Hmmm... unlike the character lists I'm not thinking of a lot to say about the best anime list. It might have been different if I was anything close to up date with Tamayura (that I'm not relatively up to date with a show about cute girls with a neat camera* is indicative of how busy I was this fall) - as you probably know I'm a very strong Ikoku Meiro supporter, and I have a hunch that I finishing Tamayura isn't going to change that.
*While I'm of the opinion that digital photography is a godsend, the "classic tech" nerd in me (that side of me that could spend hours wondering the WWII fighters exhibit at the Museum of Flight in Seattle) really digs that Rollei 35. It was the smallest 35mm camera ever built upon release, and only one camera has surpassed it in that regard since - and the Rollei 35 is a far classier looking machine. Plus, it can count the Queen among its users.
As I mentioned to Demisoda, I tend to just pick a group of "shows I really, really loved in 2011" list rather than a formal top ten. This year that comprised seven shows, which is actually quite a lot. In no particular order (except grouped by season): Madoka Magica, Wandering Son, Hanasaku Iroha, Steins Gate, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama Dolls, and Fate/Zero.
I must admit that I feel like I'm painting a bright red bulleye on my back by not including Penguin Drum and Usagi Drop though.
I actually still have a few shows from this year to try and finish up before I go back too... my brother and I just marathoned the original Last Exile plus what's been released of the sequel over a few days. Not sure where I'd rank it just yet, but the original is one hell of a show and despite importing perhaps a few too many "2011 anime sensibilities", the sequel's pretty good too so far.
Dropped a nearly 900 word monster comment on your most recent blog post.
Edit: also, while I have not idea if she'll have time to make it, my girlfriend is thinking of cosplaying Miu for this years convention, complete with stuffed Pannya. If it weren't for my lack of time/skills to make a costume and the fact that I roast during summer even in a t-shirt, I'd probably be tempted to cosplay Shingo with her.
Still not done with exams, but I figured I'd pass this along: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/843/icecreami.jpg/
I actually had a Russian friend of mine translate what this was about... the article has nothing to do with anime whatsoever. It's an interview with a Director of an ice cream maker's Union in a trade paper.
The anime writers may not have considered it particularly relevant since their parents have been together about ten years.
Regarding the height differences:
Shingo is 171cm/5'9
Sana is 148cm/4'10
Miu is 146cm/4'9.5
I really don't think that comes across in the anime. Granted, its not as extreme a difference as that of Gosick co-stars Eguchi Takuya (182cm/6'2) and Yuuki Aoi (who also played Madoka BTW, 145cm/4'9) which I think I've linked previously, but considering the heels Aoi is wearing, its probably not far off either.
However, I just chalk that pet up to an anime-ized cat. Still, it's hilarious to see what his bone structure would be in real life.
As for Sakuno, I don't recall that distinction being made in the anime (i.e. that she is Shingo's stepsister). It might have been something from way back in the first episode that I just forgot though. I'll probably re-watch the first couple of Mashiro-iro Symphony episodes to see if I missed anything there.
Also, while I agree its obvious Sakuno won't win (and even that the most recent episode hints at a "battle of the really short girls" - both Sana and Miu are drawn taller than they supposedly are), did the anime ever mention that she's his stepsister?