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As mentioned in another thread, I'm getting some preliminary work done for the Best of 2012 voting that's going to happen in a few months. The vote counting system is being done via Google Spreadsheets and Forms and at this point it's pretty much an automated process and is near completion. However, there is one thing I wanted to get community feedback on:

Weight System

Here's the way I currently have it setup:

FirstSecondThirdFourthFifth
24151075
  • Last year I got the impression that some were nominating shows but with an attitude of, "well I only saw 5 shows. I thought one was really good and the rest were meh, but there are five slots so I have to fill them all up with something." This year I want to stress that only "Top 5 Quality Content" should make a list and if you can only think of X number of shows that deserve mentioning, only nominate X number of shows.
  • Tying in with that, a one (fifth place) is almost a nothing vote compared to what first place would be, but fifth place isn't and shouldn't be a nothing quality series. I wanted some type of balance where a show that gets a small number of first place votes can't totally monster over a series that has significantly more votes in other ranks, especially when every show nominated should be a beloved series by the voter. First should be powerful, but not dominating... unless there a series gets a lot of them.
  • The higher the lowest score, the more wiggle room there is to make separation between the other ranks while still keeping the ratio of first to last the same.
  • Having said that, first place is first place and while I don't want it to completely obliterate everything else, I did want for it to be a powerful vote. That's why there is separation between first and second and it's why it's 3x the weight of fifth place.

How it all plays out

Having said all of that, this is how it all plays out at the end of the day. I ran the new weights through last years numbers.

Chart Legend

  • Series = the name of the series. They are listed in the order that they won in the 2011 system (Madoka at the top = 1st place with everything beneath it being one position lower in rank). This ranking also correlates with the "2011 Wgt" category.
  • 1sts - 5ths = the total number of votes given in those ranks. Example, Fate/Zero have 5 under 1sts means that it got 5 first place votes.
  • Votes = the total number of votes a series received. Example, Tiger & Bunny has a Total of 5 (1 second place + 2 third places + 2 fourth places = 5 total votes).
  • Wgt Total = weighted total. This is the weighted score using the current system (24,15,10,7,5). It's calculated by multiplying each rank x votes and summing it. Example, Persona 4 has 2 second place votes (2 votes x second place weighted value of 15 = 30) + 2 fifth place votes (2 votes x fifth place value of 5 = 10) which add up to equal a weighted total of totaling to 40 (30+10)
  • 2011 = the weighted total using the 2011 weights (7,6,5,4,3). Example, Guilty Crown for 3 third place votes (3 votes x last year third place weight of 5 = 15) and 1 fifth place vote (1 x last year fifth place weight of 3) which total to 18 (15+3)

Explanations

This is with the weighting listed at the top (24,15,10,7,5). Originally I used a different scale (9,6,5,4,3) and the same thoughts listed immediately underneath the "Weight System" header, but after running real votes through it, certain things stood out as being off base. Looking at last year's weighted totals also showed questionable rankings that I felt needed to be adjusted. Note: the following is purely based off of voting and not the quality of the series...

  • Madoka should monster everything else. It's tied for tied for most first places and it's probably the most well rounded when it comes to the other ranks. Last year's weights made things closer but I didn't feel that actually represented the difference that it should have over the competition.
  • Persona 4 should beat Guilty Crown. Not by a lot, but it got the votes in the spots that counted imo and the math should add up. AnoHana vs Hanasaku should remain a very close match up based off of the votes.
  • Tiger & Bunny vs Beelzebub should show both the power of a first place vote and how a handful of middling votes can neutralize it.
  • I felt that Wandering Son's placement in the prior year showed how in an effort to not make first place votes dominating, I hadn't made them powerful. Something about two first place votes and a third getting beaten by the rankings of the four series above it just didn't feel right.

But, that's just my views on it. I want to make the 2012 votes even better than before and I want and need to hear the communities thoughts on what is probably the most crucial and critical aspect of the whole event. So, what do you all of think of this?

Also, if you want to mess around with it and help me beta test things (I'd be super thankful for this) use these links: View the Titles and Results & Vote for Titles. None of the voting will be counted toward the real Best of 2012 (which will take place in December and January) so feel free to vote as many times as you want and however you want. This is mainly for people to see how the weights impact score and whether or not it seems fair or needs tweaking. It's also for me to see if there are any errors in the spreadsheet and test out things like making sure I get a notice if a user votes for the same series multiple times and other things.

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Bleach #496 - Kill the Shadow

In a Nutshell

No edits needed to make this frame look silly
No edits needed to make this frame look silly

The Vandenreich Sternritter's contine their attack on Soul Society. In order to understand their Bankai sealing powers, the captains decide to purposely get their Bankai's sealed and let their vice-captains figure out how it happens and how to undo it.

High Points

  • There are some really cool looking frames in this chapter.
  • Nazis stole the Bankai.

Low Points

  • The Luchador Vandy makes another appearance.

Rants and Raves

Nothing to really rant or rave about, but $50 says the vice-captains won't get it done and another group of captains or Ichigo and friends will show up. I'm not betting money on the next part, but I wouldn't be shocked if it turns out that only a certain type of Bankai can be sealed and the ending page of some future chapter is all of the captains who haven't gone Bankai in the series appear with a text bubble that reads something like, "luckily their Bankai are different."

Grade

C+

There was more good than bad, but still not enough to really get me interested. I didn't groan and facepalm throughout the chapter so that's a marked improvement over last week's. If things continue as is, next week could be interesting as two of my Why I Like Bleach things may appear: good art and crazy power ups, hopefully in the form of evil, corrupted, stolen Bankai.

