Finally a place to post my thoughts.
I agree, when I first saw the characters, I went "Wait, wha...?" when I saw the designs. Then I remembered the PS3 designs. So I guess they decided for the anime, they needed to remove anything that didn't make them look like generic characters. "Let us not use the actually unique and difference designs of the original, but the cheesy and generic ones of the PS3 version)
Overall, the first episode's intro was still pretty good, but I felt some parts were like "Why did they change that? It kinda makes the feeling of the scene into something different"
Overall, it feels like the Utware adaption they did previously, it's close, but it's NOT right on the money. It's better than say the the Tsukihime anime adaption(Which doesn't exist as you all know...
), as they seem to have actually tried. I just watched Episode 02, and some scenes are ok, but why did they change Arawns dismemberment of Dwrc? I thought that would look insanely badass, a guy being shredded into pieces with a single hand /claw thing. Also the Riannon scenes lost alot of emotion in the transfer, I guess.
Overall, I'll watch until Episode 5 and decide if I should continue or not...so far it has potential, as the animation quality seems decent, but some scenes have been changed or removed in a way that is questionable. I so wanted to see the scene where Arawn is still dreaming and sees Arthurs great-grandpa(his name eludes me right now), talking about Arawn waking up, him having a dream, and that his descendant was waiting.
One angry point I really can't get over is the INTRO. It freaking spoils A SHITLOAD of stuff, so for people who haven't read the novel and are watching the anime, alot of things can be easily assembled from that Intro video, and goodbye to like 25% of the surprises.