All anime fans are stupid, entitled babbys. Yes, that includes me.
How to make "good" anime by MAL, or any other uppity review site, Standards:
+Make it have flashy over the top fights that still falls within the realms of "realism"
+Include pseudo intellectual moral messages that make the average 20 year old nihilist basement dweller squeal like a schoolgirl.
+Did I just mention schoolgirls? Oh yeah, this is a red flag. The only way to show them not as "fanservice bait" is to be run over by the huge ass truck called "reality"
+Heavy concentrations of gray because black and white morality is so passé. Better if it's more than 50 shades.
+"Cool" characters. e.g. Pessimistic, Snarky, 2KEWL4U Edgelords, Tryhard Debonair Tools or Slutty Older Women
+Thinly veiled SJW values.
+Sausage fest, but the grizzled manly man bara fan's wet dream.
+"Universal Appeal." Basically, anything that's GoT, Breaking Bad or some Korean Drama but in anime form.
+The more "unique" (ugly) the art, the better.
-Glorification of otaku culture. Since everyone should treat them as creepy, bottom feeding troglodytes to the same degree as Fundamentalist terrorists like what Fox News tells you to and can't be allowed to be portrayed in a positive light. No siree.
-Kids. Because growing up automatically levels up your maturity stat and being one-upped by those snot-nosed brats is totally unbelievable. Also, much better to relate (self-insert) as a 20 something broke college student than a 16 year old who's having a time of his life in HS.
-Japanese values. Anything "too Japanese" is regarded as ancient, misogynist and nationalistic. Yamato Nadeshiko? Bushido? Nakama? Nope. It has to have "universal appeal."
-Tsundere. Yandere. Xdere. Sorry, but it's not realistic nor PC enough for our femme overlord fans and is above the MAL user's refined tastes. It's fine if they're dudes, though because objectifying males is less of a stigma therefore is A-OK.
-School unless it's depicted as a miserable institutionalized prison because it's "just like my real life."
-Harem MC's. Because everyone is supposed to like the suave Fabio archetype and we still subscribe to the old adage of nice guys finish last.
-Harems. We're not Saudi Princes so even fantasizing having one makes you a total loser.
-Fanservice. Uttering the word alone incites the wrath of the average MAL user. The naughty bits are tools of the devil. Can't have that in our Christian approved Japanimation. Never mind that fanservice isn't just SEX SEX SEX, but let's ignore that.
TL;DR Make it as far and away from anime as humanly possible.
I am an elitist towards elitists. Ease up, senpais!
Don't hit (on) me, silly boys.
My rating scale and descriptions:
10-Crafted by the gods themselves. No series has ever reached this honor although a couple have come close.
9-Excellent. Not perfect, but almost every aspect is done right. A select few have attained this prestigious rank.
8-Great. Solid for the most part, but may have had some hiccups along the way. You can't go wrong with these shows. Handful of series are placed here.
7-Good. Some glaring flaws in some departments, but generally something you can finish through wanting for more or at least satisfied. Most of the series belong in this ranking in my opinion.
6-Decent. Watchable, but is more of an afterthought. Definitely for fans of certain genres or if you have time to kill. A lot of series fall in here as well.
5-Meh. Same as 6, but really nothing new is put on the table. Don't get your hopes high. Again, quite a number of shows fit in here.
4-Bad. Now we're treading in muddy waters here. Not enough to make you hang yourself after it's done, but go do something worthwhile immediately. Mostly forgettable one shot OVA's 'round these parts.
3-Worse. I use these to troll friends or in a drinking game. I can think of a few that should be given this "award."
2-Worser (Not a word, I know.) If you want to put yourself or others under mental torture, give these a try. Satisfaction guaranteed. Like 9, only a few have creep so low on the scale.
1-Fecal matter. What I dump on the toilet looks better than any of it in here. I can think of one series that's cutting it close to receive this insidious rank, but I'll be nice and bump it up to 2.
0-No rank, but I rarely do this.
666th anime finished: Triage X
999th anime finished: Koe no Katachi