Posted 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)

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  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:36 AM)
    You’re either incredibly simple or stupid.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:31 AM)
    @Kurozuka That’s…that’s It? You could have chosen Madhouse or Bones, who have far more anime (thus more data) for you to gather.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:26 AM)
    K-off: I chose them because they are the best comedy studio around, and comedy is hard to deliver successfully.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:24 AM)
    @Emma Yuruyuri and Nozaki-kun were the only decent shows they made recently; I don’t know why anyone would choose them for a study on how budget relates to the story’s quality.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:22 AM)
    I recall Aidan making a point on here saying “The more money that gets poured into something, the more the plot suffers” to paraphrase him.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:20 AM)
    @Kurozuka That still doesn’t mean anything. You’re trying to crunch factual, numerical financial data with the collective opinion of the masses in some graph or table. At best, that can only be considered a link to your conclusion, but not the reason why it’s true. The artistic process is too complex for it to be dictated solely by how much money you have. Look at Hollywood blockbusters.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:19 AM)
    I don’t really know what to say about dogakobo really. They’ve done majestic prince, Natsuyuki and will do the donten no waru adaptation so they’ve some skill but the rest has been okay to poor.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:17 AM)
    If you doubt me, then there’s no way I can prove it to you. I won’t try.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:16 AM)
    K-off: If I poll the opinions of numerous people on Dogakobo’s animes, then it won’t be so biased anymore. At a point, the margin of error becomes nill.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:14 AM)
    @Kurozuka I’d like to say for the record that I like your reasons for wanting to do such a report. But you’re blindly pursuing it with no knowledge of how to actually write one, and there’s where I find issues.

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