Analysis Method

Analysis method

  1. Introduction
  2. Analysis items
  3. Points, Coefficients, Subtotals and Total
  4. Viewpoints
  5. Conclusion

1. Introduction

I have seen hundreds of works before, and I think every work is wonderfully creative. I would like to express my greatest gratitude and respect to all creators who release these works to the world. And I hope that they will keep bringing out wonderful creations like these.

When viewers including myself see creative works, we will want to tell someone about our impressions. We can evaluate works from various viewpoints such as “the story is great.”, “this work has a very cute character.” or “No, this work is better in both the storyline and the character.” etc.

On this website, I attempt to analyze the intriguing and wonderful aspects of each work through ten methods of analysis. Please see [Table 1. Analysis example]. This is an example of the analysis based on the criteria used in this website. A certain famous drama is reviewed here, to which viewers may express various opinions. Two analysis items, “Story” and “Character” have only 6 to 7 points in this work, although these are important factors in the drama genre. On the contrary, both “Animation” and “Background” score the highest points, which don’t assume much significance in this genre. To summarize, “Story” and “Character” of this work are not so great (6 to 7 points), and both “Animation” and “Background” are excellent (10 points), giving this work the total of 80 plus points. Please see Chapter 2, 3 and 4 for the details of the analysis method.

[Table 1. Analysis example]

#ItemPointCoefficientSubtotal
1Story71.49.8
2Character61.27.2
3Worldview60.84.8
4Animation101.616.0
5Background100.88.0
6Songs91.09.0
7Sound/Voice81.08.0
8Originality80.86.4
9Difficulty80.86.4
10OP/ED80.64.8
Total: 80.4

 

2. Analysis items

This website analyzes each work using the following ten items. The contents of those ten items are shown in [Table 2. Analysis items].

[Table 2. Analysis items]

#ItemViewpoint
1StoryEvaluate dynamic elements such as themes, character’s purpose, motivation and behavior, character’s opposition and conflict, and the expansion and constitution of the foregoing.
2CharacterEvaluate static elements such as face, appearance and clothing, personality and the way of thinking, and the manner of speaking and voice quality.
3WorldviewEvaluate static elements such as historical background, social environment and premise when the story is developed.
4AnimationEvaluate dynamic elements such as characters and moving objects.
5BackgroundEvaluate static elements such as background without movement.
6SongsEvaluate dynamic elements such as OP/ED songs and background songs.
7Sound/VoiceEvaluate dynamic elements such as background music without lyrics, sound effects and vocal expressions by voice actors.
8OriginalityComprehensively evaluate the creativity of the preceding seven elements of #1 to #7.
9DifficultyComprehensively evaluate whether the creator of the work successfully built up the complexity of elements #1, #3 and #4.
10OP/EDEvaluate the opening and closing as a microcosm of the corresponding work by using #3 to #6 above.

 

3. Points, Coefficients, Subtotals and Total

Points, coefficients and subtotals are established for each analysis item, and the total is determined for each piece of work. The details of each factor are outlined below.

3-1. Point

Each analysis item has 10 points. Basically, a five-step evaluation is given to each item using even numbers (i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10). An intermediate odd number can be used when it is difficult to evaluate with an even number. The criteria for this five-step evaluation are shown in [Table 3. Pointing standards].

[Table 3. Pointing standards]

PointsEvaluationComments
10OutstandingIt is the best compared with others, surprisingly wonderful.
8ExcellentIt is satisfactory enough.
6GreatIt is very good.
4GoodIt is average and not bad.
2Not GoodThere are fatal mistakes or problems.
0Not Applicable (N/A)It doesn’t have the evaluation element of the analysis item.
e.g. “Sound/Voice” item in a soundless work.

 

The evaluation of each analysis item is shown in [Table 3. Pointing standards] on the premise of comparing works within the same year. It has some meaning in comparing the analysis item of “Animation” between work A and work B both released in 2007, but this is not the case when the targeted works are produced in 2007 and 2017 for example. This is because the technical level is different, which is one of the preconditions that influence the analysis item “Animation.” This applies to the rest of the analysis items too.

