Alas, Poor Scrappy: Poor Keita's Jerkassery makes them a pain to deal with in the game. Then he's brutally electrocuted Taking the Ziodyne for Hibiki. Also, he's nicer than he was in the game and is a straight up Tsundere.
Angst? What Angst?: JP are largely unfazed by demons attacking earth, or about other people getting killed, because they saw it coming and were concerned only with their larger agenda of preventing the world as a whole from being extinguished.
In ep. 9, after some severe losses and considerable trauma the previous episode, some of the group (namely, Hinako) are cheerful and rather flippant. Of course the events of that episode are just one more hammer blow and by the end of it everyone except Yamato and Fumi is clearly shaken.
Base-Breaking Character: Yamato. Due to how the anime staff writes him compared to the game, he is more polarizing in the anime then he is in the game. Some see him as a very well done Anti-Hero who borderlines Anti-Villain and love that he is pushed more as the driving force of the story, while also enjoying his interactions with Hibiki due to the massive amount of Ho Yay associated with the moments between them. As for the other side of the coin, he's seen as being a horrible rendition of the character due to being hit with a horrible cause of Flanderization that makes him more like Gendo Ikari then his in game self and becomes the final boss for little reason.
Is it a well written different take on the series, or just a lazy attempt to make an Evangelion clone? While the games story was similar to Evangelion already, the anime focusing more on those similarities, and removing almost all the light hearted moments have pushed the divide further.
The ending is the Reset Button ending, thus meaning everything was reset to before the events of the game took place. Ether it's justified and needed considering all the amount of hardships the heroes endure, or it is a Giant Space Flea Out Of No Where with a poorly set up reasoning, with many arguing it contradicts the games story since nothing about said ending was set up properly.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Pretty difficult to care about the cast when they're killed off in droves, and unlike the game which balanced this with humor, there is virtually none ing ame.
Faux Symbolism: Lucifer, champion of chaos and freedom is summoned to defeat Satan, agent of Law and Order and has been summoned by Yamato, who plans on brainwashing everyone to make his Meritocracy a reality.
Fridge Logic: There is no given reason or explanation for why Yamato survived Alcor's suicide attack. He was even struggling and couldn't get out of his wire during it.
It might be that the Dragon Stream was activated (indicated by the tower lighting up) seconds before the attack and shielded him from the explosion.
Yamato rushing to Hibiki's rescue after receiving his Death Clip as Alcor revealed. Risking his life in the process to the point even Makoto is scandalized by his sheer recklessness. Not to mention he still treats conversations with Hibiki alone as worthwhile despite his newfound habit of immediately dissing everyone else thanks to his adaptational jerkass upgrade. On the other hand Hibiki too spends more time thinking about Yamato and his motives than the fate of the world, binging most conversations back around to him especially with Alcor.
The manga manages to have this scene look even more suggestive. Unlike in the anime, where he just puts his hand next to Hibiki's head, Yamato actually physically grabs Hibiki when he pins him against the wall, gets even closer to his face than he did in the anime, and wears a very suggestive smile for a longer part of the scene, as opposed to the anime version where he only smirks at the end of the conversation.
In episode 10, despite all the insults thrown his way Yamato goes out to fight Lugh but saves Hibiki in the process, keeping in mind that Hibiki could have called Byakko to catch him from his fall and ends up doing so a few minutes later after forcing Yamato to let go of his hand. They spend most of the battle fighting each other rather than a Lugh-possessed Physical God Io. Mind you, they were fighting about whether or not to kill Io. When Lugh attempts to kill Yamato during the squabble, Hibiki ends up pushing Yamato out of the way instead of letting him get killed. At the end of the episode, Yamato prevented Hibiki and Io from falling to their death. He then tells Io that he won't let Hibiki die because in his own words, "Hibiki is mine."
The final episode has Hibiki holding Yamato before he dies and crying for him telling him he doesn't have to shoulder everything anymore. Later on after Hibiki resets the timeline, he sees Yamato and goes up to him. Yamato still remembers Hibiki and while he denies having no friends and smiles acknowledging him in the end before his car drives away.
