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Introduction: Note that I use additional .5 ratings for items above 7/10. As it is not possible to do this directly with MAL scores, any item that I have rated 7.5/10, 8.5/10, or 9.5/10 is instead tagged with its actual rating and has its MAL score rounded down to the nearest integer. Please check tags to see my full score for these items.
Some items also have brief descriptions attached to explain why they received a certain score. I do not intend to give a description to every item - only those I feel merit further explanation or commendation.
Scoring Rubric: 10: A complete masterpiece that either warmed my heart, left me with something to think about, or otherwise made a substantial impression on me. These items are consistently compelling, create believable and detailed settings, and/or involve powerful thematic topics that have changed the way I look at the world. They are my favorite anime and I recommend them without hesitation to anyone looking for interesting and worthwhile media, regardless of whether they normally watch anime or not. 9.5: Outstanding items that have a lasting impact thanks to a well-written and engaging story and/or finely crafted animation. They are easily some of the best anime I have seen, but don't quite reach 10/10 status, either due to very minor narrative issues or (in some cases) specific problems that prevent them from being recommendable to newcomers. 9: Highly enjoyable items that are exceptionally well-animated, entertaining, and/or contain strong narratives and character development. Any item at or above this rating is easily recommendable and definitely worth a watch. 8.5: Items I personally liked that aren’t 9 or 10 material on their own merits, but that I feel deserve additional recognition. 8: The item was worth my time and I would recommend it to others depending on their preferences. A handful of problems may be present, but nothing significantly hindered the experience and I liked it overall. 7.5: Items that have fewer issues than those scored at 7, but still do not reach level 8 quality. 7: Decent, but either has major narrative problems, or is forgettable or repetitive. Although many of these items are enjoyable, I advise you to proceed with appropriate expectations. (This rating is also applied to certain dropped or on-hold items on which I don't have a strong opinion.) 6: Disappointing. The item was enjoyable at times, but either failed to properly establish its characters, suffered a narrative collapse later on, or had other glaring issues that could not be overlooked. 5: Largely watchable, but ultimately either there wasn't enough development for the item to be engaging or I just didn't really like it. 4: Not enjoyable to watch, not worth your time, and not recommended. 3: Items that may have a handful of good qualities, but severely irritated me in many ways and failed to provide a compelling, coherent, consistent, and/or competent narrative. NOT recommended. 2: Downright terrible. Might make you laugh once, but only because it’s just that bad. Stay far away. 1: Bottom-of-the-barrel, meme-level garbage that you shouldn’t even consider watching.