I like anime and I work with computers. If you have reason to contact me, feel free to comment on my profile or hunt me down on the Anime-Planet IRC channel.
My relation to anime culture:
I attend many conventions on a regular basis but I do not consider myself to be otaku, or a part of any other such specific culture, since it simply does not suit my lifestyle or appropriately reflect my interests. I do, however, know many people who fit into those classifications, and they have my utmost respect.
How I rate anime (and more or less manga):
I watch all genre of anime and try to minimize bias wherever possible. For example, I try not to take actors or directors into consideration as they are mearly a part of the production process as opposed to being a part of the media itself. Media reflects on its creators, not the other way around. In case you could not tell, I take aesthetic philosophy fairly seriously. I rewatch all my anime repeatedly on impulse and my counters are set conservatively. I re-rate each series after each viewing so my ratings fluctuate greatly depending on my mood, attentiveness, and other such unavoidable prejudices, but I do try to watch series under the ideal conditions so as to give them the benefit of the doubt. This, combined with my general appreciation of anime, is the reason for my average ratings being so high. I rate most series higher on the spectrum, obviously, since I like them-- if I didn't like anime then I wouldn't be watching so much of it! I rate at an exponentially increasing weight so each subsequent half-star I attribute is worth far more credit than the previous. I am currently considering increasing the value of each half-star point below three stars and also the four-and-a-half star step specifically, this will be a gradual process but may result in some disparity between series value comparison (not that anyone cares). I had no intention of picking favourites but BPS is the best anime of all time and it got cut short so it's listed as my number one.
List of factors that I believe should be evaluated in ratings:
And sometimes, when blatantly obvious, the following biases (which I have found to be significant):
Product biases, which I think I do a good job of avoiding:
Production biases that are sometimes difficult to avoid but frankly I have no business judging:
It has come to my attention that some shows vary wildly in quality. I originally assumed this was a result of budgeting, which I do not factor in since it is a natural constraint and I believe production teams are normally responsible for their own budgeting; however, some series apparently change staff mid-season intentionally, for example utilising specialised episode directors to set pacing for a show. This presents a problem since Anime-Planet does not provide for the rating of individual episodes, and I would not want to bother with that anyway since I like to shotgun anime. When shotgunning, the experience is easier to rate as a whole than when watching once a week or irregularly. This is fundamentally the same problem presented by filler, which I define as content with no cannon value. Some people seem to think of filler as content included in the anime that was not in the original media, but I believe this is just a corruption of the term since much original content is introduced to buy time and therefore cannot risk being cannon since it might disrupt the story. Just a slight difference of definition in most cases but I digress, the problem is how to rate a series with wildly varying constraints. Quality obviously varies between episodes as a given but if the quality changes are corerlated to purposeful production decisions, this is a ratable aspect of the product. Unfortunately, I don't care who the director is so I won't normally do this sort of research. For now I am going to try to minimise this bias and introduce its product into the overall satisfaction bias to keep things simple but long term it may be necessary to consider general consistency as a primary rating factor since filler and bad arcs have consistently been a problem for me. I did not want to add consistency as a primary factor because it is based on abstract observation but I don't have any better ideas since I don't want to rate individual episodes. Let me know if you have any suggestions, this problem isn't going anywhere.