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With GodLen gone, the amount of Naruto and Bleach manga coverage has dropped to an all-time low so I figured I'd step up and start covering these on a weekly basis. My layout will be pretty similar to GodLen's but my personal tastes should lend some difference, mainly in snark and fanboyism. I make no pretense about objectivity with these. I like what I like and after a month or so it should be apparent as to what I like and dislike about these manga. So, let's kick off the inaugural post.

Naruto #589 - Edo Tensei Jutsu: Dissolved

In a Nutshell

Having run out of bubblegum in his pledge to kick ass and chew bubblegum, Madara's full attention is on the continued collective Kage's ass kicking. Meanwhile, Itachi uses genjutsu to get Kabuto to release the Edo Tensei jutsu.

High Points

  • Madara continues to kick ass and take names.
  • Sasuke and Itachi have one last chat that was intersting.

Low Points

  • Sasuke is back to the being the only legacy of Orochimaru who might do something epic/cool.

Rants and Raves

It had to end sooner or later, but I'm sad to see the Edo's go. Yeah, most of the chapters involving them were disappointing but their mere existence was a fanboy's dream. One funny thing to me was Sasuke telling Itachi that he hates the Leaf even more. So far, his hate has been expressed as killing the top two highest ranked criminals at large of the Hidden Leaf and protecting it and the rest of the ninja world from a zombie invasion. I think he's actually tied with Naruto for doing the most things to help the Leaf.

Grade

I give this chapter a B.

There was nothing particularly bad about it and the good stuff was good enough. Not great, just good enough. Susanoo's epic mountain busting didn't do much for me as it seemed like a knock-off Sajin Komamura Bankai imo. I thought Itachi and Sasuke's conversation had interesting content, but wasn't especially well written. Despite my love of it, I'm reminded that Naruto is comic written for children that is cranked out every week. While there's stuff I can enjoy about it, it's never going to achieve a level of writing that you'd see in a tween novel or short story (like Goosebumps... which isn't particularly amazing all things considered) and certainly not something for adults.

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With GodLen gone, the amount of Naruto and Bleach manga coverage has dropped to an all-time low so I figured I'd step up and start covering these on a weekly basis. My layout will be pretty similar to GodLen's but my personal tastes should lend some difference, mainly in snark and fanboyism. I make no pretense about objectivity with these. I like what I like and after a month or so it should be apparent as to what I like and dislike about these manga. So, let's kick off the inaugural post.

Bleach #495 - Bleeding Guitar Blues

In a Nutshell

The shinigami begin their fights against the Arran... I mean Espa... I mean Fullbr... I mean weird German word bad guy Quincies.

High Points

  • The guy in the picture above looks pretty cool.
  • Rose has a conversation that's laughably bad.

Low Points

  • Rose has a conversation that's laughably bad.

Rants and Raves

We've seen this all before. Random bad guys show up, cannon fodder enemies are cannon fodder, lots of smack talk. Nothing about this was particularly interesting to me. I love Bleach in anime form but as a manga I only enjoyed it as a spoiler. Now with the anime gone, I think I'm reading this only because I've read Bleach every Wednesday for the past few years and it would feel odd not to read it. Chapters like this remind me of how crazy I am for not dropping the series when the anime ended.

Grade

I give this chapter a C-.

It wasn't rancid enough to be an F and some decent imagery, along with a title stupid enough to make me smile, saved this from being a D, but I don't feel it deserves a score that could be interpreted as good or even neutral.

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The Spring 2012 anime season is kicking into high gear. Some shows have already started airing and a glutton will be arriving this week. This season has more shows that I want to check out than usual and as they air, I plan on writing a quick first episode impressions on them. Now, it's important to note that these are not reviews of the entire series. They are simply my quick opinion on on the impression that the first few episodes gave me.

Saki: Episode of Side A #1

Get ready for some mahjong.
Get ready for some mahjong.

Quick Summary

A group of middle school girls team up to start a mahjong club.

Quick Thoughts

This series lives and dies by the amount of mahjong madness in it. Sadly, this episode had very little.
This series lives and dies by the amount of mahjong madness in it. Sadly, this episode had very little.

I enjoyed the original Saki series immensely and was very excited to to see that a sequel was coming, only to have that interest lessened when I found out it was merely a prequel. I'm happy to say that while this spin-off focuses on the character I cared about the least, the series is off to a good enough start. The art and animation are in line with what I remember from the first series, although I believe the show is a bit more colorful and bright than its predecessor. The original series featured duels that took the mundane game of mahjong and stylized it to a point that was somewhere in-between Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sengoku Basara. These battles were by far my favorite part of the series, so it was a bit of a bummer that nothing like that was in this episode. Things are just getting started so I'm sure that they are just around the corner. A few changes that I did like were the lessening of the unneeded yuri content that littered the first season and the reduction of Nodoka's bust to a non-ridiculously comedic level... although it's still pretty over-the-top considering that at some points in the episode she is an elementary school school student with a Christina Hendricks sized bosom.

Quick Verdict

2.5/5 Still Watching It

This episode wasn't the greatest, but it was a decent enough start to the series and it gave me faith that things I enjoyed about the first one are going to appear soon. The new characters seem enjoyable enough, and while Nadoka was in it, she seems to have been relegated to non-existence by the end of the episode, which is something I welcome.

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