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...
While I Wait For You
The Reason For Her Smile
Fragments of Hope
The Clue That was Left
Proof She's Alive
A Sudden Reunion
Most creators get better with time but Okamoto is not one of them. I mean, holly shit, he had a decade to make a new story that is not repeating the atrocious problems Elfen Lied (EL hereon) had, and instead of that, he rehashes the exact same thing in Brynhildr and made it worse.Both stories try to sell their shit by being edgy as hell, full of gore, splatter, nudity, and any other manipulative jump scare tactics you can think of. EL is better, not because it had more of that crap, but because said crap were still a fresh thing back then, as far as tv anime go (and no, 90s OVAs don’t count). The thing is, nowadays animated violence is too mainstream, and thus nowhere near as special because we see it all the time. Brynhildr doesn’t have the instant hook effect of EL, and thus loses simply for not being made in that time period. Retro always wins, even if it’s a terrible anime.But even if we don’t stick to how fresh the gore feels today, Brynhildr is still worse. Bleeding in EL was to the most part a result of torture by the military dudes. In Brynhildr they were bleeding because they were not taking their medicine. It doesn’t have the same punch as when you are coughing blood from metallic spheres that are being thrown at you as part of a satanic experiment. Also, many of the girls turn to goo when they die, instead of leaving behind dismembered bodies. Even that feels silly compared to the non-dissolvable corpses of EL.Both of them have a very catchy opening song but the EL one is infinitely better for having stolen artwork by a famous artist. The pseudo-artistic looks of it, combined with pretty damn good opera singing, resulted in one of the best opening songs of all time. On the other hand, Brynhildr’s song may be catchy, but it’s also dubstep, a patchwork of music clips from earlier works, stitched together with computer. There is hardly as much effort put into making it, as there is with an actual singing performance accompanied by a whole orchestra. The same thing applies for the artwork they used in the intro. There is nothing pseudo-artistic about it; it’s edgy shit and clips from some action show. You can actually replace the song with any other you like and nobody will be able to tell the difference. That makes it lazy, contrived, and even tasteless. Furthermore, for some retarded reason this show gets a second opening in the last 3 episodes, and this time it is a horrible mismatch of screams and epileptic scene changes. Whatever good impressions one would have from the music it is completely trashed because of this mind baffling decision to replace an average opening with ear bleeding junk.Both of them are full of girls being constantly naked and bleeding, but EL is excusing it far better. The military bad guys kept the girls naked, so they won’t use clothes as weapons, plus it was depicting how they were not treating them as people but rather as beasts. Even when they are shown naked in front of the harem lead, it was being masked as innocence, because they all had the intelligence of a monkey. There is no such thing in Brynhildr, it is shamelessly throwing at you boob jokes, cloth fetishes, tsundere talking, and forced bath scenes for no other reason than having fapping material. It’s not even trying to present itself as innocent, since some of the girls are mean bitches.A big chunk of the drama in EL was its grey morality. The supernatural girls were constantly killing people as means to survive, and because the normal people were mistreating them. The military dudes were cruel as means to control the girls and protect humanity from them. It falls apart later on when you realize it all has to do with genes, but at least on a very superficial level it was excusing the cruelty. Brynhildr doesn’t do that. The girls are not shown killing normal people and are simply running away from generic megalomaniac evil dudes, because they will be killed if they are captured. There is no grey morality, it is more than obvious to tell who are the bad and who are the good.Both shows have a blunt male hoarding girls in his place, but EL does it better. Kouta was just an average guy with a ridiculously high amount of trustworthiness. He was not bright or cunning; he was just your typical visual novel vanilla guy with a big heart all chicks are supposed to love. Ryouta on the other hand is an asshole. He is constantly making boob jokes, and is trying to look like a smart-ass in every chance he gets. In fact, the show is constantly trying to make him look like he is a genius who always plans ahead, and is thus an amazing protagonist. The problem is, the plot makes no sense, the writing is horrible, the twists come out of nowhere, and thus any so-called deduction procedure he uses comes off as completely silly. If the quality of the writing does not support the intelligence of your characters, any attempt to pass as competent and intellectual will feel pretentious and stupid.Both shows have girls with superpowers but EL is better because they had no variety. The only difference Dicloni had was simply the maximum reach, or the amount of ethereal hands someone could use. The witches on the other hand have completely different powers. It seems like that is a positive thing, but in such a story it isn’t. Every girl ends up being defined by the power she uses instead of whatever personality she has. Because the Dicloni had similar powers, it was much easier to remember them for whatever stereotype they were, but not the witches. There is also a ridiculous amount of plot convenience because of this variety. One can predict the future, one can travel in time, one can teleport, they can do anything with such broken powers. There is no consistency if anything is possible, and nothing is important because nothing is solid.Thus Elfen Lied is better in pretty much everything. Not that this means it’s a great show by any stretch of the imagination. They are both terribly written edgy shit for those who think gore and nudity equals maturity, and promote the stigma of anime being deviant animated porn. It’s just means that one is a bit less crap than the other.
