Except, y'know, for the fact that it wasn't focused. How many things happened in the first episode alone?
You have a group of military soldiers from a faction with no clear goal.
You have a girl who can do nothing but cry and scream "G."
You have a brief shot of what appears to be a religious ceremony?
You have pirates who are attacking for some reason that doesn't seem to go beyond pillaging.
This isn't focused. It's a mess.
I'm not sure if "prettier animation" equates to touching someone on a spiritual level...
The animation was fine. Not great, but it was alright. I don't see how it functions on any level beyond "giant robot anime animation," however. I think Origin's animation is beautiful, but that has nothing to do with whether I think it has "soul" in how it's directed.
Point being, I don't see what extra meaning there is to be found in giant Japanese robot animation
Alright, for the record, saying something along the lines of "I have greater appreciation for deeper story than you" isn't going to go very far. Something without exposition isn't subtle, it's just badly done. If the average person fails to understand something, then it shouldn't be marketed towards the average person.
Keep in mind, Gundam isn't marketed towards a very particularly sophisticated audience. It's marketed to a lot of people, including young children, teens, nerds in a basement, and that one guy who's friend recommended him a show he's never heard of. If it can't somehow appeal to most of these, then it's not reaching the audience it's intended to. Don't make it sound like it's supposed to be more than it actually is.
I'd like you to explain to me why almost everyone I've met who enjoys Unicorn (which is quite a few people) has only ever really regarded it good for the suit designs. I find it a little hard to believe that only a select group of people out of the many who enjoy it find the "true meaning" of the show.
Not to mention, you fail to actually explain any way as to how the subtle elements help the show. Just saying they're there doesn't do anything.
If you can't explain why they realistically make the show really that much better than without them, then there's no argument to be had.
It IS a weekly television show. That's what it's intended to be. It's not supposed to be some deep level of art, no Gundam series really is supposed to. It's a TV show that is designed to be on a screen once a week so whoever's watching can enjoy it.
Here's the thing, you're regarding it as artwork. It's a Gundam series. A weekly robot anime. Regardless of whether it is art or not is irrelevant. If it can't be a good weekly television show, it's failed as it's core purpose.