Heya, welcome to my profile! I'm a graduate student studying for a PhD in Structural Engineering who spends most of his waking hours engulfed in work. Prior to this, when I had a life, I wrote reviews for Anime-Planet for chronicling the wonders of Clannad, the failures of Fate/Stay: Night, and all the many mediocrities inbetween. Alas, all good things eventually come to an end, and I've since retired from my position to minimize my extracirricular obligations. While the awesome Sothis still left me with my ability to post reviews (I may drop by in and do a guest review here and there, though who knows when), I don't forsee myself returning. With that in mind, I still manage to watch a series here and there if it interests me, so if you're passing by and have a good series to recommend from the latest seasons, do let me know! Also, feel free to leave me comments about my past work, as I do check my email for the site regularly; I know I'm terrible about getting around to responding, but I do read every one.
Lastly, thanks to all my readers who have enjoyed my work over the years, as you guys are the ones who made it worthwhile. Likewise, to all my readers who have hated (and still hate!) both me and my writing, thank you as well - the laughs you provide are priceless.
MY OLD REVIEW SCORING CRITERIA:
Numbers divinated from the arbitrary and convoluted book of review scoring:
<5: Stay away. They employ little but cliches, recycle already-done material, and fail at having a coherent story and relatable characters. Perhaps some fringe appeal to those who like just about anything in a particular genre, but they're just different shades of terrible once they get down into this range.
5: Slightly below average. These shows again are probably worth watching only on genre appeal, but they're at least entertaining at times. There's better things to watch given their mediocre presentation on all fronts, but if you're exceptionally bored they may prove an apt way to rot away both the hours and your brain.
6: Average. These series are neither particularly good or bad, but are definitely watchable. They do some things well, others terrible, but they manage to attach some unique flavor or appeal to their story and/or characters.
7: Good. These series generally keep my interest throughout by means of a coherent and interesting story and a compliment of characters who have some semblance of depth. They provide for an overall enjoyable and entertaining watch, and generally define genre-norms and set the minimum bar for a "quality" series.
8: Fantastic. These series are the vanguard of good anime. Their stories develop a sense of intrigue and the characters are fleshed out with both depth and flair. Every series that hits this rank has the ability to define its material as unique and is compiled in an intelligent, thoughtful manner designed to captivate the viewer.
9: Top of the line. Perhaps the only major distinguishing factor between an 8 and a 9 is my personal level of interest, but they're undoubtedly the cream of the crop. They are defined by remarkable execution in every area and generally operate on a very unique mechanism to push their story forward (the remarkable world building of Twelve Kingdoms, or the ability to play remarkably on the suspense of weekly releases like Death Note). Certainly not to be missed.
10: None yet!
Some people have also asked me why I use decimals for overall - I use them to indicate a leaning. Generally if I feel an anime is, say, between a 6.5 and a 7.0, I'll show that it's a 6.5 leaning toward a 7.0 by using a score like 6.7.
MOST RECENT REVIEWS [Past 365+ Days...=(]:
Spice and Wolf II (5/15/10) - Huzzah!
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (6/4/10) - What utter crap.
Eve no Jikan (6/8/10) - Good stuff.
Meguriau Sekai (6/14/10) - Raaaaaaaaaaaaaant!
- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - Great.
- Kara no Kyoukai (complete) - Another entertaining-but-mediocre Type-Moon work. Whee.