Red Data Girl Review

Izumiko has an interesting little condition. When she tries to interact with technology, she causes them to short-circuit. Born with a rare case that makes her one of the few in her family line able to “house” a goddess within her, Izumiko’s powers tend to be destructive to both electronics and her own person. But when her childhood bully is assigned as her new bodyguard, she must learn to stand up for herself and will her powers under control if she is to claim her life as her own.

Despite true violence not appearing too often, there are a few scenes showing off a decent amount of blood, such as one character that injures her eye very badly and another that gets more than a few cuts while battling a horde. While not as bad as FMA, the violence is at least on par with Black Cat and thus deserves a TV14 rating (instead of the PG rating it seems to have instead).

As usual for a TV14 show, there are a few curse words, such as sh-t and a few b-words throughout, but not terribly frequent.

A surprising aspect of this show, there is nearly no nudity at all. A scene or two where the heroine is wearing a semi-transparent shirt, but it never shows more than her outline and it ends there.

If you read my brief story bit up top, you’ve probably been able to guess that spirits and such play an important role in this show. Now, certain information is given at the end that might imply gods and goddesses are not what most think they are (aka a more reasonable, and human, explain exists), however it’s rushed over and never explained further, leaving more questions than answers. Also, the spirit world and various characters’ interaction with it still takes up the majority of this show. If that idea bothers you, don’t bother with this one. Because to some extent it is always critical to the plot. Also, some characters can preform magic/exoticisms and are shown doing so nearly every episode.

Personal impression:
When this show was originally streaming, it was talked about a decent chunk of the time. I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was huge success, but it did well enough for what it was. But there was zero noise on its finale. And now I understand why. The intrigue of the plot and characters (especially in later episodes) shows serious potential. However, the major plot becomes derailed almost immediately and once the sub plots take over, the show comes to a close having solved nearly nothing at all. While there is a decent amount of growth for one character or two, it isn’t enough for the show to feel complete. It actually just feels as if the whole thing just… petered out into nothing. Or, worse, left you with far more answers than when you started.
This is not to say it wasn’t entertaining to see up until then. Izumiko has the most growth over the show, fitting for a heroine, and it’s nice to see her able to stand up for herself quite a bit by the end. But a few tropes I don’t care for, such as the-bully-wasn’t-really-a-bully-cause-he-just-wanted-to-help-you-be-stronger crap trap, muddied the journey from time to time.
Overall, it’s a decent show with a great idea. It’s just too bad they were so concerned with getting it out there in the first place that they spent little time figuring out if they could complete it with the time frame they had. Or at least provide more closure….

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Language: sub and dub
Official rating: TVPG
Genre(s): Supernatural, action, drama
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: Hulu


Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Review

Bell Cranel became an adventurer for one purpose and one purpose only: girls. His own father met his mother by being a heroic adventurer (or so he claimed) and he taught his son early on that such a road was the easiest way to nab a hot date. Luckily for Bell, his demi-goddess supporter is more than willing to bet everything on her little known hero and makes more than a few deals behind his back to give him a decent shot at the higher dungeon levels. And, luckily for her, Bell has a very unique skill set that actually might allow him to raise her up to a higher goddess status and get him on the same fighting level of the girl of his dreams.

The blood levels of the show rise no higher than most RPG-ish shows, such as .hack or the like. However, more than one character comes close to death and there is blood, so be warned.

Pretty average fare. Some sh-ts, d-mns and a few b-words thrown in for good measure. Nothing too frequent, but enough to keep this in the YA section.

Easily the worst aspect of this show and the reason I nearly didn’t even attempt watching it. Eventually enough hype forced my hand and I was surprised to find that having bouncing boobs is largely (haha) the blunt of it. A few shots showing how large the girls’ hips/butts are compared to their waists, but mostly it’s just the chests. Not too much outright nudity though. Just scantily clothed stuff and characters “accidentally” falling into each other… The usual fanservice tripe, around the same level as Kenichi.

