Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 2 Notes

April 13th, 2014.

Boil the Cake! Boil the Witch!

First episode was ok, but a bit… weird? I dunno what it is exactly that slightly bothers me with this show.

Episode:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 2 anime notes - Young Kuroneko and Murakami Ryouta

1) 12 episodes, 12 signs of the zodiac? Hm.

2) “Me? Caring about the trip to the ocean next week? What gave you that idea?”

3) Kuroneko died just before school trip, and here we are again, school trip! Coincidence? I think not! Yes, I mean, he only brought up that recurring dream because it fit into what he wrote just after.

4) “The female psychics must be kept naked while we restrain them!” – Oh you, Elfen Lied author!

5) “I can’t let you go, you won’t make it. You don’t know your multiplication tables.” – Our shining knight! Yeah, this anime has a distinct split personality between silly and upbeat (such as Kuroha singing that silly song, and these jokes) and the painful and dark (nekkid witches!)

Silly boy, thinking just some sweet words on how he’ll help her find her reason to go to school will convince her to fall for him. What is it with purple hair and yanderes (or just really dangerous girls)?

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 2 anime notes - Kaname had been reduced to goo

6) A strong-weak girl dichotomy. Strong enough to blast the earth and kill people, but easily flustered and can’t even read. The other girl can see the future, but can’t act on it, or on anything, being completely paralyzed. Just like the two witches they caught – they’re powerful, so they had been reduced to nothing. Bound, naked.

7) Plenty of people die. Kuroha, is she saving people who are going to die in general? Last episode it felt as if she saves those who are “not supposed to die”. Reminds me of the TV Show Early Edition. Man I liked that show.

8) That girl just became got melted into goo? :<

9) Goodbye cake, goodbye cruel world. As my father used to say when my siblings and I would eat each dish on its own, “In the stomach, it all becomes one big mush anyway.” He didn’t get it.

10) “What is this feeling? I wish I could stay here forever.” – Sorry, that’s so Elfen Lied. Had to say it. He wants to stay here with those helpless girls he can help, he wants to make them smile. I’d say it feels like “home”, but it is more like little kids playing “House”. This isn’t anything like a real home, after all. Even if you have to feed the helpless one by a blender.

Post Episode Thoughts:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 2 anime notes - Tachibana Kana

I don’t know. This show feels weird. It’s a weird mixture of dark and light. The character designs sometimes feel so serious, and sometimes as if they’re straight out of a Slice of Life show. This show is going in a weird sort of way, trying to advance both us caring for the characters and their regular life, and the big and dark plot, lurking ominously beyond the horizon.

I really feel it’s a show one should marathon. I think what bothers me is the show is not entirely sure what sort of mood it’s going for, and who our characters are, just yet.

Return to the Gokukoku no Brynhildr Episodic Notes page.

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