A Little About Myself
I'm an anime enthusiast who enjoys a wide range of genres. I particularly enjoy drama, romance, thriller, comedy, and slice of life. On the other hand, I dislike most ecchi/harem and long running shounen shows due to how incredibly predictable they [usually] are, although there are a few notable exceptions. I also read manga and light novels, but not nearly as much as I watch anime. Feel free to make any anime/manga/LN recommendation that you think I will be able to enjoy.
I'm fairly open regarding friend requests; however, I will not accept random requests from strangers I have never talked to before. This means you should try to start a conversation first before sending an invitation. I encourage friendly discussions and debates, so drop me a comment or two if you have something to talk about. If you have any questions about my ratings or anything else on my page, then feel free to ask. Constructive criticism is appreciated, trolling however, is not.
How I Rate Stuff
I value characters and plot over everything else when evaluating a series; animation and sound are only secondary. To me an anime can be amazing even without having outstanding art/music as long as its content is intriguing enough. If a show has great soundtrack and animation but fails to impress me with its characters or plot, then most likely I won't enjoy it. On the other hand, having fancy animation or impressive soundtrack coupled with a solidly developed storyline will definitely augment my appreciation for that series.
Keep in mind that my scores are largely subjective, although I try to be objective when I can. I do not like rating media from an entirely objective standpoint, not to mention that isn't something possible to begin with, because no matter how much one tries to be objective, personal bias will inevitably play a part. So rather than nitpicking at every fine detail, I choose to base my evaluation on how much a show appeals to me as a whole. That doesn't mean I will overlook the flaws in a show, though. Rather, it means that I prefer to balance objectivity with subjectivity in my ratings.
I don't consider myself to be an especially harsh critic. However, I do like to give out my ratings critically. For example, I won't simply rate something a 9 just because I enjoy it a lot; there has to be something else in it that makes it stand out. I use the 1-10 rating scale, with 5 as the average score, while scores of 1 and 10 are given to the worst and best titles, respectively. For the record, I do enjoy most shows I watch, despite my somewhat strict standards.
It's worthwhile to note that I may very well enjoy a series that is rated lower more than one that is rated higher, due to the objective-subjective duality nature of my rating system; something that is rated lower may be more flawed compared to something that is rated higher, but I could still enjoy it more on a subjective level. In general, you can assume that anything I scored above a 5, I enjoyed; and conversely, I probably won't like something scored below a 5. In addition, I may or may not enjoy something scored a 5; many mediocre shows can be sentimentally enjoyable, while a series that is objectively good can be wholly unenjoyable to watch due to certain subjective factors (e.g. irritating or unrelatable characters). And lastly, if I assigned something a rating of 8 or above, it means that I absolutely loved it.
I decided to tread into the world of VN because I wanted to see how it compares to anime/manga/LN as a medium. After having completed Saya no Uta and G-Senjou no Maou, I can unabashedly say that I have officially become a fan of the medium. One thing I feel that VNs do significantly better than anime in is that the former have much greater detail in storytelling. This is akin to what a LN does, the only difference being that a VN has the added benefit of voices and music. In essence, VNs combine the merits of anime, manga and LNs, effectively ameliorating the weaknesses in each of the individual medium [anime tend to be light on details, whereas manga and LNs have no sound]. The only downside for me would be that most VNs are quite time consuming; even the medium length ones range from 10 to 30 hours, while the very long ones can take over 50 hours. Nevertheless, I do intend to check out at least a few highly received titles in the near future.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: While it's certainly a classic that deserves some attention, I just don't see it as a masterpiece; the last few episodes leave much to be desired. While many may see it as thought provoking and intelligent, I personally disliked the mindfuck. And even though the concept is objectively good, the characters are mostly irritating or plainly not likable. It's certainly not a show I enjoyed watching, despite the large number of praises behind it.
Air: Underrated by most people, especially when compared to other Key works like Clannad or Angel Beats. I think the main reason why many don't like this is because it has some slow parts at the beginning. I can definitely appreciate the show's originality and its great use of drama; it manages to be highly emotional without concluding in a typical, miraculous manner.
My Rating Scale
1: Revolting- This is something that should not have existed. Everything about it is atrocious, and thus, it is absolutely a waste of time. Watching it is akin to suffering.
2: Abysmal- This is what I would call a complete disaster. Almost everything is done in a horrible way that makes it dreadful to watch.
3: Awful- This is more or less very bad, but there are a few redeeming factors that prevent the show from becoming a total disaster. Typically an irritating watch that offers low enjoyment.
4: Bad- This is a weak series all around. Rarely is it ever genuinely good, and many times it can be downright poor. Yet, despite this, it can still be enjoyable at times. Generally a time waster, though.
5: Average- This is considered to be a mediocre series, meaning it is neither bad nor good. It tends to be unoriginal in its plot and characters; however, it is usually fairly entertaining. Essentially a guilty pleasure.
6: Decent- This is a fairly good show, although it does possess some fundamental flaws which ultimately limit its potential. Regardless, it is an enjoyable watch for the most part.
7: Good- This is what I would call a solid show. It does have a few noticeable flaws, but they do not take away the overall positive experience. It is very enjoyable and is certainly worth the watch.
8: Great- This is considered to be a very good show. Flaws are minor and minimal, and rarely ever affect the flow of the series. It is awesome in almost all departments and is consistently fun to watch. Recommended.
9: Excellent- This is what I would call a fantastic series. Not only is it outstanding in all categories, but it is also exceptionally entertaining at all times. Strongly recommended.
10: Masterpiece- This is something I would call epic. Both innovative and intelligent, it is an experience that can only be described as phenomenal. This is without a doubt the closest thing to perfection I have seen, and I absolutely love every moment of it. A must-see for everyone.
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