Amazing. The two distinct parts are both very good. They are haphazardly stuck together in the middle though in a way that doesn't relly make sense. The politics and relationships portrayed in the first half are particularly good, the second half becomes more of a straight forward action anime.
It doesn’t cope well with the action scenes. At the start that is ok as that is not really the focus. With the change in tack action is brought centre stage and it does not od that well.
The music is only mediocre. It doesn't really stand out and you forget it as soon as the last episode is finished. The voices, on the other hand, are very well done, especially since characters get older. Their voices mirror this change.
Really good development throughout. The friendship between the 2 main characters is excellently covered. Despite their changes they still remain human and you can relat to them at all times.
Persevere past the pretty bad first episode. It does get better. The change might be hard to swallow but I would recommend sticking with it. It ends very well.