A "And Now for Something Completely Different" recommendation: episodes 2-4 of Dororon Enma-kun: Meramera have really sold me on the show. It's a remake of a 1970s Go Nagai manga/anime (Dororon Enma-kun) made by Brains Base.
It *is* an ecchi comedy, but its so creative, demented, and depraved compared to most of the genre its not even funny. Well, the comparison at least. The show is completely and utterly hilarious, like some sort of Gurren Lagann of demented and depraved comedy.
I really like the bittersweet nature of Madoka's ending. The bits with Madoka's mom and Homura at the end of episode 11 were probably my favourite scenes. That said, things got a bit complicated towards the end (which affected pacing a little) and i still feel like I need to go through with a fine tooth comb to make sense of it. Overall a very strong ending though.
-The guy pictured with the Hanekawa cosplayers in 456 and 467 is Vofan, who illustrated the Bakemonogatari light novels. 463 and 465 are based off a picture he showed us at his panel.
-I think 493 is actually an NIS America representative.
-531 is a table made by a company that makes "gaming furniture"... it has removable top panels so you can store a game in progress underneath, laptop/gamebook tray, and cupholders/storage bins. It's also cost as much as a good gaming rig with a ultra high res display.
-Yes, 568 is a guy cosplaying as the Joker in a Ronald McDonald costume, and yes, 559 is an R2-D2 umbrella.
Hana-Saku Iroha Episode 3 isn't a bad episode, per se, but it just doesn't work in a serious drama (if that is, in fact, what Hana-Saku Iroha is intended to be). It's just too utterly unrealistic, imo.
Kind of surprised, actually, that this didn't give you severe tonal whiplash.
Brief comment since I have evening shift coming up, will say more later: it may hit a few too many common otaku tropes, but Hidan no Aria is one hell of a fun series. I think I'm developing a fetish for short skirts and thigh holsters.
AnoHana and Denpa Onna are also great... and I still need to see the first episode of C. Today's really giving the new season a boost...
Not going to comment too much on the new season stuff (been busy the past couple days) in this post except to say that I think Hoshizora has quite possible the worst opening episode I've seen for a VN adaptation. Looks like I'll be looking to Steins;Gate for my miko fetish this season.