5 MAL Scores I Disagree With

MAL scores (or myanimelist scores) – they serve as a rough estimation of how well an anime is received.

But ofcourse, if something has a high score, it doesn’t mean its a series that will most certainly without a doubt work for you.

Nor does a low score mean you will find the series terrible too.

The majority may feel one way, but it doesn’t mean you will feel the same way too.

In this post I will highlight some of the MAL scores that I would change. Cases of both the score being too high and too low will be included.

Remember that this is just my opinion, which I’m not supposed to have (in the words of PewDiePie, or should I say – Gloria Borger).

Clannad After Story (Score: 8.99)

Starting straight away with what I think is the most controversial entry on this list.

Many have described Clannad After Story as a lifechanging, unforgettable experience.

Unforgettable maybe, but lifechanging? I just never felt that.

After Story definitely had its moments. Episode 18, if I’m not mistaken, when Tomoya starts telling Ushio about his mother, broke me and for me that was probably the highest point of the series.

But I still have an issue with that ending. It would have been much more impactful if Nagisa was the only person that Tomoya lost. Seeing Tomoya moving on after that event would have been a great way to end.

Instead, the series basically goes back to Ushio’s birth and restarts everything from that point on, with a happier outcome than the first time.

And I know the message here is probably of karma, give to the city and the city will give back to you, but the whole supernatural aspect of Clannad never really worked for me, and that ending made all the events after Nagisa’s death feel useless.

Another issue are the characters. For a story like this to work on you, you need to get attached to the characters and for most of the Clannad characters, that wasn’t the case for me.

Saying all this, I’m making a Clannad AMV so this is kind of awkward…

Oh and the rating. It almost has a 9, making it one of the highest rated anime on the site.

If you would ask me, I wouldn’t rate Clannad After Story over 8.10.

Kimi ni Todoke (Score: 8.11)

Well, I did drop this anime afterall. So it’s kind of self explanatory why I disagree with the 8.11 rating.

I tried to give this anime a chance, I really did. I made it to Episode 18 I think, which was the recap.

But even with anime characters there is a limit to the dumbness that I can handle and Sawako was just too much.

Since on myanimelist I never actually give ratings to the anime that I dropped, I’m not sure if its fair that I talk about the Kimi ni Todoke rating.

But for the sake of this post, let’s say 7.5 is the highest rating I would give for this anime and nothing above that.

Harukana Receive (Score: 6.84)

It’s easy to dismiss an anime like Harukana Receive as nothing but fan-service without much value otherwise. It is a story about girls playing beach volleyball afterall.

And yet I ended up enjoying this anime more than I expected, and not simply because of the eyecandy. It was an interesting story with likeable characters that had a very sweet friendship.

Another strong aspect of Harukana Receive was the music. The opening and ending songs always improve my mood and the OST from the anime called Rise still serves as my alarm ringtone.

All of this for a myanimelist score of under 7.00? Harukana Receive deserves to at least break that barrier. I rated the anime with an 8 but I would be fine with at least a score of around 7.5.

Kimi no Na Wa (Score: 9.14)

I was not sure if I should include this. Not because it would be too controversial but because I’m not sure if what I’ll say about this will make sense.

This is the second highest rated item on myanimelist. And for this reason, the expectations were high when I watched this movie.

And it delivered. The story was well-made. Animation was gorgeous. The music was beautiful.

But I was still missing out on that feeling after finishing a 10/10 anime. It simply didn’t feel like I finished one of the best anime out there.

Maybe it was the characters? Actually, it probably was that. There was not too much you could take away or learn from the characters.

Which has a lot to do with the fact that its a movie, and in the time-frame of a movie it’s harder to create the attachment for the characters. At least in my opinion.

Which is also why movies usually work less well for me than a TV series.

I rated this movie with an 8. Something like an 8.30 score would be more appropriate I think.

Sakura Quest (Score: 7.45)

One of my most recently finished anime. Sakura Quest was beautiful.