The world is set up so that gods and goddesses support and provide abilities to their chosen warriors. There really isn’t any worship connected to this, however. It’s more like a contract and/or way for people to place bets on who gets further along in the dungeons. Religion, therefore, doesn’t have a lick to do with it.

Personal impression:
Again, I never really intended to try this show out, but the hype around a few token characters changed my mind and I decided to give one episode a go. Now, I won’t go so far as saying that first episode blew me away so then I had to see the rest, but it defiantly wasn’t as insulting as I thought it would be. I had imagined a copy of .hack or, worse, Sword Art Online. But thankfully the creators weren’t as sick and the world was fashioned a biiiit better. Not by much, though.
Really the thing that kept me around was the fact that the hero, despite having an ability that should be a “go directly to GO, collect $200” card, he still had to work hard to accomplish anything. And even with training, he was constantly depending on others to help him out. Basically, he’s not all powerful and, frankly, I found that refreshing.
Another little twist was a bit of political heave-ho between the gods, goddesses and their clans. It was something I didn’t expect a show like this to even attempt and I was happy to see it. Even if it kinda never took off fully before the season ended.
Overall, it didn’t change my life, but was ok enough to play in the background as I got work done late last year. The hero is pretty good character-wise, as is his goddess (shockingly, as most big chested anime characters in harem shows can barely form a unique sentence) and near the climax the fighting was actually decently compelling. However,if you aren’t into this genre, this show won’t hook you. It doesn’t have anything unique enough about it to pull in non-genre fans. But if you like the whole RPG set up, this will be interesting enough. The political tug-and-pull between the gods and goddesses is a nice twist, it’s just too bad it didn’t really go anywhere…

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 13
Language: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Adventure, action, drama
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Crunchyroll and Hulu

My Love Story! Review

my loveStory:
Takeo Goda is the type of guy people instinctively fear because of his massive hight and inhuman strength. It doesn’t help matters that his closest friend, Matoko, tends to draw all the girls to him like moths to a flame. Yet when Takeo saves a young girl named Yamato from a molester on a train, it seems life has turned in his favor as she falls head over heals for her gentle-hearted savior.

There’s not much intended violence. Takeo is a real hero character and protects and saves a few others, which scratches him up from time to time. But it’s nothing graphic.

Due to the gentle nature of the characters, it makes sense that this section is equally tame. Besides an oddball sh-t, nothing much goes in this section.

Another part of this review that will be boring to read: nothing to report. Everything is very clean and sweet and innocent.

Besides mentions of Buddha and seeing temples in Japan and such, nothing going on here..

Personal impression:
This was a surprise favorite for me last streaming season. In a vast sea of overdone, dramatic, soap-opera romances, this show was like a beacon of hope. Full of light comedy and realistic characterization, this show renewed my faith in the potential of the romance genre in anime.
As you probably know if you are an avid reader of my reviews, I’m a firm supporter in realistic romance based on respect and deep friendship. Thankfully this series gives you healthy, heaping doses of both. Takeo’s long time friendship with Makoto is not thrown out the window when he meets and falls in love with Yamato. In fact, it becomes stronger. Yamato also respects and looks after Makoto as her own friend, keeping the cast tied together rather than the fragmented mess more frequently seen in romance shows.
And speaking of friends, Makoto has his own side issues and his non-traditional and practical world views are handled very gracefully as well, another thing I never expected to see in this genre.
All in all, it was beyond refreshing to see a show that took the high road and didn’t create fake scenarios simply to drum up drama, but rather let issues come up and be dealt with naturally in a respectful and loving relationship. Suuuure my cute-metor overloaded a few times, but it was more than worth it to actually look forward to new episodes every week, a feeling I hadn’t had in awhile. If you need some lighter fare, but want to skip the drama so often seen in romance shows, this is a wonderful option.

Personal rating: All Audiences

Episodes: 24
Language: Sub
Official rating: PG
Genre(s): Romance, comedy, drama
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Crunchyroll and Hulu