The ending twist managed to make that flashback even more adorable than it already was. Glad to hear you liked it as I suspected you might but wasn't sure if there would still be hard feelings over last week's twist.
The climax does borrow a bit liberally from Raiders of the Lost Ark but it's good enough I didn't even notice that the first time around.
I thought the climactic fight was pretty incredible - well choreographed and the blended CG and conventional actually looked quite good IMO - not something I would necessarily have predicted after the hummers in episode 1. 8bit might be establishing themselves as someone to watch here - granted, they worked on the Macross F movies and Aquarion Evol, but those were collaborations with Satelight (which is where a lot of their staff originate from). I don't think stuff like Infinite Stratos and Walkure Romanze has really given them the chance to shine like this.
Makoto's story was very powerful, I felt. I did find it a bit creepy to watch Makoto lose her humanity, though I guess technically she never truly had it to begin with...
I love Komari's character design, and her personality in general is fine, but I wish she had less of that "Special Ed" feeling to her. If she was more "normal", like actual Nagisa, I'd probably like Komari a bit more and like her route a lot more.
Fuuko's story had its moments, and her character was kind of amusing. But yeah, like Archon, I can see why her story came first, lol.
Of the three characters, I'd say Makoto is the strongest, so I'm with you there.
But there is one specific thing I like about Komari. In spite of her weaknesses (or perhaps even due to them), I think she works great in a supporting cast role. In small quantities, she's pretty amusing and endearing. In fact, I'd say this is the biggest strength of the Little Busters! cast in general. I feel like they're greater than the sum of their parts, whereas I'm not sure I would say that about the Kanon and Clannad casts. All of the LB! girls have good chemistry with each other and with the LB! guys. Haruka, Komari, and Kud work well as this highly exuberant trio, while Kurugaya brings the edge/wit and Mio brings some depth and nice contrast.
Spoiler for Re: Makoto - Fuko - Komari comparison:
Oddly enough, I really like Makoto - she's one of my favourite Key characters - and don't much care for Fuko and Komari. My girlfriend is the exact opposite.
That said, I'm not sure I like Makoto's story, at least in the anime (I don't know if it comes across differently in the game). It's interesting in that it borrows a bit from mythology about fox spirits, but man, watching Makoto regress was painful for all the wrong reasons. At least I reacted to it better than my brother - I got to witness his reaction to the last episode and it was something akin to what I imagine it would look/sound like if he bit into something and realized it was completely rotten.
No spoilers, just a moving enough episode I couldn't resists... though Reck tells me that this this particular arc wasn't written by Maeda.
I did have some idea how short they were just because Vancouver has one of the largest east asian communities outside Asia itself. I do occassionally seel tall asians, but its rare and when it happens they tend to be very thin for their height.
You next to some anime girls would probably end up looking something like Eguchi Tasuya (6'2)next to Yuuki Aoi (4'9) at some Gosick events. Note Aoi is wearing boots with a fairly pronounced heel here: http://hashihime.blogspot.ca/2011/04...ami-saori.html
I'm not as familiar with guy's heights in anime though I know Yuuichi is 5'10 and Tomoya is 5'9. Koyomi in Bakemonogatari is actually only 5'5 (same as Hitagi).
(Edit: since we're on the topic of Kurugaya's arc... she 5'7, which is actually one of the taller bishoujo anime characters I can think of. The tallest would be Motoko from Love Hina who is 5'9.)
About my height... For a long time, I never bothered getting specific height and weight dimensions for anime characters I like (I still don't unless I'm really into the series and/or am writing it in a fanfic). But there was a conversation we once had about Kotomi Ichinose that was an eye-opener for me. I had long thought that Kotomi was tall, because that's how she appeared relative to most of the rest of the Clannad cast. But it was then that I learned through discussions with you that anime characters tend to be short relative to us westerners. And I guess that's because Asians in general don't have as many very tall people (i.e. over 6 feet) as what we have in the west.
It does feel strange sometimes to know that I would seem like a total giant to most of my favorite anime characters.
As for the B2s...
Spoiler for Coppelion discussion:
Thanks for the info. I don't mind it too much because, let's face it, the B2s are probably what Coppelion went with because they're so distinctive and "cool". If given a choice between a generic air-fighter/air-bomer or the B2, I'd be inclined to go with the B2 myself. I mainly just hope that, in Coppelion, they're being piloted by some group that I could imagine procuring them.