I am not terribly impressed when an anime includes obviously artificial conventions, like a whole city of students, an angry father who exiles his son to a luxurious private apartment, etc. These story elements can be done well – in fact Gin no Saji presents a self-contained agricultural school and an exiled son very well. But the screenshots below show a visually pretty but literarily stupid rendition of stock anime elements.
It’s a pretty show to look at, but the first episode breaks immersion for me before said immersion gets a chance to develop.
I’m sure the people who spend more time shipping Railgun characters than they spend watching anime will love this show. It’s got lots of pretty characters to be shipped. I’m going to pass. I’ve still got a backlog to work on.