I recently moved to a rural area just like Yoshino. Altho, if a city like Manoyama which has a population of around 50 000 counts as small, then I wonder what the village I’m in right now should be called…

In any case this was a well-made story about the life in a smaller area. Moreover, each of the girls had something I could relate to. Yoshino wished to live in a bigger place, then tried to make the most of an unplanned situation.

Shiori is an airhead. Maki all but gave up on one of her dreams.

Sanae is a web designer and blogger who hates bugs. Ririko is an introvert who can’t stop talking when asked about the things she is knowledgeable about.

I guess my point is, pretty much all of them are worth being called best girls.

P.A. Works is becoming one of my favorite studios. They really know how to hit my slice of life sweetspot.

Sakura Quest deserves to at least break the 8.00 score barrier on myanimelist.

Do you agree with my list? Which anime do you think have a myanimelist score that should be changed? Feel free to let me know in the comments 😉


  1. Nathan Saugstad
    April 23, 2019

    I feel that I have to disagree with you on the ones I have watched. Namely Kimi no Na wa was done quite brilliantly and is fairly deserving of the score it has. And Sakura Quest was quite unappealing to me and deserves the lower score that it has.

    1. tfwanime
      April 23, 2019

      Can’t say I’m surprised you disagree, Kimi no na Wa is the 2nd highest rated item afterall. I’m sad you haven’t quite enjoyed Sakura Quest tho.

  2. Ospreyshire
    April 28, 2019

    I totally agree with Your Name/Kimi no Na Wa. That movie is still good, but it is so overrated and not Shinkai’s best work. Sure, the animation and music are fine, but it felt like a greatest hits album from Shinkai instead of something really new from him. Also, the breast gag got old fast for me and it was too tawdry for a film from that director. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t think Your Name is the end all be all anime movie.

    1. tfwanime
      April 28, 2019

      Its weird i do really like it but… Its not at THAT level. From something rated so high i would expect to be emotionally invested, to remember the anime and for it to have something special but i didnt felt that special thing while watching your name

  3. Crimson613
    April 30, 2019

    ok it’s time to battle! jk. mmm, i don’t really pay much attention to average scores on websites like MAL. i just feel like they’re a total of too many people that in the end, it doesn’t tell me if I should watch something or not. that’s why i tend to pay more attention to bloggers who share my interests.

    also hype tends to kill my interest in shows. i still can’t muster up the will to watch OPM because it was hyped. i actually feel the same way about clannad. I know a lot of people who have watched it and have quite the relationship with it and even though it sounds interesting, i’m afraid that if I watch it and don’t have similar experiences I’ll be disappointed and nothing sucks more than watching something you’re not excited for

    i do have to say that Your Name is one of my favorite movies, possibly only bested by wolf children. i think your name was more of an experience. it’s beautifully animated and it’s more about creating a mood and making you feel certain emotions. i would probably give it a 9/10 only because i don’t really believe in perfect ratings. i got real emotional when they forget T_T it’s bittersweet

    great post!

    1. tfwanime
      April 30, 2019

      i feel like thats a good approach but I still think MAL scores are good at giving you the general idea if something is worth watching… usually…

      I totally understand that and I’m kind of the same, I’m not sure how to explain. Hype can really be a dangerous thing, it can backfire massively if you watch something for the hype and then end up not understanding the hype…
      I also relate to what you feel about Clannad, I think that’s actually me with Anohana. I started it last summer but only saw 3 episodes and its been on hold since.

      I still did enjoy Your Name. But I didn’t got THAT feeling I get after finishing something I would rate as 10/10. And seeing as it was the 2nd highest rated thing, I expected I will get that feeling

      Thanks for the comments 😀

  4. Ty-chama
    May 5, 2019

    I would have to agree that Kimi ni Todoke is overrated. I couldn’t stand the snail’s pace at which Sawako and Kazehaya’s relationship developed and the overall tone of the show was kind of… well… insipid… Ah, well! I always thought that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was extremely overrated. Its story never went anywhere and not one of its five main characters, Haruhi included, were especially likable!

    1. tfwanime
      May 6, 2019

      Cant agree on suzumiya 😛 i thought kyon was a great character. I do think the mikuru stuff was a bit too much at times tho


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