I adore thought-provoking, heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories with beautifully drawn landscapes.
Also, I have a bad habit of hoarding more & more titles into my watchlist.
☆ - noticeably bad
Basically nothing works: poor technical & audiovisual qualities, plot, dialogue, no message etc. If you're looking for character development or originality, you won't find it in this category. Brutally problematic implementation of an idea that might have worked but failed to do so.
☆☆ - poor with potential
Poorly written, animated & produced. Relies on overused concepts or uses disturbing content only for shock value, yet manages to either have some comedic value or a vague message. Basically the B-movie category (which has some gems in it ngl). If the show has constant poorly placed fillers, it'll have hard time getting more than 1.5-2.5 stars from me.
☆☆☆ - enjoyable, yet average
Worth the watch/read, but fails to offer originality or depth. Maybe the characters are quite one-note, or there's poorly animated parts, or the plot is same old same old. Yet the overall experience was enjoyable and the show has strong rewatch potential. The 'OK' category.
☆☆☆☆ - great!!
Cohesive & internally consinstent storyline. Has thought-provoking and interesting elements. Skillfully directed with a pace/tempo that creates a suitable rhytm for the story. The music supports the story so well that it might make you check out the soundtrack.
☆☆☆☆☆ - masterpiece<3
Beautifully made with a well tought trough plot structure and a message that leaves you "!!!". On top of everything listed on the 4 stars category, these have perfected the way to create emotion and to connect with the audience. An experience not to sleep on.