Miyuki is giving Izumiko some hardcore stink-eye right there
|Spring is here! Sure, it’s still below freezing outside, but I’m wrapped in a giant blanket with the thermostat cranked up so it’s almost like a sunny day. Almost. Anyways, even if the weather isn’t exactly obeying the season, at least we can always count on new anime coming out around this time of the year. One of the first shows up for watching is RDG; a lovely scenery porn show about a cute girl with glasses. Let’s do it, Kara!|
|….Yeah, I don’t know where the spring weather is either. Here it was 22 degrees one day and then -8 the other (…Celsius, obviously). But in any case, at least the anime schedule is following the season appropriately. Yayyy scenery porn!!|
A Walking Disaster
Pssst, I’m gonna be reading NC-17 yaoi doujins, make sure the teacher isn’t behind me.
Overcooled // One thing that really stands out about RDG’s premise is Izumiko’s ability to destroy electronics. Considering that everything else seems to revolve around Gods, monks, and shrines, it’s weird that this is included. It just doesn’t seem to fit. I’m assuming that this is a manifestation of her powers as the so-called Himegami, but that’s a really specific power for a God to have. Other than frying cellphones and computers, she doesn’t seem to show any other impressive abilities. It’s interesting that out of everything they could have chosen, they decided to have Izumiko’s power be the destruction of electronic devices via touch. Will she develop more abilities later? Will this inability to interact with electronics continue into the story, or be abandoned later in favour of exploring the origins of her divinity? I really hope they keep it in, because it adds a bit of seasoning to the main dish.
Izumiko usually just straight out crashes every electronic device she touches. However, after cutting her bangs, that power changes slightly. I’m glad they explained at least that much in the first episode, but it was starting to get ridiculous how much everyone was harping on about her hair. All she did was cut her bangs. Her style, colour, and overall length remained exactly the same. Before they explained why, I was confused at all the focus on a few inches of bangs. If she had hacked it all off and dyed it pink and cyan then maybe I’d see a reason for dedicating so much screen time talking about it. In the end, it seems like this is the source of her spiritual power. Now that she cut it, she doesn’t just shut down electronics, but she can…do weird-ass things to them.
Ugh, who forgot to fix the plumbing?
The extent of her abilities are still quite unknown, but she apparently has the power to hi-jack computers and forcefully Skype with them whether they like it or not. Creepy, no? Furthermore, she sees the room being filled with water as she unwittingly uses the powers of Skype for evil. It seems like characters with social anxiety drowning with water has been a recent trend, with Tsuritama being the most recent example in memory. Unfortunately, the scene doesn’t have the same effect in RDG because there’s no metaphor at all. Why is she underwater? I dunno, but someone thought it looked cool, said “screw it,” and decided to throw it in for funsies. It is cool, but it’s also rather frivolous. I wonder if this will happen every time she accidentally activates this power, or if that was a one-time thing.
The Bullied Goddess
Noooo, why am I always left alone with basketball-kun? ;_;
Karakuri // So obviously, Izumiko is a very important character. She has some kind of god-powers because… well, just because. They haven’t gone quite into that yet, but she’s obviously special judging from the fact that she has her own (asshat of a) bishie servant and that she gets helicopter privileges (which you have to assume that she’s used to since she didn’t even blink when getting into it). I’m just waiting patiently for the whole story behind her godliness to come to light since they’ve put so much emphasis on the fact that she’s special.
…Not that you can tell from the way people treat her at school. To be fair though, Izumiko is painful to watch since she’s so shy and sheltered. I wonder if this is because she’s had special treatment over the course of her life? I don’t know. She definitely had the same demeanour in her childhood though judging from that flashback with Miyuki. I don’t even know if we can blame him for her actions now since it kind of looked like she was like that even before he was such a huge jerk to her. I just know that for now, she’s a ridiculously easy target for pretty much everyone and she isn’t exactly interesting at the moment since all she seems to do is sit there in her social anxiety. It’s obvious that she wants to change (and I’m looking forward to seeing her do so), but for now it’s hard to watch. Or maybe they’ll tie this in somehow with having to do with her god powers. It would probably be more interesting that way as opposed to saying “she’s shy just because”. Really, I’d be happy if they gave us any kind of justification.
I’d say that was a pretty good showing for a first episode. There are some high points and some low points, but nothing that’s enough to scare me off for the long run. Although we don’t get a lot of explanations, we do get to see the beginning of several really interesting aspects to the story. There’s plenty to latch onto. The God thing, Izumiko having a temperamental “Servant,” the potential romance, and Izumiko messing around with machines against her will. There’s a ton of directions RDG can go in with all this material, and I’m excited to see what happens.
Now, although the story is promising (especially since it’s from an actual novel) I’m not so starry-eyed over the characters. Izumiko is an okay lead character, playing the textbook role of the painfully shy and sheltered girl. I’d love to see her break out of that and become less of a doormat, and I think that could be very satisfying given how meek she is at the moment. Miyuki is very hard to like, on the other hand. I would be pissed too if I was forced to serve someone I had only played with a few times when I was 5 years old, but his behaviour is uncalled for. He’s a complete douche to Izumiko despite not even knowing her personally. It makes me mad that he lectures her, yet he’s ignorant enough to judge her before even having a decent conversation with her. I really hope these two don’t warm up and become a couple because woooowwww what a jerk. I hope over time these two go through lots of character development so that they become likeable human beings.
So far, the best character is Wamiya. First of all, he may or may not secretly be a raven (based on the OP). Second of all, he totally complimented Izumiko because they have the exact same bangs. That’s like saying “nice shows” to someone with the same kind as you in another colour. What a guy. Gotta love Wamiya!
If anything, the pacing for this first episode kind of reminds me of Hanasaku Iroha. No, the two shows don’t really having anything in common plot-wise, but the first episode of HanaIro was SO SLOW. But then, the plot opened up and eventually, the slow first episode became an extremely important point in the series that you couldn’t realize until later. I hope that RDG will be like that too. I mean, obviously Izumiko cutting her hair is a bigger deal than you’d originally think judging from everyone’s reactions, but maybe it will be even bigger when we get to the end of the series and look back.
As for the characters, I have to agree with OC over the fact that none of them wow’d me. I’m sure I’ll learn to live with them with time, but for now, I’m not that impressed. Being shy can be a cute factor, but with Izumiko, it’s just hard to watch. Being an asshat can be an okay thing too, but with Miyuki, I just want to slap him. I guess what’s annoying me the most is that with the two conflicting personality types, the plot doesn’t look like it’s going to go anywhere. Nobody is really driving this thing forward. Of course, that’s obviously going to change since I’m pretty damn sure that Miyuki and Izumiko are going to become a couple, but I absolutely cannot fathom how they’re going to accomplish that. I like the sounds of the plot, but the characters… Well, we’ll see.
…At least we have the P.A. Works animation to drool at. That scene with the water seemed odd, but damn did it look cool. The backgrounds were also really, really nice to look at. This is the plus to animating something based in some obscure place mountains as opposed to a city.
seeya next week lol k bye *helicoptors away*