I follow a weird extension of the classic three-episode rule based on the belief that one cannot
judge something in an objective way (such as numerical ratings) without complete and whole
knowledge of it.
1). If I haven't watched three episodes fully yet, I can only give the anime a score ranging from four
to six over ten. Four meaning I didn't like it. Five meaning I found it 'okay'. Six meaning I liked it.
2). If I finished watching three episodes but haven't fully watched half of the total number of
episodes, I can only give the anime a score ranging from two to eight over ten. Two meaning I
despised it and eight meaning I loved it.
3). If I finished watching half or more than half of the anime, I can give the anime a score ranging
from one to nine.
4). I only give tens to anime I've finished.
Also applies to shows I've dropped. If I dropped a show before going past the third episode,
I can only give it a four, five, or six.
I like anime that instill a certain mood very well. If it has a mood that it tries to go for and it
presents that mood in every element of it (e.g. characters, setting, soundtrack, etc.) very well,
then I'll most probably like it.
I really like shows that are dense too, shows that use every single frame to convey or establish
something and don't let any single second go to waste. This means attention to detail, taking full
advantage of shot composition and camera movement, well-animated character expression (both
facial and non-facial), and nuanced character dialogue.
However, the thing I value most in a show is good characterization. Not story, not themes, not
even character development. I believe characters are all any story really need to be good. It
doesn't have to have a very interesting plot. It doesn't have to have any interesting themes
(although massive plus points if it does). It doesn't even have to have dynamic characters
(although it does certainly help). All I need is a relatable, interesting, or nuanced character I
enjoy watching to fall in love with. This is the main reason I see so much potential in iyashikei.
They, through their structure, could be used to depict character and character development in
the most realistic and nuanced way possible.
One of these days I'll update my statement of taste. Cuz what you see here is a bit outdated.