Also, it's funny how retrospectively the more I reflect, the more I think HSI was a great series, and that it's "down" episodes were exaggerated aside from episode 3 and a certain Takako/Enishi one at around 17 or something (the minkoface one) and that the majority of its episodes were actually really good, with some outstanding ones like the premier, ending and the Tokyo arc.
Tari Tari hasn't changed, always loved the series and still do. True Tears was going up and up due to lack of great pure romance series and then White Album 2 aired and I got my dose after 5 years. Uchouten Kazoku was amazing but for some reason I have a feeling I'm going to forget how good it was unless I actually rewatch it at some point, whilst with PA's anime original shows (except for NagiAsu), I will always remember them because of their particular atmosphere/style and its female characters. I think this is where that whole DVD/Bluray purchasing mentality comes in where heart > head as I still don't own Uchoten Kazoku. NagiAsu I will remember as an example of Okada indulgence and how I now want nothing with her anymore. Not buying that series.
I don't really have strong opinions on Another and Canaan but I did enjoy them at the time. Angel Beats and Red Data girl belong in the GTFO and Cool story bro tier respectively.
But really, I'm not a PA works fanboy by any means.
Also Pre-HSI and Tari Tari, I didn't really care about PA Works, I just loved True Tears. Then they released those + Uchouten Kazoku + Nagikara to an extent (though I didn't like this one very much as you already know) and now are building a studio image around the anime original slice of life/coming of age genre with the latest instalment going to be Glasslip. But unlike some studios (*cough Kyoani*) they don't tunnel vision into one genre and do try to experiment albeit it results in mixed results - Red Data Girl quality to Uchouten Kazoku quality (I should stop hating on RDG...)
But yeh, post HSI and Tari Tari was when fagmode was activated.
Hanasaku Iroha and Tari Tari hadn't aired yet at the time. This was like pre-Bakemonogatari era.
At the time I nominated Matsuri, Kotomi, Iriya Kana (Iriya no Sora), Horo, Eruruu, Mashiro Mito (Tayutama), Akiko Minase (Kanon) and Renji's mom from EF. I did second Noe's nomination but that was more liking the character than thinking she was a good candidate.