Series reboot: Red Data Dog
|I should be packing for my trip now, but I’m writing this post instead. I figure all I really need is money, some books, and a 3DS anyways. Who needs clothes or toiletries or all that other stuff that takes ages to pack? Idiots, that’s who. So here’s my last post before I leave for New York for a mini vacation. I’m glad RDG ended just in time!|
To be fair, that last episode was actually quite good given the immense amount of loose ends they had to wrap up in 20 minutes. They could have tried to solve all of these issues at once in a terribly rushed finale, but thankfully things slowed down and the scope of the show narrowed down. It was smarter to focus on just one simple thing: getting Izumiko back and restoring the status quo. She still has the Himegami inside her, which essentially leaves the fate of the world as a cliffhanger. I’ll get to why that’s not so great later, but I have to say this episode by itself did a much better job finishing off the series than I thought it would. If they had kept the focus on the show more…well..focused then it would have been a much better series.
For example, Yukimasa seems almost entirely superfluous. He never did anything except irritate Miyuki every now and then. It would have been enough to see him beat up Miyuki in that first episode so we understand why the boy is so prickly, and then never have him appear again. The whole destroying electronics thing also got barely any screen time, to the point where it seemed to just pop up as a gimmick towards the end of the series. Of course, the biggest letdown was that absolutely nothing was done regarding the Himegami. Nothing. She dicked around a bit and became a bit more prominent, but all in all she’s still there and still has to worry about destroying all of mankind. That’s kind of an important issue to just let slide and never resolve for a show that’s supposed to be about a Goddess, don’t you think? If they just wanted to do a romance story, they shouldn’t have thrown in all these elements. It’s like they thought no one would pay attention to a love story between a country girl and a city boy, so they threw in some nonsense to try and spice it up. Everything is so muddled I honestly don’t know where they were trying to go with this show.
The finale, thankfully, doesn’t focus on the meandering plot and instead just kind of pelts you with emotions. It’s mostly a lot of dramatic speeches and symbolic battles with Miyuki against some ghosts. It’s full of action and suspense, which was a rather nice way to finish things off. Some visceral action and heart-warming romance was enough for me to ignore how weird the story was. I was admittedly rather touched to see Izumiko and Miyuki reunited after Miyuki pushed on through all of those vicious ghosts just for her. I had wanted the attempt to save Masumi a few episodes back to involve that much of a struggle as well, but it was over really quickly and without much resolution. I feels good to see someone fight so hard and then get rewarded afterward. That’s how you really know they care about the person they’re trying to save.
Whoa, wait, I hear someone hotter than you over there.
While the episode was overall fun and looked stunning (as per usual), it still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Takayanagi becomes a dog because lol why not? Masumi gives up trying to spirit away Izumiko without a fight and then returns without anyone even remotely scolding him. Masumi has tried to steal people away from the land of the living twice now, and the triplets are still totally okay with that. Don’t you think that’s kind of…a problem? Especially since it keeps happening and no one is teaching him that it’s wrong? On a side note, let’s not forget that Takayanagi had a balloon full of drugs that he casually mentioned when asked. How did he obtain hallucinogenic drugs? Why does he need drugs when he’s supposed to be using magic?
All in all, RDG was far too ambitious. I thought it was going to actually go somewhere with all of these tempting plot threads, but it just dropped them abruptly. There were some genuinely interesting episodes near the beginning, and I loved watching Izumiko slowly blossom into an outspoken girl. That makes me kind of sad that so much was simply ignored when it could have potentially been used to create a multi-layered, comprehensive story. It didn’t hit me until episode 11 that none of this was going to be explained, and boy, it hit me like a ton of bricks. What a bitter feeling to have for the end of a series. I know it wasn’t a horrible show either! It was just convoluted at times. This show was a big mess…but at least it was pretty.
I like to imagine that Izumiko secretly turned him into a weredog as a prank. He turns into a shiba-inu whenever the moon is full