English: Brynhildr in the Darkness
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Jun 29, 2014
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.141 (scored by 29167 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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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
When I started watching this show I couldn´t help how much similarities between this series and, the hugely popular, Elfen Lied existed. Both were a story about girls that were trapped in an investigation facility, that ended up escaping and then they find a really nice guy who ended up helping them, because, you know, he is THAT nice.
I really wasn´t much of a fan of Elfen Lied but I gave this show an opportunity anyway, and for the first couple of episodes it wasn´t that much of a disappointment. Of course, while I was watching the first episodes, which I thought were pretty decent, I forgot that both Elfen Lied and this series is by the same author, Lynn Okamoto, and it seems that she doesn´t have the ability to learn from her mistakes.
The show began pretty well in my opinion presenting us with a serious and dark story, and even if it is unoriginal, It is of my belief that an unoriginal story done the right way, can be a really enjoyable show to watch. We get presented to our main characters Murakami and Kuroha, and we also get presented to Kana afterwards in the second episode. I thought the mystery was nicely done and it kept me going back to his show week after week.
I thought Murakami was, at first, a really decent protagonist, he was pretty smart and could formulate some desperate but effective plans to get out of the dangerous situations he got into, but as series went on he ended up being only that REALLY nice guy, who is willing to sacrifice his life for saving others, and then ended up being saved by some Deus ex-Machina, because, you know, he is the protagonist. But I will get back to the Deus ex- Machina later.
Kuroha was pretty much the typical childhood friend main love interest, she wasn´t really annoying but she wasn´t the greatest of the characters either, she didn´t have much personality either, apart from being the "I think I´m in love with the protagonist" character.
Kana was also a so-so character, her personality is pretty much like the typical tsundere, again not really annoying but not great either.
Then another character, Kazumi, got presented and there is when the show took downward spiral, because around episode four, when they were just in the end of a really serious scene, the scene afterwards, suddenly, out of nowhere, we got fanservice and comedy, and that really took a hit on the show. The sudden changes between serious and light-hearted with comedy and fanservice avoid me from having the ability to take this show seriously. How can I get invested in a dark and serious story if they are trying to get me horny at the same time?
The main problem here is Kazumi, which is probably the second worst character of the series, she is a pervert that is constantly firting with the main protagonist, Murakami, and is the cause of most of the fanservice scenes that can screw an episode on it´s entirety.
This got repeated almost every episode which really made me want to drop this show sometimes.
Then in the final episodes that´s where the REAL nosedive kicks in, as we get presented to other girls, I will focus only in the most important, as the others don´t really have that much screentime, and aren´t really interesting. This is where Kotori gets presented. Kotori is the most annoying character of the series following the "Big tits shy girl" archetype, and all she really does in the series is saving Murakami from lethal situation, because she has the most useful power, and the other thing she does is stutter, A LOT, it´s really annoying.
After that the show starts to use Deus ex-Machinas a lot of the time with the objective of saving Murakami, pretty much defying physics, logic and human anatomy in the process, it seems as if someone thought I´m stupid and I wouldn´t notice this things.
In the art department nothing much really stands out. The character designs are normal and the color palette is pretty generic. Is constant and it doesnt´t really take any nosedive, I will give them that, but this is studio ARMS we´re talking about, they have never been in the peak of digital animation, and with this show, they failed to prove that the can do something actually decent. Apart from that the artwork is just above average.
The soundtrack, apart from the first OP is pretty forgettable, with nothing much really standing out. I can´t really judge the voice acting since I don´t speak japanese, but if there´s one voice that really annoys me, is Kotori´s, her loud voice and constant stuttering almost drive me insane.
The first OP however is quite a piece, is an instrumental techno theme mixed with vocal choirs, and it was that glimmer of hope that made me thought that this show would redeem itself eventually, until it was replace by a death metal song by Fear, and loathing in Las Vegas, which not only didn´t fit the show, it was badly synchronised with the OP´s animation. Who had the brilliant idea to change the opening!? I will make sure he suffers when I kill him.
My enjoyment on the show was ruined by the aforementioned light-hearted comedy and fanservice that doomed this show, and if you add the aforementioned Deus ex-Machina, and what is easily one of the worst ending that I have ever seen, you will have me trying to destroy my head with a shotgun.
Gokukoku no Brynhildr started with a pretty decent note, and then it entered a downward spiral, teaching me a valuable lesson: "Never watch an ARMS anime adaptation of a Lynn Okamoto´s manga ever again.". Really, does Okamoto even learn from her mistakes? Or she has her head so full of "Elfen Lied is a masterpiece" that she just have to write the same thing with the same problems again, adding an alien twist to it?
It´s characters range from the forgettable to the utterly annoying, it´s story cannot be taken seriously due to the amount of stupid comedy and fanservice that it has, added to a shitty ending and Deus ex-Machinas. The art and sound departments are only above average.
A show that ended up being a complete disappointment and is not recommended for those looking something good this season.
This has been The Neko and I hope that you found this review helpful and that you have a pleasant day, night, or whatever.
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-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.
Girls used in controversial experiments are running from the research facility where they were kept imprisoned. Helping them, a normal high school boy. Artistically vey similar, these series share the same senseless ,mixture of fanservice, comedy and gore as a shocking device.
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-)
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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