When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back into you.
You have stumbled upon this page as a pure coincidence or perhaps a greater force played its part here. If you do not care to read my semi-lenghty life story scribbled down here then I ask you to move along and have a pleasant day.
I can tell you that I am 24 something years old male inhabitant of this little blue planet called Earth. Next to my daily job I enjoy reading, occasionally watching anime and playing a game or two, whenever life allows me to. My most cherished creative writer is H.P. Lovecraft.
My taste for anime is very diverse with no genge in particular being my favorite. Being a jack-of-all-anime-tastes means that I do no necceserily like, say, anime #1 while I may be completely in love with anime #2 of the same genre. That said, I do enjoy to watch plotty series and love to analyze and speculate about the story, settings and character development.
I score my anime using this site's five star system, because it is that convenient. If you multiply it by two, ten, twenty or seventeen million you get pretty much same score you would have if you graded it on scale of ten, one hundred... etc. Generally I grade my watched anime on the following scale:
Narrative: 2 points, subdivided into:
Story: 1 point
I favor when the story knows what direction it is going and can conclude itself properly and leave me satisfied. If it concluded abrupt, rushed or made me scratch my head without any hint of explanation (be it visual, metaphorical or something else) to why and how it did, well, then it clearly didn't do that great of a job. Tales that make me use my head, even remotely, will always receive more praise over the ones that just take me for a dunce and hold my hand. Basic as that description might be, I do regard the genre the anime belongs to. Codemy series for example, generarly have a less narrative going with one or more problems that are/aren't resolved in their conclusion. In most cases this point is very hard to explain solely by words, and even harder to award. There isn't a single story that is perfect, when the narrative has some minor flaws that are overshadowed by its overall radiance, I have no choice but to award it that shiny point of awesomeness.
Characters: 1 point
Can't have a story without a cast to tell it, can we? I judge the characters based on their motivations, growth and emotional appeal (fitting their respective genre). If a person is made a vile douche set to eradicate all of mankind, then you best explain/show me how and/or why he decided to embrace that path. Being evil for sake of being evil is a cheap trick I see as lazy writing and should be punished accordingly. Characters that make dumb noble sacrifices are probably one thing that is often handled poorly in most anime. There special personas irk me like nonthing else imaginable. Overall, if the character roster consists of likable, fleshed out individuals with one or two obnoxious individuals (depending on how big the anime's cast is), I will mostly let that fault slide, unless they are being very grating or highly insulting to my mind. Well crafted villains and anti-hero will often receive some bonus points from me, because I like that archetype very much.
Visuals: 1.5 point
Overall appeal: 1.5 point
I thank you for your time, dear reader.
Drop a reply, shout, opinion or an anime recommendation on my board below, if you feel like doing so.
Twisting Nether (Belgium)
January 8, 2011
May 9, 2013
24 / Male
total anime ratings: 322
total manga ratings: 15