Da Capo II (or "D.C. II"--no relation to the city with "Taxation Without Representation" license plates) is the latest iteration of the Da Capo franchise, set two generations in the future from the first Da Capo, with many of the cast being grandchildren of the original Da Capo characters. Although I'm sure Key fans would violently disagree, I'm actually looking forward to this more than Clannad. I let myself be spoiled on the general plot of D.C. II--I'm not about to give anything away, but I think it could be better and more dramatic than the original. Of course, if you're too good for bishoujo series and think all anime should be deeper and more profound than the Mariana Trench, you'd be better off re-watching Lighter than White, or whatever it is the serious people watch.
Yume appears first--does this mean Yume gets The Win? Or am I overanalyzing? She'll be voiced by Yui Horie of Kanon, To Heart, Love Hina and eight-billion-other-series fame, so next year's Saimoe better watch the hell out.
Otome! My first choice for 'winner' of the series, which probably guarantees she won't win. Pink ribbons are so moe it's amazing the screen doesn't just burst the hell into flames when she's on camera.
Sakura, the youngest-looking obaasan ever. If her secret for not looking older ever got out, the multi-billion dollar anti-wrinkle cream industry would go knockers up in a New York minute.
If you were a Kotori fan in the first Da Capo, there's Shirakawa Nanaka in D.C. II, who I'm guessing is her granddaughter. Probably stands a snowball's chance in hell of winning though...