It started off pretty well, above-average even but not exactly exceptional. Sadly though, things really started falling apart for me around the middle and the end.
Let’s just say the cheese factor really rose up around then, with episodes dedicated to… um, “character development” such as the one where Tina gets framed, where Galahad became, of all things, a farmer and finally had to kill his lover, and so on, while not really advancing the plot much. Hell, they even missed the oh-so-important 14-day deadline like it wasn’t really a big matter. That kinda ruined the show’s enjoyment for me, mostly due to the sheer corniness the show takes around then.
The final episode was just as bad as well. Prince Gernia is really a fucked-up guy, seriously, and I really gotta point out he managed to finish his cup of tea before dying via debris-crush. Also, the good guys managed to bring down a whole fortress by shooting a small-bore cannon (it was small enough to be lifted on one hand, at the least), which just made it plain unbelievable, since they were claiming it was neigh impenetrable just moments before. That’s just some awesome plot cannon there.
Didn’t really help that Starlight’s translations got really out of hand towards the later episodes, with tons of glaringly obvious translation errors, that seemed to have been made up along as they went. Lucky enough the language used wasn’t overtly technical, so I still understood it. Too bad the subs were hard ones, not soft ones :P.
Well… despite the cheese and corn of the later half of the show, it’s still pretty much watchable, if you really want to. Just be ready to brace for some really /facepalm inducing “WTF? LOL!” moments then. It’s an okay watch, if only for it’s short length and Mikako Takahashi. If only Rita kept her long hair…. (god I’m starting to sound like a long-hair fetisher orz)