I can respect that. I also don't doubt Bakuman is good.
For me it's just one of those series that I "should" like but for some reason find boring. The two obvious recent series that fall into this category is Silver Spoon and Chihayafuru. You should see how much crap I get from "certain people" on AIM for not liking those two haha.
As I mentioned before, Kasai's peak was when he directed Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile and I believe he directed Major too though I never seen the series (read a bit of the manga a long time ago though). Aoi Hana was also pretty good, a yuri story that isn't about fetishizing the concept, like how Wandering Son didn't fetishize crossdressing and transexuality.
Unfortunately, he just doesn't direct much anymore for me to make an opinion as of late.
I ended up loving it, just not quite enough to fit in the Top 10 (11-13 were basically tied, and just missed). I see people dismiss it as fluff and lightweight, and that saddens me because Gingitsune is actually quite deep and emotionally and psychologically subtle.
As I mentioned on twitter, finished absolutely adored Gingitsune. Think I actually liked it more than you did actually. I think I have a weak spot for these heartwarming, bittersweet, mono-no-aware type stories as of late. Must be getting old or something .
Very nice appetizer before the new Mushishi season starts next season. Which also reminds me, I have still have to watch the 4th season of Natsume...