Watching ep 12 now. Gotta say, I still like the OP. ED not so much.
I like parts of the OP, though as a whole I don't care for it much. The spinning letters seems like a fairly outdated technique, something I'd see in a cheesy powerpoint presentation. The intro segments for the ship's crew also seems to be a throwback to old styles of anime. About the only segments I like are those where the songs plays "dark" and "blight."
The ED is the kind that either works very well or doesn't work at all. I think there are very subtle elements in what make or break a very mellow and melancholy ED. Emotional involvement in the series also matters a great deal. It worked for me with [link=www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_BR5dQllpY]Gantz[/link] and Chobits
, but just not here.
As for the show... well, it's not quite turned into an action fest but it's pretty close. I felt the plot has been lacking these past few episodes, other than the whole prince being a giant douche thing.
I find the problem with the action to be that it's just mindless beat-em-up combat. There are no strategies and no tactics. There's just fighting, and outcomes decided by what the plot demands.
AS for the princess' brothers. I think they improve the show, but clearly they hail from the same school of subtlety as admiral double dee. They're Ferengi. Intended to be serious antagonists in the show, yet their buffoonery makes it impossible to take them seriously. They seem less corrupt than comical. Princess is turning out to be an ok character, and seems to have some depth to how she seems her role in this conflict.