Anime update 10/4 '14
I've now wrapped up most of the shows I've been watching from the most recent season. (Sailor Moon Crystal continues, and I have to catch up on Aldnoah.Zero, which is pretty intense so I tend not to watch it casually.)
Hanayamata matched my expectations pretty much exactly: cute, fluffy, entertaining. Sugary almost to the point of irritating. No particular need to watch it again, but a good counterbalance for more serious stuff.
Rail Wars tried hard to balance Dramatic Action with fan service. Almost made it. I definitely preferred the episodes that were more focused on action; the light-hearted episodes tended to slide toward the gratuitous. I don't regret watching it, though — it was still much better than Momo-kyun Sword (which I abandoned 5 minutes into the first episode).
Sabagebu! was completely absurd and over-the-top, but dammit, it made me laugh, and that's really all you could hope for in a show like that. Don't try this at home, kids.
I very much enjoyed Glasslip, which was something out of the ordinary. Inasmuch as it was playing around with alternate realities, I couldn't definitively tell you how the story ended — but that's par for the course in Japanese storytelling, so I'm taking that in stride.
I've already started a few shows from the next season, so we'll see how they shape up. Karen Senki is a computer-animated short-episode show aiming for the same balance as Rail Wars, I think. Terraformars had a pretty brutal first episode; some people are complaining about it having been censored, but I don't mind if they dodge some graphic violence. And Denki-Gai got off to an entertaining start, I hope it can keep it up.