I haven't watched it, but to be honest, I was really surprised how many people thought it was something great to watch when even the summary seemed like one of the stupidest things I'd heard. But I guess people were expecting "Starship Troopers: The Anime"? Which I'll admit was a movie I enjoyed, but more as a mocking parody than an actual sci-fi film, especially when you realize how different it is from the book the movie was supposed to be based on...
Anyways, I watched episode 1 of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
, and I liked it a lot. Maybe a bit cliche, but overall it seems like a very cool first episode, and I'm hoping it keeps things interesting. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Also, Funimation's website has not crapped out on me since I've checked it for the past week, and the episode I watched played fine. Might watch GARO tonight if I can.
Can't watch GARO until Friday, so I watched the first episode of Laughing Under The Clouds
and hoooo boy, I haven't seen a first episode this rushed in a long time. Perhaps the beginning was way too slow in the source material, though - absolutely nothing of interesting happened until the last third of the episode, so I guess they had no choice but to rush things. Still, it was a terrible first impression all around...I'll try to give it two more episodes to see if it gets better, though. I never expected it to be perfect, but my gut told me it'd be watchable at least. Hoping it's right...
EDIT MK 2:
Saw the first two episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: Reconguista in G
, and will be watching the third episode in the morning. The pacing wasn't perfect and there were some basic questions left unanswered, which hopefully more details in later episodes will clear up
(seriously, why do they not take prisoners seriously when they obviously have trained guards and police forces and now even an army? No handcuffs? No security locks? No security cameras? I mean, apparently piracy warrants the death penalty, yet it feels more like they're slapping them on the wrist and letting them go! No seriously, twice they just let prisoners leave and didn't seem to give it much thought...)
But other than that, it was a pretty fun set of episodes and I look forward to seeing where it goes. Also, the battles feel like they've learned a lot from Gundam Unicorn. A lot less reused animations and one-hit explosions like you'd see in previous series, much more battle damage with a variety of attack methods, and everyone seemed to have a certain level of competance expected from their level of training (except the main hero, though he has actually been trained to use a mobile suit, including some emergency fighting techniques. He's still way too good at this, though).
Oh, and I like the main hero's chipperness. Gundam heroes can be a bit broody and/or serious, so it's nice to see someone who keeps generally upbeat, even when he makes a mistake.
EDIT Thrice:Mobile Suit Gundam: Reconguista in G
Why does the recap of Reconguista always basically beg the viewer to watch the next episode? Actually, I don't think it was even begging this time. "Even if you don't want to watch it, Watch it!" XD
Anyways, episode 3 was cool, and some details are finally clearing things up. The Captial whatsit is basically OPAC, so I guess they've never actually had to deal with problems before, since they just hold the whole world hostage any time anybody does something they don't like, under the pretense of keeping the world safe and preventing people from repeating the mistakes of the past.
Which explains why their military is so explicitly incompetant. Like, they let the Pirate girl go back to her Gundam, and in the process she stole it and kidnapped 3 people, including the Hero who keeps helping her because he's all tsudere for her or something, and apparently he has parents in high places (which might explain why he's so stupidly trusting?).
No, seriously, he even helped her start it up and do all the checks and everything and she's all "oh btw, I'm not letting you use this Suit, I'm taking it and going back to my Unit." And he's all "o rly, you need help with that? Let me sit on the dashboard awkwardly and never try to stop you even once." (at least the girl tried to stop her, if pulling on her cheeks and maybe her left arm actually counts as trying to stop her...)
And in the next episode they're going to force him to fight his own guys somehow. Our hero, folks. :P
With all that said, at least this show doesn't take itself seriously enough for all the stupidity to get annoying. This show reminds me a lot of Xabungle so far, actually, where it's a lot of cartoony silliness mixed with some surprising realism here and there, and some serious undertones and story elements.
Watched the first episode of World Trigger
, and it was pretty good. Dunno what others meant by "poor Pacing and animation", everything seemed pretty spot on to me. Not the greatest first episode, but it introduced the characters and the action well, had some fun moments, and set things up for the story to start in the next episode. I suppose they skipped some details, but I didn't feel lost or anything, nor was I ever bored or felt like they were wasting time. There were some frustrating character traits (which I guess could grow on me) and weird dialogue (is that one two-tone-haired guy admiring him or being sarcastic?), but for the most part I really enjoyed it and look forward to watching more.
Gundam: Reconguista in G ep. 4
While I'm still conflicted about the main character's actions, and the pirates aren't much better about dealing with prisoners...I mean at least these guys seem to have an inkling as to what they should be doing, but then they don't follow through...
But other thann that, it's getting pretty interesting, and now there's some mystery to the Gundam itself and the motivations of the capital army. Definitely looking forward to seeing more.