I don't accept random friend requests or random invites to clubs, so stop sending them to me -_-
Random piece of music from something I'm watching/recently watched:
Light of Memory (Yamato 2199 ED4)
... and one more from OSTs I've been listening to:
L'elisir D'amore ~ Una Furtiva Lagrima (Giant Robo OST)
Plan to watch 2015:
1. kara no kyoukai (+1.0)
2. Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd Gig 3. Aria and sequels (watching)
4. Scrapped Princess 5. Yawara (+1.5) 6. Hyouka (+1.5)
Explanations (and rants) on Rating systems
I don't find the MAL rating system suit my needs well enough. I'd really be happier if the scale went up in steps of 0.5. Also, a glaring fault is that 10 is described as "masterpiece" and 9 is "great". There's a big jump between being great and being a masterpiece - I can think of lots of anime that I would describe along the lines of "that was a great anime!", but very few would qualify as "masterpiece". This means that too many anime ends up falling into the 9 catergory because they couldn't make it to a 10 - in my opinion, if something is rated as a 9, it better be goddam better than just a plain "great". Even though I dislike the MAL scale, the dilemma is that if I use my own scale rather than the MAL scale, it will be misleading for people who don't read this long winded explanation of how I like to rate things. So here's my compromise: I've chosen to rate stuff using the MAL system to avoid confusion, but I also have my own scoring system, which I express using tags against the anime.
I have recently adopted a new personal scoring system that goes from -ve numbers up to +ve numbers. The more positive the score, the more I like it, the more negative, the more I hate it. The advantage of this type of system is that, despite being unconventional, it's intuitive. It's works better than the 1~10 scale, where everyone has their own way of rating and it's hard to tell exactly what's "neutral" - you get people saying "that was alright" and give something a 7, or "it's good but it's got some flaws" then rating something a 9! I guess people can still do that with the +ve/-ve system, but I feel the problem is less severe. Oh yeah, and I've chosen to have no upper and lower caps on my scoring system, as it's always possible there are even better/worse anime out there that I haven't come across yet.
The mapping between the two is roughly as follows:
[Note that these should be viewed more as "tiers" than a linear scale]
+4 or higher <--- The "godly" range of anime. Theoretically possible but realistically unattainable levels of goodness.
+3.5 <--- these are my absolute favourites (e.g. the whole Crest/Banner of the Stars saga)
+3.0 = 10 on MAL scale <--- Amazing (e.g. Monster)
+2.5 = 9 on MAL scale <--- these anime are definitely something special (e.g. Cross Game)
+2.0 = 9 on MAL scale <--- Great - these anime have something a bit special about them.
+1.5 = 8 on MAL scale <--- I liked these a lot.
+1.0 = 7 on MAL scale. <--- liked 'em
+0.5 = 6 on MAL scale <--- my reactions to these anime are mildly positive
0 = 6 on MAL scale <--- means I feel kinda neutral towards these anime, duh!
-0.5 = 5 on MAL scale <--- mild dislike.
-1.0 = 4 on MAL scale <--- dislike
-1.5 = 3 on MAL scale <--- disliked a lot
-2.0 = 3 on MAL scale <--- Terribad.
-2.5 = 2 on MAL scale <--- the point at which it's appropriate to start applying obscene langauge
-3 = 2 on MAL scale <--- Amazing...ly crap
-3.5 = 1 on MAL scale <--- virtually unwatchable
-4 or lower <--- unholy levels of Sh#te
Favourite anime lists:
All time Favourites:
--- Top 3 ---
Crest of the Stars & sequels
Nodame Cantabile & sequels
--- 2nd Tier Favourites ---
Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood
--- Best of the Rest ---
Hikaru no Go
Welcome to the NHK
Yu Yu Hkausho
Top 10 90s anime:
1. Yu Yu Hakusho
2. Rurounin Kenshin: Reminiscence
3. Seikai no Monshou
4. Cowboy Bebop
5. Hunter x Hunter
7. Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
8. Princess Monononoke
9. Whispers of the Heart
10. Macross Plus
Top 5 80's anime:
1. Rose of Versailles
3. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds
4. Grave of the Fireflies
5. Super Dimensional Fortress Macross