Attended the last of three Wolf Children screenings at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Film was f***ing awesome and definitely benefited from the excellent AV system the hosting theater had in place. Was lucky I and my anime club preordered because it was a total sell out.
Afterwards we went to a pub, though we were worried a couple of Japanese exchange we had with us wouldn't be allowed in. Luckily, they did allow their Japanese passports as proof of age. At one point some of us were scrolling a CrunchyRoll listing on a cell phone and pointing out shows we liked, wanted to watch. I pointed out Uchouten Kazoku. At which point our exchange student from Hokkaido, not recognizing the English "Eccentric Family", leans in to look at the pictures, does a bit of a jump, and then reaches into her handbag and pulls out the novel. Probably the most unexpected event of the evening.
I find myself less interested in GD than I thought I would be, based on a generally positive take as the episode was playing. The whole thing feels kind of ordinary and conventional to me, but that's me.
Two thoughts on the Hozuki/Goldfish combo in Galilei Donna:
1) When I think about it, loli+mecha is actually done a lot less often than I might expect.
2) I'm not sure this will challenge Utao/Kukuri as my gold standard in loli+mecha pairings.
I was actually enjoying Arpeggio until the last couple minutes where I realized Iona isn't the only ship that's managed to personify itself. Way to kill any sense of uniqueness your heroine had going for her guys, I have the feeling this is headed to my "shows to subject my friends to at our weekend screenings" list. And it's probably not even going to be memorable for that since one of my friends and I already conspired to subject the group to a fujoshi show double feature of Diabolik Lovers and Meganebu.
It took me a bit to figure out you were talking about the reaction to you check in post, but man, you really weren't kidding about Crime Edge getting a lot of flak. Don't really get it. Sure, it has plot contrivances like many other shows and I could see a lot of people finding episode six a bit much to take (it pushed the limit for me to the point where I enjoyed it less than prior episodes and I'm fine with a certain level of kink in stuff I watch), but that hadn't even aired yet when you wrote that.
That said, I also don't get how you possibly thought this would sell less that SSY. It was fairly clear to me there was a niche that would shell out for this, it was just a matter of how big a niche it was. Though, to be fair I didn't predict SSY's flop. (One thing I will note: among the people I know who watched SSY, there seems to be two camps: those who loved it and those who dropped it during that first Queerat arc.)