srsly do not watch this if you do not want to be spoiled. this was so beautiful i needed it on my profile.
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Ten: I consider this show to be a masterpiece. It may be on my favourites list, but not necessarily. Nine: I loved the show, but it had some flaws that keep me from giving it a score of 10. Either that, or I simply can't justify putting it on the same shelf as a 10 show. Eight: I derived a lot of enjoyment from the show, and it is a step above the 7s on my list. However, I don't feel completely justified giving it a 9, for whatever reason. Seven: A simple "I liked it" would suffice as a description. Six: The show was overall bland. It might have felt uninspired. However, there were aspects that I enjoyed. Five: The show left little to no impression on me. I might have been bored, underwhelmed, or just plain numb upon finishing it. Four: I was left disappointed with the show, or just plain didn't like it. However, I find no reason to give it a score less than 4. It may have had a promising plot, some concepts I liked, or an interesting character or two. Three: I can truly say that a show with this mark is "bad". However, I don't necessarily hate the show. Two: This is a show I truly dislike. However, it has just the littlest step up over a 1. One: Shows I loathe with my entire being, whether rationally or irrationally, end up here.
Dear Friends: Rina & Maki: (manga) Given score: 8. Would give: 7. While the story is rushed and the characters feel underdeveloped, the subject matter impacts me on a personal level. I feel it would be disrespectful to give it a lower score. Elfen Lied + Special: Given score: 6. Would give: 4. However, I thought the show had interesting concepts and ideas. Had it been executed more intelligently and had characters that were more thoughtfully written, it would have had a large amount of potential. There were also a few moments that I cried, so I have to give it that as well. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Given score: 8. Would give: 9. Serious flaws with the medical system portrayed in the anime have caused me to remove one point from its score. That does not take away from the fact that, from a psychological and emotional point of view, it is an excellent series. Loveless: Given score: 3. Would give: 1. Concepts that I liked and my adoration for Yuiko saved this anime from getting a score of 1/10. Midnight Secretary: (manga) Given score: 7. Would give: 8. Too much drama and ridiculous running in circles brings the score down for me. Plus, Kaya keeps calling her boyfriend/lover/husband thing "President" and it's annoying. Shingeki no Kyojin: Given score: 7. Would give: 6. A boost for the simple entertainment value the show had. Also, some genuinely emotional moments. Jean is the most realistic character. Sword Art Online: Given score: 5. Would give: 4. After some deliberation, I decided to give the show a +1 for having a romantic relationship that was actually realistic apart from the build-up (unlike certain other shows...Itazura na Kiss, I'm looking at you). I also appreciated that both parties were invested in the relationship -- it wasn't one person chasing after the other. Tokyo Babylon: Vision: Given score: 6. Would give: 5. Subaru and Hokuto's adorableness make everything better.