Final Review: RDG: Red Data Girl

Red Data Girl (RDG) is based off a light novel of the same name that ended last November. The story follows Izumiko Suzuhara, who grew up as a shy and isolated girl. Furthermore, she had a problem with electronics where anything she touches is suddenly destroyed. Despite all this, she makes the decision to want to go to a high school in Tokyo. To protect her, Miyuki Sagara, a yamabushi, is forced to accompany her. Red Data Girl premiered during the Spring 2013 anime season and was simulcasted and licensed by Funimation.

I will cut right to the chase. Red Data Girl has 3 main problems:
1) Lack of detailed explanation
2) Poor transitions
3) Lack of direction
The first problem it never attempts to even fix, which is a big blow to the series given the heavy terminology in the show. Transitions are on and off. When their on, the plot continuity can be quite interesting at times, particularly with the character development. However, when it’s off, you will literally feel lost as if you skipped an entire episode’s worth of material. The third problem is where things get trick. RDG has a lot of interesting themes and concepts but it fails to focus at any time. It continues to flip-flop back and forth between a normal high school romance series and a supernatural title. At times the blend works really nicely but for the most part it falls apart with a lot of deus ex moments. You could even say that the first two problems result in the third. Ending wise, it’s ok. The kiss scene hinted in the opening video was a terrible tease since nothing of the sort really happens. The confession is somewhat implied too.

Art and animation is solid by P.A. Works. I continue to be impressed with their level of animation (bar Another). Though the animation is nowhere near the levels of say Hanasaku Iroha or Tari Tari.

OP/ED have their perks but not particularly memorable in the long term. Seiyuu was nice and fitting with their characters. Emotions were great for this show.

Enjoyment? I generally dislike comparing titles in a review but considering that Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge is similar in almost every regard to this show’s premise (barring the battle royale theme), this show currently falls short in comparison, particularly in plot. The dialogue is not complicated for this show but poor continuity is what really weighs. Inu x Boku SS and Natsume Yuujinchou are similar and better titles in recent memory. Hiiro no Kakera is also another show almost exactly the same in terms of premise but RDG is the superior title in that regard. Fruits Basket is the closest title to this show if you’re looking for something more old school.

Overall, RDG is potentially P.A. Works’ worst title (again barring Another) plot wise. It’s animation, characters, and other aspects help make the series somewhat watchable but it’s certainly not a show I would recommend.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0.5/1): Mildly interesting
  • Character Personalities (1/1): Generally good
  • Character Development (1/2): It’s there but weak.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1.5/2): Small and simple cast
  • Pacing: (0/1): For a finished source, this is pretty poor.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (0/2): No explanations?
  • Conclusion (0.5/1): Okay but not satisfying
  • Total: 4.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1.5/2): Above average. Could use more detail and crispness
  • Character Designs (2/2): Love it
  • Fluidity (1.5/2): Very nice
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): A bit heavy on the dark colors. Also green school uniforms is a bit odd.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1.5/2): Strong but could be stronger from P.A. Works
  • Total: 7.5/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (2/3): Both okay but not memorable in the long-term
  • Background Music (2/2): Very nice
  • Sound Effects (1/2): Average
  • Seiyuu (3/3): Strong and emotional cast. Really brought out the drama in the show’s characters to keep it watchable.
  • Total: 8/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (1/2): Had its perks.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0.5/2): If the plot continuity held then yes.
  • Presentation (0/2): Very poor. No explanations and too jumpy.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): Not really.
  • Recommendation (0.5/2): Fruits Basket, Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (maybe?), Inu x Boku SS, Natsume Yuujinchou are all shows that could be watched in place of this.
  • Value (0/1): Nope
  • Total: 2/10

Preliminary Score: 6/10

Final Score: 6/10

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