We got a peek at one of the spring season’s new shows: Red Data Girl. Very nice of them. Maybe they realized just how dismal the current anime season is. With two exceptions (Tamako and Sasami-San), the best shows are continuations from last season or they’re sequels. Everything else is derivative without being compelling (OreShura), so cluttered with events that you get lost (that demon king show that I can’t remember the name of), or just plain bad. … Well, Kotoura-San has its good points. So I’m grateful for a look at a fresh, new show. And after one episode … hmmm … maybe.
We get a mousy glasses-girl named Izumiko who lives a sheltered existence at a rural shrine. She gets a ride to school every day, immediately suggesting that she is special in some way, even if she insists that she is less than ordinary. At school she has a couple of friends and people who’d bully her if they had a chance, like a lot of schoolkids. If not for the chauffeur, oh, and those scientific tests, we’d think there was nothing strange about her at all. Then she visits the computer lab.
After a surreal plunge underwater and a surprise video chat with her father on a machine that shouldn’t be able to do that, and all the lab computers going dead, we get an inkling of what she’s capable of. So do some other people, apparently, since a helicopter almost immediately touches down containing a guy named Sagara (whom Izumiko knows), who takes her back home, where we meet Sagara’s son, Miyuki, a tool of a boy. And here’s where the show gets less interesting.
Ten years ago Miyuki used to bully Izumiko and he’s not much better now. But he’s sworn to protect her until death and has to transfer away from fun Tokyo to do it. This means he unleashes a lot of spite on Izumiko, about how she’s never done anything for herself and how much he hates people like that. Poor Izumiko just curls into a insecure ball every time he does. She’s not the most inspiring heroine I’ve come across … I know the show will be about her getting a backbone, but I don’t know if I have the patience for that. Also, the OP contains a number of young male characters, meaning this will probably be a reverse harem. We’ve only met one other so far: Wamiya, the only boy in school who’s not a dick to her. I guess we’ll get the rest, episode by episode. The writing goes from not-bad setup material to longer exposition bits that don’t want to give us too much information, though when they do, e.g., Sagara is a warrior monk, I am underwhelmed by the revelations. I can’t say too much about the animation since the file isn’t very high quality; that can wait until the season actually begins. But apart from some good moments like the computer lab scene, this episode didn’t do much for me.