Just marathoned this after waiting all this time for it to finish. How competent/faithful an adaptation would manga readers say this was overall? Because, in spite of not having read the manga, I got a feeling these OVAs must've been rushed to some extent. There were never any breather moments (other than really jarring and silly comedy segments) and character development was very scarce. It was one big (and usually mindless) fight after another, akin to the DEEN adaptation of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.
So yeah, overall I was somewhat disappointed. Save for some standout moments here and there (mostly involving the Major's character, as well as the entire Seras/Bernadotte/Zorin scenario), it wasn't as good as the praise I'd always read made me expect. Which is why I'm wondering if that impression might have anything to do with its quality/faithfulness as an adaptation.