Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Eps 1-12: Meh. Seeing the mystery unfold at long last is nice, but what made the first season great was seeing new and interesting ways for a bunch of stock moe characters to brutally slaughter each other while creepiness steadily mounted. Now that they're not slaughtering each other anywhere near as much, and the answers are starting to outnumber the questions (effectively murdering the creepiness), it's just a bunch of stock moe characters. Quality, ignoring disappointment factor: C. Disappointment Factor: Half a letter grade for another C-.
Princess Tutu Eps 1-2: Utena has now been surpassed as the shoujoiest shoujo ever shoujoed. Other than that, I'm withholding judgment for now. I hate the character designs, but it's already got enough cute little postmodern twists to hold me, despite the incredible twee-ness of the actual plot and the lack of any remotely interesting characters. Really great music, though. Well, not the ending or opening theme so much, but everything else was great. Yay for Tchaikovsky being in the public domain! (At this point, I would like to say that I am very impressed that Firefox's spellcheck recognizes both "twee" and "Tchaikovsky". I am distressed to note, however, that it fails to recognize "spellcheck".)