I don't know if Ringo is a common Japanese name, I do know its the Japanese word for apple, which may have some symbolic significance. Considering that the Japanese words for snow and cherry are common girls names, it doesn't sound too far fetched.
Also, if you think Steins;Gate's ending is happy, you should see the Ever 17's best ending.
Finally, your mentioning of Kamisama Dolls feeling like a 90s show (something I don't really have an opinion on) reminds me that one of the older guys I'm friends with in my anime club screened Dragon Half back to back with Clamp's Miyuki-chan in Wonderland for a few friends and I last weekend. I'm thinking those would be hard to find modern equivalents to.
You probably haven't ever wondered what Taketatsu Ayana and Hanazawa Kana think about loli characters, but if you're interested, I found a clip of it on the youtube channel of the guy who translated the Taketatsu Ayana and Hanazawa Kana in the "Why don't normal people like Otaku anime" thread:
I might have missed the connection had I not know... Kana is one of the few voice actresses whose vocal nuances I can pick up, but she isn't like Noto Mamiko where I'll pick them up like 99% of the time (in Mamiko's case, I once did this when she played a mute character, because of her breathing/eating sounds).
I doubt she'll stop getting a lot of soft spoken roles just because she sounds so good doing them, but I can imagine her becoming known for more than one kind of role. Kind of like Saito Chiwa used to be known for playing cutesy types and is now well known for playing Hitagi and Homura, only with the two role types appearing simultaneously.
Demisoda... I probably should send him something, I've just been incredibly busy recently with going back to school, especially since my department has fairly frequent social events (and its own orientation sessions!) and I'm living away from home this time. You may have noticed I've been posting less frequently in the HanaSaku Iroha forum in general... same cause.
1. Kana really, really wanted to play a bad guy, lol. After this role in Kamisama Dolls, she'll probably get to play more, which is great. I was genuinely impressed with her performance there. If I didn't know going in, I would *never* have guessed that Kana was also the seiyu for Nadeko and Mayuri.
2. Kana doesn't want to get type-casted KugRie style. That cuts with a double-edged sword: It wins you a dedicated fanbase, and surefire work in the future, but it might also limit your options in what characters/roles you get to do.
Oh, by the way, DemiSoda is wondering if his comments on HSI has forever pissed you off towards him. He's getting a bit worried there, lol. I think that DemiSoda is only joking/trolling HSI,
but I know that he's still enjoying the series as a whole. If you have a chance, it might be good to VM or PM him about it.
I know that Kana Hanazawa apparently said something about wanting to play an evil character in the past, but she seemed really into it in this week's Kamisama Dolls. Seriously, that was the voice actress behind Nadeko, Kanade, Mayuri, and even little Tomoka, and who is supposedly a bit shy IRL?
To me it's not just a matter of sheer length. One thing I really noticed playing Tsugumi's route in Ever 17 (the first time I played a VN route in full) is that I felt "closer" to Tsugumi than to most anime characters, even those with similar stories. I credit this to the combination of first person perspective (I've gotten angry at a VN villian in a way I've never felt angry at an anime villian too), the pacing, which was slower than in many anime, allowing me to really absorb the mindset and feelings of the characters, and route system, which meant that the arc I was reading was strongely focused on Tsugumi. And I suspect many VNs have similar perspective, pacing, and story structure qualities.
Of course, one thing that gives me pause is I have seen some VN derived tsunderes be over the top and hammy too. Ever 17 and Steins;Gate are among the cream of the crop and may not actually be that representative of the medium.
One other thing worth noting: many manga and LN based anime are based on incomplete source material. VN adaptations are usually based on VNs with a self-contained storyline.
Very good points on VN tsunderes vs. LN tsunderes. I think that you're definitely on to something there.
I think that the great length of most VNs basically make it impossible for them to just spam the same handful of slapstick-comedy-esque tsundere scenes over and over again (whereas the shorter LNs can pretty much get away with it). Basically, if you're a major female character in a VN, you're going to get hours upon hours upon hours of screen-time. The VN makers pretty much have to flesh out such characters, and round them out, or otherwise people would get bored fast of nothing but the most common tsundere scenes.
Even though I tend to like LN-adaptations over VN-adaptations, here's a inherent strength that the VN has over LNs, agreed. Maybe I should get back into VNs at some point as such.
Quick question: have you watched any of Ro-kyu-bu since the first episode?
I'm not normally a loli show fan, but I'm finding Ryo-ku-bu has gotten surprisingly compelling (unlike, say, Idolmaster which hasn't lived up to its first episode). Some key strengths:
-The plot progression feels more substantial than for most shows of the type.
-Also unlike many shows of this type, the recurring male characters - Subaru himself and one boy from the boys team - seem to be pretty well fleshed out. I like Subaru significantly more than the typical lead for this kind of show.
-I like the relationship between Subaru and Tomoka, which reminds me of Araragi/Nadeko minus the over the top sexual tension. I don't think its just Kana Hanazawa's involvement either.
For what it's worth, I would probably put Anohana ahead of Kanon, because the Ayu route didn't really work for me.
Clannad: After Story sold me on the Nagisa route in Clannad, though (prior to that, I would have preferred Tomoya with a different girl, almost any one of the other girls actually, lol).
I don't think you're way off-base for a moe fan. I know that the Ayu route (and to a lesser extent, the Nagisa route) didn't work for a few other moe fans that watched Kanon and/or Clannad.
I also think that I put a bit greater weight on precision wham moments than a fair number of people do, in fairness. For me, an anime having these "highlights", executed well, have a big advantage over anime shows that don't pull them off as well (or don't try to pull them off at all) They strongly appeal to the theatrical drama lover in me.