The first real anime I ever saw as a kid was Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, but the anime and manga that got me hooked on both formats was Inuyasha. I got my first volume in 4th grade, after which I searched episodes online. I was fascinated by the serious tone, the unique animation and art. I have watched anime purpousely ever since.
Welcome to the club: Anime that Should Continue http://myanimelist.net/clubs.php?cid=37045
Feel free to discuss about your favourite anime that you wish hadn't ended. Infuriating and stupid cliff-hanger endings are part of the discussion.
About Old Ratings:
If you are wondering why I'm giving too good or bad ratings to anime that "don't deserve them", be sure to check the date I watched it. If it doesn't have one, the rating was based on my memory of the show. The older the date, the more my opinions and criticizing skills have changed. I most likely haven't rewatched the show (and in most cases, I have no such intent as of now) so I most likely haven't gotten a good perspective on them. Also, our views may differ etc. All that lame kind of stuff.
Anime with a date = more likely a score that is based on my current views Anime without a date = based on my old criticizing skills, perspectives and memory
There are also exceptions. I might have updated some of my old rating, but they are not accurate for obvious reasons.
Rating System Description: (10-1)
10 Perfect: In other words, a masterpiece. While watching the show, every session feels like a new experience, it has an insane amount of new ideas that work and pretty much everything feels natural. There can be a couple of failed attemps on performance, but not execution. What I mean by that is that something can be akwardly put, but the message and intention remain intact. Animation doesn't have to be perfect if it compliments the content and genre. If the animation is bad or the music is annoying at all, the score is dropped to 9 instead.
9 Amazing: Just a step down from a masterpiece. There is a couple of downsides that the anime was unable to shake off. These restrinct the performance, execution, pacing and portion of the overall enjoyment of watching the show. One bigger downside is forgivable if everything else about the work stands out positively
8 Great: Last place for the "masterpiece types". A place for anime that define one genre, contain great themes or introduce great new elements that can have very few downsides. These shows can have some undeveloped characters, but they replace them with interesting and enjoyable character traits. Many times these compliment the story and other content.
7 Good: The highest "mediocre score". These shows have problems that are visible to most people, but the good sides mostly cover them. Some score 7 anime have to be forgiven for their bad execution or other downsides. When this is done, they reach out to the masterpiece types such as 8 and 9. Pandering and fanservice are common nowdays to please the audience it was originally directed to, but if it compliments the comedy and style of the anime, it is acceptable.
6 Decent : An anime that has visible problems that leave you waiting for more. Possible plotholes, fanservice and pandering are present and hurt the overall experience. This kind of anime introduces sub-elements that are not complete. They do give a more broader look at the world the anime takes place in + characters get a good chunk of overview and the anime stays loyal to it's genre.
5 Mediocre: The good things are present, the bad things are present and many things are either "unoriginal", ok, meh, "boring", slightly amusing, pretty clever, pretty bad, akward etc. When an anime has both, something amazing and something hideous, it has a good change of getting this score.
4 Bad: Classic case of awful practice being in the way of possibly good anime. This is in most cases the main element of the show. Either the genre is overused or it doesn't introduce anything remarkably new. Bad characters are always present. They don't add anything to the experience and they take the spotlight from the meaningful cast. They can be centered around by different character traits, but they don't add enough variety to highlight the genre that is present. In many cases, the story is very plain and boring. They don't use their valuable assets enough and the lack of creativity leave a lot to be desired.
3 Awful: Unpleasant to any intelligent viewer. More attemps on fanservice than actual valuable character traits or even development. The elements can be present, but they are executed so horribly that they might as well not be in there. Jokes fall flat most of the time, there is an awful inconsistency in the story and the character development is forced which only feeds the inconsistencies. There is possibly a couple of great elements in the show. They are, however, overshadowed by the overwhelming amount of bad ones.
2 Horrible: Awful in almost every way. There can be a couple of things that have some value. A moral, ok comedy, some smooth animation or even a likeable character or 2. The anime has to have a couple of these factors, so it could be saved from the lowest score.
1 Appaling: The absolute worst score to be given to an anime. There is not a sight of effort. There are no themes or they are awful in every possible perspective. The story is awful or not present and it is filled with fanservice or "pandering". The morale is stupid or sick, the characters are sick and even the animation is unpleasant to look at. There is not a single thing where the show stands out even remotely good ok. There are no attempt for a valuable setting or theme. The pacing is awful, the shots are awful and even the dialogue and acting may be awful.
2 Categories for dropped anime: 1. Dropped anime without a score.
A) Kids' anime and shows with less than 10min episodes (most of the time) that hold no interest to me.
B) Different versions of one anime that I have already watched. Recaps etc. 2. Dropped anime with a score.
A) Anime that gave a horrible first impression. (won't drop shows I think are good/enjoyable, of course)
B) Anime that didn't have enough variety in the content.