Web Video / Reviewing a Reviewer

Hello Dear Viewer, and welcome to Reviewing a Reviewer (commonly referred to as "RAR").

(Cue theme of Blue Mary from Fatal Fury.)

A web series by Eric "Asalieri" Gaede (he is commonly called "Asa"). His main gimmick is that he reviews other reviewers (A meta-review show, oddly enough). He also has other assorted videos, including Masterpaint Theatre, where he reads terrible fanfiction exactly the way it was worded with intentionally bad MS paint drawings to go along with them, as well as an annual contest called the Wheneverthehell Reviewer Contest (which used to be Whenever the Hell, but is now annual as of 2013) where contestants submit video reviews for him and several other judges to grade, the winner of which gets an unspecified prize, gets to participate in a future RAR episode with Asa or become a judge for the next contest.

It is worth noting that Asa is quite vocal and opinionated to the extent that he has garnered an extremely vocal Hatedom, and often was (and still is) the subject of vicious criticism to the extent of even having several of his videos falsely flagged for copyright infringement (even when said videos sometimes contained no copyrighted footage at all).

Please keep Flame Bait off of this page, thank you very much.

    List of RAR episodes and the reviewers reviewed 
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer Part 1!" (The Irate Gamer Neo's review of Order Up)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #2.1 Beta!"/"Reviewing a Reviewer Part 2.2! Do the Mario!" (The Irate Gamer's review of Super Mario Bros. 2)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer Part 3! The Odyssey" (The Irate Gamer's review of the Magnavox Odyssey)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #4 - Aladdin/Reviewing a Reviewer #4.2! Aladdin. The Conclusion" (the Irate Gamer's review of the SNES version of Aladdin)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #5 The Lesser Clone" (Game Dude's review of Mario Kart and Alvin and the Chipmunks games)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #6 Sinking The Navgtr" (the Navgtr video channel)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #7! Navgtr and the Metroid" (Navgtr's review of "Super Metroid")
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #8 Fail More Please" (Fusion Media's review of "Super Mario Bros. 2")
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #9! In Times Of Famine, Eat Your Software" (Pissed Off Video Gamer's review of the Nintendo GameCube)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #10 Artie of Fighting" (Artie's criticism of the Fighting Game genre)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #11 Rated Stupid (Part 1 of 2!)" (NC 17's review of Kid Icarus on NES)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #11 City Castration (Part 2 of 2) " (NC 17's review of City Connection)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #12 - It'll Turn Your Stones" (Video Game Critix Cornr's review of SoulCalibur on Dreamcast and BlazBlue on PlayStation 3; guest-starring Judekhanzo)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #12.5 Vacation! Travel Bores!" (The Irate Gamer's comedy sketch Chris & Scottie: Roadtrip)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #13 - Retrogamer 3" (Retrogamer 3's review of Ikari Warriors on NES)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #14 - South of The Border" - Crazy Video Gammer
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #15 - Suck or No Suck" (comparison between Clan of the Gray Wolf and The Angry Video Game Nerd)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #15.2 - A View Gone Neutral" (The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Crazy Castle, and more comparison with Joey Roo)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #16 - One View Wonders" (random reviewers on YouTube who have barely one view on their videos)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #17 - Some Like it Dumb [Part 1]" (Angry Joe)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #17 - Some Like it Dumb [Part 2]" (More on Angry Joe)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #18: Fixedfront River " (The RPG Fanatic)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #20: Reviewing a... Rapist?" (Retrogamer 3's The Gaming Rapist a.k.a. The Welfare Gamer show)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #21: Revenge of the Zero View Nobodies" (more random YouTube reviewers with no views on their videos)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #22: Five Dice Game" (Yahtzee)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #23: For Old Times' Sake Part 1" (The Irate Gamer's review of Monster Party)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #23: For Old Times' Sake Part 2" (NC 17's review of Ballz)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #23: For Old Times' Sake Part 3" (Navgtr's review of Final Fantasy VII)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #24: Arcade Derp" (Arcadeic's review of Growl on arcade; guest-starring Razorfist)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #25: And Now for Something Completely Different" (Linkara's review of the Street Fighter comic; hosted by AfroBlue)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #26: Bobbing for Tasteless Apples" (Sour Apple)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #27: Mirror Match" (Asalieri himself, contemplating his past mistakes)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #28: A Kyle of His Own" (Mike Matei's review of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland; guest-starring tkyle212)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #29: NCTGWTG Is a Terrible Scrabble Hand" (The Nostalgia Critic)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #30: Request a Review" (Narco Terror)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #31: Mr. Noisy Goes To Town" (TV Trash)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #32: Mystery Science Outhouse 93.16" (The Ranting Robots)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #33: Rage Envy Wiring" (Film N Stuff)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #34: Walker, Brazil Ranger" (Mionwalker 1)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #35: What A Bad Animator Says About Better Ones" (Benthelooney)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #36: Gotta Resist Them Fat Jokes" (Moviebob)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #37: Twerkin' For A Dream" (Oscar Yglesias, a porn reviewer)

