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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 01:08 AM)
    (Watched Grisaia 12)
    Oh hey we have this scene where the characters are being chased by everyone gone insane and turned into cannibals. Great! Lets chuck in two crotch shots! Bloody hell. The last episode of angelic howl was botched to hell. Pacing too fast and end climax so sloppily done that it became down right comical. Even made me notice flaws I missed with the original story. And oh great they plan to animate that bloody guy and the extra conflict that was never needed.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:50 PM)
    *for.
    Also I finished out Amanes route in Grisaia and am genuinely pleased with how it rounded out as being/capped off.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:49 PM)
    Shame they can’t be relied on from anything else however.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:48 PM)
    Ah, .hack bee-train can always be relied on for good music.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:48 PM)
    I recently rewatched petite cossette actually and it still holds up for me as an atmospheric, creepy and trippy and dreamy macabre story I wish Shinbo was still that good.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 08:44 PM)
    As much as I love .Hack’s score, I can’t help but feel that Le Portrait de Petit Cossette has Kajiura’s best score.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:37 PM)
    I will agree that the tsundre archtype should have been Rin and not Kugimiya pseudo-lolita’s, far less irritating, less of a love/hate thing for me. That said I don’t care all that much for finding the personalities of fiction characters all that attractive, it tends to be the character designs, more often I end up wanting to black eye most tsundere characters, actually alot of characters.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:32 PM)
    And I also read that “realistic tsundere manga” I believe I mentioned it a few times on here, I never really got into reading it, can’t really remember the title.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:30 PM)
    I rather like Yuki Kaijura’s music for fate/zero, don’t care about kara no kyokai’s soundtrack, madoka or sword arts much.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.

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