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.
Wow, is that bloodsucking scene in Strike the Blood episode 4 sexually charged or what?
Usually in shows like this it's the girl who is the vampire, not the protagonist. I was going to comment that this seemed to have a lot more sexual subtext than most of the girl on guy vampire action I recall in anime, then I remembered the scene from 20:37 to 22:22 of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4ldZipnME8
It's not as explicit but I'd tend to say there's some subtext there.
(Bonus: in the unlikely event if I haven't told you who the studio and director for the linked show is already at some time in the past, see if you can guess it based just on that clip.)
Koko has become really interesting to me as they flesh her out. Of course her treatment of Chinami was deplorable and I felt sorry for Chinami. I probably would have reacted similar to Mitsuo - that it's one thing to harass me, but it's another to go after the people around me. But when she opens up as she did this episode, I'm somewhat sympathetic towards her. I've seen people get depressed due to not knowing what they want to do with their lives and it really does drive them to do some crazy things, some more disruptive than others. It's quite possible to be sympathetic to them without condoning their behavior.
Watched Golden Time 4... we're getting quite a few strong episodes this week. I'm glad for some of the story developments in the second part because oh man did I ever feel sorry for Chinami in the first half. I was wondering what role she would end up playing in this drama and its become quite clear.
(Also, am I the only one amused by the fact "2D kun" also seems to be a Chinami fan? This show knows its audience.)
Yeah, I expected a young Tomoe to cameo somewhere, possibly as a newbie waitress... then I realized she's be just a little young for it (13) and decided to go back and check if she was one of the schoolgirls.
For me, the "yep it's her" moment was actually prior to her walking past in that screencap, specifically when she's having a conversation in the background while Satsuki is on the phone. First, as you probably know, Noto Mamiko's voice is quite distinct and I was able to make that out even with the low volume. Second, it's just barely possible to make out that her friend addresses her as Tomoe. Of course, being background conversation the subbers didn't bother with it.