Summer 2011 Anime season – best of

Now that (hopefully) there aren’t any more UK riots for you to watch, perhaps it’s time to have a look at how some of the 2011 anime is faring.
Steins Gate: I’m continuing to watch this. Yes, the hero is a dork, but I want to see how it all turns out. As I may have mentioned previously, some of the story elements, i.e. the Internet poster calling himself John Titor and claiming to have come from the future, and the early IBM computer with extended code-handling ability, aren’t fiction!
Hanasaku Iroha: I’m still enjoying this melodrama, focused on the young workers at a hot-spring inn.
Usagi Drop: This story continues to be charming and looks true-to-life. The little girl, Rin, is really cute.
Ikoku Meiru no Croisee: The story of a young Japanese girl in 1890’s Paris continues to please. Annoying rich girl Alice Blanche tries to lure Yune away from her metalworker guardians and add Yune to her Japan-oiserie collection.
No.6: This dystopic sci-fi series continues to hold one’s interest, though the plotting seems uneven. After a slow start, episode #2 was fast-paced action. Then a couple of episodes of daily life in the slums. Shion has been infected by the bee parasite, but survives. There’s an increasingly obvious homo-erotic tension involving the two main characters, and the disclosure of a psychic or telepathic link between key characters including Rat and Shion’s school friend Safu. Safu may have attracted the unwelcome attention of the No.6 authorities. The future world is evoked in detail -see above.
Mawaru Penguin Drum: I’m continuing to watch this totally unpredictable series. Himari and family become more involved with stalker-girl Ringo and her weird diary.
Kami-sama no memo-chou (God’s Notepad): I’m still watching this unconventional detective drama. Well-made and interesting, though Narumi is a bit of a doormat and Alice is annoying.
R-15: Dropped after an implausible episode #3.
The IDOLM@STER: I seem to have lost interest in this for the moment.
Double-J: I’m still following this ultra-short. Maybe I’ll eventually figure out what the gag is.
Most titles are licensed for streaming (though not necessarily in one’s country of residence!)