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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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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