You were right about Ikoma and Kotetsujo no Kabaneri. Man, were you ever right...
What's your trick for figuring out this sort of stuff, Kazu-kun? Just never get your hopes up and assume that "the rules of anime" will always be followed, even when a different approach would be so much better?
As much as I like Hai-Furi and Kabaneri, your criticisms of them make me realize that anime creators badly need to think outside the box more and add more nuance into their writing and
Make what you will about this quip on Asuka and Reina from Hibike (I'm p much avoiding posting in that thread because, well...)
Spoiler for Hibike!:
Asuka flirts with everyone but doesn't give a damn about anyone
Reina acts indifferent to everyone but is affectionate when alone with a loved one
Asuka gets bitchier and bitchier as the series goes on
Reina gets friendlier and friendlier as the series goes on
Asuka has a side role despite calling so much attention to herself
Reina is The Main Star despite being so unassumptive
Asuka is an open book that gives Kumiko more questions than answers
Reina is the mystery that Kumiko is slowly unraveling
Asuka uses music to give her life meaning
Reina uses music to find meaning in her life