there was something admirable or redeeming about the work in question. Whether it be the artistry or a certain interesting plot point that sticks out.

1


⭐️

The lowest score, the dreaded 1-rank, means that I was miserable while watching the series or reading that particular book, and wasn’t able to find any redeeming qualities about it.

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23 thoughts on “Luna’s Ranking System︱The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

      1. Good point. The animation was amazing and they did their homework with the science aspects (notice how the spaceships don’t make noises when they move even at full speed). Some did feel like filler even though some of them were fun like Fee trying to find a place to smoke. The storyline with the space insurgents got very awkward when it was revealed who two of the members were and how that played up uncomfortable racial stereotypes especially when you consider when it came out.

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      2. Oh, man! I don’t remember the racial stereotypes! We might have another Sukeban Deka on our hands! 😅 I do remember that a couple of them were funny, but I remember one or two of them felt unnecessary. After reading the manga, I kind of understood why Ai felt like a shoe-in character. She doesn’t exist in the comics, while she’s kind of a filler/love interest/comic relief character in the anime. I remember that the chairman’s son was really annoying, too! Episode 10 was really good, Yuri’s backstory and arc were really well-written!

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      3. It was a shame because Planetes did a good job with the characters of different ethnic groups for most of the series. Once it was revealed that two of the terrorists in the final arc were Hakim (Arab) and Claire (South American Latina), it gets VERY uncomfortable when you consider the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Colombia’s civil war around that time. I wouldn’t go that far with the Sukeban Deka comparisons, but it’s hard shaking off what went down in the last few episodes especially since it looked like Hakim and Claire were going to be great protagonists before that revelation. I haven’t read the manga yet, but I can see that with Ai. You mean Collin Clifford, that preppy guy that was voiced by Crispin Freeman of all people in the dub? Yes, Yuri’s backstory was very powerful.

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      4. Ah, I see. Sadly enough, I was probably too saturated with that brand of propaganda, from around that time, that it didn’t phase me. It will be interesting to go back and contrast the narrative with political events of that time!

        The manga is good, from what I can remember, it’s a lot shorter and it focuses on the major plot points of the story.

        Ha-ha! 😄 It must have been Freeman’s Hideki Motosuwa (Chobits) voice!

        I think Yuri’s backstory was the most powerful point in the plot for me. I was working extremely long and taxing hours during the first time I saw it, but even with how tired I was, his story still rings as clearly as a bell.

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      5. Ah, I see. Sadly enough, I was probably too saturated with that brand of propaganda, from around that time, that it didn’t phase me. It will be interesting to go back and contrast the narrative with political events of that time!

        The manga is good, from what I can remember, it’s a lot shorter and it focuses on the major plot points of the story.

        Ha-ha! 😄 It must have been Freeman’s Hideki Motosuwa (Chobits) voice!

        I think Yuri’s backstory was the most powerful point in the plot for me. I was working extremely long and taxing hours during my first viewing of the series, but even with how tired I was, his story still rings as clearly as a bell.

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      6. I see. I thought some of those things were noticeable then especially with how aspects of Planetes’s timeline in the 2070s not being much different from modern times besides the technology.

        That’s pretty cool. I should check out the manga.

        Yeah, imagine that voice if it was more entitled and you’d be right. Hahaha!

        It really was impactful and I’m glad it still stuck with you all this time.

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    1. Yes, that film changed my life.

      With the Rebuild films, I’m not sure what to think, for the most part, I have had to suspended my disbelief while watching them. In my opinion, I thought that 2.22 was the best one. I didn’t like 3.33 very much, mostly because I didn’t understand what Studio Khara was trying to accomplish with it and I had a hard time feeling emotionally connected with the characters in that one. I have zero expectations for 3.0+1.0; at the same time, I think Studio Khara should just do whatever they want with the franchise. It’s clear that Evangelion is never going to be what it was in the ’90s.

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      1. Same either. Eva 2.0 was the last good part coming from the Rebuild IMO. I did not like the EVANGELION IN SPACE shtick they pulled off in 3.33, plus the 14 year long timeskip. That’s not the Evangelion I remember and loved; it did not have the spirit of it.

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      2. I thought the concept for 3.33 could have been neat and there were certain scenes that seemed similar to Shinji’s mental state in the original anime, like his existential crisis after realizing the damage he had done to the world. Not to mention the scenes with Kaworu Nagisa, the character which I interpret as Shinji’s dissociative alter (came to this interpretation after reading some of Anno’s interviews regarding the character). With all of that said, the ending was baffling… for example, Unit 02 sprouting cat ears and a tail? As well as the entire battleship sequence, at the beginning. It’s nice to see the cast forcing Shinji to take responsibility, because many of his sins weren’t exactly owned up to or repented for, by The End of Evangelion, but the execution was a hot mess. It seemed as though Studio Khara thought of a bunch of half-baked concepts and tossed them into a disorderly stew. Hopefully, 3.0+1.0 will grasp those dangling abstractions and not create further confusion. 😅

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  1. I too gave End of Evangelion a 10/10… well sort of. It’s the only film that has been able to drop my jaw on a cold November early morning, while watching the film on my couch. Come to think of it, I should rewatch the film again 😁 It’s been 3 years since, and it’s kind of awkward I like the film so much but havent watched it since then.

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    1. I personally revisit that film every few years. 😊 When I was a teenager, I used to watch it weekly. I think there was a lot of thought and care put into The End of Evangelion. It seems like a stroke of brilliance that is very rare to come across. I really like Asuka’s character, too, and her conclusion—while bittersweet, felt like her swan song. While, her anguish isn’t really vindicated or brought to a dignified conclusion in the TV series.

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      1. Every week? Yikes, that’s some level of dedication there! Compared to me, who usually revisits series maybe every few years or so, that’s wild! I don’t argue that the TV conclusion was terrible too. Even Shinji’s dub voice actor was confused at the way it turned out, and had this to say: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGMuaXIlckU&ab_channel=ellipsis

        As a matter of fact, I can’t blame him. I was pretty livid when the original conclusion ended that I prompted myself to watch EoE… as soon as I passed my drivers’ test (which I did in 2017).

        Asuka’s my favorite female lead in the series too! I was drawn in to her brash personality as a contrast to Shinji’s meekness.

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      2. Thank you for the link! Ha-ha! I remember Spike Spencer doing a commentary track about it on the Platinum Edition DVD release. 😄

        The ending could be interpreted as three things: 1. ego death, 2. actual death, or 3. Shinji joining in a Jungian type of collective consciousness, rather than facing life alone as an individual. In my opinion, those episodes got suffocatingly avant-garde, at times. I liked the psychoanalytic “chair” scene in Episode 25, I think Rei Ayanami saying that she hopes that the world would just end, and it might be better than allowing herself to be continually used was one of her strongest character moments. But, I think Episode 26 got too convoluted.

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