Miyuki Sagara and Izumiko Suzuhara

Miyuki Sagara and Izumiko Suzuhara

Red Data Girl 12 seems to be the end of the school festival arc. I don’t really want to talk much about what happened , since I’m watching the preview episodes, and the broadcast is about two weeks behind. It was a really interesting take on the “Culture Festival” theme, though. Having the student council walk around in stage hand costumes was brilliant!

I do really like the way FFF has been providing both versions of Miyuki’s Buddhist chants, (here the Shunyatra Mantra):

Om svabhava shuddha sarva dharma svabhava shuddho ham

I am interrelated with all universally existent phenomena

 

On the whole RDG has turned out to be a very good series. It looks great, as I expected, but the way it handles the supernatural and school politics aspects is much more interesting than I thought it would be.

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One day you will be released from all that binds you.

One day you will be released from all that binds you.

Red Data Girl (RDG) episode 8 was really good, and I can’t wait to see the full resolution version. The show looks just as good as I had expected, but the story is much more interesting than I had guessed it would be. One really good thing about having the low-res versions come out in advance is that I get to watch each episode at least twice, and thus get a little more out of each one.

Izumiko, the shrine temple maiden cuts her hair.

Izumiko, the shrine temple maiden cuts her hair.

Just a quick comment on the preview episode of Red Data Girl. As I mentioned in my Spring 2013 season preview post, RDG, or Red Data Girl looks promising. P.A. Works is quite capable of making a quality visual experience, and even this preview that was posted in a low-quality format online is evidence of that. With Hanasaku Iroha, they also demonstrated that they can establish a great setting. The basic setting here seems well thought out, and the basic idea is intriguing, if not extremely original (shrine temple maiden lives sheltered life, then discovers she has special powers). I liked the way they mix technology in with her miko powers.

This was just a first episode, but I think things are off to a good start. I don’t know if RDG can deliver an interesting story, but I’ll certainly give it three or more episodes to make it’s case.

A character from the Otona Joshi no Anime Time project.

A character from the Otona Joshi no Anime Time project.

The Spring 2013 anime season will be here in just a few weeks, and that means those of us hangin’ ’round the abandoned factory are looking ahead to predict the greatest anime of the upcoming season, as well as picking a few others to keep an eye on. It is also our tradition to point you to other sites if you want a comprehensive analysis of the new season, since we only look at the good shows, and don’t waste our time on the rest.

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