RDG: Red Data Girl – 01
OP: 「スモルワールドロップ」 (Sumoru Waarudoroppu) “Small Worldrop” by Annabel
「はじめての転校生」 (Hajimete no Tenkousei)
“The First Transfer Student”
Without further ado, I present the first episode of RDG: Red Data Girl! Finally… 2 weeks after its original stream on Niconico. For those that will be following along, I do plan to keep up with the Wednesday releases on Tokyo MX so you can expect my posts to be consistent with that schedule.
Red Data Girl starts off with the introduction of Suzuhara Izumiko (Hayami Saori) cutting her hair – which we find out later in the episode, is linked back to this mysterious power that she holds. Needless to say, Izumiko isn’t your average passive introvert, although I’m sure a lot of people can relate. She’ll be attending high school soon so I can imagine that she’s your average adolescent who’s coming-of-age and trying to find out who she is or why she’s so special. It’s obvious that she’s different from all the other students though (whether or not they realize it) and she’s given special treatment (like helicopter rides and a personal chauffeur). It’s not blatantly stated in the episode, but Izumiko destroys all electronic devices that she touches and hence why the power goes out in the computer lab. The only difference is – this time she contacted her father (Inoue Kazuhiko) through the monitor before cutting it off. This is what Sagara Yukimasa (Fukuyama Jun) said resulted from her hair style change (the source of her power).
Sagara Yukimasa is apparently the “father” of Sagara Miyuki (Uchiyama Kouki) whom plays the manservent to Izumiko. Although he is reluctant, this seems to be his role that’s engrained in his character (as stated by Yukimasa) and they’re to attend high school together. Miyuki calls Izumiko a “Himegami” (which loosely translates to Princess God) and he’s meant to be her protector. Unfortunately, he seems to be more annoyed at her than anything else and this is evident even in their early childhood together. I can’t say much more about their characters, but it’s clear that their relationship will develop throughout the series.
As far as potential goes, I think RDG has a great start and it’s definitely a show that’s piqued my interests. I’m not someone who goes into deep depths to research every show that I plan to watch/blog and I’m often pleasantly surprised with what I got myself into. I’d have to say that RDG is one that’s definitely eye-catching, different and touches on a lot of areas that I love to see in anime. I don’t mind the historical references and Shinto legends, but I think what catches my attention the most is the mystery (behind Izumiko) and the not-so-average cast of characters. I love a touch of romance but character development is very important too and I’d love to see how Izumiko and Miyuki grow as individuals and together. Not to mention there’s a whole slew of characters that seem to have their own issues (Izumiko and her father, and Miyuki and Yukimasa). I’m always captivated by characters at first glance and they really make or break an anime for me (I have to like them!).
I don’t usually mention animation studios, but I feel that for P.A. Works is one that never ceases to amaze me. I love the eye-candy and the way the characters are drawn. I’ve been watching Robotics;Notes for half a year so you’ll have to excuse me for wanting to watch something with more fluid animation (or more animation, period). I’m also enjoying the OP and ED; more so the OP than ED. The intro is a good indication that the show will probably lean more towards happy-go-lucky than dark and mysterious (although I don’t want to speak too soon, you never know!).
Overall, I would definitely say that RDG is a great watch this season and there’s a lot of potential to be explored. I don’t want to judge too soon, but from first glance, I don’t doubt that it’ll be a good adaptation. I won’t speak for everyone, but it’s been a while since the first episode of an anime totally hooked me in (Shin Sekai Yori was probably the last one from Fall 2012) and RDG has set itself up very well. I’m excited to blog this one and I’m glad that I’ll be going in with no expectations – I like surprises so I hope this one doesn’t let me down.
Side Note: It’s been a full year since I’ve been blogging at RC and I want to jump up and shout like it’s a huge accomplishment… but when I do the math – I realized that I’ve spent a total of approx. 222 hours blogging. That’s a whole lot of time that I could’ve spent *coughwatchingmoreanime. Anyway, aside from myself; Zephyr, Zanibas, Asobi, Stereoman, Moomba and Mochi have also been on this long journey with me, so take the time to congratulate them too! =)
ED: 「予感」 (Yokan) “Premonition” by 伊藤 真澄 (Masumi Itou)