This was one of the anime of the season I was most anticipating due to having read part of the manga before. It ended up being even better than I was expecting.
It captures the fucked up sense you get from reading the manga but even more so. The soundtrack in this episode was excellent. The episode is just about a kid reading books and going to school, but with the music and animation you get a strong sense that shit is really fucked up. And as you’ll discover in the next episode (spoilers) it is.
Yes, the animation of the people is really ugly. I think it’s intentional, to help build that feeling that stuff is messed up even more. Still, I kind of wished they’d gone with ugly people whose faces don’t disappear when they cross a distance threshold and who move in a way resembling humans. The animation is not a deal breaker for me though.