Red Data Girl DVD Review
Red Data Girl is a fairly recent anime
based upon a series of light fantasy novels written by author Noriko
The series of novels has been adapted into this 12 episode series which
from April to June 2013 and that comprises the entire series run. With
adaptation produced by P.A. Works (Tari Tari, Angel Beats!),
series is a combination of dramatic storytelling and fantasy elements.
The series revolves around Izumiko, a 15 year old
unpopular and doesn't have many friends. She can't interact with
she has a special ability which causes these electronic devices to
This causes her to feel like an outcast and not like some normal person
can't even use something like a cell-phone. Izumiko soon begins her
at the Houjou Academy. This specially designed school is only for the
containing special abilities of a supernatural origin. Soon, Izumiko
that in addition to technological issues being associated with her,
was intended as a vessel for an older, powerful spirit who wishes to
use her as
a means to exact vengeance onto others.
Izumiko is soon left
switching between her normal teenage self and the old spirit. She has
of an associate named Miyuki who is to be her guardian and advisor
times of honing everything associated with her mystical powers. Can it
possible for her to find peace and normalcy or will the spirit
take-over and will her inability to use electronics continue to affect
those near her? These are some of the questions within Red Data Girl.
The plot-line feels over-the-top and typical for
quality anime production. It makes the entire idea behind this show
generic. I guess I am used to seeing many series where someone receives
special ability of some sort, attends a special sort of school, and
with the abilities in an episodic fashion. This concept sort of reminds
of much more successful series. It also feels like a take on concepts
popularized by the X-Men comics and films. While these ideas
exactly identical, the similarities are certainly there and the
execution is so
significantly underwhelming and poorly done by comparison that it makes
The characters feel quite underwhelming, which is
the biggest issue facing the show. Establishing interesting characters
audience can connect to is one of the fundamentals required for good
storytelling in any medium or film genre. With Red Data Girl,
very little establishment of Izumiko or Miyuki and their
as though they are designed for association with the plot-line and the
it involves more so than trying character development for the sake of
establishing interesting characters.
One of the successes of the series is it's
the character designs aren't that distinctive, the quality of the
generally pretty solid with good illustrations and background details.
effort seems worthwhile and like that of a well produced series.
there are likely to be anime fans who can enjoy the visual style of the
Director Toshiya Shinohara doesn't have the most
stylistic approach as the series seems to be poorly paced and with many
lingering shots that seem to add unnecessary filler material. The show
have done with better scripting too. The story and screenplays are
Michiko Yokote, a three person group which has resulted in good efforts
amazing series. Yet the basic design of Red Data Girl and it's
feels underwhelming and uninspired. Red Data Girl ultimately
interesting concepts but a lack of originality in craft doesn't work
well with the
poor execution: it results in a mostly mediocre offering which doesn't
and isn't too notable beyond having a mostly solid animation style.
Red Data Girl is released on DVD from
across two DVD discs. The 12 episode series is one with excellent
many respects, and the bright and clean style of it certainly shines
on this release. The series looks mostly bright, colorful, and is
pleasant and has all the trimmings of a modern television release on
encoding is mostly excellent without much in the way of compression
and other distractions. The series is
presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1.
Both the English dub presented in 5.1 surround
sound and the
original Japanese language dub presented in 2.0 stereo sound reasonably
The English dub does have a bit more oomph factor with a slightly
soundstage and use of the subwoofer. The stereo imaging isn't so
the clarity of the dialogue is acceptable and gets the job done for the
I imagine most viewers will be pleased with the presentation of either
of the language preference.
English subtitles are included.
This release includes English dub commentaries on
episodes, textless songs (op/ed credits), the U.S. trailer, and
promoting other Funimation releases.
Red Data Girl isn't as interesting as the
seem to suggest. The series feels mundane and (worst of all) boring.
lacks a major dramatic punch to make the outlandish plotline seem
and the characters feel cookie-cutter and lacking in originality. It
feels like another generic anime series without enough to distinguish
from competition. Funimation's DVD release, on the other hand, is
quite good and is a reasonable presentation of the show. Established
fans of Red
Data Girl should consider this release a worthwhile purchase. Everyone else should probably just skip this
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.