Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3 Notes

April 20th, 2014.

Fatalism Suits You, My Dear.

So, dark or light? Will the characters become more believeable?

Episode:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3 anime notes - Kuroha Neko in bandages

1) I guess one of the things Kuroha hadn’t learnt in captivity is how to lie. Sporting the ever-popular Ayanami Rei look, and saying “it’s a cold”. That’s even worse than saying “I fell”.

2) “After 35 hours, our organs melt, and we die.” Guess that button at the nape of their necks allows an instant application of that.

3) “We only have five days to live, so for these five days, please bring us cake every day.” The death row’s inmates’ last request. I guess there’s no need to tell them it’s not healthy, since they’re not expected to be alive a week from now.

And the fatalism in the small moments, noting how even the amount of wood he cut up is more than they are expected to use before dying.

4) The fatalism, what does it matter if I die in 5 days, or in 5 hours? No big difference.

5) “I have a pretty good memory,” he said as he pulled a drug maker’s specific letter to corresponding factory from his memory, “in a book he once read.” No, it’s not normal for a high school student interested in Astronomy rather than Pharmaceuticals to know that, and even then it’d be more than a bit far-fetched.

Ok, eidetic (photographic) memory.

6) Yes, the symbolism here is nice. To get this person’s help, they have to literally trade away chunks of their lives. Truly reminiscent of making a deal with a witch. It’s even more pronounced than a man dying of hunger having to trade food away for something.

7) Kill or be killed, the life of the bloodhound.

8) It’s interesting, even as she knows she’ll die, she thinks of her as Saori-chan.

9) Sorry, moles don’t move this way, AFAIK, from your armpit/side to your breast, do they? :<

10) Kuroneko died, and then we heard Kana telling Murakami of Saori’s other power. Definitely a way to bring Kuroneko back. The moment of loss, taken away too quickly, before it could be meaningful. I’d have drawn it a tad more.

Asides:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3 anime notes - Kuroha Neko wants to go to the kitchen

  1. “Take me to the kitchen!” – Serious mode, probably some drug they need to take, joke – she’s killing herself trying to learn how to cook. In general though, that’s a bit over-the-top heavy.
  2. Great post-yandere shot, if used out of context. Completely covered in blood, tearing up, “It’s my fault”, heh.
  3. AA, not “A+”, but “Twice A”, interesting.
  4. Though it’s good for the show for Kana’s voice to have emotions, it’s slightly shattering my suspension of disbelief, how emotion is carried perfectly, though it’s a machine that should be carrying out everything in the same voice.
  5. “Hahnest”, I somehow have the feeling it’s supposed to be “Harnest”, y’know?

Post Episode:

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3 anime notes - Saori

Ok, we’re entering dark territory. “I’ll forge new memories with her!” – I actually don’t have a problem with this, but it’s just that I’ve heard this sort of bit quite a lot recently. I can definitely understand Kuroha sacrificing herself. She had lived with the fate of certain death hanging over her head for a while now. She is going to die, so may as well make it a tiny bit useful to her friends.

A number of small things broke my suspension of disbelief this episode, guess realism and consistency aren’t to be expected.

The attention to detail with fatalism, the symbolism of literally trading away your life-blood, the small bit with the firewood, and how it spoke volumes of giving up, I liked all those things.

Return to the Gokukoku no Brynhildr Episodic Notes page.

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