Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Gokukoku no Brynhildr

When Murakami Ryouta was a child he used to watch the stars with a girl nicknamed Kuroneko. One day she told him that she had seen an alien, and that she would show it to him. But on the way there, they both fell. Murakami managed to survive but was told that Kuroneko had died. He vowed that he would work hard and find aliens in her place.

Fast forward to high school, and Murakami is somewhat on track to doing so, being the top student in class and dreaming of working at NASA. But suddenly a girl that looks like Kuroneko transfers into his class named Kuroha Neko, which is really close. He begins to think it’s her, but she denies having any memories of him. He goes to the observatory in the mountains, as its the base of the Astronomy club, of which he is the sole member. Kuroha surprisingly visits him, reiterates that she doesn’t know him, but tells him not to leave, or that he’ll die. He leaves anyway, and is about to be killed by a rock slide, but is saved by Kuroha using super human powers.

Hence, he begins to learn more about her and her friends. He learns that they escaped from a lab experiment where girls were experimented on to attach something called a Harnest in order to give them super human powers, and that they were currently being hunted by the lab. Furthermore, the cost of these powers was that they had to keep taking special pills or they would literally melt and die, and that they didn’t have many pills left. Furthermore, she had escaped with her friend Kana, who was paralyzed except for a single hand she could type with, but could see visions of deaths in the future, and that Kuroha was planning on spending the last of her days saving these people.

Murakami refused to accept that however, and comes up with plans to get more pills, as well as does his best to make sure they aren’t hunted down by the lab. Along the way he meets other magicians: Kazumi, who is perverted and hotheaded, and can use magic to control computers; Kotori, who is innocent, and has the ability to teleport, but also a secret that makes her special; Nanami, who can read and control memories and acts very cynical, but ultimately just wants friends that will remember her; Hatsuna, who is very direct and straight forward, and has the ability to heal. Together, they do their best to survive, and if possible enjoy life along the way.

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The premise and tone were very interesting. The premise being that the underlying plot seemed adequately deep and mysterious with the lot that could be done with it. The tone in that it gyrated between really dark and reasonably light. So it certainly had a lot of potential. It managed to deliver on that potential pretty well for the majority of the anime. Some people say that it felt rushed, but I felt that they did a pretty good job with the pacing, because as it included both very lighthearted and heavy moments, the faster than usual pace worked very well, even if it did feel like things were being skimmed past sometimes.

That is however, up until the last two episodes where it was definitely rushed far too much, and overall fell apart a good deal. It moved way too fast. I think the best example of this is that there are major events that happen, but before they can even sink in they get reversed and hence pretty much lose all meaning. Plus, it just overall became difficult to follow and made little sense in a lot of ways. I don’t expect the endings of animes to wrap up everything all the time, as they often only tell part of the story from other mediums. However, the ending should provide some level of closure. This really didn’t at all. They picked a good place to end at, as the last arc was certainly the most intense, led to major changes, and did answer some questions, but it seemed to add a lot more complications than solve them, and because of how fast it was going all of this just feels awkward. The journey to the end I felt was very solid, though it somewhat crashed at the end.

Another aspect that makes this show interesting is that while it is heavily plot focused to a certain extent, it is also heavily focused on the characters and relationships in a rom-com sort of way. The blend of serious moments and lighthearted moments really helped everyone stand out. Murakami is at the core of this, and is idealistic and overtly nice, but is smart and reasonably useful so he manages to pull it off. The rest of the cast is varied and are all introduced slowly in an interesting way. I wasn’t a fan of what happened at the end, with what felt like a character essentially being replaced, though the ending being handled badly overall has a major part of that.

The animation and art were decent. The soundtrack was pretty good and fit well. They made the weird choice of using the main theme, without lyrics, as the OP, which I felt was somewhat weak, though it did look nice, though I was wishing they had kept it as the second OP is downright awful. The ED was decent.

A mostly awesome anime with a good blend of lighthearted and dark elements that tried to stuff too much into the ending and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

7/10

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2 thoughts on “Gokukoku no Brynhildr

  1. I enjoyed this anime, but ended up giving it a 3.5 instead of a 4 out of 5 due to that rushed ending. Still a rushed finale is better than no ending at all, which happens with so many shows. The manga just finished so I may check that out to see the full story.

    1. I would have to disagree with that. For anime that are original works, then yes I would agree that ending on a cliff hanger is a bummer if it isn’t definite there’ll be another season. But if it’s based on something else like a manga that is beyond that point, I would prefer they do a non-rushed but solid ending and just let people get the rest of the story through the original work.

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