Mira is pretty win. Very different from the norm, refined yet quite sensual. Somewhat in the vein of Asagi Ryu but more...natural, maybe? In the sense that lately Mira is going for settings more earthy/rustic/before modern times or at least settings with more earthly features.
Pretty good and fair assessment you wrote of the first episode of SAO II and the Sailor Moon remake. I agree with you on how both shows seem to be aiming a fair bit for comedy so far.
With SAO II, I like how the game is a gritty gun-based one. That's a nice change of pace from elf-world.
I found the first episode of Sailor Moon 2014 pretty good. As a teenager, I sometimes enjoyed just chilling out to Sailor Moon. It was a fun watch, nothing to take all that seriously (much like DBZ). It'll probably continue to deliver simple enjoyment for me.
And thanks for the doujin you linked to! I just finished the first Chapter, and it looks promising so far. Very nice artwork and I like the foreign otaku nature of one of the characters.
Just so you know, July 12th (the second Saturday in July, this year) is a local festivity, and my family is fairly busy with it. The festivity also started early yesterday with parades and fireworks. So I'm going to be pretty busy until tomorrow noon or so. I'll try to get back to your latest VMs and PMs around then.
Watching the 1st eps of Sailor Moon Crystal and Sword Art Online 2 - I'm somewhere in the middle on both.
SMC's artwork is fine, but the backgrounds - they're pretty shabby. The permanently hyper nature of this version of Usagi - at least in voice - takes a bit of getting used to. But it's fine. We'll see how it goes once more manga-adherent episodes come in. I don't really feel it to be that shoujo, in all honesty. I feel it more like a comedy so far.
SAO 2 - Yeah, I kinda felt this was somewhat like a comedy. That whole first episode, Kirito was all 'I'd have to be utterly stupid to get back into this again considering what happened last time!' Info dump episode is never a good start for a 1st ep and usually something only established franchises can get away with. I suppose the guns will be blazing in Episode 2. I think as long as one remembers the absurdity and pinches of salt required with SAO, one can handle it.