Yeah I mean, the team goes to space so they can... what, fight another secret?
Nah, hopefully it's more than that. These skirmishes just have no meaning... not yet, not until we know what the crystals they're recovering are actually "for" (we really only know they're "valuable" right now) so instead it's just... business as usual. Surprising that I like this show more when they're NOT fighting in mechs?
I mean the fights in E7 had their place, they also had added weight. EVERYTHING had added weight. The world was ending, limited resources, battles had consequences, mechs were lost, people got injured, I mean ffs if the trapar panels on the ship got damaged? Lets spend FOUR EPISODES holed up in a cave repairing them! Not in AO. Cracked your cockpit glass from the extreme pressure of being too far underwater? Fixed between episodes, and not Magical Love Can Repair Everything (because they're not really mechs anyway lol) but just... fixed, cuz we're rich, and we gotta get those secrets. Pied piper is a well oiled machine, a business. Gekkostate was a rag tag band of lovable criminal freedom fighters who did odd jobs to get by. In AO (so far) they're giving me almost the exact opposite of what I want, or think I want anyway.
And it's not that I want another gekkostate, because (maybe... maybe...) that would be terrible too. It think I've just seen enough anime now that I want to dig deeper. E7 was a show I could do that with. So far (the majority of) AO's characters are pretty shallow and honestly the plot is more about not answering questions than being complex or interesting.... but I'm trying to keep these thoughts as SUSPICIONS not convictions. ARGH, it's just that this could be so much better, and hopefully it will be.