Hi all, I am an anime lover from Trinidad and Tobago, a small pair of islands just off the coast of Venezuela but because Spain had other things to do we ended up a British Colony before asking nicely for independence. So English is the native language here.
I came to anime a few years ago when I ran out of interesting cartoons to watch. Live action TV was already a wasteland for me and Movies hit a real creative deadzone around that time. I have always been fascinated by fairytales and folklore from different countries and I had a love of animation and Science Fiction so Anime was a natural thing to try. I have been hooked ever since.
It is probably a bad idea for anyone to use my anime list as a guide to finding good shows. I rate my shows very differently to the average anime fan. When I evaluate anime I do it by evaluating four main areas and appending my enjoyment level.
The four areas in order of importance are..
Do these people know how to tell a good story? Does their style and method make for a good show?
I love fun, interesting characters I can care about or identify with. They don't need to be original and I don't even have to like them as long as I care what they are about and what happens to them.
I like a good plot. It doesn't have to be amazing or original as long as it works for the story and highlights the characters and their world.
4. The setting or world.
I like worlds that are full of opportunity and potential. Places where any number of interesting stories can take place.
To those I add my personal enjoyment level and get a rating. You will notice that nowhere in there is creativity or originality or animation quality or great action. I don't even need the show to make sense. These things are nice but they do not really affect my enjoyment of a show. If a show fails in storytelling or creating characters that interest me I will probably drop it or rate it on the low side. There are exceptions though where a compelling plot or a fascinating world made for an enjoyable ride.
So there you go.