Before going into my reviewing philosophy, a quick overview of my anime viewing history is in order. I grew up watching Sailormoon, Pokemon and Gundam Wing and whatever Fox Kids decided to throw on including the short-lived Escaflowne. Over the years, I picked up series here and there, from Hellsing to Evangelion to 5cm per Second but I never followed anything week to week until the Fall 2013 Season. Since then, I follow roughly 10-15 series a season as well as going through the backlog of past shows at the same time. I also like to go through the expanded universe of a show whenever possible; being light novels, manga or even fanfiction. My viewing preference is of the dark and mature variety that explores the depth of humanity. However, I do like to think that I have a high tolerance for shows on the other side of the anime spectrum which includes moe, slice of life and lighter flair but it would not be something I automatically gravitate towards.
When watching and rating a piece of animation, my core philosophy is entertainment. I use entertainment as more of a blanket statement rather than its narrow definition that some reader might take it to mean. I see being entertained as having the various aspects of the show, such as emotion, drama, plot, visuals, sound and action having an impact on the viewer. I look at what the creator or studio tried to do with their work, whether being a comedy, drama or action, and then compared them to their respective counterparts within the genre. For a show to truly shine, it must be excel in all aspects that the show process and truly hit the viewer with its message.