Okay, this is a series that has a hell of a lot to live up to, I consider this an important anime. I'm genuinely anxious to see how this will turn out, so let's get started:
In the first few seconds, I was despairing already, it was some fan-service and an exchange found in average anime. However, whilst I never calmed down, my despair did lessen, and I do have some hope for this now.
Okay, so what are the good points? The animation, it's amazing, the CGI works excellently as well, then again you hope it would considering it looked pretty good already in the production 8 years ago, it's been a long time. The background music is pretty good too, some of it is slightly generic, but most of it was good, and much of it reminded me of the old Last Exile, particularly the first track that played after the opening. I know constant comparisons might not be appreciated, but for me it's inevitable, I'm going to do this the whole way through unless it falls well below the standard of the first one or it shows itself to be a completely different type of anime.
Anyway, I forgot, WE HAVE DIO. Now, I don't know if this is in the same universe, and if it is, I'm not sure if this is set before or after the original series, I don't know, and it doesn't matter much for now. In any case, if he's here, that's a boost to the characters...
...and they need a boost, they're looking pretty weak as of now, I'll see how they'll turn out, but they look to me as if they tend to the tropes. It's too early to slag them off too much, but they're quite disappointing.
The story, well, we're right into the thick of it already, which I think is for the best, since I didn't like the characters too much. Don't know how many episodes this is supposed to be, but I hope it's a 2-cour show, so we can get the proper development that we did in the original.
Seriously, I'm nervous to see how this one will turn out, I really liked the 2003 version, and I think this along with Penguindrum (and Working'!! for me) could make this an utterly fantastic season that will be the icing on the cake for 2011. It's been a good year, and it looks like Gonzo is staking a lot on this, I really hope it pays off. A good start, but not fantastic.