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Anime and manga: I like mecha, space opera, jidaigeki, comedy, romance... Particularly fond of good shounen manga. Also any kind of (good) adventure.
- Cinema: French pre-war cinema, Italian post-war Neorealism, Japanese jidaigeki (and especially chambara) and yakuza films, and Post-classical Hollywood. In terms of genre, I like gangster films, crime drama in general, historical pieces, war dramas, gekiga, and sci-fi. I obviously love American animation.
- Litterature: And I mean good litterature, I prefer Céline over Proust, John Kennedy Toole over James Joyce, Iceberg Slim over Malcolm X. Hate long-ass shit, love poetry, essays and short stories. I mostly like simple and modest stuff, such as Italo Calvino's works, Jules Verne... I read a bit of fantasy (anything that's not a copy of The Lord of the Rings will have me at least partially interested), not so keen on sci-fi though (hate the techno-babble shit, I prefer to SEE the cool-looking technology).
- Music: Jazz (bebop and cool jazz alike), good rock (Stones... I honestly like everything rocky, from soft rock to heavy metal), good folk (Bob Dylan...), chanson française (I swear to god I cry every time I see Jacques Brel on stage...)
- American TV: HBO mostly (The Wire above all ; I also like The Sopranos, Rome, Six Feet Under, Oz...) some AMC (no, it is not and will never be a rival to HBO, at least not with shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, which are good but clearly don't play in the same league)...
See if we match.
10: A perfect piece that does everything it aimed for and defines/transcends its genre.
I don't believe in absolute excellence - or in fact I do, kind of, I've seen it and it sucks. Anime such as Seirei no Moribito have bored me to death - they look scard to try anything, they tiptoe through a precisely defined track, it's insanely boring, it lacks guts and pain. You can also try to count framerates and whatnot to "objectively" qualify a 10 ; I wish you luck, have fun. My 10s go to classics that have their own identity by having a pertinent thing to say and express it in a fully understandable and unique way, with style, intelligence, humour, nuance, pudency, virility... Their narrative is rich, perfectly rhythmed, it toys with the viewer and his expectations, it leaves you guessing; the direction is superb, inspired, eerie, you can't really tell what's real and what's allegorical, to what extent, and all of this has a point...They make full use of the capacities of the animated medium and express everything that justifies the existence of their genre.
9: Lacks a thing or two to meet the rough criteria above, but remains excellent.
These anime make a false step or two that prevent them from being timeless classics: maybe an important piece of the story was sloppily handled, or maybe an uninspired cliché has somehow found its way into it and considerbly diluted its genius. Maybe they're not as unique, don't leave you guessing as much, but they do achieve some particular thing that most other anime don't, and consistently hold a certain standard of excellence throughout their run.
8: I'm having a lot of fun, good stuff.
These anime are very entertaining throughout. Not essential viewings, may not brand you or the industry for life, but remains engrossing to watch. You'll probably finish the whole thing if you ever start watching it, they can convey certain emotions, a few laughs, a few cries, but they're probably generic and easily forgotten.
7: It's kind of good... somtimes...
Still good stuff overall, entertaining sometimes (sometimes I'm on the verge of having fun, sometimes I'm actually having fun with a bit of a bland aftertaste), have a couple of scenes worth watching. I've probably had to force myself to get through some of it, you can clearly see that the people behind them were more concerned with dough than passion maybe...
6: It tried something, and it failed.
I'll admit that on paper it seemed like it could work and bring something new to the industry, but on screen, the whole thing is ruined with all sorts of bullshit. Does one or two things right maybe, but overall is crippled by bad execution.
5: Mediocre; fast food anime.
These anime don't aim for a certain quality, they're extremely generic, mass-produced, destined to a specific, not very demanding quality-wise and bulimic public.
4: Bad shit, can't even attain mediocrity.
It kinda had something on paper (not necessarily good ideas, but ideas...), but it messes everything up on screen. Big time.