My Rating System: 10. I don't hand out these scores often, but when I do it's because it means something personal to me. It's special. It's not an anime you watch, it's a journey you experience. Maybe others would disagree but for me, it truly is something beautiful. 9. Absolutely stellar direction with well defined and developed characters. Has some truly amazing moments that engulf you into its immersive reality. One of the best of its kind. 8. A great show that explores its ideas with confidence, having a consistent direction leading to a cohesive and well written narrative. Just missing that little push for it to be amazing. 7. A solid series with fundamentals of good writing. Has flaws like any show, but isn't enough to derail what is has going for it. What most generic series should aim to be at. 6. Decently good show that could have been much more than what it was. Likeable characters and interesting ideas could of been fleshed out more, but alas that's all it ever was... What could have been. 5. An average anime, that you could find airing in the sea of mediocrity. Generic anime tropes that do nothing new. A predictable story that any amateur author could write. 4. Barely watchable as decent show. Most likely had potential, but executed in a lacklustre fashion. Bad, but not nearly the worst I've seen. 3. Poorly written characters and a convoluted story that lacks any sense of direction. 2. I cannot even begin to fathom how anyone would think this is "well written" in any sense. I won't understand how this could be liked in any way, shape or form. Man is this shit. 1. Terrible. Insultingly Bad. If cancer had an anime form, well you found it, congrats.
It should be noted that the way I rate is by comparing Anime in the same/similar genre together. 10 meaning that for the genre(s) it contains, it's the best of its kind. I'm not saying it's impossible to compare a slice of life to a thriller, just extremely difficult to do so. A score of 0 is not reasonable, since if it exists, it has to get points for at least that.