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.
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.
Gokukoku no Brynhildr happens to be a hidden gem of the manga world, passed up by obscurity, however, this makes it even more appealing of a manga, if nothing else. As expected of the mind behind Elfen Lied, Lynn Okamoto, Gokukoku is an intelligently done and fairly well thought out piece of work, rich in darker, more ominous airs. Unexpected however, is the "Death Note" style of command and control, cat and mouse esque thinking games also prevalent. Fans of grittier plots will certainly appreciate this particular story without the extreme sense that some horror or more psychological mangas provide. However, the gore and moderately
sexual themes may turn some readers off, albeit not nearly the level of Elfen Lied, for example.
Story/Entertainment: The story starts off fairly typically, almost giving off an "awkward neet" sense, however, it builds quickly, within the first few chapters, adding Okamoto's "bleak and grit" charm. This particular charm, which never truly escapes the story, is a particularly wonderful effect for fans of the style. One could say the transition from introduction to center-piece of plot was too fast paced, however it doesn't detract in any real way, skipping over unnecessary details and fillers. As the story progresses, the grimness pervades every corner of the story ensuring a continuing theme of death and failure only inches from the doorstep of our protagonists, in a way however, that only bubbles just beneath the surface. In doing so this method of writing creates a sense of safety and well-being for our cast only to be shattered not long after. This cycle builds and adds to the overall enjoyment of the story, rather than an expected and monotonous "edgy and dark at all times" narrative. If any qualms are to be raised in the overarching story concept, it'd be the somewhat harem-ish feel that comes into play after a point, which some of our more purist or serious readers may not agree with. This feeling isn't explicitly detailed, but there are times when you can find yourself somewhat frustrated with our damsels at death's doorstep almost throwing themselves at the hero, detracting somewhat slightly from the gritty theme. One could argue that it is a sense of relief, much need in tales such as this and given the somewhat scarce nature of these occurrences a valid point is presented, and should be left to reader preference. As such, the slight presence of a harem-ism will not detract from the score and should merely be a note in the back of the reader's mind, leaving us a 9/10 in both categories.
Art: The art quality is extremely high and even the pickiest of readers will have a hard time passing up Gokukoku no Brynhildr for it's artistic style. If any issue were to be raised, it'd be simply that noir-style art can make it difficult at times to discern the image of what's being presented. Despite this, it doesn't obscure the image entirely, and is a rare phenomenon, earning the art style an 8/10.
Character: Our character cast is another high earner for the simple reason that the character personalities do not detract from the story in any way. It does take some time to see our various heroes flesh out more unexpected traits from their stereotypical presets, but they do fulfill their roles very adequately. With Ryouta Murakami being the role of the hero and protector of Gokukoku no Brynhildr, his initial introduction is somewhat....opposing of what would be expected. In the first few chapters, most readers will assume, as stated earlier, he is another awkward neet character. This is cleaned up fairly quickly, showing himself to be our hero we expect, and the highly intelligent planner we didn't. Murakami proves himself to be the unexpected mastermind all too infrequently seen in today's Japanese stories, and is a highly refreshing, and exciting change of pace from the bumbling idiots normally placed in heroic-centric plots. Beyond this, however, there is little deviation from character archetypes by the rest of Murakami's cadaver. The quiet and all too innocent "memory ridden" heroine, the ecchi and straight-forward girl, and our hopeless, clumsy child round out the crew. Yet even with this present there are still moments of doubt drawn onto our characters, and you can find yourself second guessing the nature our heroines due to the story-writing, and as such, can be forgiven.
Overall: I highly, highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in a more serious narrative, looking forward to a grittier tale and unafraid of less cheerful and bumbling story. The negatives are nothing worth denigrating Gokukoku no Brynhildr over, and as such, I fully well would advise giving this fine manga your time.
*Note, you'll see I rated it a 10 on my score, however this is due to personal preference in genre. You may disagree, as a 10 to myself, may be an 8 to you, so this review will be based as objectively as possible.*