Taking a wee bit of a break right now from anime; checking out a TV show that isn't so hyped to high-heaven: Lost. So far, not too shabby.
What My Ratings Mean
10 - Utterly flawless; I look forward to watching it again, it is incomparable and it goes about itself uniquely.
9 - Though virtually flawless, it has enough nitpicky flaws (EX: convoluted narrative or a sense of aimlessness) to stain an otherwise very well made and memorable experience.
8 - Does enough to be memorable, but at the cost of frequent generic choices (EX: boring/ordinary characters, lax pacing, a badly made ending) the full potential is hindered and strained but not destroyed.
7 - Well made/very memorable "one-trick pony" experiences; the first impressions are usually astonishing but they struggle to move past it, expand upon it, or have diversity.
6 - A worthy experience but with many ill-put decisions/planning making it too bumpy to revisit the whole thing again; the flaws can overcast the beauty.
5 - Eh, you see these all the time; easy to make, easy to tell, pretty easygoing experiences. Nothing too memorable beyond a gimmick or two.
4 - These have potential or a uniqueness, but they squander it for cheap generic storytelling at best, pointless filler-like meandering at worst.
3 - Pervading and irritating sense of pointless/poor plotting to the point of unintentional hilarity (at best) and grating boredom (at worst) disarm any premise.
2 - Generally nothing works or makes sense, letting a barebones plot/characters be the sole remainder to any reason to watch.
1 - THERE IS NOTHING! (at worst) But the sheer sense of WTF could lead to some entertainment regardless (at best)
My very loose Top 10 Anime Series
Welcome to the NHK! (Favorite Psychological/Black Comedy) - *...for illustrating the dangers of obsession, loneliness, and the need to communicate and be understood while having some of the best black humor in the medium...*
The Tatami Galaxy (Favorite Surreal/Mindf*ck) - *...for being a surreal masterpiece of life's endless possibilities and the beauty of every single one of them with an equally masterful characters and wit...*
NANA (Favorite Slice-of-Life) - *...for painting such a timely modern excerpt of everyday life with something everyone to relate to...*
Koi Kaze (Favorite Romance) - *...for pushing the boundaries of love so subtly, without insulting intelligence, allowing empathizable characters to rule it all...*
Zegapain (Favorite Sci-Fi) - *...for evolving an often gimmicky premise fluently, gently and powerfully; never losing heart, never breaking laws, always rewarding/satisfying...*
Haibane Renmei (Favorite Fantasy) - *...for creating a mysterious universe containing and using all the pieces necessary for its ingenious and poetically human story...*
Persona 4 (Favorite Game Adaption) - *...for thoroughly and naturally adapting one of the hardest genres of games and giving it plenty of spirit and wit to thrive despite the social weight/inherent flexibility of its brilliant source material...*
The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (Favorite Mecha) - *...the first mecha that didn't treat love, music, themes, and characters one-dimensionally, making an endearing, romantic, epic-unfolding story packed with the 80's trademark sense of individualism = an anime of the ages...*
Martian Successor Nadesico (Favorite Parody/Comedy) - *...for loving fun anime enough to mimic and express itself while not slapping or demoralizing the beauty and camaraderie of fandom...*
Yu Yu Hakusho (Favorite Shonen) - *...for being a shonen that stays true to the roots; fueling the story while making notable flaws endure ...*