For many people (read: impression I received from forum browsing), Air was the piece that opened their eyes to the existence known as KyoAni. Crisp animation, decent music, and heart-warming/wrenching scenes made KyoAni stood out at the time. Then
Haruhi came along and knocked on the remaining unenlightened individuals' doors.
And since you're all doing it:
1). A fair share I suppose, but not all. I have a feeling if you go out there and ask about KyoAni, half of them will reply with a Key title, and half with Haruhi or Lucky Star. It's pretty much split in factions.
2). Eh, not really. Unless Munto does manage to shoot up exponentially in story-telling and execution, KyoAni's most prominent skill will remain in good adapting. They have a keen eye for what is good to adapt, and the ability to bring forth the merit, but they just can't do that out of thin air.
3). Indeed they produce good quality stuff. Their attention to animation details, smoothness, and artwork is also one of their virtues.
4). If time is a prerequisite for quality assurance, then they can have as much time they want. Well, not AS MUCH TIME AS THEY WANT but bah you know what I mean. Recently though, they're beginning to break some old customs by animating After Story and Munto
and the Haruhi shorts
5). I can't really answer this, because I wasn't there at that time to witness the reactions. Kyoto Animation seems quite alien to many back then though, from what I've gathered.
6). I can see this happening, to be honest. If my perceptions still has some credit in them, I can swear that animation quality for other studios has gone up over the past years. The records (aka other anime fans) seems to indicate that KyoAni's animation quality has been pretty static, not improving much since Air. If this continues, the lead KyoAni established years ago will get diminished more and more....
7). Of course it's never fair to associate characters with studios instead of the story. At least, not the way biased people does it. This statement can
actually to be justified (with difficulty and by generalization), if most characters said studio does IS actually hateable. But I digress, that was just semantics.
8). Because I believe Haruhi and Clannad are already good enough as is, having another studio do it instead will likely be detrimental to its quality (but I wonder what happens if Shaft animated Lucky Star
). But for Shana, I'll gladly accept Kyoto Animation animating it. Hopefully it'll come out with less season cliff-hangers, messed up drama, and slow progress.