Haha, actually, I still don't know the details myself. I just saw a couple threads with the subject in the topic title a while back on 4chan's /a/ forum, although it seems like some other posters here are informed as well. For now, I won't be actively searching out the spoilers, although I don't know how long that can last. Now that I've heard (as maximilianjenus said) that it was Gen/Gekidan Inu Curry themselves who gave out the spoilers, I might consider hearing them after all.
Madoka's third movie plot has been spoiled? I have to admit I'm tempted to hear them.
Knowing how much I like to talk about my favorite anime shows, and knowing how unwilling I'm likely to be to watch a cam-rip, I'll almost certainly be spoiled on them before I watch the movie anyway. So... if you yourself have already been spoiled on the plot, feel free to share the key points of them with me over PMs. If you don't mind.
I know you haven't been following it in a long time, but I thought you might be interested in knowing that I finally finished off all the Mami Lives! routes (one for Sayaka, one for Homura, various "Madoka loses out" and/or bad ends, and two for Mami).
Here are the things I like about Love Live! vis a vis other idol-themed works:
The cast are all "normal" high school girls. And the predominance of the high school setting (as opposed to some sort of idol talent agency) lends itself to more in the way of character distinctiveness, I find. With IdolMaster, I felt that the girls blurred/overlapped a bit too much because all of them already started out as idols (from Episode 1), and for all of them it was about finding a quirky personality characteristic that they could play for appeal. In Love Live!, the girls all have very distinct personalities that go well beyond trying to be an appealing idol. They're not defined by what they bring on-stage.
Love Live! actually makes me think of a really good superhero origin story, just replace "super-hero" with "school idol". The yuri isn't too much of a problem because the lack of business side means that there's very minimal internal competitiveness between the girls. For all of the girls, the team comes first because they have a team-goal (I'd say more, but it might spoil things).
Love Live! is like VRO, though, in that it teases yuri pairings in every direction rather than picking particular pairs and sticking to them (like Saki, say).
Anyway, I've really loved the show, and so I do recommend it to you. But be prepared - the first episode is probably the weakest. I know somebody who now loves the show as much as I did, but almost dropped it after the first episode, lol.
Haha, yeah, Love Live! has caught my eye a couple times. I usually tend to keep somewhat of an eye on how anime sales go for each season, and Love Live! seems by far and away one of the most successful shows of this season. Of course, the predominantly female cast/yuri subtext would be an attraction too.
For whatever reason, up to now I haven't really done too much exploration of idol-themed anime. I did pick up and continue AKB0048, but that was more due to the absurdity/novelty factor of the proposed setting (government-banned entertainment, sort of like Girls and Panzer (in terms of craziness) lol). Not only did I miss out on Love Live!, but I never got into IdolMaster too.
What's your take on the idol-themed aspect of the Love Live! series? And I guess I'm kind of curious about the yuri subtext too. Generally I've carried a bit of a feeling that those aspects would go against each other. Still though, Love Live! does seem like it's been a bit of a hit this season, so I might check it out down the line (particularly if they happen to get a second season).
I've enjoyed VRO, Love Live! School Idol Project, Little Busters!, Psycho-Pass, and Shin Sekai Yori. Of the 4 of those you haven't seen, I think you'd probably like Love Live! the best. There's a lot of good drama and plot twists in it, and a fair bit of yuri subtext and heartwarming friendship dynamics.
I also haven't decided what Spring shows I'll be following.
Hey Triple R. Life has been pretty busy with my return to university, but I've also thankfully managed to find time for stuff like the recent Canadian Madoka movie airings.
In terms of anime recently, every season I tend to be able to find a solid selection of shows that I really enjoy greatly. For this recent season it was VividRed Operation and Sasami-san@Gambaranai (I'll pretty much always love SHAFT no matter what, lol, but recently Sasami-san has even formed up to be a pretty great yuri series). The recent 3 minute anime adaptations coming from Comic Earth Star Magazine series have also been surprisingly to my tastes, Teekyuu and Yama no Susume in particular. On top of that, a large part of my sustained enjoyment over seasons has been a number of longer running anime: I've really had a good time with Ginga e Kickoff and Hyouge Mono which are currently being subbed by Doremi, for example.
I still haven't looked into the upcoming Spring season though, with the final weeks of this semester coming up. I'm looking forward to the break afterwards, lol. How's it been going with you? I've noticed you in the VividRed Operation thread, any other series you've been enjoying or are looking forward to?
Still, I felt compelled to defend my reasoning on Sayaka and Homura's narration a bit. Your other criticisms I accept without complaint, since they're more an issue of reader reception and taste than anything else, and I do see where you're coming from on them.