Well, I'm here for the same reason as all of you - I'm addicted to anime, manga, and all things related to Japanese culture, and at some point hope to take Japanese language in my college career. My first ever series was Bleach - an obvious one considering it's "mainstreamity", which drew me in because it was actiony and had lots of violence. But after a year or so of watching it my friends all told me to watch some "real" anime and subjected me to Clannad. I instantly fell in love with anime after that - and from there, my passion only grew as I was exposed to different genres. Ironically, now my favorite genre has to be slice of life/romance, the exact opposite of when I started watching anime. I especially love Key and Studio Ghibli films, but I'm open to try mostly anything.
As of right now, I am watching Working! + Working!!, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo.
When it comes to rating anime, I tend to score series on mostly a 4-10 scale. Anything below a 4 usually means that there's really no content apart from pure fan service, or the storyline went bad somewhere down the line.
4 = the anime was below average. Very mediocre - fan service, with a miniscule amount of plot involved. Mild - mid suffering while watching every episode - not enough to claw my eyes out, but slowly approaching to that level.
5 = the anime is approaching average standard, but not quite there. There's something missing in these anime that pushes it below average, but not enough to rate it as bad.
6 = Average. This is the standard, on-par anime. Nothing bad about it - satisfying for the most part, but nothing really stands out in this anime.
7 = Good. Better than average, but some flaws seriously hold back series rated a 7 from being any better. That could be due to an unsatisfying end or that it's missing an important quality, but apart from the flaws the anime is better than the average joe series.
8 = Great. The anime for the most part has characters that you can relate to and moments where you really feel for what's happening and the emotions that the characters are feeling. There aren't any flaws to anime in this category, but there are bits and pieces here and there that keep me from rating it higher.
9 = Amazing. This is where the good stuff comes out; the anime is emotionally moving. It gets you to feel with the characters, and not just empathize with them. The plot is excellent; it had twists and turns, and evolves from the straightforward, linear plot that anime ranked lower mostly seem to have. This anime makes you think about the anime long after it's over.
10 = Perfect. While in reality there is no "perfect anime", in my opinion anime that are a 10 has perfect moments that far outshines any flaws it could have. It has aspects of a 9, but improves on the good aspects while minimizing the bad.
I also love playing visual novels, and currently am attempting to play through a huge backlog on my hard drive. I've recently finished Ever 17 and Saya no Uta, both of which are now some of my favorites in the VN genre.
Apart from anime, I am a college student braving the extreme cold up here in Maine. When I'm not at the pool swimming laps or hanging out with friends I'm usually cooped up in my room, listening to godly anime soundtracks and procrastinating work as much as possible.
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