English: Brynhildr in the Darkness
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Jun 29, 2014
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.111 (scored by 44152 users)
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SynopsisWhen he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital.
Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Side story: Gokukoku no Brynhildr Special
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Oh well Gokukoku no Brinhyldr, what can I say? Well like most viewers what drew me at first to this anime was it was spawned from the creators of Elfen Lied, therefore one usually infers it'll be on par with an anime as great as Elfen Lied. The truth however is that despite some similarities between the two these anime should not be used at all when assessing its rating, for the most part.
The overall story as a series of events, is in fact quite mediocre. Sure the plot was presented in a not so flawed way and had considerably less plot holes than many more anime out there. However, the plot development is very bland and its action points become extremely anticlimactic as the story progresses. Whenever a problem is introduced the overall sequence will be the same. Problem, no solution (everyone is gonna die), Plan, plan fails, no solution, Oh well, miracle we're all saved. When a series does this repeatedly it is very harmful to its plot development basically because it negates change and continues as if nothing had happen, which leads to that precise feeling. Due to this the overall story can be considered pretty mediocre.
The art in this anime was in my opinion superb and very well adjusted for what the creators were portraying. The only point that was off was probably the simple point that the female characters could be distinguished by their facial features just as easily as by their respective cup sizes. (Note* FanService will be discussed in the Enjoyment section)
Openings and Ending are pretty decent overall, though the soundtrack throughout the anmie is able to fit with the the respective moods of the scene in which they are played it is not overly great. Unlike in its anime sister Elfen Lied, you will not be moved by the soundtracks used and they play no key role in the perception one gets of the scene in which its played there fore giving a rating of 6 (fair).
The characters in this anime are mostly female and there is only one main male character. As expected from this setup there is a form of love triangle going on even if its not the main focus of the anime. Characters however have a very slow and steady development that differs lightly from their initial sight on the world when you think about it. Any devlopment that was made available in other character by events such as death are quickly negated as the death reverts itself. Do to this type of loops there is very little character development and it leads to a feeling of blandness and lack of progress. Due to this the characters in this series are very plain and poorly constructed relying on one or two ideas for each characters entire foundation.
This anime although short, provides a steady stream of entertainment which can only be described as a grin factor. This means that although bland and lacking depth one is able to enjoy the which is should in all instanced, be it comedic, dramatic, or in a few cases even romantic. A key port of the grin factor in its comedic portions is that some of them are founded quite clearly of FanService (FS), although this series is full of FS it incorporates it into what little character development it has allowing for its digestion as something other than just beautifully animated boob physics. Although usually this type of FS is considered distracting and unnecessary this series manages to squeeze it in a " Its just out there be mature about it" sort of way. Because reasons such as this one is able to thoroughly enjoy this greatly entertaining series allowing for a 9/10 rating.
There is little depth to characters in the show, there are plot holes all over the place, key events are anticlimactic. Due to this Gokukoku no Brynhildr is a great series to watch WHEN you just want to take your mind of something and dwell in a fictional universe. That being said if you plan on watching this series with dedication and want to analyze it , sorry to say this but you are going to have a bad time. Taling this into consideration I give this anime a 7/10 as it watchable, enjoyable, lacks supersaturation of FS yet still has it present, and just sufficiently far fetched to allow you to mildly believe in it. read more
I thought overall this was a pretty good series and deserves a decent rating. Not a perfect one but a decent one. I think it suffers most from failing to meet peoples expectations than it does from the product itself. Yes it was rushed but that doesn't make it terrible.
First off this isn't Elfen Lied. Yes it's by the same author and has various similarities but it's not meant to be a duplicate and doesn't necessarily appeal to the same crowd. This isn't even really a horror/gore series, Inuyasha had more gore and it isn't considered a gore series. Brynhildr is primarily a dark drama with light comedy(despite not being tagged comedy).
Second this series was admittedly rushed and if you read the manga you would have been disappointed that they skipped a significant amount of storyline and character development. Would this series have been better if it was 24 episodes and stuck to the manga? Absolutely, I'd probably be giving it a 10 if that were the case.
From the writers perspective it's a toss-up if you were sure you weren't going to get a second season would it be better to make a developed series that stops halfway or a rushed series that's complete. Hard to say, but what I can say is that I've seen complete series that weren't nearly as well developed as this and they weren't getting ratings of 2.
Now onto the storyline itself. The basic plot is fairly generic, MC protecting a group of girls from an evil organization of course it has it's own spin on this. Nothing really great or bad there. I do think the blending of comedy and drama was one of the strengths in this series, some may think it was a waste of time in an already rushed series, but that's part of character development. It's the light-hearted comedy moments that endear you to the characters so you actually give a crap when they're about to get killed later. I've seen people complain on other series that all the friends do is rescue each other when they're in danger and never actually have fun so why are they friends to begin with? That's why this series tries to show that they have happy times when they're not fighting to survive. They're lives aren't constant fighting and carnage. If you're looking for nonstop action and gore than your better of watching Deadman Wonderland.
