This is entirely preliminary as only 3 episodes are out, but so far, I gotta say, I'm impressed. I'm gonna try to do the best I can writing about it without major spoilers and I will update this when I've seen the whole thing. Be warned, minor spoilers for the basic synopsis and things that happen in episode 1 will be in this so I suggest watching it first.
First, the story. 12 warriors, each carrying the names of one of the 12 Zodiac animals are gathered together to fight each other to the death in a free for all, no holds barred battle for both
survival and a bonus. That bonus is a wish for essentially anything. The orchestrator of this battle seems to have incredible powers as it is said that even the dead can be brought back to life with this one wish. I'll be honest, we've all seen this kind of thing before again and again, so while it is well carried out, it scores no points for originality. What I mean by well carried out, is it seems to have a rather nihilistic approach to its characters. I thought I'd be able to take a glance at the cast and predict who would die early on, who might win and who would be a "villain." But I wasn't. By the time, I got to the end of the first episode, I realised that it's not really possible to root for one character as a favorite to win. Yeah, the ones who don't get developed at all do get axed but so do some of the more well known ones. I also thought it was pretty great for SPOILER: one of the combatants to already be killed before the competition had even begun as it did a great job of setting the tone of expendability of the cast.
Art: Pretty phenomenal. I'm no art expert, but there are some really dope fight scenes (as you would expect) and I like the character designs and how they make each character seem like their animal counterpart. For example, Monkey wearing big headphones that look kinda like ears, the brothers Snake and Dragon having weapons that seem tube based like a tail (possibly a flamethrower in Dragon's case but we haven't seen it used yet) and the dog having dog-like ears and fangs. It makes it easy to tell characters apart and guess which animal they represent without having to be told.
Sound: What do I look like to you, some kind of sound geek? All I can really say is that the sounds were immersive in the intense scenes and were never jarring or annoying to me.
Character: Oh boy. I do like it, really I do. There are warriors who think they can take on everyone alone, warriors who feel the same as the first group but are horribly wrong, people who don't want to fight at all, people who want temporary alliances, people who try to deceive. There's really a good mix which could lead to a lot of interesting things. However, a character I liked, who we are lead to believe, from his forward thinking and cautious approach, is very smart, who does something phenomenally stupid and faces the consequences. This wouldn't irk me so much if the character was shown to be stupid, but it did feel a little inconsistent to me. Even so, we get a few glimpses into the past of some of the 12 and I really am looking forward to seeing more of them.
Overall, I am very much enjoying this series and found it to be a nice surprise. I understand that the series is only a quarter done but these have been my thoughts so far. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something with loads of action and paper thin plot armour.