When I'm rating or reviewing anime, I have very high standards. I believe that anime is not a genre, and should not just be compared to other animes. I like to compare them to the great classics of cinema, such as The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, 2001, The Good Bad and the Ugly, and Schindler's List.
I believe that if you confine anime to only a small niche audience, and judge it accordingly, it limits creativity and prevents a larger audience from enjoying it. This is why I think the anime industry is dying. They are too afraid to branch out and try new things. They like to conveniently stick to familiar cliches and conventions rather than experiment with new concepts of the animation medium. Whether the cause may be arrogance or ignorance, animes are starting to look far too similar, and the characters are becoming all too familiar from series to series. Should anime start trying new things? Yes, I think they should.
I also believe that too many animes rely too much on dialogue to tell their story. Actions contain greater truth and say far more than words or thoughts. Actions allow us to see what someone is really like. They allow us to see an unbiased view of a character, with no lies, no propaganda, just the truth. People can lie to others with their words, and they can lie to themselves with their thoughts. It's not what you say or what you think, it's what you do that defines you.
I believe that characters are far more important than the story. Story is rather overrated, in my opinion. Just go watch Once Upon A Time in the West. The story is rather mediocre, but it's got some of the greatest, most developed and memorable characters ever to appear in cinema.
Are character actions underrated? Yes, I believe so. Visual storytelling is not childish -- it is IMO the most profound form of storytelling and one of the most efficient forms of communication. It breaks all language barriers. I believe that animation is an artistic medium (not a genre) with strengths that greatly favor visual storytelling. There is nothing that can't be done or can't be imagined through animation. Anything is possible.