Yeah astras were cool and decent and having what appears to be ~1/3 the chance to get one compared to JP (JP had collection sheets for them too what the heck NA devs!) Is a real downer.
It's going to sting even more for the next raid's weapons if it keeps this pattern, those are more useful.
And probably looking at EP6 probably around early Winter time so EP5 content will be obsolete too. I'm actually afraid NA version will lose a vast amount of its playerbase if the drop rate continues as is, I'll be honest - everyone who has played PSO2 previously knows all too well how unrewarding the game can be at times, its not unusual to go weeks without even a crappy 13* drop and most Western players are going to get bored far quicker than Asian players.
Remember, for Non-JP server players....PSO2 came out around 8 years ago, NA is getting 8 years worth of content in the space of a year or less, minus JP exclusive collabs like 7/11 and Lawson etc etc stuff, in a nutshell the drop rate does not scale with the rushing of content updates and needs to be significantly boosted, the current booster event doesn't do anything for drops especially for 14* content.
The problem is that Sega have always loved its fractions, look at the drop rate of certain things...its fractions of a % and here lies the problem.
Prime Example is FUN scratch.
Grinders on average have a 17.0616% drop rate....
11: Shock emote has a 0.4739% drop rate
The difference between pulling tickets is simple, you can do it anytime - almost unlimited in pulls. Drop rate of gear for EQs is limited significantly and with an equally poor fraction of a % drop rate...its not a surprise that hardly anyone is getting drops, the question is, how will Sega respond?
The fact there are insanely rare drops is a part of PSO heritage. If you had played the older games, you would see that they had severely low drop chances for rares. The reason? They wanted it to feel prestigious to have a Spread Needle or Lavis Cannon.
PSO2 lacks most of that reason to play long term. If you can get everything through badges and exchanges then what is the point, just to have the best stuff straight away and nothing to hope for in drops.
Your post is an example of the problem with gamers of today. Everything is instant gratification. Sonic Team had a great idea of how prestigious it would feel to have rare weapons to show off, but it was ruined by the Gameshark users and duping. We need MORE of these hard to obtain weapons and not less FFS.