Hey y'all, welcome to my profile!
A bit about me: for starters, I'm a very nerdy person. I have a passion for data analytics and tracking statistics. I'm talking post-its and index cards and calculations, and color-coded everything. This extends into all my hobbies, especially anime; more often then not it's all about lists, predictions, and data collection. I can understand how people would think that's a bit weird. I love MAL for how specific you can be with the details of the shows you watch. And I especially love MALGraph for the amount of data that it has available to use.
I'm currently in college working towards my Undergraduate Degree in Physicsastrophysics Psychology.College is stressful.
Here are some of the spreadsheets I made to collect data from MAL on various things:
Seasonal Sheet - I made this to look at which season(s) could be considered the best, as well as the general trend of 'good' series coming out every year.
Score Sheet - I made this one to look at the average score for different seasons. It's a lot less conclusive than the other ones I have.
Studio Radar - this is a sort of abandoned project of mine to analyze the stats of the top studios. I might get back to it eventually.
Studio Statistics - probably one of my favorite projects was just me looking at how different Studios (and genres) stood up to each other on different stats. (Spoiler: Madhouse is objectively the best studio)
this is my current major project to track the membership and scores of all the top seasonal anime:
Watching: Series I'm currently getting through, usually a variety of new and airing series along with older shows and continuations of series I've already started. Over the summer, I like to prioritize watching series with high popularity or rank, but mainly I watch series as they appear in my PTW. I try not to have more than 20 shows in my watch list at one time, however.
Completed: I make an effort to complete a series in its entirety (which includes all the sequels, movies, OVA's, ONA's, and specials), and in airing/release order. I also watch things on a yearly cycle, so I like to have all the series I've started at the beginning of the year completed within that same year (you might notice a whole bunch of sequels and ovas and stuff added around the conclusion of the winter season)
On Hold: I don't really put series on hold (even if I'm not watching them regularly, I won't actually change their status or else I'll just forget about them). Instead, I use my On-Hold list to hold all the continuations for series I've already started (2nd seasons, movies, specials, etc.). This helps me keep them organized and separate from the new shows I put on my PTW, and makes it easier to find the entries faster.
Dropped: I'm not a completionist or anything, but I just don't like to drop series that much, and I'll usually force myself to watch things even if I don't like them. About half of the time I just drop shows temporarily because I needed a break from them or needed to focus on other shows. Most of the anime I drop are Harem/Ecchi series (my least favorite genres, but I don't hate them). Usually I've only picked up a dropped series if I am interested in watching a specific part of that franchise (ie, fate series or index) and have to watch the whole series, but I've since incorporated watching dropped series along with my regular shows (giving a priority to those that don't have a lot of episodes left). In this sense I sort of used Dropped as an On Hold list. Series that I haven't dropped right away (series that I watched more than 3 episodes of) are usually not bad enough for me to not finish them eventually.
Plan to Watch: Where I put all the series I hope to watch within a given year - which I update at the end of said year with a new set of shows. I'll add a given number of series to my list based off what I think I'll be able to finish, and then anything I don't get to will be recycled back into my second list of hundreds of shows. I'm not picky about what I add or what I'll watch, but I only limit adding the 1st seasons of series (the rest going to my OH when I finish it)
Scoring: I score series as a whole, so that means I give the same score to all TV seasons in a series - the only exception being long series such as GITS or Fate. Movies usually get a +1 to what their TV counterparts would be (because of the higher animation budget/better animation quality as well as the more developed story), and OVA's and Specials get -1 (because of the exact opposite). Sequels/continuations to shows are the only anime I give scores to before I have completed/finished watching them.
My Plan to Watch for the Year
I have a strange sort of system when it comes to which shows I'll be watching at any given time. Instead of watching things one-by-one like normal, I instead plan out what series I'll get to during the year. As mentioned in my PTW section, I update my list once a year with new shows (and recycle anything I didn't get to). After making a random selection, I'll pull out about 50 shows or so - out of a few hundred - that I have decided to focus on for the year. Despite everything else that I add to my PTW after this, I'll only be watching these specific shows + a few seasonal anime here and there. Here are the ones for this year. Note: these are the titles as I pulled them out originally. Sequel entries or remakes are just placeholders for their original seasons (they will be linked to what I'm actually watching).
Year Start: 04/01/2020 (beginning of Spring 2020) Year End: 02/20/2021 (~end of Winter 2021)
The remaining month (March) is used for finishing up series (sequels & seasonal). I don't start anything new during this time
Completed: does not necessarily mean that the entire series is completed Currently Watching: might not actually reflect what shows on my list (especially if I forget to update this) Skipped: skipped due to time constraints (I try to only start shows I can finish before the Year End) Dropped