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 Masters in Physics.College is stressful.
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.
I watch a lot of analysis videos on YouTube because I like the breakdowns of conventions, themes, and explanations of different parts of the community. If anyone's looking for something engaging to watch, I have a few channels and videos I would recommend (a lot of my favorite videos are about my favorite series, so mostly SnK, BNHA, and Your Name) Why I like anime analysis videos (What Killed the Anime Review)
Uniquenameosaurus (more analysis, but I love the personality and humor he adds to his videos - they are so enjoyable to watch)
Mother's Basement (He does a lot of analysis of OPs/fights, the explanations of aspects of the communnity, or the or importance of certain series and how they changed or broke away from normal conventions)