I've watched over two-hundred animated series, not including "western animation". Many I am still trying to find the names of as it has been years since I have watched them and wish to watch them again to some extent to give an appropriate rating for each individual piece.
When It comes to rating anime, I think it is necessary to mix up the type of anime you watch and only watch a genre that suits your current mood. My reasoning for this is if you are sick of "lovey-dovey" stuff or just feel like blowing something up, you wouldn't expect a fluffy romance to be the appropriate form of media at that time. I also believe that a five-star rating should be exceptionally rare and for works that stand out for each decade within its' genre. These are also subject to change and demotion if further works for that time outshine.
I am just a white guy who feels that the cultures of the east and Europe suit me better. Hence, I find the usage of German in animation quite refreshing. I have more degrees than I need, but there isn't anything in the world I want. And, what I want either doesn't exist or is no longer possible. So, I delve into my small indulgences and brief pleasures that leave as quickly as they come. Namely anime, as themes and even the disposition of characters may be similar or the same, it is no different than the real world in that regard. People are equally similar and often we find the same mistakes recurring in the lives of different people with different outcomes. Seeing these struggles and age old battles recur on new faces is like continuing to watch every possible outcome for every small change within a story. So to me reality is just another story in which the viewer is takes part as well.
I hope to eventually move to Japan, even if just for a couple years, so that I can see if the unity and beauty within form really exists there. Such perfection in every day life and tasks as an appreciation for the beauty within each of them is something forgotten in decaying developed western cultures.
I enjoy the simple aspects of each story, down to the softness of the light used in Honey and Clover to the Ugly Darkness within each person portrayed in the Higurashi arcs.
If I know a series is something I would not like because it is a genre or theme that holds no interest for me I will not rate it poorly because of that. I will choose to either not rate it or rate if I can only do so honestly without that bias playing a role in the piece's quality. I don't use twitter, but you can find me on facebook less often than here so if there it would be my name, Marcus White. Nippon!