Glowing titties strike again!
I’ve fallen behind on my shows a bit, so unfortunately I’ll have to squeeze all four of these episodes into one post. Fortunately, there wasn’t as much material to cover as I thought.
Wahhh! I’m a big baby!
Gokukoku no Brynhildr is still pretty decent, but lately it’s done some things that made my raise my eyebrows. And that’s not a good thing. The first big thing is Ryouta’s confrontation with Nanami. I get that the guy has excellent photographic memory, but I just can’t buy that his good memory allowed him to survive Nanami’s mind wipe. That just doesn’t work. I’m sorry, but there’s a limit to suspension of disbelief. It’s hard to make me accept that just having good memory allows you to overcome powerful, supernatural powers. Especially when Nanami was made out to have the strongest memory manipulation abilities of all magicians. Strong enough, in fact, that she was isolated purely because even the laboratory was afraid that she would abuse her powers on both the staff and other magicians.
Stickin’ it to the man! Ok, that was pretty bad.
There’s also something to be said about Nanami’s arc as a whole, but all things considered it wasn’t all too bad. It was fairly obvious from the very beginning that she wouldn’t have a happy end since the show has already well-established that no magician who attempts to betray or abandon the laboratory ends up with a good fate. So that kind of lessened the impact of her demise even though I suspect we were supposed to feel much more strongly about it. Of course, it’s possible that the arc was executed better in the manga since the adaptation had to compress it all into one and a half episodes, but I digress. The obvious outcome aside, it was nice to see that not all magicians are obedient dogs who are afraid to so much as let down the laboratory. Her solitary confinement and resulting desire to see the outside world were probably the primary driving factors, but it was still refreshing to see Nanami use her powers without hesitation to defy her supervisor and in extension the laboratory if only for a day.
I would like to point out his reaction was detached and devoid of any real human emotion.
My next complaint is yet again the show’s strange continuing insistence on random moments of fanservice. I know it’s beating the dead horse a bit, but a somewhat related incident during Nanami’s arc re-inspired my disdain for the matter. Specifically, I am talking about the scene where Nanami decided to sell her body to her former (sort of) supervisor to get some cash for her insatiable sweet tooth. Yes, I know it was supposed to tie in to her despair at not having anyone to remember her by; her supervisor claimed he would not forget her before she rewrote his memories. But the whole thing seemed like it was having a hard time deciding if it wanted to be light-hearted (he gave me so much cash just to see my armpits!) or serious. So I was left feeling quite uncomfortable watching a young girl degrade herself for no discernible reason beyond fanservice. Oh, and don’t even get me started on what happened between Kazumi and Ryouta.
What Kana thinks of the new OP.
Finally, I think it’s worth mentioning that the show made a tremendous mistake by introducing that new opening as we come into the final arc. Who thought it was a good idea to replace what was an interesting and unorthodox opening with some horrid hardcore screamo? That shit’s just terrible and totally inappropriate for the tone of the show. Gokukoku no Brynhildr may have some pretty gruesome moments that might have worked with some screamo, but its primary charm is its mysterious and dreadful atmosphere.
An alien, I guess.
But that’s enough griping for now. Let me instead briefly go over my thoughts on where the show is headed. First of all, I had figured that Kogorou would be used as a convenient excuse to remove the worry of immediate death from shortage of pills. But I was wrong; seems things won’t be so easy for the magicians after all. So now that Kogorou won’t be providing any help on that front (at least in time to save Neko and the others), what role will he play? The whole “having a supply ready for future escaping magicians” thing sounds nice but is more or less irrelevant to the present cast. So I guess his main focus will now shift to the supposed alien embryo? He certainly sounded very excited about the discovery, but I wonder if he would be able to make much progress on that front in a timely fashion either. Studying alien life forms sounds like it would take just as long as, if not longer than replicating a drug. It’s possible the show will just force the issue and have him magically come up with quick results for the sake of plot though.
Don’t mess with us. We’ve got swag!
Next is the overall situation of Neko and the others. With just one month left of pills before they start falling apart, the gang are going to have to take some drastic measures to ensure their survival. Ryouta’s outstanding plan is to pursue the mysterious German-speaking group in hopes of finding answers. But why would an organization that apparently wants to kill all magicians have anything that would help Neko and the others survive a bit longer? The only possible development I can see coming from this that might be good for them is if the anti-magician organization is more concerned with the evil organization controlling everything from the shadows and thus agrees to coordinate an attack on the laboratory to take down a common enemy. But that seems far too convenient considering Kogorou’s drug replication was just overturned.
Next week it looks like things will again take a turn for the worse as a Valkyria is let loose upon the hapless runaway magicians. At this point, I’m wondering if the laboratory is going way overboard as the Valkyria appears to have a few screws loose and is also unable to or uninterested in restraining her powers from slaughtering every living thing in her sights. But the gang have managed to evade everything thrown at them so far so I guess the laboratory is just as desperate to kill them as they are to survive. The way I see it though, the show is definitely setting up for the laboratory losing control over the Valkyria, which will result in her running amok and threatening the entire world. Which is where Neko and co. step in to save the day. I have no idea how they will stand up to such an overwhelming opponent though.
Whoops, I just killed everyone. Tehe-pero~