I am really not sure what criticism you guys are making there.
Are you talking about how the military group kept shooting the Aldnoah mech? I mean, first of all, they did try various stuff. They switched to grenades but they also didn't work. The Lt. "Old man" guy tried melee weapons and also tried a point blank shot to the cockpit (perhaps the cockpit was weak or perhaps the bullets were only ineffective due to range?). Furthermore, they have a duty to stop the Aldnoah mech, they can't just retreat. They need to secure the area and guard the evacuees. Even if they wanted to retreat they couldn't really. Furthermore the guys who were shooting/grenading were taking orders from a character they established as not being exactly qualified and trained in a system that Lt. "Old man" described as basically lying to them. This scene, to me, really made a lot of sense and I felt it was really well done. It was also great story telling that told us alot about who those characters were personality wise and how they felt about various things, like the combat they were in, the command heirarchy, etc. (More on the storytelling in Aldnoah later).
If you mean why does the main character propose getting the training mechs and fighting. Well, firstly, they (as a group) don't exactly know how ineffective weapons will be (though I think the MC probably has an idea). They only saw Yuki shoot at it a few times before she got totalled, for all they know Yuki's rounds just weren't enough to do damage, or maybe they hit the wrong spot so it would be presumptuous for the members of the group who didn't see much of the mech to assume they couldn't shoot it.
Still, I think the MC knows, but they're clearly setting the MC up to be a clear-headed/think things through type (hence the whole braking scene), so I'm sure he has a plan, or will think of one. Even I could think of one, though, so it's not like you have to be a genius to challenge this guy. Notice he doesn't fall through the ground? So the feet are obviously unprotected, and he may be vulnerable to attacks on both the underside of his feet and also his footing (what would he do if his footing came out from underneath him and he started to fall? He'd have to turn off the ability).
Also the MC can probably infer there is some restriction on the ability since the dude didn't follow them into the tunnel.
My prediction is either they get their hands on an Aldnoah type mech, or something comparible, or they somehow hold out through ingenuity (I kinda hope it's the latter but either is good).
Derek wrote:they're taking their time in this series.
You don't exactly seem to be criticising the series here, but I really think this is a good thing. Most mecha shows would go "It's the year 20X6 and war has broken out among faction X and faction Y. Both are fighting over the special power source that allows mechs to be viable" and just infodump you for a couple minutes before jumping right into the action. That is great for people who don't give a shit about good storytelling and just want some action but... it isn't really that great to just infodump your setting.
Rewatching Aldnoah Zero's first ep... I was in awe of how awesome the storytelling was. Seriously give it a rewatch, we get all the information about what is going on, who is who, who is doing what, etc. all through natural and visual storytelling. No infodumps, no awkward convos that are obviously just there to explain things to the viewer, no "I should know this but I don't so please explain it to me because I'm the proxy for the viewer"
There are even a whole bunch of real subtle things, like... how the military has been presenting the conflict/training to the soldiers... how the new/young soldiers feel/think about the conflict as a result of that. The damage done to the Earth by the moon was shown through the brief viewing of the map of the Earth, and not commented on at all.
Even the character development is done without weird metacommentary etc. Like no one randomly muses to themselves "Inaho is emotionally weird"
because certainly all his friends are used to him being a bit emotionally off by now, so why would they say that except to purposely inform the viewer of this fact they're all aware of? Well almost every fucking show ever does this kind of crap because they have lazy writers. Hell, half the time the character won't even be how the other characters describe them (Informed Attribute). In this show though, they just show you how weird he is.
Anyway I'm getting to ranting here, It's just so
so good. It really gives me hope that this show will be truly great. That being said only the first three eps are written by Urobutchi so maybe it'll change after that. I really hope not.
I can understand not caring about establishing the setting and plot and so on. I can understand prefering the infodump and straight into action. But I think that just isn't what Aldnoah Zero is trying to do. I think everything they're trying to do, they're pulling of masterfully. If that isn't for some people, well then there are a plethora of other mecha (or anime in general) they can watch.
I may later on do a play-by-play of the first episode, pointing out all the great little storytelling things they managed to work in there.
Edit: Also note that at NO POINT does some idiot character point out "Oh me yarm HE IS DESTROYING/ABSORBING/DISINTEGRATING EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES" to explain it to the viewer as though they were fucking stupid. No, they just assume the viewer is going to pay attention, and they even explain what some of the other mechs powers are with just a few telling scenes. I mean seriously, the more and more I think about this the more I'm impressed by how good the storytelling is. No infodumps, all natural and visual explanations, no assuming the audience is an idiot... so good.