I agree with pretty much everything you said. It was definitely way too much to take in during those first 15 minutes where it introduces at least 20-30 distinct characters that are clearly important to the plot. After all that's done and it gets into the battle portion of the episode though, I was getting some [heavy] Code Geass vibes from it, since I really haven't seen an anime so heavily strategy and war based since that and it was fantastic. The timing on everything was perfect. Such an exciting first episode. On the topic of just-aired anime, opinions of what I've watched so far: I can't wait for Gochuumon season 2 and Subete ga F ni Naru though.
Or as close as reasonably possible with my budget and body type. And I'd be much less creepy, as long as it's not Halloween. TBH if I had the money and body type I would honestly wear lolita fashion near-constantly, Or just anything super-frilly, flowery, and feminine. But yeah. I'd be Ocelot, dressed as a princess, with zero hand-eye coordination.
I didn't think I was spoiling anything. I mean, you get a good look at her face right before she bursts into flames, and all this is about 45 seconds before you actually control anything in the tutorial.
Playing Xenoblade Chronicles' New Game+ mode sounded fun at first since I could carry over a lot of weapons and equipment. But fighting bosses is no fun now at the beginning because they all die in one hit. :c At least I'll have the satisfaction of obliterating the ones I found initially impossible in a matter of seconds.