What influences how you rate anime?

When it comes to us avid anime watchers/manga readers, most, if not all of us, are part of some sort of anime/manga community such as MyAnimeList, ANN, AniDB and so on. And each of these anime communities have top anime lists that are compiled by the people of each community. But what causes the people of each community to give a certain rating to each anime they watch? Is it personal preferences? Is it story? Is it the characters? Or is it something outside all of this? Well, lets get balls deep into this and see what really goes into ratings and rankings of the anime and manga we enjoy (or despise) everyday.

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Twist and Shout!

Plot twists are like fireworks. Fun to play with, but really dangerous in the wrong hands. With the right amount of thought pressed into a twist, something beautiful can be manifested. I love plot twists. But no doubt, are they one of the most difficult features to implement in a series, that can coherently work so well with a plot. They’re a dangerous little device that can make or break a series. They’re revealed in a short instance, yet can completely change the direction of a plot around.

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