Review: Brynhildr in the Darkness, Episode 1: While I Wait For You

Review:

Well, I didn’t really know what to expect from this show when I read the synopsis, and after the first episode, I still don’t know exactly what to make of it. I guess I expected something dealing with aliens, so getting a show about people with knowledge about individuals who are due to die trying to prevent said deaths was definitely not on my radar. One thing that I suspected from the closing credits (and then confirmed via Wikipedia) is that this is a harem show, which I’m not particularly ecstatic about. If it doesn’t play out like a typical harem show, then great. Right now it’s something of a minor detail, with enough mystery to certainly keep it interesting.

One central question is who, exactly, Kuroha Neko is. She bears a strong resemblance to main character Ryota Murakami’s childhood friend Kuroneko, and she certainly isn’t a normal high school girl. If this goes the normal harem route, then we can expect nothing to come from the obvious romance story that can develop between Ryota and Kuroha. If not, then I’m calling these two as an eventual couple.

What else can I say? Commenting on the art style isn’t really my thing, mainly because I really don’t have the credentials to truly critique art, other than to say that the artwork looks “good”. Critiquing the plot isn’t really possible at this point, although what’s presented here has me interested enough to come back more.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, let’s start where I always start: with the fanservice. There is a bit, centered around the scene when the class is shown at the pool. Besides the obvious feature of both male and female students in their bathing suits, the camera also zooms in on Kuroha’s crotch and breasts as some male students are checking her out. We also see some cleavage. The series also looks like it will have some fighting, judging by the intro, and there is some blood featured (mainly in the intro, at least for now). There are three uses of blasphemy (at least in the Crunchyroll translation).

If you don’t like series featuring “magic”, then this might not be for you, either. A character comments that she is a “witch”, although her powers are apparently the result of surgery (she has something on the back of her neck) and drugs. Whether you consider this fantasy magic or sci-fi power, I don’t know, but if you come into this show, then come into it knowing this in case this type of content is an issue for you.

Content Guide:

Language: 2 “j**z”, 1 “Oh G**”; 1 “s**t”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The boys and girls are shown in their school swimsuits; the camera zooms in on Kuroha’s crotch and breasts (cleavage here) as some of the male students are checking her out; I think the teacher also shows some cleavage

Violence: The intro features a large explosion that throws two characters forward, and it also shows a character being attacked with what look like some kind of shots (but she is shielding against them); a character is slapped (off screen–you just hear the noise); a character is caught in an avalanche and slammed against a guardrail

Blood/Gore: Several girls are shown with blood on them in the intro; two spots of blood splatter onto a window; a woman is shown with blood running down her face

Other: A girl in the intro is shown protecting herself with some kind of forcefield, and another character seems to call out fire from nowhere–not sure if sci-fi or fantasy, but take note if you don’t like that kind of stuff; one male student makes a comment about wanting to grab Kuroha’s breasts; a girl uses some supernatural power to suspend and then split a boulder; a character states that she is a witch, although her powers come from surgery (some kind of implant) and drugs

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