I will say the series had a bit more fanservice than was necessary though I find that to be the case in a lot of series. I thought Murakami was a good lead better than 80% of the MCs I see. He wasn't Lelouch but he was one of the intelligent strategist types and was fairly courageous and competent. Neko was pretty weak and generic overall unfortunately and didn't get much development. I did like Kana and Kazumi in particular both were fairly interesting and had some development. Kazumi in particular lost a lot of development from the manga but still ended up getting more than Neko. Hatsuna on the other hand was introduced at the end and got almost no development. Kotori was pretty annoying, even in the manga, I tend to think the writers didn't bother with her development (for reasons that would be apparent if you watched the series).
The villains were pretty interesting a stoic mad-scientist trying to play god and a psychotic yandere. Not unprecedented but still intimidating enough to take seriously and a still a better motive than the standard world domination.
I though the art was pretty good again nothing new and amazing but still better than a lot of series. The opening song was a favorite of mine and I thought it fit the series perfectly though the second seemed pretty random and didn't work as well.
Overall if you ignore the manga this is still a good series worth watching, it won't necessarily make your top 10 but its a solid series and still better than most of the stuff out there.
If you have seen the series I would highly recommend reading the manga because it does have much better pacing and development and very well may make your top 10 read more
-They are both written by Lynn Okamoto
-They are both about girls and powers
-They are both violent and gory
-There is a male lead with several girls with that power
-The girls are being hunted down by the labs that created them
-Involves graphic violence and emotion themes such as:
social alienation, identity, prejudice, revenge, abuse, jealousy, regret and the value of humanity *off wikipedia
- same creator
- same studio
- the story somehow similar
- MC lost his childhood friend
- girls with superpower
The setting is almost the same, but with another story.
That's probably because they are both from the same mangaka.
However, both include dark atmosphere, splatter and mystery, so, if you are into it you should watch it.
Same feeling when watching and kinda same idea. Basically girls with superpowers, traumas, organizations and a mc boy who's tied to the mc girl in a way or another because of their pasts.
-Both have a main protagonist who whants to help hunted girls
- both are from the same writer
- Gore is common in both
- sometimes ecchi
Both series are made by the same mangaka and those two series are mesterpieces in their genre if you like sci fi animes with a lot of gore this is for you.
Same creator, both of these give off the same vibe, with superpowers, both of the main characters have been through trauma that has to do with the female protagonist. If you enjoyed one of them you'll enjoy the other :)
A dude try to hide girls he met in the past from a powerful cruel organization. Elfen Lied is way more gore, but, when GnB will be in blu-ray, it will have some bloody scene too. GnB is in my opinion more diversified, though, the humor can be anti-climatic. They both have some excellent mystery aspect and deep universe. Really dark atmosphere.
In both, main character encounters supernatural female(s) who are in danger of getting killed and he decides to help them. Both are ecchi and gory, but have few comedy moments.
It is the author and the plot seems, traumatized characters, secret organizations experienced with girls to give him powers, one of these girls flees and is pursued by others to bring it back.
Brynhildr in the Darkness is pretty much Elfen Lied with censorship. If you liked one you'll like the other.
Same kind of things and gore stuff!
They both have a similar story. Girls with powers escape from a lab, they live with the male lead and the girls are hunted down by the lab. Both anime are very gory.
Produced by the same people who made Elfen Lied, Gokukoku no Brynhildr features girls with individual powers who have escaped from a research lab. The main concepts are similar but differ more as you go from there. Gokukoku no Brynhildr is also less ecchi and gory, so if you're someone who felt a little too overwhelmed or turned off by that in Elfen Lied, maybe this will be more enjoyable for you.
Both are about a harem of well endowed women with special powers fighting their own kind while trying to with the love of the harem lead. Lots of boob shots ensue.
Both feature girls with various superpowers. In both series, a group of them gather around the protagonist and together they fight against other girls and a powerful organisation.
However, Gokukoku no Brynhildr is more serious and has less fanservice. And its protagonist is much more capable than the useless wimp from Sekirei.
The main guy ends up with multiple girls who have different abilities.
The girls are also both a form of secret plans which are run by ambitious people.
Opening Theme#1: "BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS -Ver. EJECTED-" by Nao Tokisawa (鴇沢 直) (eps 1-9)
#2: "Virtue and Vice" by Fear, and loathing in Las Vegas (eps 10-13)
Ending Theme"Ichiban Boshi (いちばん星)" by Neko Kuroha (CV: Risa Taneda), Kana Tachibana (CV: Aya Suzaki), Kazumi Schlierenzauer (CV: MAO), Kotori Takatori (CV: Azusa Tadokoro)
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