I've been watching this show while playing the game, since the timelines mostly line up. whenever i'd finish a major battle or plot point i'd jump over to the anime and watch up to that point.
but lately i'm more hooked on the show! the most frustrating thing about VC is the horrendously G-rated scrpit. paper thin character relationships and absolutely annoying english voice acting (i play the game with the japanese voices because of this). The japanese cast takes the subject matter seriously, and it shows.
but it still doesnt make up for the boring story telling. The anime really makes up for this, by altering certain character traits and relationships, they weave a much more compelling story. I'm much more concerned about the relationship between anime welkin and anime alicia, than i am about the mannequins in the game. Its not just VC, but the vast majority of JRPGs to come out since the ps2 era. Suddenly every script became a vanilla, inoffensive trudge through mediocrity. Its the interpersonal conflicts that the anime presents, that breathes true life into the characters.
so i'm gonna stop ranting but here's my point: this show is fantastic! dont let franchise associations turn you away, this is a very well done show and in my opinion it is well worth the time. now if only movie adaptations of games could be this good....and game adaptations of movies haha