Kid Fenris This series is among the dozen or so perfectly interesting anime shows that I watched for one episode and then never picked up again. And it wasn't bad, either! It had promise despite the cutesy-wootsy characters (whose appearance is part of the underlying point, after all). I just didn't go back to it. I am no good as an anime nerd.
dairyqueenlatifah The first two episodes are completely unrepresentative of the rest of the show. You should go back to it if you're ever bored one day. It's worth it. I detest 99% of anime but good lord Madoka was great.
As for the cutesy character designs, it's all part of one of the most brilliantly deceptive ruses I've ever seen pulled off.
SolRo sometimes you gotta slog through the buildup episodes for the payoff.