Something surprising I learned from the Tari Tari thread: there were three major subcontractors doing background art for Hanasaku Iroha, one of whom was JC Staff of all studios.
Still not sure what I think about JC Staff's choice of director for Little Busters, but I'm now going to be very surprised if it doesn't look great. And I'm not longer surprised how good Ano Natsu de Matteru looked either.
Good points on Kuroneko and the Monogatari series. I also think she'd fine Bake nicely dark, different, and sophisticated. But I think she'd fine Nise overly generic and, as you say, mundane, in how it approaches the harem anime setup. It would probably be too lighthearted for Kuroneko.
As for the KyoAni brand and its "Values"... I'm going to send you a PM on that. You should have it shortly.
It would be really interesting to know what "values" people associate with the Kyoto Animation "brand".
Re: Kuroneko and Monogatari:
I kind of suspected that she wouldn't and ask him what he thought, he said he thought she'd hate if because of the fanservice. My own opinion was subtlety different but I didn't pursue that line of conversation because I was intending the discussion to be more humourous than serious.
Basically, Kuroneko likes dark, edgy, difficult to understand stuff. Sometimes I think she might well have the kinkiest imagination of them all but mere mundane fanservice would be below her. In addition to that, Nise as a whole is a lighter, more humourous entry in the Monogatari franchise, which would not be to her taste. Kind of ironic because IMO Nise's teasing bordering on trolling sense of humour actually has a lot of common with Kuroneko's personality.
I get the impression Bakemonogatari is considered fairly sophisticated series in Japan - a Japanese fan of the show who was studying English in Vancouver once told me she was surprised that Canadians watched it. I got the impression that what she meant was that she thought that the show wouldn't be accessible to a western audience. Didn't get a chance to ask what she thought about Nise, it had started airing at the time but with travelling she hadn't had a chance to see much of it.
I don't know if you're still planning to post in the thread, but I'm curious if you have an opinion on a couple of the ideas I raised. Namely, that that Hyouka's success is due to tapping into a nostalgia of sorts for some of KyoAni's older properties and that Nadeko's popularity is in fact due to how she contrasts with the series as a whole.
Somewhat related, I often feel that when it comes to KyoAni's shows, there's often a world of difference between logically grasping the elements that make the shows successful and emotionally doing so. You pretty much have to intuitively grasp the emotions involved to understand why fans love them. Tends to make explaining the appeal difficult, unfortunately.
BTW, while I was driving an anime buddy home last night we got into one of those discussions and came to the conclusion that Kuroneko is probably a fan of Bakemonogatari but not Nise. I found the whole thing somewhat amusing.
Re: Demi's VM on Inu x Boku SS: the show was actually a surprise hit for me. It started somewhat weak, developed into a better than average, slightly oddball anime comedy, and then, just when it seemed like the show might not have much of a plot, finished off with two episodes of the sort of excellent plot and character development I'd love to see in more anime adaptations.
Some quick updates:
-Remember how I wasn't on the Sakimichi no Apollon bandwagon after watching episode one? Well, I watched episodes 2 and 3.
-I was also quite impressed by Sankarea 3 and 4. Looks like the competition for best "spring of the dead" show is going to be a good matchup.
-Speaking of that matchup, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is still my favourite of the group - when it has a good week. It's also (and I probably shouldn't say this when I've only seen two episodes of KoreZomb II so far) the least consistent. Episode 3 was great, episode 4 had parts that were both hit and miss.