Hello and greetings! You appear to have stumbled across my profile. While you're here, why not read a little about myself? While I consider myself an anime and manga enthusiast, I possess a broad range of interests outside of those which I am also happy to discuss. They include, but are not limited to: British politics and current affairs; video games (both retro and modern); football/soccer and, more specifically, Swansea City Football Club; general sports (boxing, darts, snooker, UFC, etc); and music (my tastes are highly eclectic, but right now I am on a death metal binge). Most importantly, I consider myself a lifelong learner. I treat every day as a new opportunity to enhance my personal development. I enjoy friendly and healthy debates and if I am able to enlighten someone else, or even be enlightened myself, then I treat that as a success.
As far as my tastes in anime are concerned, I am obviously biased towards certain types of series, but I like to think I am objective enough to give anything a fair crack of the whip. Generally speaking, I don't tend to bother with the following genres (although I will make exceptions): ecchi; harem; shounen ai; shoujo ai; yaoi; yuri; and hentai. I am a critic at heart and, in my experience, most anime belonging to those genres do not have much substance to them.
As for what I do like, broadly speaking, I find myself drawn towards anime that go against the grain. Be it an original story, a unique narrative or a bold art style, it is likely to pique my interest. While I commend creativity, that isn't to say that I can't enjoy a cliched, run-of-the-mill story, either. Presentation, style and overall execution go a long way and are all qualities that I value highly. Also, as a big proponent of showing and not telling, I prefer for exposition to be kept to a minimum when possible. We are watching anime, after all, not reading a light novel. Finally, I'd say that "human", multi-faceted characters are another quality I look for. Characters are an integral part of any story regardless of medium and if I can't get behind them, then I don't see why I should be interested in their on-screen fates.
With that all said, there are always exceptions. I judge each anime on its individual merits, so my rating system is quite flexible. I believe in giving credit where credit is due and, while I try not to mull over my ratings too much, I do try to be fair in how I apportion my ratings. I don't see a "10" as perfect, but rather something that is exceptional across the board and demands multiple viewings. My ratings don't always reflect how much I enjoyed or liked an anime, though there is definitely a correlation. Of course, if you think there is an anime not yet on my list which you think may appeal to me, then I am open to suggestions.