In retrospect, I supposed the fact Hokuto completely loses her nerves the first time she encounters him for no apparent reason in the flashback should have been a dead giveaway, but hindsight is always 20/20.
Well, yeah - until I knew Hokuto was origami I didn't suspect, obviously. But I thought as soon as that was revealed that Natsume was probably the one behind it - keeping tabs on Nanoha- er, Harutora from a distance...
Depending how far back you mean by "all along" that actually helps explain a lot about our wildly different opinions of Natsume - I found the layer by layer building of her personality rather endearing.
I'd probably pinpoint Hokuto's death as the point where savvy fans would pick up on it. Prior to that and I'm seriously impressed.
Golden Time and Naki no Asukara had good episode this week IMO though I felt really sorry for Chinami at times.
Well, truth be told that was what I figured was going on all along, so i didn't consider it a difference maker in how I view the series. We still might be in better than average hands by LN standards, but there's a lot of range in that description...
Okay, while I'm not especially surprised by your criticisms of Natsume, I have to ask... the revelation that Hokuto was her familiar didn't make you think we might be in better than average hands here? I thought it was a very clever twist, and while I've seen enough of Feminine-Natsume, Tomboy-Natsume and Hokuto to speculate what Natsume is actually like, I'm not convinced we have the clear picture yet.
So I figured out why that one guy in Non Non Biyori doesn't speak much: he's too genre savvy.
Thank about it: he understands that if he speaks much, the show will genre shift into a harem. And then he'll have a harem consisting of two blood related imoutos and two really underage girls. What would he do if the multiple choice god from NouKome showed up to make him choose?