I understand that people generally give higher ratings based on whether or not everyone else enjoyed something whether or not they enjoyed something, whether or not the material panders to them, or whether or not the story resonated with them personally.
All of these criteria is why ratings generally skew on the positive: the point of marketing a show successfully is to meet one or all of the above conditions.
While I will not disagree that the enjoyment and personal satisfaction that comes from watching a show is important, what I believe is far more suited for evaluation is the delivery and execution. The reason? Well, because it is common sense (or should be) that not everyone has the same tastes and preferences. Writers who write for commercial and material success know to cater to an audience's tastes and preferences. In other words: basing a review solely on whether or not you enjoyed the anime is unhelpful. That sort of content belongs in blog posts or comment sections or fan-mail.
Anime, like any other various methods of storytelling, relies on effective use of visual and auditory expression to portray something to the audience. And that something implies something of meaning.
A review is not simply about the art and sound. The writing unquestionably determines the purpose and direction of any production.
While a good analysis is one that aims to address the genre and target audience, a good review is one that aims to address whether or not the writers have accomplished delivering a message to the audience. And not only delivering a message...but whether or not it was effective.
There is a...slight disconnect between examining the effectiveness of writing from the perspective of the audience when factoring personal bias. Just as there are no truly objective reviews, there are no truly bias-free reviews. Not everyone experiences the same impact or effect from the same thing. That is just life.
Interpretation can become a truly menacing topic of discussion, because while there is an extent to which analysis can be objective, the rest is ultimately in the mind of an individual. But, you know? I think that is why we may find ourselves gravitating towards the perspective and input of certain people over others.
I struggle to find them, though. Which is why I write for myself. Sometimes, I suppose...I just want to remind myself that I can think for myself too.
Rolling☆Girls - An unlikely group of girls go on a search for magical jewels believed to grant power beyond normal human limitations. This is a good show for people capable of looking past the moe artsy front. <review>
Sabage-bu! - It's about a survival game club doing stupid things. The thing that really stands out is the cast of characters and unapologetically savage MC. Good for laughs, not good for seriousness. <review>