Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 1 Notes

April 6th, 2014.

The Otherworld Intrudes.

I actually came to this series because the mystery premise, of meeting someone whom had supposedly died before, and actually having a mystery tale interests me. Most people seem to have either picked it up or put it aside based on the fact it’s by the people behind Elfen Lied, both the manga and the adaptation, but since Elfen Lied lies a fulldecade behind us, I didn’t give that too much thought.

In case you’re curious, you can check here for which shows I decided to check out this season, and how excited/intrigued I am by each.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Childhood Memories:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 1 anime notes - Young Kuroneko  and Murakami Ryouta

1) Ah, children, and foolish, or rather foolhardy, decisions. Reminds me when they were adding a floor to our house when I was five years old, and I was too afraid to climb the ladder, so I went over from the neighbours’ roof, in a manner that was considerably more dangerous. And then in first grade where I climbed a sort of a cliff and couldn’t go down. Little kids and heights!

2) Growth: Little kid and a small telescope, big boy and a huge telescope. To be contrasted with a desire that had not changed at all.

Second, all the girls seem to have powers, and can wreak havoc. Tying it into Elfen Lied, it’s as if the mangaka truly fears female prowess :P I liked how the girls were covered in blood, and then we shifted to the world being in ruins around them – them or the world? Running away after destroying the world, or being forced to haunt the scenes of their crimes? Definitely seems there’d be some action here.

3) Kuroha Neko – Kuroneko, now it makes sense, with how little kids mangle words.

2) “Grown-ups” – Anime-gags:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 1 anime notes -

1) “Whatever, just shut up and show me your armpits!” – Yes, I get the point is to both create an awkward situation and see how vested he is, how much he’s not thinking things through, but still…

2) Lewd. That’s some male gaze we’ve got going on here.

3) You’re a teacher, you should know CPR. People can transfer air to her via mouth to mouth while she is underwater. No one even tried… Also, never heard of suction being this strong >.>

“Man, I thought she was done for!” And none of the boys went to try and help the teacher pull her out?

4) Maths is hard! How can you expect a high-school student to know what the answer to 2*2 is?! Of course, as they said, the tests to get into this school as a transfer student are extra-strict.

3) The Otherworld Intrudes – A Question of Faith:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 1 anime notes - A vision - Kuroha Neko and Akane

1) The question of “faith” – If believing can save you from eternal damnation, why wouldn’t you believe? What do you lose out of it? Worst thing, you believed for nothing, best outcome, you got to avoid hell. Of course, there are downsides. Will you spend the night in an abandoned observatory for the sake of your life? Would you believe to a girl who can’t multiply 22? MC-kun is super scientific, as befits a top-student. Then again, he took it *on faith that aliens exist because Kuroneko asked him to, and now she asked for his faith once again.

2) Save the whole world, no pressure!

3) Note, Kuroneko – black cat, and “Akane”, meaning red. We’re colour-coded. We have codes. Which goes along with the older communication devices.

4) By the by, you use “CQ” (standing in for Seek you”) when you call out to others, not when you receive a call.

5) Facepalm “I don’t believe her but I want to. I’ll risk my life to see whether she is right!” – But if she is right, you will die, not just “risk” it. What do you gain? If you find out she had been wrong, then your hope will be dashed, and if she’d been right, you wouldn’t live to enjoy your faith…

6) Surprise. I kept waiting for him to see her armpit, and thought the moles would be there.

OP Thoughts: – No vocals, just instrumental. I actually liked it quite a bit. Wasn’t fond of the techno-bits, but the rest of it was pretty cool. Visuals were nice. Ok, let’s talk a bit about what the OP contained in terms of “plot”, which is more than I’ve known of this show thus far – first, is this a harem? We have one boy and multiple good-looking girls.

ED – Light and easy, after a slightly darker series. It was ok.

Post Episode Thoughts / First Impressions:

Acting was solid, animation and art-design had also both been good.

Feels like a standard mystery super-power shounen right now, which isn’t to say it’s “popcorn”, because it’s slightly different, but it definitely would take a while to stretch its legs, and truly show us what we’ve got.

First episode had done a good job as these series go, showing us the world, showing us what “normal” is, and then not just intruding on it, but shattering it completely. Kuroha appearing was the intrusion, then the near-death situation, followed by a request for suspension of followed by a breaking of disbelief.

We’re not in Kansas anymore!

The whole “light-hearted gags” such as him asking to see her armpits, the boys ogling the girls, and her completely blushing as well as as him poking her weak arm had all been a bit odd with the rest of the show. Yes, they’re usual manga gags and comic reliefs, but they did feel out of sorts. I wonder if as we go deeper into darker stuff, it’d stop.

Was a solid first episode. The character designs were ok, the backdrops were better.

Return to the Gokukoku no Brynhildr Episodic Notes page.

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