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).)
No... I wasn't aware of any RC writers attending, but it could be Divine - he lives up there. I'm honestly out of the loop on most RC stuff now that they have so many writers. I do know from experience that you can't just walk up to a Con and ask for a press badge - you have to pre-register, which I always do.
So when I was getting my badge at Anime Revolution in Vancouver today I heard one of the staff members ask another who Random Curiousity was and whether they could have one of the press badges... any idea what that was about?
As with Sakuracon in Seattle, most of my photos ended up being Madoka or Fate/Zero related, but I think I got better photos from a smaller group of cosplayers because I had far more time and space at my disposal.
Oh, Joshu-kun's moe - you bet he is. But you know you can't say that about a male without the thought police raining hot death down on you in their righteous rage.
I've been openly proclaiming Yosuga no Sora's Haruka as moe since that show aired and I've proclaiming EF's Renji as moe for a good deal longer than that. No challengers yet. And if any appear I intend to smite them with my superior intellect and pretentious scholarly authority.
(I imagine that Yosuga no Sora's "Japanese country girls go wild for the shota look" meme might have rivaled "Kurenai is a cougar anime masquerading as a loli anime" as a romantic tension meme among my anime buddies if YnS had caught on more within the group.)
You do have a point - when I think about it I didn't consider that second arc as good as the first arc and side episodes have been. However, if I think about it I can also notice quite a few moments of touch failure in Kanon (albeit less noticeable than in some of the other Key/KyoAni works).
I still like Oonuma - probably because I'm so very, very much a sucker for romance-drama that can make me go "awww" and I've generally found when given a decent romance-drama premise (again, EF and Dusk Maiden), he's knocked that aspect of it out of the park. That's not surprising because I get the impression his taste in such anime are similar to mine in the first place (there's very strong parallels between episode 8 of EF Melodies and episode 5 of Iriya no Sora - and that's one of the episodes where anime and VN deviate). I've never had particularly high expectations of his more comedic or harem oriented work after the original BakaTest though... something just made me think he wasn't going to be able to keep it up, and I think I've been right on that front. Unfortunately it seems like the powers that be bet otherwise, probably based on BT1's strong sales.
I can't honestly say I think original vs. adaptation has a big impact - it just seems like Tari Tari has more conviction about the characters than Kokoro does, so far. I don't know whether that's the fault of the source material or the adaptation.
As to Hyouka, while I loved the last episode, for my money Kanon still represents the clear high-water mark for a KyoAni series, touch and otherwise. Hyouka is a bit inconsistent (I never bought into the whole "Eba" arc) and tends to do better when it tries to do less.
As for Oonuma, my suspicion is that his role in KK is pretty limited - I simply don't think he's capable of being as restrained as the first episode was. I used to like him quite a bit - EF and the first season of B-T being prime examples - but for me, his work has declined pretty precipitously in quality over the last two years.