3-2. Coefficient

Each analysis item has a coefficient with a minimum of 0.6 and a maximum of 1.6 with an increment of 0.2 in between. Rather than equally evaluating works in ten analysis items, points are allotted depending on the genre to which the work belongs. For example, works belonging to the Romance genre needs a more advanced, deep and precise story line than the Action genre.

Essentially, the level required for the analysis items depend on the genre. This website applies coefficients in accordance with the genre so that each work is properly evaluated. Specifically, coefficients of analysis items are predefined for each genre, and the result obtained by accumulating coefficients and points is the final evaluation value of the analysis item.

For example, if the coefficient of the analysis item “Story” in the Action genre is defined as 1.2 and that of Romance genre is 1.6 with both having 10 points, the final evaluation value is 12.0 (= 10 * 1.2) for the former and 16.0 (= 10 * 1.6) for the latter.
*: As a result, Romance genre story is more highly evaluated in this case.

Distribution of coefficients is outlined in [Table 4. Coefficient allocation].
The sum of the coefficients of the ten analysis items is always “10.0”, as some have significant presence and others do not depending on the work and genre. If a work belongs to more than one genre, this site will adjust the distribution of coefficients of such work.

[Table 4. Coefficient allocation]

 BasicActionComedyDramaSuspenseRomanceSci-FiSlice
Story1.21.21.21.41.41.61.21.2
Character1.21.21.41.21.21.41.21.6
Worldview0.80.80.80.80.80.61.00.6
Animation1.61.61.61.61.61.61.61.6
Background0.80.80.80.80.80.81.00.8
Songs1.01.01.01.01.01.01.01.0
Sound/Voice1.01.01.01.01.01.01.01.0
Originality0.80.80.80.80.80.80.80.8
Difficulty0.80.80.60.80.80.60.60.6
OP/ED0.80.80.80.60.60.60.60.8

 

3-3. Subtotal

This is the final evaluation value of an analysis item, which is obtained by multiplying points and coefficients. The theoretical highest point of subtotal is 16.0 (10 from the point and 1.6 from the coefficient). The theoretical lowest point of subtotal is 0.6 (1 from the point and 0.6 from the coefficient). This lowest point should be 0, but we consider this as an exception.

3-4. Total

This is the sum of subtotals of ten analysis items, and the theoretical maximum total is “100.0”. Since coefficients are distributed so that the sum is always “10.0”, note that the maximum total is not “160.0”. The theoretical lowest total is “10.0”. Since there is a coefficient distribution here too, note that the minimum total is not “6.0”.

4. Viewpoints

The viewpoint of each analysis item is outlined in [Table 2. Analysis items]. Here, please see below for the details of each viewpoint.

4-1. Story

This evaluates dynamic elements such as themes, character’s purpose, motivation and behavior, character’s opposition and conflict, and the expansion and constitution of the foregoing.
Elements emphasized in each genre are as shown in the table below.

ElementActionComedyDramaSuspenseRomanceSci-FiSlice
Themes & messages     
Character’s
purpose & motivation
  
Character’s
behavior & words
Character’s
opposition & conflict
    
Expansion & constitution

*: All elements are reviewed across genres, but those marked with “○” are particularly emphasized in each genre.

4-2. Character

This evaluates static elements such as face, appearance and clothing, personality and the way of thinking, and the manner of speaking and voice quality. Elements emphasized in each genre are as shown in the table below.

ElementActionComedyDramaSuspenseRomanceSci-FiSlice
Face, appearance
and clothing
  
Personality &
the way of thinking
 
The manner of speaking & voice quality    
Occupation & abilities     
Career & past     

 

4-3. Worldview

This evaluates static elements such as historical background, social environment and premise when the story is developed. Elements emphasized in each genre are as shown in the table below.

