Sadly, those off weeks very much impact my overall regard for the series - both in Sakurasou's case and HSI's case. It's a good comparison.
As for LB, I actually totally loved this episode - and it seems to be one of the most poorly received of them all. I'm pretty much at the point where I think as soon as JC Staff was announced as the studio (which I predicted after the first preview) the die was cast...
I’m under no illusions that LB is going to win over legions of new fans (or win back disgruntled old ones) with an episode like this one – I suspect it was strictly preaching to the choir.
You know, two weeks ago I would have said that Sakurasou was eating LB for lunch and Chuunibyou was picking clean the carcass* - in particular I remember feeling that Komari was a pretty weak character - but it feels like the show finally struck gold with last week's Kud episode and is back in the running. So I wouldn't necessarily write off the impact of these episodes just yet.
Course, I routinely say that I found KyoAni's Key works a bit hit and miss depending on the arc and champion increased recognition of many of their competitiors (EF, Sola, Iriya no Sora, etc.), so could accurately say my opinion on those works isn't the norm among moe-romance fans.
(*Re: Sakurasou: Yes, I am remembering that two weeks ago was that episode. Sakurasou is a lot like Hanasaku Iroha and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia for me in that I love the goods parts of the show so much that the off weeks have had almost no impact on my overall enthusiasm for the series.)
Eh, my personal guess would actually be no, a large portion of attendees aren't going to get it even on the Vancouver scene - though I suspect that the group that does get it is a lot more likely to want photos. But I wanted to here some other opinion on it.
BTW, I tried writing a list of (teenaged) anime girls under 150cm/4'11" in various shows:
Madoka Magica: None
All Key anime adaptations: Kud (145cm)
Tari Tari: Konatsu (149 cm)
Mashiro-iro Symphony: Sana (148 cm), Miu (146 cm)
Hanasaku Iroha: Ohana (147cm)
Steins;Gate: Feyris (143cm)
... Some of those really don't come across in the shows themselves.
Anime conventions, or at least anime dominated conventions (as Cos and Effect is marketed a bit more broadly).
My girlfriend was giving strong consideration to it for her next cosplay (because she thinks its cute and probably because she looks the part too) but I think I might have put her off by saying I thought most people wouldn't get it.
Question: what do you think the odds are that a cosplayer cosplaying as Eru in the second Hyouka ED would be mistaken as cosplaying Sherlock Holmes... as opposed to, you know, Chitanda Eru cosplaying as Sherlock Holmes?
Would you find it strange if I said that of eight Ririchiyo cosplayers Iíve run into at Vancouver and Seattle conventions, two of them have also cosplayed Taiga from Toradora and one says she wants to cosplay the character?
(Also, for its profile Inu x Boku SS is really popular as a coupleís cosplay, Iíve seen three couples do Soushi and Ririchiyo in the past year (as well as one case of two girls cosplaying the characters).)