Anime Review: RDG Red Data Girl – 12 [Final]
Unfortunately, I felt like RDG Red Data Girl stumbled towards its ending. Actually, “stumbling” feels like a good word to describe the entire anime.
So much was thrown into this ending. SO MUCH. Throughout its 12-episode run, RDG Red Data Girl has asked many, many questions and I was kind of hoping that by the time it ended, most of these questions would be answered. While some questions were answered (like why Izumiko couldn’t use electronic devices), there were also more posed. Like, why is Izumiko able to use electronics now? How did Wamiya turn into Miyuki in the end? What is the relationship between Izumiko and Miyuki now that the “conflict” is over? Why didn’t the goddess completely take over Izumiko again (ok, I guess she has come into her own a little)? And finally, DID ANY OF THIS MATTER? That is the question I want answered the most.
In the end, Izumiko has not completely turned into the goddess, but she is not completely her own person yet. She is somewhat… in the middle. So what was the purpose of her journey and is the end result of it worthwhile? In the end, I think that this anime was more concerned with the theme of self-discovery and just kind of threw the supernatural elements to beef it up. The really disappointing aspect of this episode was that even the “identity search” element of the anime was not completely resolved. Izumiko still does not know who she is. Sure, she is on her way, but in the end, I felt unsatisfied. I felt like the anime ended by saying, “And to find out what happened with Izumiko’s self realization and the relationship between Izumiko and Miyuki, read the light novels!” I dislike those types of endings.
The other plot, the battle between Takayanagi and Mayura, was also wrapped up, even though if it felt a little forced. After the Izumiko’s freak out in the last episode, she unconsciously turned Takayanagi into a dog. When Miyuki stops Izumiko from leaving the real world and staying with Manatsu, Izumiko dances and turns Takayanagi back into a human and… he concedes? For some reason. Yes, that is never explained to us, as it’s only after the credits end that we learn that Mayura is now the “top student.” And Takayanagi seemed okay with that. WHY?
In the end, I was disappointed with RDG Red Data Girl‘s finale. I felt it was rushed, forced, and had too many unanswered questions. Oh well, I guess I could read the light novels… If only I cared.
GO Rating: 2.5/5
I was really looking forward to this anime when I first heard about it. A supernatural-based anime with an interesting hook and that was produced by P.A. Works? All of that sounded fantastic! For me, I was very hyped… but then the first episode came along. The plot was very messy and I was very confused, but it was only the first episode. I decided to keep going along with it. 11 episodes later, I was still confused. RDG Red Data Girl tried to do way too many things in a short amount of time. Too many questions posed, too little answered. To be completely honest, I almost dreaded having to watch each episode week to week, as some days I am way too tired to have to think this hard for an anime. I like be challenged, but I don’t like being confused.
The characters here, for the most part, were overwhelmingly average. With Izumiko being an exception, most characters were surprisingly static and unlikeable. While Miyuki started to soften towards the end, he was kind of a jerkass and a hard character to like. The triplets, Mayura, Manatsu, and Masumi, all had their moments, but in the end, came off as being rude and irritating (especially Mayura). The villains (if you could call them that) were weak and to be completely honest, the entire anime felt nonthreatening. I actually wanted the goddess to take over Izumiko’s body because she was actually interesting. Next to her, Izumiko was the next best character, even if she developed sooooo slowwwwly. But I guess the most important thing was that she DID develop. Eventually.
The best elements of RDG Red Data Girl were its animation and soundtrack. No. Questions. Asked. The character designs here were crisp and detailed (even though I think Mayura and Izumiko looked a teeny bit too similar) and the animation was extremely fluid. The settings (especially in the final episode) were jaw-droppingly gorgeous and are definitely something I could look at as pieces of art (or maybe put as my computer’s desktop background). I found it very clever for P.A. Works and the director to make the colours of most of the scenes gray and toned down in order to make the more “magical” scenes pop out. It worked incredibly well. The music here was pleasant, nothing to really write home about, but it worked well with the series. The OP was nice and the orchestral versions played throughout the series helped build emotions and, once again, fit with the series.
All in all, RDG Red Data Girl was okay. I would have liked to give this anime a 3/5, but something inside of me just would not let me. After going through all my thoughts, I realized that I just did not enjoy it enough for that score. This was a nice anime to look at and I might give it another shot in the future… But maybe with the volume off. There are people who think this might get another season and if that does turn out to be true, I don’t know if I would watch it. For me, it would probably be better to wait until it ends and see what other reviewers say about it. Apparently the later light novels were good… But that’s what I heard about the first few as well. And look what happened here.
Overall GO Rating: 2.5/5