Xplayer's avatar


  • New York
  • Joined Sep 2, 2008
  • 24 / M

I'm more of a glasses man myself.

Before you read any of the below, I'd like to remind you that we all have differing opinions, perceive different anime with varying mindsets, and therefore may disagree as to how to evaluate certain anime. This applies to manga and light novels as well. Also, ponies.

If you're reading this, you either A) clicked it by accident and will close the tab now or B) are interested in my anime preferences.

Personally, I'm a Civil Engineer in New York. I spend most of my time these days playing video games and bugging my friends by saying "no I haven't watched the latest episode of [fill in the anime here]" while playing said games.

I'll watch pretty much any anime as long as I find it interesting. My favorite genres are varied, but I tend to enjoy high drama (a.k.a. melodrama or forced drama) more than anything else. There are some genres from which I tend to stay away, in particular the so-called "ecchi" genre. When attempting to judge an anime "objectively" (I will contend that this is impossible) there is one standard that I hold above all others, and it isn't a category you will find in site reviews. An anime's ability to affect the emotions of the viewer directly impacts the overall quality. If there is no emotional response, then the flashing images, sound, story, and even the characters mean nothing.

Generally my reviews follow the same criteria, just converted to a 10 point scale.

Detailed ratings scale




Life on anime

  • 48 Minutes
  • 23 Hours
  • 0 Days
  • 3 Weeks
  • 1 Months
  • 0 Years

Anime ratings

  • 5
  • 4.5
  • 4
  • 3.5
  • 3
  • 2.5
  • 2
  • 1.5
  • 1
  • 0.5

293 total

Life on manga

  • 45 Minutes
  • 3 Hours
  • 4 Days
  • 0 Weeks
  • 0 Months
  • 0 Years

Manga ratings

  • 5
  • 4.5
  • 4
  • 3.5
  • 3
  • 2.5
  • 2
  • 1.5
  • 1
  • 0.5

28 total

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HarryNRubin says...

Hey, it looks like we watch a lot of the same anime!  Want to be friends?

Dec 25, 2010
sacchi says...

Hehe, sure. Looking at bad anime allows you to see how good some other are...but it's also a waste of time :P. You could just see mediocre animes to see how good others are. Yosuga no Sora is too low for you :P

Dec 23, 2010
NoCheerios says...

You remind me of myself in four years ;D

Dec 19, 2010
4EverDreamer says...

Nice rating system

Dec 9, 2010
babyeinstein12 says...

Hi Xplayer,

I appreciate your comment! A review is inherently subjective, of course, and I am certainly not one to begrudge anyone with a differing opinion. I agree with what you say in your (very interesting!) bio up above, and I think your general attitude towards evaluating anime is admirably open-minded, honest, and quite refreshing to see. Especially for a work like Serial Experiments Lain, your emphasis on "emotional response" is a very important factor to consider during evaluation.

What I want to achieve with my site reviews, though, is to take my own subjectivity and try to make it as objective as possible. Of course, it's never going to be actually objective, but I try to review with these basic standards in mind:

  • appealing plot (basically, its entertainment value)
  • ideas and/or overall conception that gives the anime a goal 
  • execution of the said ideas/overall conception

With this imperfect rubric, my scores are given. With Lain, I had issues with the first and third bullet points. And that's what I have to go by when writing a review -- otherwise, why bother write one in the first place?

You wrote something that I loved: "If there's a message that an anime is trying to tell me, it would take a lot to alienate me from the desire to discover it." yay! I myself am a very introspective individual, so I do understand where you're coming from. It is true that any work of art, whether a book, film, anime, or whatever, becomes incredibly valuable, especially on a personal level, if that work leaves you room for interpretation. I suppose Serial Experiments Lain achieved that with you. For some reason (in the review I blamed this on the execution) it didn't happen for me.

Anyway, sorry for the wall of text. Thanks for your insights. Have you thought about writing some reviews of your own? I would love to read them.

Dec 7, 2010