So, I thought its about time I edited this. Not that I think anyone cares, but whatever. So, about myself. Hm...well, this is a website about anime, so I'll keep it limited to that. Basically, I am a huge anime fan, even though the amount I have watched is still quite small compared to many of the users here. But whatever. A wall of text will now follow.
I tend to be pretty chill about the things I watch and how I rate them. Meaning, I'm pretty lenient on how I rate what I've watched. Even when something doesn't impress me or I thought was pretty mediocre I'm still hard pressed to give anything below 6. So yeah, if you see anything that has a 6 on my list, take that to mean pretty mediocre. Anything below that is straight up...not so good.
On that note, I guess I could say that I tend to see a lot of the positives of any given anime more than many other folks do. I could see the flaws, but I also focus a lot on what the anime did RIGHT. So that could explain my leniency, I suppose.
Now, what do I value in anime? Hm..well, a lot of things. I want to be entertained obviously, because when it boils down to it that's the primary purpose of any form of entertainment. That being said, 'entertainment' is a loosely defined term, as it obviously varies from person to person. I tend to enjoy intellectual anime, ones that cover and explore a lot of interesting themes, ideas, philosophies, that kind of thing. I'm a writer (though not one with published books...yet) and that kind of thing fascinates me, enough that I read and research psychological and philosophical topics, as well as things like systems of government, the rise an decline of empires through history, literary devices in fiction, etc...yeah, I'm a nerd :P
But before all that, I care about the basic writing in an anime being good. This varies depending on the type of anime I'm watching. If I'm watching a serious anime telling what is supposed to be an impactful story, then I want to see good character development, a well-written plot, emotional depth, etc. Now if I'm watching a comedy I'll have different, and more relaxed, expectations. So yeah, I basically rate anime based on what they promise. If they deliver on their promise, then they've done their job. I should also add that if an anime is trying to be all smart/witty/deep but can't get the basic tenets of good storytelling down then that's going to cost it some points with me.
I rate anime movies/OVAs on a different scale then I do anime TV shows. I don't think its fair to compare movies and entire TV shows, so I rate them separately. For example, I might give a TV show a 9 and a movie a 10, but chances are I'd rank the TV show overall higher than said movie.
Another thing: the grades I put are my objective rating of the anime. However, I use that term loosely as being 'objective' is by its nature being subjective; otherwise all those professional critics would always have the same opinions on whatever movie/show they criticize. So anyways, for example I gave the first season of Darker than Black a 7. Honestly, if I were rating it on how I felt while watching, it'd get like a 5. But I factored in what I thought were good points from an 'objective' point of view, even if I didn't personally enjoy them.
Also, my numerical ratings are not equal. Two shows could have a seven, but I could consider one of them to much better than the other. Ultimately, though, only I'll know, as an outside viewer wouldn't be able to tell what I'd consider a 'strong' 7 and a weak '7' for example.
Now, no doubt, if a person were to look at my top 10 list they'd see a lot of 'mainstream' shows, and maybe some of those anime elitists would disapprove and call my favorite shows terrible and not 'worthy' of being on such a list. That's nice. This is my opinion. We all have ones, usually different, so thank you very much.