About my ratings:
First of all, my ratings generally refer exclusively to the story. I don't concern myself with breaking down my scores into various subsections. To me, the sound, the visuals, they serve to enhance the story. As long as they don't detract from it, they do not affect its score at all.
Secondly, I try to rate based on my personal enjoyment of a show, rather than attempting to contrive objectivity:
10- Engrossing, spellbinding.
9- Wonderful, emotion-evoking.
8- Very entertaining overall.
7- A good show with some weaknesses.
6- Rather mediocre and uninspiring.
You will fiind that I rarely rate at a 6 or below because I stop watching anything that I don't think is going to be at least a 7.
My inception to the Japanese culture began with childhood RPG's, which in time blossomed into an anime love story. Once the distinctive visual style and story-telling sucked me in, I became immersed in all I could find. Since the advent of less than legal anime for all (i.e., the internet), I have sated my then-dwindling lust by exploring curves and crevices of anime that were once forbidden fruits.
Oh yeah. I'm hentai for anime.
But seriously, there's a lot of awful anime out there, but among them I cherish the gems. Suffice it to say I've seen more than a little anime, and these experiences are bolstered by many playable anime (RPGs). So I was thinking I might start doing reviews soon, if I enjoy it.