This is going to be another sorry excuse for a review because it's been so long since I saw the first episodes of this show; and I have way to much backlog to watch to be able to go back and re-watch the whole thing over. (That and the fact that the Densha Otoko review just sucked the life out of me.)
Of course, the reason it's been so long is because it's been such a long stretch inbetween the release of each DVD. The first DVD was originally released way back in February of 2004; while the second didn't come out until December of last year; and the last one just came out this month.
Obviously GONZO really took its time producing this series, but to its credit all that hard work really seemed to pay off in the animation quality which is gorgeous. From the setting to the action scenes to the character designs, you can tell that the animators wanted to get this one perfect.
The story is pretty good, but it was kind of hard to understand just what the heck was going on. According the the director and voice actor interviews that were on the last DVD, the anime is based on a novel. And it was a challenge to condense the content of the novel into a five episode anime. But according to the director, it will probably take multiple views to really grasp all the intricacies that are imbedded within the show. I think that would be worth doing, if I had the time but ... maybe later.
One thing that I was especially disappointed in was the fact that the DVD didn't include the Mave-chan parody anime which was reportedly going to be on the last DVD. God knows I don't want to have to wait another couple of years to see that one come out. ;P