When I rate things in anime, this is how I view them.
S 9.5-10.0: This show is practically perfect. I have virtually no problems with this anime. The premise seems very promising, and it delivered the premise flawlessly. If it has a story, it is handled with pin-point precision. I absolutely love some of the characters and just about every single character is at least good. The way the characters are treated / handled are done super well. The soundtrack is very impressive. The opening and ending themes are legendary. The art is stunning, and the animation is spot-on. The moments are spectacular. There are virtually no moments or aspects that I disliked, and/or some of these positive aspects go up to 11! It has everything I want to see in an anime. Watching this anime makes me feel euphoric. Truly an epic masterpiece. Receiving that honor requires incredibly hard work.
MAL Score: 10
Examples: No Game No Life, Steins;Gate
A+ 9.0-9.5: Not an epic masterpiece, but it comes close. I might have a few nitpicks with this anime, there may be minor problems, or it may be lacking in something. Otherwise, the show excels in many, many aspects, including its art, its animation, its premise, its characters, its character designs, its story, its moments, and/or its music. This is a must watch, and achieving an A+ grade is no easy feat.
MAL Score: 9
Examples: NEW GAME!, The World God Only Knows
A 8.5-8.9: I love this anime! I didn’t necessarily love every minute of it, as it has a few problems, or it may be lacking in something. However, it is an incredibly enjoyable anime that must be watched. Its art, its animation, its premise, its characters, its character designs, its story, its moments, and/or its music are done very well. Getting an A grade isn’t easy, but isn’t really difficult either.
MAL Score: 9
Examples: Working!!, The Familiar of Zero
A- 8.0-8.5: This anime has impressed me. Its execution is great, or I really enjoyed it. Sure, it has its problems here or there, but it keep me entertained/invested for a large amount of time. A lot of the moments of this anime were well executed and/or entertaining, and it’s worth watching. A-‘s are easy to get if you know what you’re doing.
MAL Score: 8
Examples: Amagi Brilliant Park, Scorching Ping Pong Girls
B 7.5-7.9: This is a really good anime. While it may have at least one great thing in terms of quality/enjoyment, I also kind of wish something could be done to make the anime more entertaining or less flawed. Overall, I liked it. B’s are very easy to obtain if a good amount of effort is put into it.
MAL Score: 8
Examples: Flip Flappers, Blend S
C 6.5-7.5: It’s alright. Standard tier stuff that I probably won’t watch again, but it was fun while it lasted. It has some problems, and it may be a little disappointing, but it passes. Getting a C grade does not require a lot of effort.
MAL Score: 7
Examples: A-Channel, Black Bullet
D 5.5-6.5: I guess it’s OK. There were several problems I had with this anime, and those aspects kind of ruined the experience for me. At least the good aspects outweigh the bad aspects. It wasn’t anything bad, but I wouldn’t call it good. A grade of D either shows little effort done, or it just does not appeal to me.
MAL Score: 6
Examples: Watamote, Kanamemo
F 4.5-5.5: This is a mediocre anime that was not executed well. There’s nothing exciting about it, or there were plenty of moments I genuinely disliked. Even though it may have some good moments, the good and bad parts are evenly mixed. It’s not a terrible anime, but it’s a failure nonetheless. The creators must have been lazy with this one.
MAL Score: 5
Examples: Rewrite, Denki-Gai
F 2.0-4.5: Straight up bad! Here’s a list of the things that could land an anime down in this forsaken tier.
- Its bad aspects outweigh its good aspects
- Has so many problems, that I can go on and on talking about its problems
- Has a disastrous flaw that puts an otherwise great anime down here.
- Has very little redeemable qualities that are overshadowed by its negative qualities
- Execution was incredibly lazy
I would be better off never watching it.
MAL Score: 2, 3, 4
Examples: Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Himegoto
F 1.0: Appalling premise, repulsive execution, and excessive problems. It traumatized / greatly infuriated me. There are no redeeming qualities in sight. It’s a disaster.
MAL Score: 1
Examples: Nothing so far. Thank goodness.