The first thing you see in the first episode of Brynhildr is a flashback of two children together. A boy and a girl, childhood friends. The girl is tragically killed and the boy never fully gets over it. You get the impression that the series is going to be about the boy trying to fulfill a promise he made to the girl before she died. This is not it. Don't think for a second that Brynhildr is some sappy romantic anime that just revolves around relationships. It is so much more than that. It's action-filled with just the right amount of emotions to balance it out. The plot is so interesting and you will be missing out if you don't watch it. Brynhildr, in my opinion, is the best anime of this season by far. It should be so much more popular than it is and if you ask me, it's the only one worth watching from the whole year so far of 2014 anime. I recommend it to anyone, it doesn't matter your taste in anime, you will find every genre here and you won't regret watching it.
Okay, so I've glanced at some of the reviews, and I'm really confused why this seems to get put down a lot while No Game No Life is highly applauded. In my eyes this is a lot better, but that is besides the point. One thing I've seen is this getting compared to Elfen Lied. I can understand this since it is by the same writer and has many similarities, but I think it is best to always look at a piece alone first before comparing it to something else, even when it comes to books turned into movies. So, I will compare this to Eflen Lied, but it in no way was the deciding factor for my ratings. Story The story is about a group of girls that were test subjects. They have been given super powers, but this also gives them many limitations, such as a limit on how much power they can use in a given time span, a button on the back of their necks which can kill them, and a need to take pills each day or else they will die. The majority of girls wish to escape the organization that tested on them, and some do. However, the organization will not let them go that easily and sends other subjects out to find and kill them. Meanwhile, we have a sentimental story about a guy, Murakami who lost the friend he was in love with as a child. One of the test subjects he meets appears to be his friend who he’d thought was dead, yet she claims to not be. Because of the tragedy that was his friend’s supposed death, Murakami has become the sort of person who would rather risk his own life than watch others die. Therefore, he fights alongside the girls to protect them while he continues to wonder if this girl is actually his dead friend. I felt like the story was paced well, giving certain bits of information at certain times to build suspense. However, the ending seemed to throw a lot of information out at once without adequate explanation. I was reminded of Evangelion and how the entire angel concept is convoluted. This is definitely not that complicated, but the information to make it less confusing is not given. The central story surrounding the girls and Murakami makes sense. What isn’t so clear is the organization’s goals, how they learned what they did, and other such factors surrounding the experiments. Deus Ex Machina There are definitely some deus ex machinas in here, but everything does have an explanation, and there are times when a deus ex machina could have easily been used but wasn’t. People still die, memories are still forgotten. Not everything is fixed. There are certain times when it is used simply to solve a problem or give us viewers information. My biggest peeve is when they only serve to give us information, because the information is given again when the characters learn it. In my opinion, it would have created more suspence for us to not learn the information until the characters did, which would have also avoided the deus ex machina. Elfen Lied It has some similarities to Elfen Lied. Girls were test subjects, they escape and fight to survive. The male protagonist has a supposed childhood history with the female protagonist. There is ecchi. People die graphically. That said, the pieces function differently. Eflen Lied is a dark story about survival, prejudice, and overcoming trauma. Brynhildr is about survival, sure, but it is a different kind of survival. These girls want to live a mundane life, so there are many mundane scenes. In Elfen Lied, any hope you have is muddled by the dark atmosphere. In Brynhildr, you can’t hope but hope, because when you see a girl enjoying cheesecake enough to say that she can finally die happy you can’t help but to. The feel is different, and the message is different. Ecchi The ecchi was not excessive and it worked well to balance out the drama of the show. Most of the ecchi scenes revolved around one particular character, and it was just her main character trait. Another review compared the ecchi to that in Elfen Lied, and honestly, I think this is more fitting. The girls being naked in Elfen Lied during experiments, yes that is perfectly fitting. But the scenes when Nyu would remove her clothes simply because she didn’t know better seemed out of place. The show was intensely serious, but Nyu wasn’t. Make her stupid, but why show the scenes where she removes her clothes? In Brynhildr it shows that the characters are human. Kazumi talks about sex. That’s the kind of person she is. Murakami looks at boobs. That’s the kind of character he is. They want to live a normal life that would allow them the luxury of thinking about sex.
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