Reviewing a Reviewer provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: He tried to review Mario Teh Plumber after mass fan request, but he found him already too low-quality to even review.
  • Acceptable Targets invoked
    • Bronies. He is a brony himself, but is perfectly aware of the insanity of some of the MLP fanbase.
    • Fat people. Even though he is fat himself (and perfectly aware of that), he easily makes fun of fat reviewers if he dislikes them enough. Including Movie Bob.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Not only does Asalieri work on his Reviewing A Reviewer (which comes on an erratic schedule), he also does Kickstarter Nightmares, spin-off One-View Wonders, Masterpaint Theatre and other projects that kinda died on arrival.
  • Badass Beard: He even made a video (now Lost Forever) about having shaved it, calling it "Death of a beard".
  • Berserk Button: Reviewers that introduce a topic with the phrase "[Topic]... What can be said about [topic]?" He hates that line, which became a subtle Running Gag in his videos.
    • Video game reviewers who make drug references and comparisons. For Asa, this is a true demonstration of a lack of originality. He even warns the viewers to call him out harshly on that if he ever makes that mistake himself.
    • Reviewers who start their reviews while expressing that they don't want to do this, but have to. For Asa, it feels so forced and is overdone.
  • Big Eater: Asa admits he likes to eat, and has trouble to lose weight. "Dammit, food, why do you have to taste so good!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: Asa can speak very fluent Spanish, and occasionally makes obscure puns and references in the language. He even made an RAR entirely in Spanish, and graded a Wheneverthehell contest entry made in Spanish.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: At times, he does this when making fun of some of his detractors, and also when reading messages, sometimes at the request of the writer.
  • The Cast Show Off: He is an experienced stage comedian, and shows it with his acting.
  • Catch Phrase
    • "Hello, dear viewer."
    • "Until next time, dear viewer."
  • Caustic Critic: Of other Caustic Critic! Meta!
  • Creepy Crossdresser:
    • Does this briefly in the beginning of "RAR #24", in a parody of Miss Hannah Minx. Intentionally Squicky.
    • The "Steel Beth Reviews Dungeons & Dragons" video is accompanied by Asa's wife drawings of him in a blonde wig and female clothing, in a parody of Iron Liz.
  • Crossover: With The Double Agent in his Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1985.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • After making fun of the Game Dude, he ended up being in good terms with him, even with the latter making small appearances in his videos.
    • He made friends with Irate Gamer ever since the latter's rant on the E-begging epidemic sparked by the Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Indiegogo campaign and Greg Pabich's Cheetahmen II: The Lost Levels Kickstarter campaign (which showed the Angry Video Game Nerd in the promo for the Kickstarter). Though in recent times this friendship is speculated to have taken a turn for the worse, based on the non-numbered episode RAR: Kid Icarus, Then And Now.
    • After all of their numerous feuds stemming from the false-flag controversy, Asa made friends with Jfreedan enough for him to even appear in one of Asa's April Fools videos:
  • Filibuster Freefall: For a while, Asalieri put a halt to the "reviewer reviewing" shtick that is his trademark and embarked on a crusade against radical feminism, after controversies surrounding Gamergate and Feminist Frequency. Many fans grew tired of this and complained, but Asa defended it by claiming it got him more views than his other latest videos (which was quite a fallacy since he uploaded it to a separate channel that not many were aware of, and he wasn't very conspicuous about it). Asa eventually put a pause to it, lampshading his own derailment in the 35th RAR.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Denounces the Ranting Robots as extreme and tasteless obnoxious atheists in his RAR about them. This led them to delete their video where they specifically ranted against the Bible.
