Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
Now that Red Data Girl has reached its twelfth and last episode for this season, I want to share some of my thoughts on it.
Plot summary (Wikipedia): The story revolves around Izumiko Suzuhara, a 15-year old girl who has been raised at Tamakura Shrine, part of the Kumano Shrines World Heritage Site. She destroys any electrical device that she comes into contact with. Despite being shy, she wants to try living in the city. Her guardian Yukimasa Sagara recommends that she enroll at Hōjō High School in Tokyo, accompanied by his son, Miyuki Sagara, who has trained to become a yamabushi from a young age. While in Tokyo on a middle school field trip, an entity named “Himegami” appears. Izumiko learns that she is a yorishiro, a vessel for a shinto spirit known as a kami. She also learns that Miyuki is tasked with protecting her.
I expected quite a lot from this anime when it started, the premise was pretty interesting and the first few episodes left me impressed. From the start, my romance sensors picked up lovey-dovey sparks between Miyuki and Izumiko (yes, your tsundere charade didn’t fool me one bit Miyuki ). The expansion of content was great because it helped to build the atmosphere. But then primary issues that were being – or were supposed to be dealt with – became lost. Like the idea of Izumiko being targeted and chased by spirits because she’s a rare specie. And her destroying electronic devices she comes into contact with.
The first few episodes brought an intensity to those problems but halfway through the plot switched focus to the Souda triplets (Mayura, Manatsu and Masumi). I didn’t mind that because their characters added more to the series and they were instruments of character development for Izumiko. Also they were actually woven into the bigger plot of Izumiko being the last vessel for the Himegami goddess. This was the point where previous plot ideas were dropped and focus was just on the Himegami’s possession of Izumiko, the Souda triplets and the school, and Masumi’s romantic feelings for Izumiko.
The character development was a bit stunted because of all that was going on which affected my level of appreciation for the characters. What worked against Red Data Girl was time. Twelve episodes weren’t enough for such broad content, and that caused the final episode to not even feel like a finale. It felt very anticlimactic, especially with the sort of build-up that episode eleven brought. Izumiko had turned into the goddess, caused the malfunction of electronic devices and had shifted herself into another realm after all that happened. Masumi was bent on getting her to stay with him, and his darker side surfaced; causing Miyuki to fight extra hard to get through the barriers and reach Izumiko.
When all that happened, I was expecting Wamiya (a familiar with a lot of power created by Izumiko) to team up with Miyuki to defeat Masumi, because he’s a really strong spirit and Miyuki couldn’t do it alone. But all that happened was Wamiya telling Masumi to go away, which he did. And with a smile; he had said something too. I was confused by that, and disappointed. Very disappointed. And it ended with more romantic developments between Miyuki and Izumiko (I had to squeal when he hugged her).
And that was it. Oh and he told her to call him whenever she needed him and he’d be there (*sobs*). The good thing is, the anime was never rushed but the way in which things were resolved was very lacking. Ultimately, RDG felt very watered down and at one point I had contemplated dropping it but being so close to the end, I decided to just pull through the rest.
I loved both the OP/ED theme songs; both were perfect for the tone of RDG, especially the OP song.
I dropped Karneval and Devil Survivor 2. I plan to return to DeSu2 but I’m not very sure about Karneval. And I’m keeping up with Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (for ranting purposes and the plot ACTUALLY GOT BETTER). Otherwise I started Ergo Proxy and that’s great so far, although I’m suffering from minor confusion at the moment.
That’s all for now.