Red Garden is an anime that takes place in New York. Finding cultural discrepancies is always fun, and the stereotypes that Japanese people make up for Americans are priceless. In addition to this, Red Garden also features a plot! And huuuugggeee noses!
Red Garden revolves around the lives of four New York high school girls. They all can’t remember what happened to them last night, and wake up feeling like crap. I’d blame it on a rave, but seems to be something more sinister going on. They find out that one of their classmates, Liz, has apparently committed suicide. School is canceled for the rest of the day.
Instead of going home, the four girls are strangely drawn to a park by butterflies that only they can see. Seriously girls, lay off the raves! They’re approached by a manly looking lady who tells them that they died last night. Some shiny-eyed bum attacks them and the girls must kill him or die!
So I’m really hoping that this turns into a super sentai show like Power Rangers or something. Like Rose can be the pink ranger, Claire is the emo black ranger, Kate is the leader and red ranger, and Rachel is the ranger that no one likes. It looks like they’re gonna need at least some kind of combat ability to take care of the bum.
Okay, now it’s time to learn about Americans as shown by this anime. First off, being a high school student in America is totally awesome, because you can wear whatever you want. This means each student must wear a totally hip outfit that makes them stand out from everyone else. Unless you’re in the student council, in which case you wear a Catholic school girl uniform. This might actually be true in New York, but not where I went to high school.
Next, Americans have huge noses. All Americans. Also, in times of great despair or happiness, Americans will break into song. Yes, Kate actually sings about her dead friend Liz. Just like in American musicals! These instances are just really silly, though I guess they add to the humor quotient of the anime.
Despite the huge noses, the character designs aren’t that bad. Claire is probably the hottest with Kate in second place. Rachael is just butt ugly, though. Seriously.The gradient effect on the girls’ hair is pretty neat. Definitely Anime 2.0.
Animation quality was very good. There were some 3D effects that I didn’t mind at all. I don’t live in New York, so it could be totally off, but the backdrops looked really good to me. They even spelled the signs and whatnot correctly!
The OP, Jolly Jolly, is probably one of the best I’ve heard this season. It’s jazzy and the singer reminds me of the vocalist for the indigo. The ED is garbage. It’s some form of Japanese hip hop that doesn’t work because I know English. It just sounds really dumb.
I’m still not sure whether I’ll keep watching Red Garden. The story might be interesting depending on what happens next. While the animation is good, the characters are ugly! I’ll probably just keep watching this anime to see what Japanese people think New York is like.