OK, so I lied, I will post the (very) occasional blog posting here...
The purpose of this is to explain how I rate my anime.
Since Anime-Planet (and indeed just about every other "list the anime I've watched" type sites out there) doesn't have a distinction between "I haven't watched and/or bothered to rate this yet" and "OMG, this was so horrible that I want to dig out my eyeballs with a rusty spoon!", a rating of zero stars means quite simply that I have either not fully watched a series, or haven't bothered to rate it.
BTW, I'd like to note that I really try and restrain myself from rating a series until I've watched it to the bitter end -- or at least when I'm most of the way through its run. (To that end, sometimes I have been known to change a rating once I've completed a show. I like to keep you on your toes. ;-) ) Of course, having said that, I will now go on to say that, if a series particularly "WOW!"s me right out of the gate, I will sometimes break my rule and jump the gun and rate it. But for this to happen, it needs to REALLY wow me. Not just "knock my socks off," but "knock my socks off, deodorize them, wash and dry them, fold them, and reorganize my whole damn sock drawer to boot, and maybe do the same to my undies too while you're at it, thanks." You get the idea.
3 stars, for me, means "Meh." Not exceptionally good, not exceptionally bad. I wouldn't mind watching it if I was at a friend's house and he threw it into the DVD player, or a DVD of it were to suddenly fall out of the sky and drop into my lap, or I was in an anime convention screening room and it was the next title up for viewing and I didn't really have anywhere else I wanted to go; but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.
My "OMG this was awful!!" rating is 1/2 star. This dubious distiction is reserved for series that are truly awful, and have absolutely no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. Anything between 1 star and 2-1/2 stars means it was pretty bad, but had some redeeming quality that prevented it from being truly awful. Like, say, a lousy, predictable story; but really shiny animation. Or a character that stood out. Etc.
5 stars of course means "WOW!! This is the greatest thing since sliced bread!!!" However I try to avoid "fanboy syndrome" as I like to call it, so you won't see this very often. (case in point: As of the time I write this, of the 179 shows I've rated, only 1 of them is rated 5 stars.)
If I like something (basically, any level of like above "meh") I give it 3-1/2 stars. If I *really* like something, I generally rate it 4 stars. If I *really really* like something, it gets 4-1/2 stars. This, in my eyes, means it's pretty darn good, but has some weakness that prevents it from getting the highest rating. Say, really great animation, great characters, but a rather trite and predictable storyline. Or great story, characters, but they decided to cheap out on the animation in several episodes. You get the idea.
The majority of my ratings fall in the 3.5-4 range. I've been lucky in that most of the stuff I've chosen to watch is pretty good. Self-selection FTW!
Finally, about the way I use status (watching, watched, etc.) Of course "Watching" means I'm currently watching something. I tend to get really busy periods, and so sometimes a series can stay as "watching" for a while. Sometimes a long while. But if a series is listed as "watching" it means that I do indeed consider myself to still be watching/following that series. "Stalled" means that I still consider myself to be "watching" that series, but less so than the series I consider "watching." Confused yet? Basically, imagine a shelf of DVD's; the ones I've marked as "watching" are on the top shelf, at the front, whereas the ones marked "stalled" are behind those, in the second row, or maybe on the 2nd or 3rd shelf from the top, etc. It doesn't necessarily mean that I have absolutely zero interest in picking it up again; just that the "interest level in resuming watching this series" has fallen below a certain critical and unknown (perhaps even to myself) threshold. Even a series marked as "dropped" I might conceivably return to; but the chance of that is even lower than a "stalled" series (but is still non-zero). Using the DVD shelf metaphor, "dropped" series would be the ones on the very bottom shelf, piled up in a messy heap with no organization whatsoever, and a layer of dust starting to gather on them. But they're still on my DVD shelf, as opposed to the trash can, the box of stuff I'm giving to the thrift store, the pile of stuff that's going up on eBay, etc.
Anyway, you get the idea. And so I draw this rather silly and pointless blog entry to a close.
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