Brynhildr in the Darkness is an anime based on a manga by Lynn Okamoto. The series is produced by ARMS, and is directed by Kenichi Imaizumi. As of this writing, Crunchyroll holds the North American streaming rights for Brynhildr in the Darkness.
The main character of the series is a high school boy named Murakami. 10 years prior to the start of the series, he knew a girl he called Kuroneko who insisted she knew about aliens and had met one. When she takes Murakami to see the alien, an accident happens that injures Murakami and kills Kuroneko. Now in high school, Murakami has decided he wants to become a researcher at NASA, in order to get as close to space as he can and prove that aliens existed in Kuroneko’s place. However, he has no memory of what her name really was, and he also remembers the three moles she had near her armpit.
One day, there’s a new transfer student in his class named Kuroha Neko and she looks a lot like Kuroneko. Murakami reacts in surprise and believes that she’s Kuroneko; however, she says she doesn’t know him and that this is the first time that they’ve met.
During the class’ pool lesson, the cover comes off of the filter, and it sucks in a girl’s leg. She can’t get it out and is having trouble breathing. Kuroha says to herself that two students at the school are supposed to die that day. The poolside by the filter collapses and the pump gets plugged, which allows the girl to be saved.
After school, Murakami gets off a bus and goes to an observatory. While he’s there, Kuroha enters. She emphasizes again that she is not Murakami’s childhood friend, and tells him that two students at the school were supposed to die that day: the girl in the pool and Murakami. She then warns Murakami not to miss the last bus or he will die. After some banter back and forth, Kuroha receives a call on an amateur radio saying the situation has changed; Murakami will now need to stay at the observatory if he doesn’t want to die. Kuroha relays the message and heads on her way.
Murakami decides not to take the bus, but leaves the observatory and walks down the road because he wants to verify what Kuroha said for himself even though it’s started raining heavily. As he walks, an avalanche suddenly happens, and it’s up to Kuroha to save him.
At the end of the episode, we learn that Kuroha is a witch and gained her abilities through surgery and drugs.
As I watched the first episode, I found myself riveted by what was going on, and trying to figure out what exactly was going on with Kuroha before anything was revealed at the observatory. There’s an interesting story that’s being presented so far, and I have some of my own thoughts about what the deal with Kuroha is. I’m interested in seeing more and finding out whether or not my guesses about her are anywhere near the actual truth.
Was it just me, or were there times in this episode while Kuroha looked similar to Yukina in Strike the Blood? There were times when I saw her on the screen and I had to remind myself that I was seeing Kuroha and not Yukina.
Brynhildr in the Darkness shows a lot of promise by the end of Episode 1. I’m looking forward to watching more of this series and seeing if the promise I see here will continue to manifest itself going forward.
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