Impression – RDG: Red Data Girl, Episode 01

023-3bbda(Hey guys, Daniel here. I’m really sorry I haven’t been keeping up with my episode impressions for Vividred Operation and Sasami-San, since I know a few of you were keep track of those. Now that the Spring season has started up, things are going to get hectic again as we put together our Spring Impressions, so please bear with me as I slowly (but surely!) finish up my impressions.)

RDG: Red Data Girl  (P.A. Works) – Genre: Fantasy

|The First Transfer Student|

It’s very difficult to judge a show from the first episode alone, and I had a hard time figuring out how I felt about RDG: Red Data Girl. As with any new show, I try to go in with as little knowledge as possible, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this.

In RDG, we’re introduced to Izumiko Suzuhara (Saori Hayami), a privileged young middle school girl. It’s immediately apparent that her family is very wealthy: she has her own personal chauffeur, she’s given special treatment at school, and even has a personal helicopter escort her in the middle of the day. As a result of her upbringing, she’s developed a very introverted personality, and seems to have very few friends at school. All she wants is to live a normal life and go to the high school of her own choosing, but with her situation it isn’t easy.

023-3bbdaDuring computer class, something odd happens. Time seems to freeze, and Izumiko suddenly finds herself talking to her father in America through the computer, despite the fact that there is no webcam set up. Suddenly, all the power goes out and it seems that Izumiko had something to do with it. Just then, she gets a visit from Yukimasa Sagara (Jun Fukuyama), a family friend, and takes her in his helicopter to a hospital to run tests.

Later, she meets Miyuki Sagara, Yukimasa’s son. It’s been arranged that he will become her manservant due to her family’s status, and that there is nothing he can do to change that fact. He doesn’t look at all pleased to have to serve a girl as meek as Izumiko, but he is given no choice and transfers into Izumiko’s school the following day.

The episode sets things up decently, even if a lot of details are left intentionally vague. For one, we are given no explanation for Izumiko’s powers. She seems to have some effect on technology as seen in the computer lab, but to what extent is still unknown. At the very least, Izumiko doesn’t seem to be able to fully control her powers yet, and her act of cutting her hair in the beginning of the episode seems to have affected her powers as well.

What I’m looking forward in this series so far is the inevitable growth between the two main leads, Izumiko and Miyuki. Izumiko’s extreme shyness and inability to act on her own gets on Miyuki’s nerves, and it looks like the next few episodes will revolve on their efforts to put up with each other. Which is fine for me; focusing on their conflicting personalities at the moment seems like a fine way to keep the show’s momentum going for now, though I suspect that her powers will come into play later on as they come to understand each other better. This show is off to a good start so far, so I’m interested to see where it goes in the future.

Lingering thoughts:

  • Jun Fukuyama in any show is always good.
  • Despite a flashback showing a young Miyuki bullying Izumiko, I have a feeling these two will end up falling in love.
  • Remember guys, no bullying. You might end up being that person’s manservant one day.

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