10/10 : The crème de la crème of anime. A show that reached a pinnacle rarely seen in the medium. An anime that pushed the envelope far beyond what's expected. It found equilibrium across all fronts in a nearly flawless fashion. These shows are a part of my all time favorites. They appeal to me on a personal/conceptual level. I enjoyed these titles from beginning to end. Well executed, explored and presented. Memorable characters and story. An ambitious project that came the closest to perfecting its vision. These are the shows that leave you with a void upon completion, the bittersweet feeling you receive from experiencing something truly awe-inspiring. They're not a perfect 10/10 but my bias won't allow it a lower score. Whatever minor flaws they have become null and void from how much I adore them. If a show ever made me love like a blind fanboy, these are it. They are the closest to my definition of a masterpiece. They're the reason I remain anchored to the medium to this day. They are irreplaceable.
9/10 : Among the best the medium has to offer, top-tier status. Extremely enjoyable. Superb script. Endearing cast. Rich in content. Went far beyond expectations. They are also a part of my all time favorites. Exceeded in setting itself above the rest and left a substantial impact. Properly tackled its themes and concepts. I have minor qualms about this show and most of it was easily overlooked from everything else it did right. The void experienced from completing a great series is also present. This is a show that understands the medium it's working with and utilized audiovisuals with proper writing to achieve optimum results. They're timeless and not limited by contemporary standards.
8/10 : An exceptional show, I hold these titles in high regards. Enjoyable for a majority of it but had some moments where I didn't quite like it. The positive aspects overshadowed a majority of its problems. Utilized its themes in an effective and engaging manner. There may be a few minor discrepancies keeping it from ranking higher but despite that, it's still a solid piece of work. May not always register with the same personal connection received from those I've ranked 10/10 & 9/10 but still a series I look back on with fond memories. Stepped above the call of duty. Might have theatrical displays but never needlessly sensationalized. Titles with integrity and earnest commitment that you can't help but respect. A series I still love flaws and all. Endearing, memorable and left a lasting impression. Sets a benchmark for others to follow.
7/10 : A good show, memorable and easily recommendable. A show with noticeable flaws but had more going for it than negative aspects. A great cast of characters. They may not always be the most developed but they were certainly endearing. Good visual and auditory composition. A satisfactory experience that left me with satisfying final impressions. May have been formulaic at times but still sets itself apart with proper execution and presentation. Rewatchable but a few issues hinder it from being better. But as all things go, they're still solid pieces of work, if only not as explored or rich in content as they could have been.
6/10 : A decent show. For what it's worth, it had merits that edged it ahead of similar works in its playing field. Had good moments but had an equal amount of times where it wasn't appealing. May have had promise but either poor execution or too many glaring problems kept it from being better. Understand that this score isn't a bad one, in fact, it's still relatively 'good', it just means I'm not fully comfortable with assigning it a 7 for a few reasons. These tend to be titles that make for a good time-passer or popcorn flick. Also, very rarely depending on the effort on the show's behalf or mood I'm in, they can lean towards a 7... emphasis on "rarely" as it doesn't happen often. My enjoyment can also be the biggest reason saving it from being a 5. With all that being said, it's still a show I can recommend to a certain extent.
5/10 : Not necessarily a bad show but at the same time far from a good one. A mediocre, wasted potential, standard or "run of the mill" type of show. Watch at your own risk, something I can't fully recommend without precursors. For every highlight or aspect the show may have had in its favor, there's an equally detracting quality found that counteracts it. May have shown promise but squandered it. May also have had a few unique qualities but still does nothing to stand out. It can also be a case where the show excelled in a certain area but neglected a lot of the fundamentals. May have had a good premise or concept but failed to properly utilize it. Sometimes they're easily forgettable. Sometimes its only purpose is that of a time-passer. Sometimes it's a show that I feel nothing for at all. It could be a show that didn't aim that high to begin with, which is fine. Other times, it's a show that was too ambitious for the content provided. They simply find themselves being 'middle of the road'. Whatever the case may be, it's a show that might still warrant a watch, but one that's a hit or miss depending on the individual at hand.
