So the anime is shit, too.
So much for my theory that the flaws in the novels would be diminished by the acting and directing; this ineptly produced embarrassment fails to provide either. Voice acting ranges from generic to downright terrible (Shichika's first few lines are some of the worst acting I've heard this year) and the directing makes you long for Shaft's stylistic excess, as the vast majority of the episode consists of lips flapping in an unmoving frame.
It winds up being even more of a crushing bore than the novel was. At this point I still had more positive things to say than negative ones, and optimistically believed he was going to find a way to correct the flaws. The anime provides no reason to continue whatsoever.