I love almost ALL anime. I wish I could participate in the sub-culture as well, I'm just not that social - WELCOME TO THE NHK...or rich. :"(
My name is Jeff and I LOVE ANIME!
I can't fill in my "Top 5" anime because I just can't decide what I like best. Too many series are on par with each other in my book because of the unique/fantastic story-lines or artwork. I have some down as equal in awesomeness from the characters and some because of the voice acting.
I absolutely refuse to watch english DUBBED versions of anything- unless I haven't got a choice. I LOVE to hear the Japanese vocies and the emotions that come through are so much more vibrant! Besides, dub tend to lose meaning in certain areas...when translation to English gets garbled...or voice actors suddenly believe that they know what the author of the manga meant to say and so they ad-lib the whole damn time. Rawr.
I rate my anime based on whether I liked the story, animation, characters, and so on. If I really don't like something I will give it a 0.5-1.5 stars, if I like the story but not the actual animation I might give it 2-2.5 stars, and if I like the story but the animation was just OK or the animation was great but the story was just OK I might give it a 3-3.5. Anyhting higher than that is based on all kinds of quality data that I can't even go into, it would take a whole page!