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“There are some people who are rich and stay in beautiful places
but are still unhappy. There are some people who are poor, but happy.
In the end, happiness or sadness, only the person can determine.”
– Alicia Florence
10: Perfect. Literally devoid of any flaws in my eyes.
9: Brilliant. An all-time favorite, suits my tastes to a T.
8: Great. I loved these shows. Worthy of a rewatch.
7: Good. I liked the show, but it wasn't amazing.
6: Decent. Just okay overall.. still worth the watch.
5: Mediocre. Not worth the time spent watching it.
4 or lower: dropped shows, or just downright bad.
1: Detestable. Reserved only for the worst of the worst.
10 (S): Perfection
Ah, the fabled 10... a rare sight, indeed. They say that nothing is perfect, but I beg to differ. "Perfect" is easily the most subjective term imaginable. For me, it represents something that transcends the realm of "masterpiece" and enters a new territory of its own, in which I wouldn't change a single detail in its construction as a work of entertainment media, nor would I consider it to be flawed in any way, shape or form. While some shows may have come close, I've only encountered one anime that could actually live up to this impossible standard.
9 (A+): Brilliant
These are what I consider to be the cream of the crop. The best of the best. In some cases, even a masterpiece. I have two primary reasons for giving this score: either (#1) I thought the show exhibited technical brilliance on nearly every front, fulfilling what I imagine the creator's artistic vision for the story to be (and to highest standards), or (#2) the show had an immensely profound effect on me, resonating with me on a much more personal level than usual. Needless to say, these shows are ultimately the reason I watch anime.
8 (A-): Great
These anime were a pure joy to watch from start to finish; I can easily say I loved these shows. They left a very strong impression on me, performed their job as pieces of entertainment to great effect, and I found them to be highly memorable. Though these shows may not have been truly brilliant to me, some of them still might have connected with me on a personal level, and I often consider many of these to be worthy of analysis afterwards. I had a fantastic time with these, and they're almost always worthy of a rewatch down the road.
7 (B+): Good
Varying levels of "good." Not the best, but I still thoroughly enjoyed them. Though possessing a handful of flaws that might've irritated me from time to time, these anime were still well-executed in most regards, had no issues holding my attention, and were ultimately well worth the time spent watching them. These shows were often driven solely by face value appeal for me, but I still consider them to be solid works of entertainment. They're absolutely worthy of a recommendation, but you most likely won't find me rewatching them in my spare time.
6 (B-): Decent
These shows were just okay. While I don't regret watching any of them, a 6 is usually rather forgettable for me. The pros still outweighed the cons, but not necessarily by a very large margin; the flaws were highly noticeable, and often irked me. If I occasionally found myself checking to see how long I had left in each episode, or didn't feel like continuing on with the series for an extended period of time because of this, they usually didn't deserve a higher score. The anime wasn't really my cup of tea, but I wouldn't call these "bad" either.
5 (C): Mediocre
Very bland shows overall. Whether the anime bored me, annoyed me in some way, or simply took a strange turn for the worse in its narrative, I just couldn't look past the things I disliked. With that said, I can still easily acknowledge the redeeming factors; the pros and cons were roughly on equal grounds, but that's not really enough for me to consider these shows to be even remotely noteworthy. I honestly could've gone without seeing them, and they basically felt like a waste of time. Not worthy of a recommendation.
4, 3, 2 (F): Bad
To be honest, the only things that differentiate my scores between 2, 3 and 4 are just how many redeeming qualities I saw in the work, whether it be in its art, music, character designs, etc. Sometimes these scores are just indicative of a show not suiting my tastes whatsoever, and in turn they end up on my dropped list (ie. OPM, Death Note). On the other hand, shows I've actually completed with these score were utterly disastrous in some way or another, and I frankly wish I had never sat down to watch them to begin with.
1: Kill it with FIRE!!!
From the deepest, darkest corners of anime hell come the most staggeringly deplorable shows conceived by mankind- these are the 1s. These shows should not exist. The very fact that they remain available to the public and will inevitably be seen by another individual breaks my heart, because I truly wouldn't wish that kind of suffering upon my worst enemy. I hope that the anime industry can learn from these mistakes, and anyone directly responsible for the creation of such abominations should never be allowed to work in any artistic medium ever again.
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I'm pretty harsh on a lot of shows and I'm quick to drop things, but there are also
plenty of titles I know aren't "technically brilliant" that I'm simply biased towards. That
said, though I do often incorporate a bit of critical analysis in my scores, enjoyment's
still the #1 factor for me. So don't taking any of my ratings all too seriously.
*I only score a series once it's been completed or dropped.*
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