Not enough expressionless long-nosed white-haired fags for you to write overly verbose fanfiction about, huh
Graves have been dug. :|
Oh well, your loss. Anyone with half an eye for good direction and awesome animation is going to love this. Three episodes in and I'm totally hooked. Kamina is RAD, and the overarching plot (Simon, the kid, becoming the biggest badass in the universe by way of Kamina teaching him the ways of MANLINESS) looks like it is shaping up to be nothing short of epic.
GL follows in the steps of Code Geass by having a seductively original premise with nice animation, but ultimately turns out to be utterly commonstock by episode ten or so and eventually falls into a "had a lot of potential but ultimately fell flat on its face".
Of course, low-brow, appeal-all entertainment would usually get at least one view from me, but there's three reasons I'm abstaining from the show.
1. It looks ugly as heck. How "smooth" a show looks on television isn't really a factor for me, I just care about artwork. Sometimes animation is really important, as in OP Movie #6, to make a point of something, but usually animation and anime are oxymorons in my brain.
2. It's Gainax. I personally don't really have anything against the studio, but like a lot of companies I tend to dislike the fanbase that pisses me off with their overhyped, pristine praise of any show, no matter how "limited" the appeal may be. A good critic of anything should be able to point out the flaws in a show and not feel bad when something he/she likes gets criticized.
That's one of the reasons I get a ball out of bullying the so-called "One Piece fans" abroad; they can't take criticism of the show and automatically assume someone is trolling when they say something negative. It's like prodding a mad cow with a fire-hot poker in a corral!
3. Fanservice. I don't really like it, and GL sounds like it has a ton.
And Carter's got it right; these super serious military robot shows like Gundam and Eureka 7 are just gigantic quasi-shojo yawnfests. I'm stoked to see the MANLY SPIRIT of the old 70s super robot shows coming back into vogue with stuff like this, Gaogaigar, the new Jeeg/Getter Robo, etc. It's more in line with shonen sensibilities, which I think a lot of folks on this board could definitely appreciate.
SIGNED. Most modern mecha anime are utter false-philosophical, angst-ridden garbage.