Painful to watch is how I'd best describe Dies Irae. The first episode was bad but many shows struggle with the first episode. I figured if it didn't get coherent by episode 3 there was no hope, but I knew by episode 2 this one was a goner.
When distilled down to it's simplest form, even the most complex shows have a fairly simple core theme, and build out from there in sub plots and additions to the story. But you need that core. Dies Irae is basically a pile of incoherent nonsense piled up, and disguiesed with randomly thrown in German words. There has to be a point to this, but many episodes in I still couldn't say what that was. It seems like this uber Nazi guy has a sense of dejavu concerning everything he does, which he finds boring so he wants to transcend the world? Or something. Dies Irae is one of those anime titles that is a little bewildering in how much bullshit it can throw in, not explain any of it (yet hinting it has meaning like you give a damn) then continously shovel in more drivel. No matter how much I wanted it to stop, it kept coming.
I generally go easy on characters, since they tend to be a factor of the story (which in this case is terrible), however I realized aside from being really bad, randomly tossed in, never developed much, and far too many of them - not to mention some just dying and invalidating their existance: yes they are that bad.
Does it end? You know a lot of these uber Geman demon mecha things appear, but none are defeated in 12 episodes. Can this ever end. Fortunatly I never found out as it just stops at 12 episodes, with another 6 to come supposidly. I'm not sure if that will happen either, but I can't see how Dies Irae can possibly be redeemed. Not worth it.