Anybody seen this? I just watched the first episode (which was an hour long) and really enjoyed it. The mecha's power source is an original concept (people from a certain part of the world have the ability to psychically manipulate quartz, so they built a bunch of mechs and guns out of it) and there's a sh*t ton of well-animated action.
the plot is standard fare, war between neighboring nations. however i felt a connection to the main and even background characters, they're well personalized and multi-faceted. you're dropped into the action immediately and backstory is achieved through brief flashbacks.
although, i do have one minor complaint... the barrels of all guns are square? and shoot rectangular bullets? why? if society is advanced enough to make mecha, surely they're advanced enough to know that a round bullet fired from a rifled barrel is far more aerodynamic, poweful and accurate. yes the bullets are fired by psychic energy (referred to in-show as "magic"), but even so the basics of gun design shouldn't change. well i'm a gun nut so this really bothered me.
anyway i rambled. great show!