Old school - The only thing that's different so far is the visuals. SO WHAT?
New school - OMG! So pretty!
Maybe once the more manga-loyal parts kick in, attitudes will change. But I think this newer version highlights the vast difference in values/what people watch anime far in the different gens.
As for SAO2, some friends attest it will be the best comedy of 2014. That might indicate something.
LL - No offense, since I know you love it. But idols really creep me out. That's why I don't have anything to do with it. I get that in terms of making a cohesive story around it, the visual package, etc. - that it does those things well. But....idols...can't do it.
I have to admit it's a bit surprising how "heavy duty" the comments on the SM remake have been (I haven't got into SAO II yet, so I can't comment on that yet). But I guess that one issue is that SM seems to be attracting a larger audience, at least here on AS, than Love Live! did. As popular as Love Live! is in Japan, it doesn't seem to have caught on as much with western audiences.
I mean, for whatever reason, even some AS friends of mine who tend to go for moe haven't watched LL! yet. I guess that the idol concept is so alien to many westerners that it's hard to get into a show all about a subcategory of that - School Idol.
Magical girls are a bit more accepted, though, because they're fairly similar to superheroes, which are all the rage in the west right now. So more people watch Sailor Moon, but the more people you add to an audience the harder it is to please everybody.
Gakuen Polizi - the latest from the author of Girl Friends - has now been released in English. Found a copy of the first volume newly released in my regular haunt today. Would recommend following that up since Milk Morinaga is the eternal yuri win bastion.