Oh lord. Why did I decide to watch this? Probably because I thought I hadn't seen the moe with 4 girls type of anime in a while. Turns out it isn't moe.
So, after a brief flashback that gives us what I though would be a good idea of most the characters personalities, well, I was slightly wrong, I'll move on to that. We're thrown into some crappy melodrama where Natsumi told Saki that their friendship would be at an end if she didn't come to tennis practice anymore, with Saki the replying with "Okay then" and casually strolling off.
Yuka seems a pretty annoying character, loud, whiny, and a laugh that makes me want to murder. Rinko seemed like the quite one, but she's more outgoing than the usual repressed character, [Added 8 minutes later] ah, she's just a lackey of Yuka, booo, minus points.
I felt I was trying to hate it, so I decided to try to like it, with this in mind, we find out that Saki is leaving, and transferring to Tokyo, as AC would say, "that old chestnut". I think to myself that perhaps this could explain the characters actions, and perhaps there's hope after all. The show, as if sensing this, decided to quickly deal with this "hope" and gave us a scene where Saki and Tatsumi pointlessly mouthed off at one another, where Saki blatantly lied about promising about going to the Nationals in tennis. This is really annoying because you know all this time that the show is going to try and spin it so she is only reacting to bad circumstances, where really her actions are irrational, bitchy and confrontational.
Oh, and it gets worse, the scene at the beginning is repeated, begging the question of "why show it twice?". Then there's some shit where they get high and hallucinate themselves flying together. Wait, that was supposed to have actually happened?
Now I've posted this, I will continue this crapfest to the end. The character designs are fairly pleasant, and I don't dislike Tatsumi, but that's all the show has going for it. I don't think this will even be enjoyable in the Symphogear kind of way, but it's only the first episode.
Predicted rating: I'd say 2, but I'll go with the more conservative 3