I actually haven't been watching any anime recently, been really busy as of late and haven't had the time.
But I have watched Toradora! and it's a pretty good show. Can't say that it stood out in my opinion, although I really did enjoy it overall. Sola is a show that I've already seen as well and I can't say much about it either but since you're watching these shows recently, I wouldn't mind hearing your thoughts on them.
It can help refresh my memory as well since it's been a while since I've seen these series
You know what's funny? I actually preferred Yuri over Kanade Something about Kanade that I never really got into, but that's just personal taste It's definitely not even close to the level of Maeda's prior works. The ending to AB! had the same affect on me, I just never really got settled and the whole romance thing between Otonashi and Kanade made me go "lolwut?"
Don't get me wrong, I'm also a fan of Maeda's humor although some of it admittedly felt slightly forced. The rocket chairs was probably the highlight of all his comedy scenes in this series for me. Although the Naoi "thumbs up" routine was also pretty funny.
Still, I had the whole series downloaded in HD but I deleted it as soon as it finished. I'm just not going to re-watch it.
I like the core cast; as you might guess I can't resist characters like Kanade, lol.
The show itself, I thought was ok. Not good, not bad, perhaps above avg. It's just nowhere near the same league as Air/Kanon/Clannad. The ending to AB! was rather dull and just bounced off me in terms of emotion; like nothing happened. I was like "is that it?"
But at least it was kinda funny and there's a few touching moments in episodes 8/9/10. I just don't think the show has done anything to really impress me. Fortunately, I love Maeda's kind of humor tho.
I've always wanted a flashy sig and avatar combo but I had to find the right one Luckily someone posted that freebie with Nagisa and I just had to grab it.
It seems like you're pretty interested in Angel Beats!. In all honesty, it didn't catch my attention as much as I would have liked. Of course it's just because of my preferences. I'm a Slice of Life/Romance kind of guy so Angel Beat! just couldn't do it for me.