Even moreso in the manga's (which uses the same story as the anime) final chapter, which is quite different from the anime's version of events. Instead of Yamato just smiling at Hibiki and riding off in the car like in the anime, they have an actual face-to-face reunion. When Hibiki sees Yamato standing in front of the Diet Building and believes he doesn't remember him, he collapses to the ground crying. Yamato stares at him for a minute before finally remembering who Hibiki is, and smiles, reaching his hand out to help him off the ground. Realizing that Yamato does, in fact, remember the last seven days, Hibiki returns the smile, and the scene ends with them clasping hands.
Tiny Yamato apparently taught Alcor about chess, green tea and conversations and Alcor would like to think they were friends. Even now, they're on friendlier terms than the game.
And in episode 10, he goes out of his way to cook for him (and Daichi and Io but still...)
Fumi and Makoto are often seen together and end up in compromising positions.
It's Short, So It Sucks!: A consistent complaint towards the anime is that it takes an at least thirty hour game filled with five different endings, and condenses all of it into a thirteen episode anime. Several characters get drastically reduced in role, major events from the game are either skimmed over, or cut entirely, and some characters have their personalities drastically altered to fit the rushed pacing of the story.
Magnificent Bastard: Even more ruthless than his game version, Yamato Hotsuin keeps his determination to change the world. The lonely young heir of JPs, Yamato's determination called the attention of the rebellious septentrione Alcor, who wanted to make him his "Shining One" due to his strong personality and protect humanity from the apocalyptic Polaris's trial. Rejecting the offer, Yamato plans to use Polaris to re-create the world into a meritocracy, where people such as himself would lead humanity to a utopia. Preparing for the apocalypse, Yamato recruits useful and promising survivors from civilian backgrounds, including Hibiki Kuze and his friends. Impressed at Hibiki's potential, Yamato becomes fond of him, even receiving Hibiki's Death Clipsomething that only friends of the future potential victim would receiveand saving his life multiple times. Allowing Hibiki to leave JPs, Yamato kills his Friendly Enemy Alcor after his loyal right hand sacrificed herself. Reaching Polaris as one of the two remaining humans, Yamato loses against Hibiki, smiling as he dies in his arms. After the world is restored, Yamato reconciles with Hibiki, accepting his ideological defeat. Willing to sacrifice both civilians and soldiers in his quest for his ideal world, Yamato's never gives up.
Narm: The anime tries to play everything dead serious where the video-game would be goofy and somewhat self-aware.
Daichi coming out of nowhere with a truck and ramming the monster in the first episode. It didn't help that this was the voice of Nizuma Eiji we're talking about.
Nitta is frequently framing her sizable breasts with her arms with every action she takes, including crying and cowering in fear. An odd reflex, to say the least.
JP is pronounced "cheep".
The hacking scene in the third episode is a little overwrought, with dozens of highly trained professional tech specialists wailing like a bunch of children whenever things get worse.
In the fourth episode, everyone looks super-serious when they try to hold each other up with their highly threatening cell phones. Why exactly they would do that with a summoning device that takes time to work is baffling. Oddly, the phones could be used as 'guns' in-game, with characters (in cutscenes, anyway, though this may be how the humans actually attack in battle themselves) able to zap targets through the summoning app... somehow. Since that ability is absent in the anime, however...
In the fifth episode, Hibiki tries to act cool and aloof by constantly keeping his hood up. His hood with giant floppy bunny ears on it. Again, dead serious.
In the eighth episode and beyond, Hinako's head is covered in huge rough bandages. This makes a ridiculous contrast with her perfect skimpy dancer outfit and how everyone treats the bandages as if they were perfectly normal and not even there. Like mild Fan Disservice that's being paraded as the opposite.
For North American audiences, the atrocious English dub.
So Okay, It's Average: Weak dub aside, it's an alright, if forgettable series. Considering how well-received the game is, that's a bit of a disappointment.
Made more blatant by the end of episode 8, with Hibiki and Alcor watching a sunset. The same way Shinji and Kaworu met.
In the final episode, the first half consists of naval-gazing on the subject of "what it means to live" along with Hibiki's fusing creating a Tree of Life.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Pretty much the entire cast aside from Hibiki, Yamato, Daichi, Io, and to a lesser degree Makoto are all pretty much expendable characters and received no development at all. This seems to be a result of wanting to push the focus onto the relationship between Hibiki, Yamato, and Alcor above all the others, leaving anyone who doesn't factor into those three as fodder. In particular; Joe, Ronaldo, Otome, and Fumi all die incredibly anticlimactically with little build up or usage, even though in game they were all relatively important characters and were fairly popular.