-I am a 28-year-old Spanish guy. Biology + a Master's Degree in Biomedical Biotechnology.
-Apart from those biographic things, it's important to add that I am very much into films. In fact this comes before my specific interest on anime. My tastes are varied but like everybody I have my little preferences. Bring me anything that revolves around nostalgia on childhood and/or friendship, and I will much likely love it. Bring me a psychological thriller about a main character getting through a mindfucking journey, and I'll be sold. And so on.
-My interests on anime started as soon as April 2009 when I watched Princess Mononoke for the first time. I got an interest on exploring the rest of Studio Ghibli and both Miyazaki and Takahata became favorite directors. My next step was Satoshi Kon, who became another of my favorites, and around the same time I went through Azumanga Daioh, the first show I watched without a clear positive reference (hype) in mind, just as a random one. The result was so good that it encouraged me to dig more deeply and to try stuff.
-I am not an otaku if that is the word meant for people who are entirely focused on anime in their lives. Anime for me is a (growing) subcategory of enjoyment I obtain from watching, in general, movies and similar stuff. I do fanboy on my favorites a lot, but I guess that's expected.
-Keep in mind that English is not my first language so I'm likely to make mistakes relatively often. I've been here for years so my English level works fine but there will be the occasional moment where my thoughts are lost in translation. Also remember that I can always use it as an excuse. Why? Because I can. Deal with it =).
How I rate
In short, it's something like this:
10 - Awesome show, with very few flaws that I can easily ignore, and capable of bringing lasting memories on me.
9 - Great, with some minor flaws or a more or less long part I didn't enjoy at all, but managed to be memorable nonetheless.
8 - Very good, I don't really have an interest on rewatching but I'm sure I will be pleased again if it ever comes the chance.
7 - A little irregular but something I still can call good. Its flaws are too blatant to ignore but I can sit through them and have a good time with the show.
6 - The good outweighs the bad but I don't have any kind of attachment to this work. Not interested on viewing it again but at least I didn't feel like I lost my time watching it.
5 - Mediocre at best, it is close to not watching anything. I didn't like or dislike it, I won't remember it in a couple days.
4 - I can find some points I like in it, but mostly it's a below average show that I can't enjoy at all but is too insignificant to hate either, overall.
3 - There is still the occasional moment or scene I would like to save, but I have grown a strong dislike to the rest that is too prominent.
2 - I plain hate the show, it didn't bring anything good or outstanding, and am actually shocked this was found worthy of being aired.
1 - Absolutely nothing remarkable in the good sense, absolutely everything remarkable in the bad sense. The lowest of the low.
This is more or less the criterion I follow, but it can vary depending on the show. Anyway, I do use the full scale, but tend to veer towards the positive. My number of 10 ratings is high, as you see I don't define it in terms of perfection but rather in terms of awesomeness, so it's not really an exclusive rating. I believe that, if I ever watched every anime in MyAnimeList, my number of votes would be the same for each score. Since I tend to focus on recommendations and shows I've grown a hype around, it's only natural that my average is high.