This is quite possibly the first time in anime history this has ever been said, but I think the CG animation is better than the 2D stuff. The CG is done by the studio Orange, who have been fighting a one-studio battle to make us believe that CG mecha can actually look good. They achieved that pretty damn well with the spider ninja robots in Code Geass Akito the Exiled, and now their flair is being sent to giant pitched space battles with Itano Circuses and everything. On the other hand, the 2D stuff is a load of Hirai-faces.
The dopey Hirai face stuff doesn’t have much of a negative impact on the show. They’re goofy and silly with their disappearing noses and side mouths and misplaced eyes, but the whole show is goofy and silly with misplaced plot points so it oddly ends up contributing to the atmosphere. The cast is huge, but the characters look different enough that you can actually tell them apart, unlike Love Live from last season where literally every character had the exact same face. You’ve reached a bad place if your character designs are being outshone by this guy.
Majestic Prince is goofy and silly, and thankfully knows it and plays to that strength. The dialogue between the characters is fast-paced so there’s no tedious mulling around when jokes don’t work. It’s got a great energy to it, thanks to the animation being vibrant, the pacing being so quick and the music playing up the dramatic mecha nonsense that’s going on. All this almost but not quite manages to disguise that the premise and plot is paper thin.
“Our troops are dying, we need support! Don’t we have some new hyper advanced giant robots in the fleet?”
“Yes we do commander, they just need pilots”
“Right, get the best pilots we have in them now”
“Right sir, I’ll calling school for young pilots now”
“What, why not experts? Oh fine, get the best students and this will be valuable field experience”
“Getting the worst students instead lol”
“What the hell, why would you do that? Oh god now we’re all going to die…wait, how did they do that”
“Because MECHA LOGIC!”