I was about to just discard the notion of posting, but /an/ needs some posts anyway. This is going to get rambling.
It's really good so far. I love the character designs, and the palette/animation style they chose is really quite gorgeous. Have you guys watched the ED all the way through yet? Holy shit. It's beautiful. There are some scenes in the recent episodes that I'd honestly like to have posters of. The style is hard to pinpoint, but it's really, really nice. Kind of reminds me of that Lupin III series (that centered on Fujiko...) that was going on earlier this year, just not as...artsy.
And the story is really kind of enthralling. It's keeping me interested, and that's...hard as fuck to do, no matter who the hell you are. I like how it shifts between light and heavy.
Finally getting some back-story on their world was interesting. I was honestly wishing that that archive or whatever would keep talking for the entire episode. It ended up shifting completely from "rather placid show" to "whoaaa what's going on here". I was thinking about dropping it before episode 4, but I'm glad I didn't, and I'm glad I caught up with it. It's interesting.
The pig-people are a really weird addition, but...why not? It's an anime, haha. Not high literature. If an anime can't have pig-people, then I seriously don't want to watch anime anymore. That's actually rather extreme. But you hopefully get the point. I'm somewhat disappointed that they're focusing on them right now, but...it's not going to be for the entire series. If it is, then, I'm at a loss. It's 25 eps, so if they focus on the queerats for 20 more episodes, I don't know what on earth the point of this show is, and it's a waste of time. But they're not going to. Hopefully.
But uh. Yeah. It's honestly a good show. You guys should try and keep up with it. Your schedules aren't busy. You're NEETs.
Not sure how it compares to the novel, though. That could be something else entirely.