I watch mostly comedy anime JUST FOR THE SAKE OF IT.
As such, my opinions on certain shows would be a bit biased.
Sorry, but I just never feel like watching shows that are 100% serious most of the time.
I am able to binge watch 3 cours of an anime series in 24 hours.
I base my rating on five factors. These are tailored/rigged to my personal preferences/taste.
1. Art Style
Perhaps the deciding factor why I choose to watch a series.
Character design has to blend well into the BG and show genre.
Most comedy anime do not have flashy artwork compared to anime of other genre but I do dream of a comedy anime with uber-realistic artwork.
I prefer realistic over moe shows. Examples include Byousoku 5cm, Kotonoha no Niwa (IMHO the most beautiful artwork) and Ghibli films. CGIs (the good ones) are much welcome.
For the generic show, modern artwork is warmly welcomed. That said, I generally avoid shows aired before 2008 unless it has a very good plot. Watching shows with outdated artwork is a form of torture.
As I said above, comedy is important.
Sometimes shows with absolutely no comedy are acceptable but eye candy and wow factors have to be there.
I despise horror or shows that depict too much gore.
Sci-fi and mecha? Not my cup of tea, unfortunately.
The consistency of the story must be rock solid. I love it when the characters reflect real life in behaviour (a.k.a no idiot plot).
Shows that try to be as realistic as possible but fail miserably at it would be lowly rated.
PLOT HOLES AND INCONSISTENCIES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. This factor severely affects my rating. Nevertheless fillers and slice-of-life are generally acceptable.
I rate anime as a whole. If Season 1 sucks but Season 2 rocks, Season 1 would definitely go a bit up in rating and vice versa.
I prefer sound that are made by real instruments (read= one that takes years of practice and hard work) played by a musician (especially piano, violin and guitar.).
No horribly repetitive beats/riffs, soundtracks must perfectly fit the scene, OP and ED must be worthwhile to listen. Very high-pitched vocals (read: shriek) = hell no.
I love it when the soundtrack blends in very well with the scene; it leaves more impact to the viewers.
Powerful examples include using the ED as the BGM for a scene that happens before the ending. You might not recognize that a happy ED song actually has much more impact to a sad scene. As example I'm including AnoHana (the story is crap but the music blends well with the ending, which makes the ending sad of course) as a solid proof.
5.The X Factor
This is basically how I feel about the show overall.
This factor is affected by my mood of the day, general opinion on the anime, etc. and affects about 20-30% of my judgement.
How I rate my shows :
Basically impossible for me to give to any show. No anime can be considered perfect.
Everything just clicks in place like instruments in a great musical symphony. Artwork blends well into the theme without sacrificing quality, relatable and plausible story, characters have proper fleshing out, soundtrack/OP/ED are worth getting in Hi-Res , VAs fitting naturally to characters,blah,blah,blah, yadda yadda yadda,..et cetera. Everything in the show is close enough to perfect.
This score is given to anime which are clearly above 7 in terms of overall execution but not fit for a 9.
Every anime given this score are on top of my recommendation list.
This show makes me remember why I watch anime in the first place. Would definitely recommend.
Shows that are basically fun to watch. Good plot, good artwork, good soundtracks. Would recommend.
Most of your popular-albeit-average shows are here. Would not give much recommendation.
But still okay to enjoy.
Would not recommend.
2 Very bad.
What the heck were the staff thinking?
1 Mars Of Destruction nonsense-tier anime.
Is this an attempt to create the worst anime possible?
I normally rate average shows a 5. 6 and above are reserved for well done shows.
The gap between 8 and 10 is deeper than the Mariana Trench.
Admins/Developers, can you guys make the rating system a bit more sophisticated? (decimal-point rating system would do really fine because there's a lot of 5.5 shows on my list.)
8 is basically the highest rating I can give for now. That said, a lot of my ratings are lower than the average score on MAL.
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT A CLOSE-TO-PERFECT STORY CAN BE TOLD IN FIFTY 20-MINUTE EPISODES.