Posted by psgels on 17 April 2013 with categories: Red Data Girl

What this season lacks, is quantity. The amount of series that really stand out here. There are the obvious stand-outs of Shingeki no Kyojin and Aku no Hana, in terms of comedy there are the hilarious Maou-sama and Azazel-san, and also Gargantia has potential, but beyond that… I don’t really sense enough ambition, not to mention the complete lack of long series aside from Shingeki no Kyojin. To me this feels more like a strong winter/summer season, instead of the Spring season that it is.

Red Data Girl is a bit of a wildcard. I intended to just blog the TV-schedule of it, rather than keeping up with the pre-release. It has the potential to become a very charming or interesting series, although it probably never will hit its heights. Still, I’m intrigued, especially by the first episode. The second episode was a bit of a step back for me.

I like the atmosphere. The music rocks. The backgrounds are very well drawn. I like the side characters. These guys make it worth watching and they are engaging to follow. The lead female though… needs work, and it mostly has to do with how at the moment, she fits in a very annoying cliche: the useless character. Everything gets done for her, most of her powers are just passive, she holds everyone back. Mind you, she’s well acted, but there is only so far that you can take a character doing just nothing. These first two episodes were full of hints that they are going to put a spin on that uselessness for later: don’t let me down on that.

Oh and about this season’s strong point: voice acting. There are lots of series in which the voice acting is really good and engaging. They try to emote and connect with their adience, rather than yelling way too hard all the time.
Rating: 4.5/8 (Good)

13 Responses

  1. gedata says:

    So is this the last new series up for blog?

  2. Nazzu says:

    Are you giving up the idea of blogging Valvrave already?

  3. CJay says:

    I’m surprised you picked this over Crime Edge. The second episode of Crime Edge was much better than the first in my opinion, while this was the opposite. What other shows are you going to be blogging? Hunter x Hunter? Doesn’t that still leave room for one more?

    • Puran says:

      Curiously, I didn’t like Crime Edge’s second episode. The premise, while original, doesn’t really interest me much.

      On the other hand RDG’s second episode was indeed a step back, but having seen up to the 4th episode, it seems to be slowly building up to something. So far I am enjoying the atmosphere a lot more than Crime Edge.

  4. Ransom says:

    Glad you’re picking this up. Have watched till ep 5 and it’s great. Things get better as the story goes on.

  5. conyo985 says:

    I don’t know why you won’t watch the pre-release episodes but this anime is really good. At first I was a bit discouraged by the lack of exposition in the first episode. Then succeeding episodes picked up the pace and really gets better. As a viewer that likes mystical and supernatural elements in anime, Red Data Girl shows the reason why I like such elements in the first place.

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  • Ksidehb
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:08 AM)
    I’ll just leave this here for you all: http://i.imgur.com/AoODG.jpg
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:44 PM)
    Also I’m gonna say it: Terra-Formars would be pretty watchable if it wasn’t so tastelessly censored. It’s really not as bas as I thought. The Gantz vibes are strong with this one tho.
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:21 PM)
    I can also say, that there may be some romantic feelings by some of the companions of her later on, but honestly it’s more admiration and respect than actual love. And she also has no romantic feelings for the other characters (Though I assume there will be development with hak in the future)
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:18 PM)
    @Vincent: As a manga reader of Yona I can definitely say, that the romance isn’t really the main point of the story. It’s a fantasy adventure story. With hints of romance, but up to where I read (ch48) there was no romantic development. At all. Yona grows into a strong independent woman throughout the story. She really is a well written character.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:58 PM)
    @ninjarealist I saw the reverse harem within the first 10 minutes. Tbh, the reverse harem isn’t my gripe. The characters are so boring. If you’re going to rip-off K-dramas, at least do it right.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:55 PM)
    @Bam you know it. I just cannot stand to watch Akatsuki when I have four dramas on my watch list.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:31 PM)
    @Vincent The first episode of Akatsuki no Yona was definitely the worst. The second was OK but the third episode was the best one by far. I’m still not sure what to think. If there are a lot more episodes as good as the third one then it could be a really good series. If there are a lot more episodes as mediocre as the first one, then it’s going to be a very mediocre series indeed.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:24 PM)
    As much as I liked Parasytes manga, I needed to read up to volume three before I really properly got into it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Bam:That woman who showed up in this weeks episode ends up being one of the best characters in the series.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:22 PM)
    Parasyte 03: it was decent. This monster of the week might be getting a little stale, but I believe they are using it to set up the plot and open the story by introducing some pivotal characters. The body transformations remain pretty entertaining. This show plays a lot of its tropes straight, but at least does them in a competent way.

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