My Rating Scale

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Since everybody has different criteria for rating anime, I feel it’s important that I describe what each rating entails for the sake of clarity.  As of September 25, 2014, I’ve rehauled my rating scale so things will be a bit different than before in that regard.  The current ratings go as follows:

  • 10: A masterpiece, something truly exceptional. While nothing can be “perfect” per se, for me these are as close as it gets and are the ones that really pulled me in more than any other. I can’t say I have specific criteria for a 10, but I have the utmost respect for a series that can reach this ranking as it is definitely one I would deem well constructed and one that could connect with me on an emotional level. (Example: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
  • 9: Excellent, and undoubtedly a series I deem incredibly amazing. Though they may not be 10s for me, I have great appreciation for these series and am sure to talk about them at some point or another. Definitely give these a chance if you have the opportunity. (Example: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • 8: Very good, must-see stories. These are exceptional series that provide great enjoyment. They might have a few minor problems but are still very enjoyable packages that have a lot to offer. (Example: Cowboy Bebop)
  • 7: Good, definitely a worthwhile watch. These series might stumble here and there and are far from perfect but still have something valuable to offer and should be tried. Series that are 7/10 or higher are ones that I enjoy enough to consider buying, though I might buy a 6/10 if I so choose. (Example: Attack on Titan)
  • 6: Decent, still enjoyable but suffers from more problems. Most of these have some value but also have crucial flaws that hold them back from living up to their potential. (Example: Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • 5: So-so, generally unmemorable or otherwise lacking. These are the ones that start to fall into the “meh” category, and while I might not completely dislike them I can’t say I’m especially fond of them either. (Example: Zetman)
  • 4: Not really good, definitely going in the wrong direction. These are the series that I have clear problems with and will likely complain about if discussed. These may have a few merits and aren’t completely void of worth, but have more negatives than positives going for them overall. (Example: Glasslip)
  • 3: Weak, has few redeeming qualities and is generally a waste of time. Currently reserved for Mars of Destruction (which was so bad it’s good, and therefore doesn’t quite fit into this category after all), but this may change in the future.
  • 1 and 2: Haven’t rated anything this low yet, and I’m hoping to keep it that way. Anime is an entertainment medium after all, and for the most part I am entertained. I’d like to believe it’s impossible for something to reach this level, but……..

Of course, this is all a matter of my personal opinion and how much I value these series on an individual level. I might enjoy a series more than you, and vice versa, because that’s just how it is. I’m definitely willing to have a discussion about any series I’ve seen, as there’s much more worth to discussing story elements than arguing about arbitrary numbers. After all, my rating scale certainly doesn’t apply to every user on this site, so it’s probably better to just ask my thoughts on a series for more detail than to worry too much about specific ratings.

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