  • Homage: The opening to the 6th Wheneverthehell reviewer contest, featuring Asa himself driving in a car while "Lookin' out my Backdoor" plays over the radio, was an obvious homage to The Big Lebowski.
  • It's Been Done: The "angry reviewing" Video Review Show (of video games, especially) shtick is this for him; there have been too many variations already done for the genre to be innovative anymore.
  • Lets See You Do Better: In his Benthelooney review, he criticizes Ben for not doing good animations when he himself says how good cartoons should be.
  • Musical Episode: Asalieri Answers #8: The Musical!
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The Odyssey (the Magnavox Odyssey), Large Exhibit (a big rock with a deep voice) and the Nameless Parrot (a puppet parrot).
  • Running Gag: "[Asalieri is] fat and gay and fat". This is how he summarizes most of the negative comments towards him. Making fun of him being overweight is pointed out as redundant, considering he is completely aware of it.
    • "[Topic]... what can be said about [topic]?" as a cliché phrase that starts online reviews.
  • Self-Deprecation: In spite of what all his detractors claim, he does make fun of himself on a regular basis, and even made a video addressing all of his past mistakes when he reviewed himself.
  • Sequel Number Snarl: He skipped RAR 19 and went straight to RAR 20, and also skipped the 5th Wheneverthehell Reviewer Contest, going straight to the 6th. He cites simply forgetting about the numbering from time to time.
  • Simpleton Voice: He does a high-pitched and raspy voice when he voices a "loser" character; he mainly uses it for his "Pissed José" character, but also for characters that are bronies.
  • Straw Feminist: Has a strong dislike towards "third-wave" feminists and his videos strongly reflected this for a while.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Odyssey was originally just a picture of a Magnavox Odyssey with MS Paint eyes and mouth drawn on him, and his dialogue was written in a comic book bubble. In RAR #35, Odyssey now has a voice: it is done by Asalieri, of course, through a high-pitched filter.
  • Take That: A lot. His many Take Thats have contributed to his... controversial reputation.
  • Talking to Himself: In episode 8, Asalieri is accompanied by a guest star named The Large Exhibit, which is obviously Asalieri with his voice distorted slightly deeper. In episode 35, the Odyssey is Suddenly Voiced, which is also Asalieri's voice distorted to sound higher-pitched.
  • Video Review Show: Of other Video Review Shows!

Wheneverthehell Reviewing Contest provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Scheiblerfunk's submission in WTH 2013 comes out as unintentionally creepy and scary to Asa, who thinks it comes out as somebody's last video message before they disappear under mysterious circumstances.
  • Dull Surprise: A recurring criticism among losing contestants is that they lack tone in their expressions.
  • Hell Is That Sound: Alienrun's review for WTH 2016 had a loud audio issue that terrified and literally knocked Asa out of his chair when he first heard his review, despite warnings by Tyger's mascot.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: In WTH 2015, Seamus gets temporarily possessed by the spirit of Microsoft Sam. Asa has to use voodoo paraphernalia in order to exorcise him, while summoning the power of Konami. The expelled spirit is then revealed as looking like a Pac-Man ghost (plushie).
  • Lampshade Hanging: Any time a contestant tried to hang a lampshade on a contest rule in WTH 2016, a clip from Brown's Lampshades commercial would play.
  • Running Gag: Asa hates the concepts of Persona 3 and refuses to play it. "IT BURNS!!"