First off, I am not an Arknights fan yet I still enjoyed it. Here are a couple of things that stood out:
The art direction is amazing. The anime is in this beautiful anamorphic aspect ratio which makes it feel cinematic, it has impactful colours and it the character designs are nice. The quality throughout is that of a movie. Almost every frame could work as a desktop wallpaper. it was something I could watch openly on a plane. However, as some have pointed out the fight scenes felt sluggish.
The story was interesting but not groundbreaking. It sets you up with the world of Arknights but feels a little unfinished towards the ends. Hopefully they'll continue where they left off in season 2 (Perish in Frost, which is a very ominous title) since they did set up a lot of big story arcs.
The music and voiceacting was A class. The OP and ED were quite good. Characters were diverse but I do wish they would have showed us more of the Rhodes Island operatives.
All in all, if you're looking for a very cinematic anime that introduces you to the lore of Arknights then give it a watch.
Very basic story however still enjoyable. Sadly, despite appearances, there is literally nothing original here. If anyone is blown away by this anime, then they either have a mental disability, or they have never seen an anime in their life before, because this is as basic as storywriting will get.
For a video game story, sure, it's probably really good. But for anime standards, this is quite literally average.
The characters are 'somewhat' unique, but it's hard to feel attached to them when one barely talks due to their amnesia, and the other one is just a cute girl having the most cliche doubts of "Is the path I'm taking the right path?"
Some scenes were emotional, but it is only the ending of the 8th episode (and a bit before that) that actually felt "deep". Still not impressed however.
I can see this story becoming more interesting later on, but I am not willing to play the game for the rest of the story, as games like these typically purposefully waste your time with excessively long tutorials, unskippable scenes, and unintuitive/extremely detailed interfaces with a million confusing sub-systems. I wonder how accurate my guess is.
This anime is set in post-appocalyptic world, but every moment feels like the pressent. It manages to draw you in and keep you entertained.
The main cast is interesting in their structure, views and decisions.
There were a few parts where the audio lagged, but that may have only been my computer.
Overall, I recomend it to people who are interester in politics, fights and wars.