Introduction: I don't drop shows very often if I've watched more than one episode. After one episode, I usually have a good idea of whether I'll like it or not. More than one episode, and I feel obligated to finish the story. Furthermore, I very rarely watch sports anime, mostly because they're so "blah shounen" and have little depth and a lot of stupid power-ups.
Plot Twist: This season I have done both of these things that I don't often do! What bee got into my bonnet?
Confession: I dropped Hiiro no Kakera, and will be much more careful about my choice of reverse harem shows in the future. I should know this by now, but anime based on games, particularly eroge and dating sims, tend to suck. Anime based on games, games which are aimed at women, suck even more and make my inner feminist cringe more than it usually does at gendering in media.
Justification: My problem with Hiiro no Kakera was that it was empty. All the male characters are focused on the boringly cute female protangonist, but she's just recently been dropped into their lives and there's no basis for their loyalty. Sure, you can argue that they've been raised/trained to be loyal to her clan or whatever, but in the end that isn't enough for me. On top of that, every episode ends with her insisting (beyond any possible logic) that she be allowed into dangerous action, then being slightly threatened, and then them getting all worried about her. Maybe once she gains her powers, which they keep hinting at, it will get better, but in the meantime, I and my precious bandwidth can't be arsed to bother.
Point: Why can't we write intelligent, thoughtful, meaningful media, anime, movies, books, etc, that are aimed at women? Oh right! Women have no depth!
Sarcasm Aside: I decided to give Kuroko no Basuke a shot. Mostly I liked the character design for Kuroko. It may be my shallow experience with the sports genre speaking here, but it seems rather unusual for the protagonist to be so (albeit sort of deceptively) weak. I am hope hope hoping for some meaningful character/friendship development between Kuroko and Kagami (and not in a shippy sort of fangirl way). But I'm not going to bet on it.
Admission: Yes, I know I could just read the manga and know teh story. I happen to have a personal preference for songs, noise, voicing, color, and movement over static pages of art.