Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS

AAHHHH!!! I can’t see!!! Everything is too fucking DARK!!! I already got enough Darkness in my lifetime (including a podcast of the same name on Movie Spoilers / Not Worth a Kick in the Ass….great show, by the way)

Oh, it’s an anime that has the word “Darkness” in it. And it’s from…….oh, the same author that made Elfen Lied and same studio, too.

Oh, shit.

Director: Kenichi Imaizumi

Series Composition: Yukinori Kitajima

Script: Yukinori Kitajima

Music: Nao Tokisawa

Original creator: Lynn Okamoto

Animation Production: ARMS

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensor: Unlicensed (at the time of this review)


 


Plot Summary: 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.


Thoughts on it so far: OK, in the past, I have not been favorable towards any Studio ARMS property, with some exception for most Yasuomi Umetsu shows but when it comes to their other shows, it’s either pointless gore shit, stupid fan service crap, nothing I give a crap about or any combination of the three and since this is from the author of Elfen Lied, that falls into the first former pick as I felt that anime only has the shock value going in for it, even if all it does is tries to be compelling but isn’t. As for Brynhildr in the Darkness, the setup does seem a bit akin to Lied but so far, it isn’t unnecessary vile or unpleasant. Some elements like the story of Murakami wondering if his friend Kuroneko (Yet I’m thinking her name is “Black Cat”) really died that day were actually some of the good moments in there. There are some clichéd bits here and there and even one line…..

Yep, that actually use the word “amazeballs”.

Anyway, I’m not saying this could be great (and from the looks of it, it’s okay by best) but earlier signs of it with some more female character characters coming later on makes it look like it could be partly harem…..and I might have some doubts about it. Animation-wise, ARMS is rather on my good side and they have been since Wizard Barristers this year.

I’ll give it a CONTINUE WITH CAUTION because I do feel compelled to watch more but I’m weary of how it’ll go further down.

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the amazebells into the Darkness.

 

And next time, things actually get pretty sweet, adorable, light-hearted…….and a bit depressing.

It’s ONE WEEK FRIENDS.

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