When 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!
And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future!
How will Murakami's life change now that he has been saved by this mysterious girl that claims to be a magician?
I am really surprised to read all those positive reviews here since I dropped the manga pretty quick. What can I say? First I was excited to read another story by Lynn Okamoto who created Elfenlied one of my favorite animes.
But as before when I read the Elfenlied manga I was pretty disappointed when I read Brynhildr.
Elfenlied was, in my opinion, pretty much saved by the anime studio. They cut the story off at just the right moment before Okamoto messed his whole story up.
When I read Brynhildr I felt like he did not really dare to do something new or at
least somehow different. He used all the same imagery and storylines, mixed them up a little and sold a new manga from it. This really felt like a lack of creativity, so I dropped it pretty soon.
Brynhildr in the Darkness (gokukoku no brynhildr ) is a manga written By Lynn Okamoto. He will be more known for his other work mainly Elfen Lied .
I have been a fan of his work for some time and read some of his short stories such as Allumage and Flip Flap and obviously Elfen Lied which as the author says is the same type of story as Brynhildr.
The thing is Gokukoku's plot was inspired of Old Norse mythology and of the Ragnarok which makes for a way better and more intricate plot.
Gokukoku is an intelligently
done and incredibly well thought out piece of work, made of dark tragedies and drama as its expected knowing its principal influence : The Twilight of gods or Ragnarok in old Norse Mythology
The description of a cyclic death and revival is without doubt prominent to the series as well as countless references of re-telling of Nore Mythology events.
I will say it is not possible to fully understand the manga without having at least some knowledge about the Edda or the Ragnarok. So looking these up is essential to enjoy the manga and make suppositions.
<em></em>The story starts off with a what we could call a 'generic start' with Murakami Ryouta, a nerd-ish student trying his best to become a Nasa researcher to ensure he finds aliens. Quirky...
However the plot quickly drifts aways as he retrieves witches having escaped of 'Vingulf' (which is none other than the building of the gods in Norse mythology).
One of these witches is Kuroneko her first love and she is later revealed to be Brynhildr.
The point is that in Norse mythology Siegfried saves Brynhildr from death and Ryouta also saves Kuroha. Other interesting fact is that Brynhildr is included in a long battle between brothers and that can also be said for Kuroneko stepping in between Murakami and Makina.
The witches Drasill sure relates to the mythical tree Yggdrasill.
Lot of these crossreferences can help predict what will happen or more surely how this manga will end. It is surely important to believe in fate as its influenced by Religion.
The evolution of the plot is consistant. Starting with a rather 'easy' tone, the witches and the MC have to deal with increasingly more dangerous opponents and villains to save their own lives,but can still enjoy their relative freedom.
However upon realizing the reality of 'Vingulf' and their plan for Ragnarok they are fated not only to defend themselves but to attack regardless of the danger. This is when comes the grimness and bluntness of the series and its perfectly what characterizes Okamoto's work.
Ensuring a continuing theme of death and failure, of insecurity but also keeping the warm and fuzzy side of themes as childhood / friendship and love makes Brynhildr unpredictable and jaw-dropping. Being able to switch from a date in town to the death of friends and bring you back to the harsh reality they live in.
In this matter I think the author introduces the concepts of living for the moment and enjoying life to the fullest. Thats what Brynhildr is basically about after all. A bridge between death or life
The author does also accomplish this by making some harem-ish scenes and involving some fan service/cosplay that some purist or serious readers may not agree with. However I felt like these scenes were needed to break through the continuous darkness of the plot and that these few scenes did not impact the plot's content.
The villains are well designed and all of them are made to look inhumane, holding no moral values to the highest degree and being the most often sadists...Involving some pretty gory and shocking scenes as expected. The villain's reasons for scheming for Ragnarok and their plans are all very well orchestrated and makes for an astonishing constructive end. The more and more we dive into the story the more and more it becomes oppressive and breath taking.
One example would the link between Loki's personality in the myths and his will to claim his freedom also appears through Takachiho in a human form and for becoming 'self-sufficient'
The art quality is extremely high and even the pickiest of readers will have to enjoy the author's gloomy and artistic style. Brynhildr was the first time Lynn started drawing on computer and using softwares instead of doing it all by hand. This lead to a major improvement of his background details but also of after effects, giving Brynhildr its authentic Gothic and depressing vibe. The double pages spread and entire pages drawings are made with elaborate details. Although some say Brynhildr was 'tamed' regarding Elfen Lied which had gore all over the place Brynhildr shows later that its use of bloodshed is way more sinister than it ever was in Elfen Lied even if less present. The continuous drama and better character development make for some hyper graphic and sinister deaths and blood scenes,
Characters : 8/10
The character development is one of the best thing about the manga.
Although the MC Murakami looks firstly like an awkward neet character.
