For now, though...courage.
Vital Stats:Title: Dragonaut: The Resonance Part 1
Format: TV Anime
Based On: Original Concept
Genre: Shounen, Sci-Fi, Drama
Release Info:Release Date: 11/03/09
US Publisher: FUNimation
Length: 13 episodes
Special Features: Textless songs, trailers
One day, Jin sees a strange creature try to kill someone and is saved by a mysterious redhead, Toa, who turns out to be a Dragon...an alien who can take a humanoid or dragon-like form. Jin is picked up by an organization called the ISDA, which employs pilots and a man-made strain of dragons based on an alien one as a defense tactic should the original dragons return.
This is the one mildly unique twist of the story, really: that Jin steadfastly refuses to join the ISDA, and between this "betrayal" and subsequently Gio's, Kazuki goes apeshit. Now, the psycho former-childhood-friend isn't new, but it's not where you might expect the show to go based on the first couple of episodes, so I have to give it points for that.
The rest of the story occasionally manages to surprise you with its twists, but "surprise" isn't the same thing as "impress." Still, there's an entire half a season left, so it will have some opportunities. Honestly, even FUNimation doesn't seem to give the story much credit, given the content of the trailer...
As we're halfway through the story now, I'm guessing that most of the character development is through; we've had back stories for pretty much all of the main characters here and there: Jin, Toa, Gio, Kazuki, and Sieglinde. I'm not sure how much there is left to plumb.
Beyond that, the animation is solid and I do like some of the designs, busts notwithstanding.