English: Red Data Girl
Japanese: RDG レッドデータガール
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 20, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.721 (scored by 18077 users)
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SynopsisA modern fantasy based on Japanese Shinto legends. Suzuhara Izumiko is a 15-year-old girl, who has been raised and protected in a shrine deep in the Kumano mountains. She is quite shy and destroys all the electric devices she touches. When she begins to think about going out of the mountains and moving to the city, her guardian Sagara Yukimasa recommends her to enter a high school in Tokyo and forces his son Miyuki to serve Izumiko for life. Miyuki and Izumiko repel each other but their relationship begins to change when a terrifying accident occurs on the school excursion. Izumiko learns her fate as the last representative (yorishiro) of a Himegami goddess and Miyuki learns of his duty as a guardian Yamabushi of Izumiko.
Related AnimeAdaptation: RDG: Red Data Girl
Characters & Voice Actors
I'm supposed to be studying right now but whatever.
Okay, unlike the majority of the reviews, I actually liked Red Data Girl. It's surprising 'cause I'm easily influenced by the reviews here on MAL. Before I watch an anime or read a manga, I always check MAL and read the reviews so as to see if it the said anime/manga is worth it.
But before I read the reviews on RDG, I watched a few episodes of it. And well, I really liked it. I think the best factor that got me hooked into the anime was the art (and maybe Miyuki /shot xD) and also the theme. I always loved Japan and since the theme was about Japanese culture, I got myself interested.
Then around the middle of the anime, I got confused. (Yes, just like all of you who watched) Everything was going too fast and nobody was explaining things at all. So, just in case I wasn't the only one, I checked the MAL reviews on this anime. I wasn't surprised to see negative reviews everywhere. All complaining about the same thing I was complaining about. I was a bit discouraged to watch after reading all of the reviews, but when the next episode came out, I still watched it and even finished. :D
Sure there were so many unanswered questions but I think the anime was good enough. Although, it should've had more episodes so they could've at least explained some stuff.
Okay, let's talk about the characters now.
I really liked Miyuki's character development. (And I also really like Miyuki X3) He started of as the lean and mean bully who seemed to hate the world so much he'd rather jump of a cliff. But around the end of the anime, he started to warm up to Suzuhara. (*squeals*) xD
The other characters were okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. Suzuhara was the typical shy girl who struggles to become stronger in the end. Mayura, Manatsu and Masumi were cute, but again, they weren't very interesting. (Masumi got my attention a little bit tho. HE WAS SO CUTE IN THE END)
Music was good. I'm not good with critiquing sounds lol but I really liked the bg music and also the music when Suzuhara dances. :3
Okay so overall, I really liked RDG and if you're into Japanese culture, fantasy and the likes, then this is the anime for you. ;)
But if you're an impatient person and if you don't like getting confused, then I don't think you'll like this anime at all. read more
This was a series I really wanted to like and that I had high hopes for, but that ultimately fell flat. The story starts out clear enough (Izumiko is to be the new vessel for the Himegami, a mysterious and powerful goddess that could destroy the world, and Miyuki is her reluctant protector… together they must find a way to overcome their differences and figure out the mystery of the Himegami, etc.), but then descends into a mire of seemingly irrelevant side stories and confusing plot points involving clingy triplets, a sick horse, school festivals, student rankings, traditional dancing, and something called the “World Heritage”.
I found that the series had quite a lot of exposition – only it was all about things that were seemingly extraneous to the main story and often longwinded, such as the relationship between the triplets, or the reason why Mayura is so focused on beating Takayanagi. Episode 9 had the most informative exposition about the origins of the Himegami, but even so, there was really not enough action to really give substance to it all. With so little of the main plot is actually explained, and a lot of poor pacing, I was left wondering what the point of it all was.
As for the characters, they felt mostly static the entire time, with the exception of Izumiko, who at least actually made some visible effort to change herself. Miyuki seems to have some development in his feelings towards Izumiko, especially in the last 3 episodes, with his growing concern about her, but he’s mostly petulant, and it’s not quite enough to get me to care at all. I can’t say that I felt much attachment to any one in this anime, which is disappointing since there was a lot of potential in the first 2 episodes.
The one area in which this anime shines, however, is in the visuals. The backgrounds are really lovely, and the dance sequences and depictions of Izumiko’s kimonos look beautiful. Character design was good but not outstanding. Unfortunately, visuals alone are not enough to carry a series.
In the end, the show does pick up just slightly around episode 9, but the ending is inconclusive and dissatisfying – probably a byproduct of having too much source material (6 novels!) and not enough episodes to really develop the world or the characters. The ending is left open and nothing is resolved, suggesting the possibility of a second season. I liked the premise, but this series really needed to have more than 12 episodes dedicated to telling the entire story in a cohesive and comprehensive way, instead of cramming everything into one season with hopes of resolving the confused narrative if a second season was green lit.
Final impressions: Started out with a lot of potential, mired by a host of side stories in the middle, and ends with its head just barely above water.
Verdict: Source-material syndrome combined with an ailment in pacing. read more
RDG gives quite the spirit vibe which is also very nicely expressed in Hound. Both series give me such an intensity and both series are great.
Similar theme- Mysterious and psychological phenomenons
Both Anime involves spirits/vessels and other worldly things
In both series, there's a mystery like feeling as the viewers are left with little clues on what is going on especially related to the characters and events.
The setting of the series also gives off a similar vibe along with the characters themselves.
There seems to be some supernatural elements related to the events going on in their respective series and mysteries to be unlocked.
These two anime are similar in the aspect of supernatural, spirituality, and the growth of the characters due to those things.
They both have a boy that meets a girl with supernatural powers and each affects one another somehow.
- Female lead
- Supernatural powers
- Supernatural beings
- and more subtle similarities
- Pacing (!)
- KnK: Fantasy oriented
- RDG: More traditional themes
Both great immersive stories
Both highly recommended
Opening Theme"Small worldrop (スモルワールドロップ)" by Annabel (eps 1-2, 4-11)
Ending Theme#1: "Yokan (予感)" by Masumi Itou (eps 1-2, 4-7, 9-12)
#2: "Yokan (Izumiko version) (予感 (泉水子バージョン))" by Izumiko Suzuhara (Saori Hayami) (eps 3, 8)
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