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
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:58 AM)
    Never got past the first few episodes of fairy tale and remember when I was younger only being slightly interested in the creators other series rave master.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    @kurozuka Hey, so you finally come back after the conversation is long over. As for FT, it’s better than Naruto and Bleach, but worse than HxH. By a lot. So that’s not really a compliment.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:49 AM)
    I thought I’d feel like crap, binging 29 episodes of Fairy Tail in one day, but surprisingly, I don’t. It’s a pretty good shonen series, I’m surprised myself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:24 AM)
    Well with regards to aldnoah you can all look forward to it continuing in January.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:13 AM)
    See the old stuff that was awful at least had the decency to be shit as an artform, you can’t really say that about alot of the bad stuff now in anime, its just awful, I can laugh my ass off at how bad mad bull is but I could never do that with Mahouka or sword art.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:10 AM)
    But this is definitely belongs on the so bad its funny list with the likes of Kenya boy, Garzy’s wing and Geist, in fact it may be on the level of the most latter.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:07 AM)
    Watched the mad bull 34 ovas because I heard how notoriously terribad they were. I won’t say this was a good anime by any stretch but it was a remarkably entertaining, hilarious one for the overthetop sex/gore/general dumbarsery. Pretty much an exploitation anime guilty pleasure.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 03:11 AM)
    @Raggers: I tend to agree.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 03:10 AM)
    @Emma: I tried the same one – font color=”white” – but like other html codes I’ve used recently I’ve seen it “work” while the comment is being sent, but the chatbox itself strips them out.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 03:08 AM)
    @Bam: Most of the individual ideas were fine – expect for how the ending should be played out – but the way it was handled was just far too bad to be remotely decent.

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