How was anything realistic? How is it that all these top commanders are all complete idiots, and that no one knows how to move blocks of warships in space effectively except for two young men? In the prologue it said the war has been going on for a LONG, so how come all the experienced leaders at the front-lines are nothing compared to relatively inexperienced novices?
It's not captivating for me because all the characters perfectly conform to some ideal/model. They're either flawless heroes or bumbling idiots. There's no emotion, it's like watching a physical manifestation of the Cartesian subject deal with a bunch of animals. Both are inhuman. (Unless the rest of the series make a radical change from the 1st seven episodes, I'm not incorrect.)
And the cliches; what's up with the pretense? Especially in the 1st episode. I didn't see any value in the two archerivals acknowledging each other explicitly. At least have something to back that pretense. Look at Death Note; it's not perfect, but their acknowledgements of each other wasn't baseless.
What's the point of making effigies of famous repetitions in history? I read the news, and I'm looking for something different in anime. If I love history, I would read a book or an article on wikipedia, not watch Logh.