Scores generated based on technical judgment first, primarily directing, narrative functionality, character development, tonal consistency, visuals, and sound design. Thematic achievement and emotional resonance tend to come second in my reviews if present at all.
 Masterwork: Nothing is perfect, but there are some excellently crafted anime that I find personal significance to the point that I would consider them subjectively perfect.
 Exemplary: These are shows that excel in almost every way. I consider each of these anime one of my favorites—I will rewatch time after time. Although they may have a few issues, any flaws get negated by overall greatness.
 Great: A well-rounded and strong experience. These shows may have a few minor stumbles along the way, but the positives compensate for many flaws. I recommend them to everyone.
 Good:Overall a very positive experience worth watching despite a few noticeable flaws. It may have apparent issues, but they are less distracting thanks to highpoints. I recommended these anime to most people.
 Decent: These are above-average shows with good aspects that slightly outweigh the bad. Flawed, but I found it worth watching enough to warrant a tentative recommendation.
 Average: These are middle of the road anime: mediocre—they could have been better with more time, management, talent, or budget. Any potential of these anime got wasted—I would not recommend a five without significant caveats.
 Subpar: I do not recommend watching these anime; they are below average, not a wholly awful experience, but far from satisfactory. There may have been good ideas or good production values, but the writing lacked substance and the ideas were poorly executed.
 Bad: If there were any good ideas along the way, the anime did not successfully execute them. Amateur writing, terrible visuals, or shallow character writing earned this score. There may have been a few worthwhile moments, but serious issues overshadowed them.
 Abysmal: Watching these anime was a harrowing experience. However, it may not have been insulting. Maybe braver people could find an average show in it, but I found nothing—no redeeming qualitiesexcept for ironic entertainment.
 Pathetic: The shows that are so offensively bad—I want nothing more than to unsee them. Unforgettable, but in the worst way you could imagine. Avoid at all costs.