Ten years ago, Ryouta Murakami set out with his best friend Kuroneko to find proof of alien life. A tragic accident occurred, killing Kuroneko and injuring Ryouta. In honor of Kuroneko's memory, Ryouta now searches the night sky for alien signs, determined to prove that his friend had been right, and that aliens really do exist.
Then one day, a new transfer student comes to his class and shatters everything he believes: her name is Kuroha Neko, and she looks exactly like the deceased Kuroneko. Kuroha denies being Ryouta's friend, but there’s something strange about her. She somehow aced a difficult test to transfer in, but doesn't know her multiplication tables. She possesses inhuman strength and strange abilities. And strangest of all, she predicts death.
After Kuroha displays supernatural strength in saving his life, Ryouta becomes a part of Kuroha's life, learning about her past and the hidden forces that exist in the universe. As he sinks more and more into a world of artificially created witches and magic, Ryouta must allow his scientific mind to accept that Kuroha has a very real power - the kind of power some forces will stop at nothing to get a hold of.
When I started watching this show I couldn´t help noticing 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 are by the same author, Lynn Okamoto, and it seems that he 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 this 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 end 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 avoided 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 his mistakes? Or he has his head so full of "Elfen Lied is a masterpiece" that he just had 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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**UPDATE** Damn this anime is getting bad reviews xD I get that it's similar to Elfen Lied (that's one of my favs) But you should never heavily compare the two even if it is by the same person who wrote it.
This isn't Elfen Lied. This is a completely different anime. Jeezz people.
Harem & Sci-fi; weird combination, right? But this anime makes it work. I'm usually not a huge harem fan, but this one is a win in my book. Probably because it's not heavily focused on it. I didn't actually expect to like this anime so much. Whether it was the summary or just a feeling; I was wrong. This just blew my expectations!
Story: 8/10- This anime. Wow. Brynhildr has a way of making you think a little. You don't know what's coming next, and when you do, it's twisted into something completely different. Suspense is a high factor in this anime, and it makes it great! There are so many parts you don't expect, but it happens. It could be a funny, perverted scene or a character death. The story never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Art: 8/10- The animation was great. The colors were the basic "Sci-fi" type of feel. Nothing is too colorful or bubbly, but more of a darker feel. Which is what you want in an anime like this. Overall fairly simple but pleasant.
Sound: 9/10- I do admire the OPs very much. The first one was just mysterious music with interesting animation to follow. It really draws you in. the second one isn't probably for everyone since it is almost a metal type. But if you like that genre, than you'll like it too! And the ED is surprisingly cheerful. Which is nice if you have such a dramatic episode. Overall, the music ties everything together.
Character: 10/10- In a mystery themed anime you never really know what to expect in development. But I thought each character had a decent background. Some of the supporting ones are left unchecked, but that's to be expected. The main characters on the other hand, have just enough development that you want to know more about them, but you already have knowledge of them. So it leaves you with more questions than answers, but that's all part of the game, right? >;3
Enjoyment: 9/10- I was about 4 episodes behind before I caught up last week, but woah. This anime hits a home run in everything you expect it to. It shows mystery, hell, the ending definitely does. It's about witches, and as childish as it sounds, the fantasy factor of this anime is anything but child's play. But of course, it is sci-fi themed! The drama will leave you wanting to continue watching to see what happens next. Though there are the perverted scenes, it doesn't seem to fail to make you smile or laugh! In all, this anime was great & probably will only grow in fam ^^ [But at this rate with all the terrible reviews, I'm not so sure]
Overall: 9/10- Loved it and hope many others will agree :3 [they don't lol] But hey, there's over 100 chapters in the manga. So I can only assume another season is heading are way, don't you think? ;)read more
Let me start off by saying this:
I do not like to talk down about anime. I an usually incredibly unbiased and I have an appreciation for every anime released... to some extent.
I don't like to be negative and I don't like to write reviews that could sound hurtful to some people. But with Brynhildr, there is a problem. The problem is that I cannot understand why there are little-to-no contrasting opinions on this anime yet. Everything I've seen/read so far has been generally positive and praising the anime. I don't get it... isn't that unnatural? It's not that great...is it?
