Well, it’s time to explain my opinion on whole season of this anime. I have generally negative view on that.
I am going to express my feeling when I watched it first, then consider the pros and cons of this anime and why the anime was so bad.
When I saw the Episode 1, I was quite positive and optimistic on this anime, because the episode shows understanding of the moon route and their will to take a challenge to rewrite plot from VN to make it fit to anime. There were not a few scenes which have bad quality of animation (especially use of CG except for Krivoirog) and some people pointed out flaws in plot like the appearance of Krivoirog which might decrease the impact of Leaf Dragon on latter episode. However, at that point, I was satisfied with the work probably because I thought the Rewrite anime could be more worse.
I enjoyed Episode 2 and Episode 3 including the ED Sasayakanahajimari, though there were some dissatisfaction like the bad constructure of OP or some weird action scenes. I also had some anxiety in Midou, because there seemed not so much time in the whole 13 Episodes to push Midou’s episode.
And for the Episode 4 and Episode 5, each episode itself was not so bad, but these episode are too rushed and not in harmony with the whole season. Though I admit those episodes might be necessary to explain the character of Shizuru and Lucia, but I expected them to make these episode more brief to make time for latter episode, those episodes are after all in the route of individual character and some change might not affect terra and moon, which are most important part of Rewrite.
Then Episode 6 and Episode 7 came, the quality of animation was getting worse and worse, and the scenario and presentation were quite poor and raise no emotional impact on me. Especially, the motion of Leaf Dragon and Deinonychuses were awful.
I was nearly knocked out when I saw the name op Episode8,「我が名は篝ちゃん」.
Things get worse in Episode 8 to Episode 10, there are too useless joke in oppai and hi-ko-, though I felt some joy in Maeda’s End of the world. (I came to think the best part in the anime is this 2nd OP in the end.)
I had nearly no motivation to watch the rest of the episode and stopped watching it when it was broadcasted.
I was surprised by surviving of Lucia in Episode11 and the bath time scene in a negative way. It seems the staff of this anime have not so much thought about Lucia’s poison, which I think ruin the agony of Lucia in her route.
At the moment of Episode 12, I had no hope on this anime and found it right after watching it. The Earth Doragon, Midou, Kotori’s parents, everything was too shoddy.
Then the final episode was came, I somehow enjoyed it because it revealed the purpose of this route (it can be said failed terra route) and it present some respect on the terra route but it didn’t change my negative view on this anime.
There are so few good things in this anime, but I found four in the anime.
First, soundtracks was good and appropriate in any scene, including new music and arranged one, though it might be because I became fan of Rewrite music in VN.
Second, the structure start with moon and end with it is ideal way to adapt this VN.
Third is the good modelings of monsters(魔物), though their moves are not so great.
And finally, some respect for VN showed in some scenes was good like the monologue of Kotarou, some structual symmetry like okaken’s protecting of Kagari, battle of Kotarou and Esaka which are also in Terra, the end of the story Kotarou finally failed to kill kagari, which is the opposite way in Terra .
On the other hand, there are quite a lot defects in this anime, but if I choose some, they are represented in bad quality of animation, unsophiscated presentation, inappropriate jokes such as hi-ko- or oppai and that messy plot. There are so many example to show these flaws, so I want to focus on why things end up in this miserable quality.
The first reason is that they had so few time in anime but crammed too many things from VN. The anime was based on three of first part in Rewrite and have length of 17 paper book, but they have only anime for the length of 14 (the first episode has twice the length of other episode). For example, the anime of Re:zero have 9 books and the adaptation have 25 episodes. In addition to the shortness, the VN have 5 routes and end with very different result. In a route, almost all people in the town dies and in other the world ends and less than 100 people surrvive. So I think it is reasonable to make original route to mix up these five route, but the result was disaster. I think they should have more caferully chosen the episode and made more original episode to put necessary information for terra. The anime seems to quit with halfway between original and adaptation.
The second reason was the design of character. The line looks very thin and the touch looks fulffy. This makes character cute, but it make the battle scene a bit ridiculous and this unusual character design was hard to draw for 8-bit a bit immature animator. It also can be said Itaru’s fancy and a bit eccentric costume might cause the design.
And the most crucial reason is that they had awkward direction for this tough work. In the episode 13, there are unnatural gap in the story and chief director Tensho said the episode between 12 and 13 is going to be published in some way. It seems they failed to make the whole story into the limited time though there are many needless gag scenes in the episodes. Furthermore, while some important scene were too rushed to affect emotion or be understood, there are many avoidable event in the anime. It looks like many staff members took part in the scenario including Romeo Tanaka, Ryukishi07 and they each had things to put in but no one took responsibility for choosing what is necessary. I doubt they even took enough time for this hard challenge.
To sum up, the anime failed in totally disaster though there might be some hope (might be like Rewrite ending :chibiwot:). Though Rewrite have many difficulty in adaptation for anime in the plot and the design,they have too inadequate preparation for this. I even think they shouldn’t make anime if they can do it with such a terrible quality.
I hope they “次はもっとうまくやる” in 2nd season. I think terra is easier to adapt for anime.