4/10 : Poorly realized, bland or subpar show. Now this is where the REAL unrecommendable anime titles begin. Suffers from more problems than highlights. Way too many noticeable flaws. It may have shown promise for something worthwhile but didn't follow through with it. At best, they're easily digestible pieces of entertainment with nothing of substance keeping it afloat. Sensationalized content that's reduced to plot twists, trite story lines and shock value to hold the audiences' attention. Fail to even meet typical standards or to even get the fundamentals right. Doesn't properly tackle its themes. May only have a few redeeming qualities keeping it from being a complete failure. May have noticeable plot holes, one-note characters, abused literary devices and half-ass resolve. Squandered whatever idea it had with no visible attempts to make it better. These works are the bane of the anime industry. Shows that lower the bar for quality content by ways of simple confetti and masquerading.
3/10 : Deplorable. These are works with almost no redeemable quality. They're mostly trainwrecks or "bottom of the barrel" type of shows. No highlights to take away from it, outside of those ironically. Mostly one-trick-ponies with nothing else to offer. Very poorly written and poorly presented. A lot of these tend to be "schlock" level titles that serve the lowest denominator. They're throw-away titles that will easily be replaced by another in a similar vein. At best, they're easy to consume titles with nothing else to offer but dumb theatrics and at their worst, a pile of trash that needs to be discarded upon initial viewing.
2/10 : It's shit, B-movie level, shows so bad it's almost comical. These are shows that failed in almost every category imaginable. 1-dimensional characters, stupid premise, butchered story etc. No heart or effort seemed to be placed into it. Avoid these like the plague. No finesse, no integrity, nothing. Everything it does have been done 10x better somewhere else. These are the type of shows that go on to serve as punching bags for endless walls of diatribes. Shows that abandon its craft for cheap gimmicks. Shows that have reached the apex of pointlessness.
1/10 : I'm being held against my will at this point. This shit shouldn't have existed. I'd rather watch a Michael Bay film than sit through these again. This is what masochists watch to get off. Shows so bad that it's almost unfathomable to think somewhere out there, someone might actually like it. These shows manage to do everything wrong, an accomplishment within itself. Shows so bad they almost become masterpieces in their own right.
The ranks don't apply to all anime but cover most in general. (Guilty pleasures and some favorites of mine can be ranked low)
Top 10 Favorite Anime Series
(from left to right)
row 1: Koi Kaze, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig, Gankutsuou, Mushishi, Nana
row 2: Argento Soma, Ergo Proxy, Monster, Gurren Lagann, Legend of the Galactic Heroes
(from left to right)
row 1: Katanagatari, Black Lagoon, Planetes, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist
row 2: Gunbuster, Samurai Champloo, Berserk (1997), Mononoke, Gasaraki
row 3: FLCL, Wolf's Rain, Gungrave, Zegapain, Legend of Black Heaven
row 4: Flag, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Macross(1982) and Macross Plus, Escaflowne, Area 88 (1985)
row 5: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Armored Trooper Votoms, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Fantastic Children, Shinsekai Yori
row 6: Kaiji, Silver Spoon, Spice and Wolf, Anohana, Blue Gender
row 7: Parasyte, Kino's Journey, Michiko & Hatchin, Baccano!, Yu Yu Hakusho
row 8: Ping Pong the Animation, Gundam: The 8th MS Team, House of Five Leaves, Rage Against the Bahamut: Genesis, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
Top 10 Favorite Anime Movies
(from left to right)
row 1: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Only Yesterday, Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
row 2: Angel's Egg, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Princess Mononoke, The End of Evangelion, Perfect Blue
(from left to right)
row 1: Parasite Dolls, Patlabor: The Movie 1 & 2, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, Riding Bean, Time of Eve
row 2: Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Garden of Words, Belladonna of Sadness, My Neighbors the Yamadas
row 3: Iblard Jikan, The Wind Rises, Kiki's Delivery Service, Sword of the Stranger, Porco Rosso
row 4: Patema Inverted, Little Witch Academia movie 1 & 2, Spirited Away, Ponyo, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
row 5: Wolf Children, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, My Neighbor Totoro, House of Small Cubes, Castle in the Sky
row 6: Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku, The Secret World of Arrietty, Paprika, Millennium Actress, Redline
row 7: Pom Poko, Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu, The Boy and the Beast, Tokyo Godfathers, Ninja Scroll
row 8: Howl's Moving Castle, Kizumonogatari: Part 1, 2 & 3, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, Armitage III: Poly-Matrix, Akira