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3x3 Sampler of Some of My Favorites:
Anilist for slightly better grade tracking (not a huge fan of AP's star system):
Tho I do most of my reviews here on AP.
Grading Scale (for both reviews and in general):
10/5 stars - Couldn't ask for better. Obviously no anime is truly perfect, but its as close as you can reasonably get. The flaws are so small and insignificant that you pretty much have to nitpick with a fine comb for them essentially. Amazing all the way, full-on emotionally invested, and pretty much unforgettable. Can personally remember and cite almost everything from it to near perfect accuracy to this day. Masterpieces.
9/4.5 stars - Fantastic. Among the best I've seen and incredibly well done on almost every front. Extremely good, captured my interest, and so memorable that I could likely name close to - if not every relevant character and episode from these anime without a problem. Has maybe 1 notable flaw or problem that keeps it from being a 10, but nothing major. Absolute must watches.
8/4 stars - Great. More than just good: Managed to get me emtionally invested and very interested in what was going on. Might have a couple noteable flaws, but is executed well enough to rope me in and make me willing to overlook them. (While not a specific requirement for this grade, anything that can successfully manage to make me cry is an instant 8 or higher). Strongly enjoyed and would go well out of my way to to recommend.
7/3.5 stars - Good. Does more than just keep me entertained. Got me genuininely interested in what was happening and I had a very fun time watching. Not quite emotionally invested, but a step above being just enjoyable. 7 and above are shows I have or would consider rewatching willingly for fun. Would absolutely endorse anything 7 or above.
6/3 stars - Enjoyable. Kept me entertained to where I wouldn't consider it time wasted. It could be basic, flawed, or semi-predictable, etc - but at least managed to be fun, semi-interesting, or at bare minimum - enjoyable . Positives outweighed the negatives. Likely wouldn't go out of my way to rewatch, unless it managed to become a truely personal guilty pleasure show (Date a Live or Asterisk War for example), but I had a nice enough time while I was here to enjoy it. Could give a generally positive recommendation or personal impression on anything rated 6 or above if asked about it.
5/2.5 stars - Just Okay/Meh. Didn't dislike it, but nor could I say I particularly enjoyed it. Not bad, but wouldn't call them good either. A bit too balanced and not very notable in pretty much every aspect. Never felt invested for better or worse at any point. There are a select few anime that wind up as 5's because they are extremely polarizing between their bad parts and good that assessing them as a whole ends up being kinda a difficult balancing act (such as Re:CREATORS or Engage Kiss) and those few will always have a note or review by them explaining why. But largely, these are just forgettable time wasters. I wouldn't go out of my way to disuade anyone from watching, but nor would I actively recommend any of them.
4/2 stars - Not good. Might have some redeeming qualities or things that stand out that I liked - but overall not enjoyable and kinda boring. Negatives outweigh the positives. Could maybe be convinced to watch a sequel (if there is one) if I hear good enough things about it to convince me to give it a chance tho, but it is rare and on a personal case by case basis. Typically not recommended.
3/1.5 stars - Bad. Definitively bad. Negatives greatly outweigh the positives. However, what distinguishes 3's from 2's or lower is that these can make for enjoyable hate watch on rare occasion. This is the area for anime that are "so bad, it could almost loop around to becoming 'good' (or perhaps entertaining, enjoyable; at least watchable)". In short: this is the hate-watch tier. Only recommended if you're in the mood for watching a very specific type of trash, otherwise avoid.
2/1 stars - Very bad. Among the worst I've seen, with little to no redeeming qualities. Has maybe a couple of very minor things going for it but thats it. Typically overly cringey, predictable, visually lacking, and/or extremely boring - even aggravating to watch depending on what it is. Doesn't even make for an entertaining hate watch. Never recommended.
1/0.5 stars - ... Better call the Men in Black and ask them to come over with their memory Neuralyzer - I'd rather forget watching these abominable, truly distinguished dumpster fires than have it take up space in my heading knowing I've wasted time watching these atrocities. Watch only if you have the tolerance for enduring a complete and utter distasterpiece.
Half-grades given on rarer occasion when an anime is a bit higher than the tier below it, but not quite enough to reach the one above. If there's a review it'll usually be explained there
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