Yeah, I really like where Tokyo Ravens is going with the reverse trap element. Oddly enough, I can't recall that many anime where a major female character had a crush on another major female character who she thought was male.
There was Sailor Moon, and...
Thanks for sharing that video as well. Great singing performance there.
I like the "live" sound for Innocent Starter a lot, which isn't always the case for live versions of anisongs. I've had pretty good luck with the performances I've caught at cons though, some of which were by the original artists.
Something you may find interesting about Love Live: the Blurays apparently have had the longest tail (slow drop off in sales numbers week to week after initial release) of any TV anime blurays except for Bakemonogatari and K-On, IIRC.
BTW, did you try Non Non Biyori out at the beginning of the season?
This is turning out to be a tough season to keep up with all the stuff I like.
Did you see my second reply on the Tokyo Ravens thread? I'm hoping it gave you a bit of a better understanding of what sort of personality I think Natsume has.
And hot off the heels of my not quite being willing to drop Infinite Stratos 2, I can officially say that I love Unbreakable Machine Doll way too much. The characterization is awfully silly and over the top, it's incredibly open about being guilty pleasure material at best, yet I love it anyway.
Bought tickets for my girlfriend and I to go to the December 15th Madoka 3 screening since I can't make the one on December 9th due to exams.
Still doesn't look like there's anything in your area though Aniplex seems a bit confused on their Canadian geography, listing one screening as "Saint John, NL" (following the link shows the theatre's address is in New Brunswick).
Charlotte's not overzealous. She just frustrated that he didn't take the hint from her hugging him in the bath last season.
For the most part I've actually liked season 2. Charlotte and Laura take on terrorists in classy outfits? Fun. Giant game of capture the Ichika? Fun. And the Sarashiki/Autumn dual was a lot more entertaining than anything I remember from the last arc of season 1 (which I found kind of angsty and bland).
But I think my frustrations are similar to why you dropped the show overall. Episode 5 gave me the impression the show is putting a moratorium on the girls from making any progress to drag things out. And progress made previously is largely being ignored. At this point, Charlotte and Houki should be the clear frontrunners.
I'm not going to drop just yet, but I feel like this I'm going to find the rest of this season rather unsatisfying on the whole.
BTW, am I the only one who is surprised that Pocari thought Ai of all characters was cute in Kanata no Kyoukai 5?
Edit: BTW, I like the direction they're taking in Golden Time though Koko personality is starting to feel a bit grating. I want more Chinami.
I thought you should know I've decided to drop Infinite Stratos Season 2.
Spoiler for Reasons for my decision. Fairly long.:
There's just far too many decent-to-very good shows this Fall 2013 season for me to justify spending time on a show that makes me facepalm more often than it makes me smile.
Charlotte is a nice character, but she isn't so stupendously great as to make me love every scene she's in. And even Charlotte sometimes gets dragged down into the same characterization of "overzealous haremettes" that the rest of the main female cast suffers from.
IS' Mecha Action has become rare, and given the rise of some great mecha shows in 2013, it no longer seems that great anyway. I mean, compared to Majestic Prince and Valvrave, IS' mecha action is nothing at all to write home about.
I've come to the conclusion that IS is to harem fans what Kirino Kousaka is to tsundere fans. It takes something that's popular in anime (tsundere, harem tropes) and takes it to the absolute extreme. To be fair, I get why some like this. There is something to be said for taking an idea to its platonic ideal. I like Kaname Madoka a lot, and in spite of her flaws, because I like how she's the quintessential magical girl (even though I prefer Sayaka to Madoka, I'll admit that Madoka hits the archetype a bit closer than Sayaka does).
But I certainly don't love harem like I do magical girls, so the harem platonic ideal isn't exactly what I'm looking for.
I hope this all makes sense to you. That being said, if you yourself continue with IS 2, and it starts to really impress you later on, feel free to let me know that.