My name is Treima. I've been an anime watcher on and off since the advent of Pokemon in the late '90s. My tastes have refined since then, but it was only in 2015 that my love of the medium took off and I began rapidly introducing myself to shows I wouldn't have watched otherwise.
Profile picture is Amane Suou of The Fruit of Grisaia, my beloved waifu.
One of my big hangups is that I love to look at things from an analytical, evaluative perspective. As a result, I love writing reviews. This hampers my ability to enjoy anime to their fullest sometimes, as I'm always getting hung up on minor details or flaws that can sometimes hinder my enjoyment of a work, but it means I treasure the things I enjoy even more than I think I would otherwise.
Anyway, here is...
Does it look good? Is the animation fluid? Are there pretty colors? I am in fact a sucker for pretty colors and contrast, so do bear that in mind. Choppy animation is fine to a point, but if it's something that just looks grainy, dull-colored and boring, it is unlikely to see high marks.
STANDARD-BEARER: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Everything from the voice acting to the sound effects. Good use of sound design is imperative to receiving a high grade. Did I believe the voice acting performances were genuine to the characters? Did the soundtrack contribute to the feel of scenes?
STANDARD-BEARER: Sound! Euphonium
To me, anime's strongest point is the unique and interesting characters and designs for characters not possible in live-action. Did every character feel like they brought something to the table that wasn't there before? Did I love or love to hate certain characters? Did they make me relate to them? These are the deciding factors, and as the heaviest weight on my scale, it's paramount for a great anime to have great characters.
STANDARD-BEARER: KILL la KILL
A well-constructed plot is of great importance to me. Do the characters' motivations make sense? Do the setting and plot feel organic and alive, independent of the characters' actions within the story? Did it meet, exceed, or defy my expectations? Did it leave me with something I can take away from it and apply to my life or future media experiences?
The X-factor, and the crucial element that sometimes separates a 9 from a 10. It's also the hardest to really define since otherwise great works can be boring, or works without much to say might just hit all the right notes and work for me personally. Was I engaged? Did the action have me on the edge of my seat? Did the comedy make me laugh? Did the drama pull me in and make me invested in the characters' struggles? Did the fanservice titillate?
STANDARD-BEARER: No Game, No Life
1: Garbage. Zero redeeming quality. Not entertained for a single time-wasting second of it. Devoid of any substance or merit. Its very existence is an insult to the medium of animation and the viewer's intelligence. Example: Absolute Duo.
2: Horrendous. Things that are boring or impossible to comprehend (in a bad way). A shipwreck with nothing to be gained from picking at its bones. Example: Fairy Tail.
3: Very Bad. Fundamentally flawed. Dreadful all-around, or perhaps has one or two mildly redeeming traits while the rest is so bad it would be a 1/10 otherwise. Example: Mushishi.
4: Bad. Fails too frequently or too egregiously to be worth viewing. Your time is better spent elsewhere. Example: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
5: Underwhelming. Scales are level between merits and shortcomings, or something so trite it fails to leave an impression one way or the other. Whatever might make you want to watch it, just know there's probably a show that has the same thing but better. Example: Cowboy Bebop.
6: Decent. Run of the mill. Something which mostly overcomes its own flaws and did enough that I considered it a worthwhile viewing experience, though I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend or re-watch. Example: Sword Art Online.
7: Good. A solid work, does plenty right, and is sound enough to be worth watching for those interested in the premise. Example: Clannad.
8: Great. Consistent and entertaining work that I would recommend to anyone with even a mild interest in the genre or subject matter. Example: Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
9: Superior. A true work of art that is highly entertaining and holds a deeper thematic message. Easily recommended to any anime fan regardless of their individual preferences. Example: Bakemonogatari.
10: Masterpiece. A priceless jewel that advances the medium and speaks to me on a level I never anticipated. Something I not only intend to revisit frequently but would recommend without hesitation even to people who don't watch anime. Not all of my favorites are 10s, but everything with a 10 is one of my favorites, making this designation exceedingly rare. Example: Puella Magi Madoka Magica.