I'm just your everyday average boring fellow, but in my spare time i like to ponder about overlapping transpositional forks and triple duplexes bound to conjugated roots compromised by precession, sequential, proportional and binary inversions shrouding flawed bifurcations that the formulas revealed which could only be detected through Subtractive levorotatory.
My first exposure to anime came in 2008 when a friend of mine introduced me to Bleach, but on further inspection i found out i had already watched some Ghibly movies back in the 90s, Pokemon, Digimon and a few other titles that were popular in the west back then. When pestering a friend of mine over what title to watch next, he directed me to MAL, once i acquainted myself to the cataloging abilities, i became addicted, today i try to catalog as many things as i can, such as books, movies, games, e.t.c
As for taste, i won't say i have an affinity for any particular genre, so far it's gripping enough to keep me watching, i will keep watching. My goal on this site is to continue cataloging until i die.
I try to be both subjective and objective as much as i can in my ratings by not only awarding score upon merit of entertainment but on production values as well, in particular audio and video. In all honesty it wouldn't be fair to give an anime with amazing visuals and great soundtrack a low score just because it's story was lacking, plus it's a nice way of saying to the crew that went through the sweat and blood of making it;"We know it's crap but you guys made it good looking crap". As said earlier i base my score into 3 categories; Entertainment, Audio and Video.
Entertainment: This category is the sole reason why i even bothered with whatever title it is i'm watching, so it should be understandable that it receives a huge slice of the cake. Any title can get itself a maximum of 8 points from this category, for a bit of fairness i use 4.5 as a base score, any show i start is automatically given this score from the get go, where it finishes is all up to it. Interesting plot twists and consistent pacing is the easiest way of raising a score in this category, and of course, bad pacing brings it down.
Video: This category more or less speaks for itself, it simply comprises any visual appeal a title provides. It's however divided into a further two subcategories for Art style and animation. This category has a total score of 1, so the subcategories each receive a full mark of 0.5. My taste in art style lies in darker and more realistic art, so this will most of time get higher marks than the usual moe art of most shows. Experimental art styles may also be rewarded provided it doesn't come out as a failed test. The animation also gets full mark for a show that extensively makes use of sakuga, i'm well aware of the budgeting issue in the industry and am more than welcome to award a full mark to any show that uses it from time to time if not always, movies and OVA's will benefit most from this category. Still animations of course gets no mark.
Audio: This category simply comprises of sound appeal. It has a total score value of 1.25, the categories include BGM, OP and ED. The sound effects of a title can really enhance viewing pleasure, but honestly not many titles give great effort in this department which is why i decided to only give it a score of 0.25. The presentation of any title is very important to me and as such i take the Opening and ending songs in high regards, the OP for most titles is the first thing that plays when you start, and as such if it doesn't pull you in on the first instant, your expectations may dwindle, i give this a score of 0.5. The ED although doesn't speak much in terms of presentation, it can also bring great closure. The ED is usually the last thing played, there are times when a title has a completely bad episode, but if the ED is amazing enough to pull you in, it can go along way in averting a bad opinion of an episode, to some degree anyways, this category also gets 0.5
There also exists a final category, this category comprises anything not covered by the other three and may literally be anything. Any title that manages to in it's own way sprinkle a little bit of magic on it's equation will be rewarded, this category gets 1 mark.
As for when i rate my shows, it'll be as early as the 3rd ep or when i feel a show is progressing enough that it's score may change continuously.[/b]
In a nutshell
Entertainment: 0-8 points.
Audio: 0-1 points.
Video: 0-1 points.
Others: 0-1 points.
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In anime academia: Right now I'm reading through 2 academic texts on anime, one is more on the "shoujo" figure (teenager girl in modern Japan) and the animation to characterize this feminity in shows like Re:Cutey Honey and Kill La Kill and K-On; the other is more on an industrial history of Ghibli as a studio. After that I'll read Rayna Denison's Anime: A critical introduction & Thomas Lamarre's The Anime Ecology.
And in Latin: Ceasar, Galli Bellum (The Gallic Wars), which is fitting because it's kind of where I live (France, near the Seine, the Sequena in Caesari tempores)
Just a question, why the Ao Ashi source material progression isn't in the thread?
It wasn't kept up with?
Into another year of my life where I hopefully manage to stay true to anime and also enjoy doing score progressions together with you \o/
Also maybe i will start reading Kingdom manga since its almost 9.00 score
I agree with you btw, maybe we can discuss it? I find MAL's love for OP to be more of a nostalgic thing as opposed to a series that is critically acclaimed