On paper, Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko sounds amazing. You like old Shaft? This is Shaft so old it isn't even Shaft, but you've got Shinbo being his good old poor self, with character designs by Watanabe Akio (Monogatari, Grisaia, TWGOK - yup, those delicious curled-up lips you're thinking of). And you've got cute girls fighting it out on space battleships, and one of them is voiced by Hayashibara Megumi which is nice because you don't get a lot of that these days. Something'd have to go very wrong for this not to be one of the best anime ever, right?
So what is it that goes so wrong? Firstly, the battles. The ships fly around and pewpew each other for a while until a main character decides to use her trademark move, which wins the battle. In fairness, I think Youko does something clever once or twice, but most of the time her much praised fighting skills are limited to firing a beam weapon with a long charging time which other ships aren't equipped with.
What else? Well, the characters don't have a lot going for them. Even the main ones are one-dimensional: Youko is daring, Madoka is a joke. There are some interesting dynamics here and there, but characters clearly aren't a priority here.
I think that's it for the big flaws. The plot's fine (it's just that I can't give a shit, because of the characters and battles). Visually, it isn't as intense as Shinbo's trademark works but it's quite nice. But I'm struggling to finish it, and I can't recommend it even though I'd like to.
Myth and roid are a bit one-note and they're also incredibly fucking loud
never watched the old boogiepop but the new one was annoying to watch and it only got worse from ep to ep