It’s a pretty common thing for people to have a top 10 list of favorite things, or worst 5 shows ever, or any other completely subjective thing ever. As a result of something commonly known as boredom, I figured I would spend some time putting together a complete ranking of every anime I had ever completed. In the process, I made a few discoveries about myself and the shows that I watch.
The process began by figuring out a way to copy over my completed list from MAL into a spreadsheet. As annoying as having to erase meta tags and data was, I eventually got it working.
Then came the process of actually ranking them. MAL’s 1-10 scale would work if I had watched 10 or less anime, obviously not for 392 items, but I kept my default rankings in tact. I then went through and gave each item a score of between 1-100 just on gut feeling since I thought this would be the most fair way. I also did not compare them to anything else I had already ranked.
Already two things stood out as I was ranking items. I had not ranked anything as a 10 or a 1 when I had originally scored them on MAL. Remembering why I had done this wasn’t much of a mystery; I thought there was some fundamental flaw that couldn’t justify a 10 in everything. Stupid logic I know, but I’ve never gone back and revised them. The other thing was the difference in scores between my rough 100 point scale and the original 1-10. Scores of 4 suddenly turned into 68, 9s turned into mid-70s scores. This made me realized that a lot of ranking comes down to how I felt at the moment I put a score in. A score from late 2007 didn’t carry over to today.
When that was done, I went through the ties and for the first time began to compare series against each other. While there was surprisingly an uncontested number 1, suddenly I was weighing one thing against the other, but I limited myself to 2-3 seconds to think about each one. Eventually, I got to a ranking of all of them without ties.
So in the end, I finally have a complete ranking. With an average score in my 100-point scale of 72.59, I think I may have been a bit lenient with my scoring today. Now comes the question of how do I use this?
Is one person’s internal measure of quality particularly useful? If combined into a mass of opinions, it suddenly becomes a useful measure of opinion, but does one person’s opinion really matter. Does anything in positions 51-383 matter at all? Has anyone else gone through this particular exercise? and if so, why?