This is cleaned up fairly quickly, showing himself to be our hero we expect, developping into an highly intelligent planner as time goes by and an unexpected mastermind after resolving many complex situations that looked doomed to death. Through his unability to forget and his 'fate' he more than deserves his strong M.C status
Although the witches accompanying Murakami may look like the usual stereotypes, like neko the tsundere and Kazumi the openly perverted one or also Kotori the clumsy one, they break away from these as the story goes on and they get to experience the joy of normal life (going to beach watching the stars, goings to school ) and the sadness of their reality (being chased by Vingulf, the death of their friends ect).
For me Kuroneko and Kazumi were two strong female leads which showed till the last moments news facets of their personnality and which were therefore easily relatable.
The romance development is harsh as we could expect of the apocalyptic situation and inspiration of the Ragnarok and there is many sudden change of events turning the table in a painful love triangle. Although the romance will be developped into dates and some kisses, the romance holds a true part to the tragic story and there isnt much gratification on this side.
After all this is no happy story.
Overall : 9/10
I highly, highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in a serious narrative, looking forward to a grittier tale and unafraid of less cheerful and bumbling story without filters. The negatives (harem-ish jokes? pretty girls ?) or tragic romance are nothing worth denigrating Gokukoku no Brynhildr over, and would be more a matter of taste than anything.
On that note if you are curious about Old Norse Mythology, love mysteries and enigmas, horror and action <i>Brynhildr in The Darkness</i> shall be perfect for you to enjoy and always make you want to dive more into this epic adventure.
This is a subjective review = Ofc Im a fan of Lynn Okamoto's work and moreover of the horror and mystery genre and I did look into it more than an average reader ever would.
So Gokukoku no Brynhildr, the new mange from the author of "Elfen Lied" (which most of you must heard of and maybe even seen and love it like I do)
Gokukoku revolves about a man named "Ryouta Murakami" that lost his childhood friend "Neko Kuroneko Kuroha"(neko for short) in a tragic accident.
One day, a new girl that looks exactly like his childhood friend comes to his class, and what happens from there is history.
So as expetd from the author of Elfen Lied the story here is beautiful.
It is a
bit predictable at start, but it gets better with every chapter and I'm sure there's a lot to look for.
The here art is absolutely beautiful. I enjoy every and every page. Amazing drawing skills.
Maybe I'm being too kind here, but the realionship of Neko and Ryouta is really great and most of the other girl characters are also really nice and like I said, same author of Elfen Lied, so I'm sure there is still a lot of depth hiding in the main charcters. The characters desings, also, is really nice.
Neko is just lovely.
I think it depends a lot in the chapter you read. Some were much better then others and some of the chapters in the middle of the story were a bit boring for reading, but just a bit. On the other hand, the thing I still wait the most every week(or more, unfortunately) is the new chapter of gokukoku and most of them are great and even better then what I expected.
And like I said, the art is just stunning and it makes the chapters a lot nicer to read.
Gokukou is a great manga. I really think so. Again, I am a bit bribed from loving Elfen Lied so much, but regardless of it gokukoku is a beautiful manga with a lot to wait for.
The only thing that I dislike about it, is the publishing time.
I don't know why but it has an undefined pulishing time and some chapters even had two-three weeks gap between them.
Apart from that,Gokukoku is a must read manga to all Elfen Lied fans and every one who is looking for a new(and pretty sad) mange to read.
Sorry for the long review, hope you like it and if you do rate it up, thank you:)
Written by Okamoto Lynn, known for Elfen Lied, one should expect some similarities between the two. Compared to Elfen Lied, the violence and exposure is toned town, and so is the art quality imo (in the anime it's censored geh) However, that doesn't really bother me much, as Brynhildr makes it up for character growth... well, until something happens to the character, which would be major enough to be a spoiler so I won't say.
I've only skimmed through the Elfen Lied manga, but Okamoto seems to have some kinda liking for sci-fi experimentation with
girls, cuz Brynhildr is pretty much another Elfen Lied, cept toned town and with a plot more centered on the male lead. Also, the male lead isn't that bad, but it's also kinda scary that he adapts to gore so easily. But then, +1 for Murakami's strategies and ability to confuse and awe the hell out of both his friends and enemies, just with his only significant trait being his photographic memory.
The story and plot seem very Elfen Lied like, a lil too much put that's ok, cuz we got waifus (go Kana potential!) with nice character back-stories and character development! Idk bout yall but when reading manga that tends to be a lil dark and gory, I like a good backstory to get the reader a good sense of what the character(s) have been through. After reading a few arcs you might find the story a bit gloomy and dragging on but w/e problems or flaws or even ridiculous plot armor might occur the characters make Brynhildr an enjoyable read, and their development throughout the story is what I see as the main reason to keep reading this.
For you stat nerds
*For those of you who watched the anime adaption before knowing about the manga, plz be assured the anime is far from the manga, and edited/distorted way too much. Cuz ik what's like to be horribly disappointed with an anime adaption gone wrong, and this was one of the worst."
Since I first came across this manga, I seriously wanted to make a review but prolonged it. But here it is, my 1st review, though it has a bit of fluff in it. ;p Again, Kana 4 best gurl.