I spent a good portion of this month traveling, hence the break in activity.
Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
I believe I commented earlier that this show was pretty easy on the eyes. That was an understatement. The animation is honestly pretty damn topnotch sometimes. And Kotoha is awesome. I like her character, I like her design, I like her ability.
I went and did a bit of research concerning just where this anime sits in the continuity, and apparently it is actually supposed to be generally covering the beginning of the manga. It sure as heck doesn't feel that way, though. Take the vampire twins, for example, or the cop. The story treats them as familiar characters, but they never had an introduction...
I think I finally understand what's been throwing me for a loop with IBO. I don't want to make Gundam sound like some super intelligent franchise, but I do feel like they're usually more cerebral than IBO. It's a franchise that loves to portray clashes between various philosophical and political ideals. IBO has this as well (mainly in McGillis and Rustal), but on the whole it's less about a bunch of high-minded individuals fighting to change the world and more about people fighting to preserve what's important to them, or better their own lives. So the battles are more emotional, more base, and more brutal. What the show lacks in complexity it makes up for in raw impact.
Company of Heroes 2
I'm probably lying to myself even as I write this, but I don't know how much more of this game I have left in me. It's still fun, but the community is insufferable, and it's obvious Relic's not going to add anything more to it beyond perhaps the occasional skin or balance patch.
This is a great show and I'm glad I finally got around to watching it. However, as mature adventure stories go I think I liked Michiko and Hatchin more.