If he didn't like Hyouka, Hanasaku Iroha, Uchouten Kazoku and Shin Sekai Yori I'd have to say that your tastes are closer to mine than his. Though on the other hand, I occassionally ship, like K-On (and Gochuusagi and...), and sort of like No Game No Life* - though Seikoku no Dragonar is by far my favourite guilty pleasure of the season thus far.
(It has kemonomimi and gorgeous Sakurasou style artwork, but I have a love/hate relationship with the over the top characterization and fanservice.)
I don't suppose you could clarify what you consider to have been the good "moe shows" of years past? I'm not quite sure how you draw the line on what's a moe show and what isn't.
Oh you don't know me if you think I'm ironic, witty and "Archon-Wing" like most of the time. Should see me in LoL and how much I rage at the smallest of shit. Reth does too though lol.
I also said I like the artstyle of Atelier, not the games itself. But that's more because I like Kel Mishida's art. I don't play JRPGs unless they called Persona or from Atlus . And Demon Souls/Dark Souls if those count.
On that topic, Rethice hasn't posted on this forum for god knows how long. We also actually have pretty different tastes in anime, particularly when it comes to titles with emphasis on "moe", we like and we constantly like to give each other shit for it.
Examples: He likes Log Horizon and No Game No Life, I do not. He likes Nagi no Asu Kara, I do not. I like Hyouka, Hanasaku Iroha, Uchouten Kazoku, he does not (what a heathen for liking the "worse" PA shows and disliking the "better" ones ). I like Ping Pong and Shin Sekai Yori, he does not. I like Makoto Shinkai movies, he does not. He's a shipper, I am not!
There's a few titles where we both like Psycho Pass, Fate Zero, Spice and Wolf, Mushishi, Usagi Drop and the like but they are not too common .
I think he has more common in tastes with you actually. Just don't mention Hyouka. He's been giving me shit for recommending it to his anime club (didn't get voted out and was finished in its entirety) for about 3 months straight. Said it was the worst Kyoani series since K-on .
Sakura Kagura. I remember that title. Just seeing that artstyle screams Kel Mishida off the bat (I like his artstyle including the ones he did for the Atelier games).
Sora no Method has a pretty nice art style. Might be tempted to try it out just for that, though chances are it might just be another "moe" show. My quality threshold for moe shows are pretty "pretentious".
And ffs, must you always mention HSI ep 3. It's an offensive and terribad episode that needs to be killed with fire!
I don't think Kanon's head writer (Naoki Hisaya) was ever involved with Tari Tari, there was evidence that lead to speculation he might be but people (including me) jumped the gun on it.
Hisaya has been involved in a number of works since Kanon: a VN called Moon Childe, Sola (you do know this, right?), a novel series called Sakura Kagura, and an anime slated to air this fall called Sora no Method.
Sakura Kagura was published by Infinite (or was it? I can't find evidence of actually being released online... this turned up in the search but then I realized its another author's book), a production company that has also been involved with Tari Tari, Nagi no Asukara and Glasslip (and one non-PA Works show... Da Capo III), and, interestingly enough, had Hanasaku Iroha's character designer as its illustrator.
The speculation/confusion came about because Infinite announced that Naoki Hisaya would be working on an original project for them shortly after Tari Tari was announced, without announcing what that project was.
(BTW, a thought just occurred to me? You know how the bondage stuff in Hanasaku Iroha's third episode was modelled by a male employee of PA Works? How much of Okada's emasculation phase coincides with her having contact with PA Works? Maybe this stuff went two ways.)