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Red Data Girl episode 1 – Push him off a cliff again please

RDG-Red-Data-Girl-Episode-1-Yukimasa-Miyuki-1024x576That new season is so near and yet so far. I have to sit back and impatiently wait for the first episodes to roll around so I finally have something to write abou-wait, what’s that? A first episode pre-air on Nico with shoddy web-rip quality of an anime that nobody seems to care about? Great! I’m back in my element. Let me just dust off my snark.


Red Data Girl tells the story of a girl with crippling social shyness problems and her attempts to overcome them. Think something like Kids on the Slope except instead of meeting a brash likable youth who encourages her to break out of her shell, she instead meets the worlds biggest asshole who causes her to regress deeper inside her shell as he mentally abuses her for the entire episode. There’s also some side story about the girl being a magical pixie lady who can make electronics break down, so maybe we should call this Red Ring of Death Girl do ho ho I’m so witty.

OK that wasn’t funny, but that’s fine because it’s already one more joke than Red Data Girl tried to do. One thing I quite liked about previous PA Works anime is they always had a sense of humour. Hanasaku Iroha had an episode where they re-imagined everyone as mermaids, including making the granny look like a sort of underwater posher version of Jabba the Hutt. Even if the drama didn’t interest me in stuff like Tari Tari, it was at least fun to watch the characters go about their daily lives. Red Data Girl has none of that. It’s incredibly self-serious about really boring standard school life scenes. This does come as part of the girl being so shy, but shyness can in itself be a form of comedy.

RDG-Red-Data-Girl-Episode-1-Izumiko-scissors-1024x576The primary complaint here is that the show is simply boring. The plot is too standard to stand out on its lonesome, and it doesn’t stand out in particular area to make it worth recommending. That said, the story of this girl struggling to overcome her social anxiety may be interesting if developed well. The show starts with her cutting her hair as a symbol of her determination to change herself, and I do want to see her change. Her shyness might be annoying to some people who want their characters to be perfect flawless boring twats, but I like me some flawed characters who show the potential to develop. She is an OK example of a flawed character.

The male lead is a nice example of how to make your character too flawed. Some asshole characters make you want to punch them in the face because they are meant to be the villains. That is a job well done. Other asshole characters you sort of want to applaud their actions because an asshole was exactly what that situation needed. Again, congratulations on a job well done. There are asshole characters who you want to punch in the face again, but it’s because you want them to stop being an asshole and you will enjoy the experience of seeing them stop being an asshole because you can sense that there is a good person in them.

The male character in Red Data Girl is the kind of asshole you want to push off a cliff and never see again, and yet the show seems to be saying “look at this poor troubled individual, now I demand you call him attractive and ship him with the main girl”. No Red Data Girl. I will not. I wish he had fallen off that cliff and that had been the end of it. That may be harsh, but fuck that guy. I don’t want to see him angst over his problems with being made to stay with this girl as he learns to accept her. I’d like as asshole like that to just spend the entire show falling off cliffs. Please call me if the entire show does literally become just Asshole Falls Off Cliffs.

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  1. Posted March 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I like me some flawed characters, but there was something off about the main girl in this. Maybe it’s because I’m used to anti-social characters being snarky jackasses, but she never clicked with me as someone who had a personality. She was more like a stuffed animal with angst feebly trying to bring it to life.

  2. Posted March 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    “There are asshole characters who you want to punch in the face again, but it’s because you want them to stop being an asshole and you will enjoy the experience of seeing them stop being an asshole because you can sense that there is a good person in them.”

    My favorite example of this character is Holland from Eureka Seven. I fucking hate him so much in the first half of the series, because I know he’s capable of so much more. Those tend to be my favorite kinds of characters, too.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      My fav would be the Ryvius cast, although instead what they do is keep going down the worst path even as you grab their coat-tails screaming “noooo stop being terrible noooo you’re a good person nooooooo”

  3. Posted March 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    While reading this review I just kept imagining this as being Watamote if done by a shoujo mangaka. Other than that I will give this episode a watch if the characters don’t make me want to punch my monitor halfway through. Wish me luck.

  4. Gunslinger
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    This guy was no where nearly as irritating as that bastard from tonari no kaibutsu.

  5. Matthew
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I watched episode 1 (I didn’t bother with episode 2) and I felt the exact opposite about the male character. I mean yeah, he’s an asshole, but look at the situation he’s in. He’s dragged away from his life by his insane religious fanatic father and forced to be a “servant” to some girl he never met before. When he quite reasonably objects to this, his father beats him nearly to death and threatens to kill him if he doesn’t comply. (He didn’t fall off any cliff.) The other adults all ignore the situation.

    The reason I didn’t bother with episode 2 is that’s the only part of episode 1 that evoked any emotional reaction in me. I found the rest dead boring. I didn’t even think the girl was all that socially shy. She had a couple of friends at school.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      huh, can’t believe I didn’t pick up on that bit that his dad beat him. However his assholeness is more down to him being horrible to the girl herself for no reason, lashing out at her for nothing she did. It’s a general attitude that he is the only one who matters and fuck this girl. There’s no sense that he’s ever a nice person

  6. Lirael
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Watched one episode and dropped it; there was noone I could like, though I did pity the boy. You see, while what he did in the flashback was really bad I couldn’t help but understand why he was so nasty: he was enrolled in the school in Tokyo and maybe already had a whole life and friends in that city…until his father took everything away because this girl he hardly knows didn’t want to go there. I mean, how bad must he feel, to have his whole life taken away so he can be the servant of this little girl? And his father clearly abused him for it, those wounds were -I thought- obviously done by his father, which shows he isn’t loved at all and that must make him bitter.

    As for the girl, it’s hard to like her; he personality seemed to be just ‘shy’ and it’s not as if it was really that serious: she had friends. I guess I had a hard time liking her too because I felt bad for the boy; I mean, she found out he had to leave his life for her and got beaten up for her and all she did was make a sad face.

  7. gw_kimmy
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    you’re description of the guy actually made me slightly intrigued…if the premise of this show didn’t sound like A Walk to Remember, which i believe would land it in your moe girls dying due to some reason category. girl looks stupid. i think i’ll pass.

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