ElementActionComedyDramaSuspenseRomanceSci-FiSlice
Historical background & 
social environment
 ○  ○   ○ 
Living environment, customs & religion ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
Science tech &
Industry standard
   ○   ○ 
Nature rules ○   ○  ○ 
Politics, Economy & 
industry
      ○ 

*: The design of mechanics or monsters that are important in some genres is also evaluated in this analysis item.
*: The background and the design of props that affect the Worldview of a work are also evaluated in this analysis item.

4-4. Animation

This evaluates dynamic elements such as “characters and objects moving”. Elements emphasized in this analysis item are as shown in the table below.

ElementContent
DrawingWhether it is harmonized with the entire work and moves lightly, 
and the movement is neat and stable.
ColorWhether the coloring expresses the charm of characters and Worldview.
PerformanceWhether the scene blocking, screen composition and acting are detailed
and carefully organized and expressed.

 

4-5. Background

This evaluates static elements such as background without movement. The background in which camera work is accompanied with is evaluated in the Animation section. Elements emphasized in this analysis item are as shown in the table below.

ElementContent
SettingWhether it shows historical background, places, season,
weather and time which express the Worldview.
FeelingWhether it has reality,
vividness and atmosphere to take advantage of characters’ charm.
HarmonyWhether it is in harmony with the movements of the Animation.

 

4-6. Songs

This evaluates dynamic elements such as the OP/ED songs and background songs. The evaluation focuses on whether the songs themselves are entertaining and sophisticated, and especially the melody and the atmosphere of the tunes are reviewed. Elements emphasized in this analysis item are as shown in the table below.

ElementContent
RhythmWhether it matches the atmosphere of the work with groove.
MelodyWhether it expresses the characteristics of the Worldview
and has a catchy melody line.
HarmonyWhether its lyrics express the Worldview
and the emotions or thoughts of the characters.

 

4-7. Sound/Voice

This evaluates dynamic elements such as background music without lyrics, sound effect and vocal expressions by voice actors. Elements emphasized in this analysis item are as shown in the table below.

ElementContent
Background
music
Whether it further complements the charm of the Story and Worldview.
SEWhether it further complements the charm of Story and Animation.
VoiceWhether it further complements characters’ charm.

*: Evaluation of “Voice” element is completed in Japanese editions only.

4-8. Originality

This comprehensively evaluates the creativity of foregoing seven elements: Story, Character, Worldview, Animation, Background, Songs and Sound/Voice. The existence of originality and its extent will be evaluated by comparing them with works released in the past of the same genre.

(e.x.)
When evaluating the creativity of each element for the work A from 2007 which belongs to “Sci-Fi” genre, it will be compared with other works in the same genre released in or before 2007.

4-9. Difficulty

This comprehensively evaluates whether the creator of the work successfully built up the complexity of the elements #1, #3 and #4. Elements emphasized in this analysis item are as shown in the table below.

ElementContent
StoryWhether it requires general knowledge / common sense at a high level, 
and whether it precisely sets out / explains foreshadowing in the plot.
WorldviewWhether the five elements included in the analysis item “Worldview”
keep high consistency and details.
AnimationWhether scenes include drinking, smoking, sexual expressions, cruelty,
or grotesque descriptions, and the extent of such depiction if there is any.

*: This website doesn’t evaluate anything overly complicated and strange.
*: This website evaluates factors which would give new discoveries by watching several times.
*: This website evaluates factors which would give deeper understanding of the work by looking at its official website.

4-10. OP/ED

This evaluates the analysis items of Worldview, Animation, Background and Songs within opening and closing, especially focusing on Worldview. High evaluation will be given when above items include expressions that would help understand the work or when they change as the story progresses. Opening and closing that link with the actual story can be highly appreciated.

5. Conclusion

This website analyzes each work under the standards mentioned above in order to clearly indicate outstanding aspects. Note that points, subtotals or total of the analysis item are the results of the evaluation of works released in the “same” year. It is almost meaningless to compare the [Animation] of Work A in 2007 with that of Work B in 2017. For the sake of convenience, each work has a total, but comparing the total between the works doesn’t bear much significance. We aim to convey the results to the visitor of this website by clarifying excellent factors of each work.