i fully agry with you i was rely looking forwerd to IS manly becuse the guys who did it also worked on the new macross movies but even thare CG was a dispontment in comparason
So.....so far, it looks like you're just paraphrasing ANN.
The mechas look really bitching, I might give this a second look when it ends.
The Manga seems to me a bit better then the Anime.In the sense that in the Manga he looks like a bad ass, however he looks kinda wimpy in the Anime. Also in the Manga instead of a bracelet on his arm that deploys his IS it's a proper Gauntlet which also looks more bad ass then wimpy. Personally I'm going to watch it to it's end because I like to finish what I start but that doesn't mean I won't still be patiently waiting for Ao no Exorcist.
Fan service in an anime like this can be seen miles away. The art style and the setting show that it will happen. It does show how he is uncomfortable being surrounded only by girls though and how he doesn't really know how to react.