Ep 1: WHAT THE FLAMING SNOWBALL AM I WATCHING!
Don't get me wrong - I get that this was an attempt by the creator's to put off non-serious watchers; and I personally love how little dialogue there is (Though the heavy breathing got a bit risque).
Due to the confusing nature of this episode I haven't got much to say besides I am seriously looking forward to watching more of this series. It is exactly the kind of mindfuck I've been looking for since Higurashi and everything seems to be going well so far!
The OP was good - and I'm certain I'll be hooked on it later on; the visuals were, if not awe inspiring, then above-average; and the character designs are definitely piquing my interest. I have a feeling the girl in the fox mask is going to be my facourite char in the show; if she isn't killed off later that is...
Ep 2: Name Droppin'
So the people start talking, and the plot suddenly begins to take shape... not much of a coincidence I guess.
One thing I forgot to mention; the ED music is hauntingly beautiful - definitely makes me want to watch to the very end just to be able to hear that song coupled with the outright disturbing video which accompanies it. And on that note, the music so far is absolutely amazing. With soft acoustic guitars weaving a web of melancholy over the characters, and soft piano scores embellish heartbreaking scenes of despair. It really is fantastically done; it helps that one of the main things that keeps me watching anime is the music as well.
We haven't learnt much about the characters besides their names and origins, I get the feeling that this isn't the kind of show to go in for deep character exposition; hell, even if the characters remain shallow, I'm sure the overarching plot will make up for that in the long run. In the meantime however, I'm satisfied with experiencing their turmoils without any kind of deep connection.
This really was an amazing episode - I can only hope that the series continues to improve, note that I've heard a few bad things about the ending, so I'm prepared for the worst if it comes.
Overall opinion, I'm getting a very Baroque-ish feeling from the atmosphere of the series; dark and melancholy to be precise; and from what I've read in the manga of Blame, it seems to have the same atmosphere as that too. I'll be sure to add those recommendations once I've seen more just to confirm it.
Ep 3: Surrogate Limbs
It's official! I have to get the OST for this! Great music, I can't say it enough.
Right now I'm presuming the mian players in this are Ichise, Ran, and Yoshii, though Yoshii is liable to be killed at any moment once he meets Ichise. Onishi is obviously being set up as the big bad, but that's also liable to change at any moment this early in the series.
Otherwise, yes, another good episode. The seiyuu pull off their lines perfectly (I'm watching with the japanese dub mind you, though the english didn't seem too bad), and the animation is relatively fluid. Not very colourful, but that lends itself to the crushing atmosphere well.