I also agree with you about your thoughts about Sana in Mashiro, btw. I think the best possible "ending" for her would be to "calm down" and reflect some over her actions and lost opportunities as a result. I like the tsundere trope when it is portrayed as a temp stage of emotional immaturity that one grows out of ... for me this is the most believable. (This was one of the reasons, foe example, why I liked the "true end" arc of Ore no Imouto so much more over the "good end" arc; and also why I have been enjoying the Kaichou wa Maid-sama manga up to now.)
Incidentally, I had thought of Chihaya's "asexuality" not so much in the context of her being so caught up in Karuta that she does not care ... but moreso as a little bit of a state of "arrested development", I guess. I have a feeling that part of her maturing into a both a better player and a more integral person will involve her ... umm ... let's see ... not so much as having Karuta be the main influence in her life, but having her life be the main influence in Karuta, if you get my meaning.
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you found my assessment of Chihaya's character a compelling one there.
It is a bit odd how seemingly asexual she is, so I wanted to find out what could be causing that. The best possible answer, I think is "Oh, she's so caught up in Karuta she doesn't care about stuff like romance any more".
Ty for the avy explanation ... makes a little more sense to me now.
Yes indeed ... I happen to be very fond of the "healing genre" of anime in general; I'd even say exceptionally fond of it. So of course my tastes will excuse a lot of "other elements" that others might look for and exalt that series high up in my estimation. Coupled with that is that I was already a huge fan of Tamayura from the OVAs and the Drama CD. It will definitely be among my faves for the year.
But to be fair, even though I love the series, it still does not exceed Ikoku Meiro for me. The latter is definitely shaping up to be my fave series of the year ... if something "de-thrones" it I will be quite shocked! Yune is still proudly occupying her throne and ruling with an iron fist.
Re. Mashiro-iro ... I also like the fact that Sakuno is so normal ... although we will see as the eps progress.
My avatar is a fusion of Gai (his hair, mainly, lol) from Guilty Crown and the famous Command and Conquer video game character Kane. It's based upon:
1. The neat similarities I and some other GC fans see between Guilty Crown and Command and Conquer.
2. The fact that while Gai is pretty cool, he'd be even better if he was more like Kane, lol.
Oh, by the way, I'll say that I'm still thoroughly enjoying Tamayura Hitotose, since I noticed that you and Enzo are talking about it. I consider Hitotose one of my Top 5 of Fall 2011, and there's some chance it'll be in my personal Top 10 list of the entire year.
However, I do see Enzo's well-stated critique. Tamayura does one thing extremely well (heavenly heartwarming healing anime), and it's to be commended for that, but there's not much it does other than that one thing. For this reason, I couldn't put it ahead of the Madokas and Steins;Gates of the year. Still, Tamayura adds a lot of balance to the Fall 2011 season. It's great to have a serious "healing" anime without heavy romance in it.
As for Mashiro-iro Symphony, my views are somewhat similar to Enzo's. Sana's character is likable enough, but she's also the one that's the hardest to swallow characterization-wise, but she certainly could have been executed much worse. I really like Sakuno, in large part because she's not a heavy brocon or raising incest flags. She clearly loves her brother, but it lacks a sexual tint to me, and I like that. I hope the anime keeps her that way, but I'll probably just sigh and eyeroll a bit if they don't.
I really like both Airi and Miu, and I'd be completely floored if one of them doesn't end up with Shingo by the end of the anime, so I'm a happy camper shipping-wise at the moment. ^_^
Yes, yes indeed! iM@S is great! Solid is a wonderful word for it ... I was originally expecting very little but brainless fanservice to the extreme, but it turned out to be very wholesome and realistic, looking into the lives of an up and coming idol agency's members. I find the idols to be charming and endearing at the same time. It's actually quite refreshing imo.
As for poor Shu ... good take on his being a more realistic portrayal of modern day otaku sorts. But I must admit, otaku or otherwise, the guy is still a shy and awkward teenager - and Inori's actions (whatever her real or faked motives, etc.) had to hit him hard.