No, it's not. There must be some kind of brainwashing going on here because this is NOT what it's hyped up to be. I have never been so heartbroken by an anime until I started Brynhildr. As early as episode 2 it was already kicking me in the shins. I'm writing this review to protect the rest of you who are anything like me from wasting your time on something that isn't what people say it is.
With a writer like Lynn Okamoto (Elfen Lied), I had expectations that this would be a tightly nit, well presented masterpiece with clever and artistic references to various lore and culture. Well... it does that... sort of... but Brynhildr lays it on a bit too thick and really has no idea what it wants to be. I've never seen a story change direction and pace as often and randomly as this. It's way too distracting going from a dark, mysterious, bloodbath, to a cheesy fan-service episode in the next minute like nothing even happened.
A lot of this anime's praise comes from the loyal fans who read the manga. While I haven't read the manga, I can assure you that what they say is true about "The manga is great! You should read it!" However... that doesn't change the fact that this is an absolute mess of an adaptation. I haven't read the manga personally, but I can tell this anime has already skipped way too much explanation and jumped to highlights for theatrical effect. With that comes a completely dislodged story line, rapidly introduced characters with little exposition, and a story that just feels cluttered and difficult to follow. It truly is a disaster and I don't know why even the manga fans can't agree that this is not what it was intended to be.
Now maybe you like a story that's got witches and aliens and pharmaceuticals, and sci-fi... and astronomy.... and... happy-go-lucky fanservice, and molesting defenseless paralyzed girls... oh.. and freaking mouth lasers!!! But honestly if they picked ONE concept and stuck with it, this story could have been significantly better. Tasteless is all I can say.
Not much to say here about the art. It's mediocre. It's not bad but it's definitely not a selling feature. If there's on thing I can compliment, it's that the very median color palette sits right in the middle for the show's dark, bloody aspects and absurd silliness the very next instant. It is exactly average. And it is exactly the kind of hint that what you're getting into is not anything special. At least it's not misleading you by looking absolutely stunning and then delivering a garbage plot.
Sound effects here and there are sketchy. I hear a decent amount of recycled effects in this anime from cats to gunshots that really don't have a strong feel to them. The music may be the only saving grace with a unique and catchy dubstep-esque OP song.
I really don't want to rant too long about the characters, but all I can say is they are all extremely shallow and not developed enough. They introduce so many characters in the short time this anime is allotted so nobody gets the exposition they deserve. Not even the main character has a convincing back story or motivation for anything that he does involving the characters surrounding him.
Surprisingly, the only characters that feel genuine are the girl who's incredibly perverted and lusty. given her short life-expectation I can understand the psychology that would drive her to those decisions. And the paralyzed girl. I'm sure if she could walked, she would've have ditched the other girls by now and found some better friends who don't take advantage of her disability. She seems like the only character who understands the situations that arise, but nobody will give her the credit.
I don't drop anime, ever. I always see it to the end no matter what. But this show tempted me so hard and so early on that I nearly left it at episode 2. As of now, I've only seen 9 episodes, but I plan to finish it out as scheduled. But I don't think these remaining 4 episodes will be strong enough to pull this anime out of the deep hole it's already dug itself into. I can't be swayed any other direction, no matter how amazing the ending might be. I really do not enjoy watching this and I don't see how so many people can claim it's the best of the season.
Okay seriously. For me to write a negative review (especially before even completing an anime) is a bad sign. It means something is up. You don't have to agree with my words, but I want you guys to see the other side of the spectrum when all I see is constant glorification for Brynhildr. I simply isn't justified honor. I know there are people out there with similar taste to me and I'm writing this to protect you. I have a group of 5 friends that all watch anime together and we all agree that this is an utter waste of time.
Like me or not, that is what I have to say. I rarely offer my negative opinions, but this needed to be said.
If you agree with me, I'd greatly appreciate voting this review for helpfulness. If not, I'm sorry I offended you, but there really is no room to only leave positive feedback on something that is clearly not what it's hyped-up to be. Thanks.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 10read more
We all love anime songs. We hum them. We dance to them. We play them. And if we're really into it, we sing them. But singing them means knowing the lyrics, and sometimes the anime lyrics are so brutal or silly you'll doubt it is even real! Here are 15 of those anime songs with shocking lyrics!