A strong friendship might last a lifetime. Living out your life, you will probably encounter a lot of people you will have a connection with. The most precious of these however, will be the ones that turn out to be true friends. People you can depend on, no matter what happens in your life. But even so, there will also be friends that will eventually leave your life. And I don’t mean because they die, but just because they maybe move away, leave your work, or that in some other way you just lose touch with. How many of you actually are still in contact with friends from your childhood? Do you even remember them, and when you would see them now, would you still recognise them?
In the Animeseries Brynhildr in the Darkness, the heart of the story is a childhood friendship between the young boy Murakami and the girl Kuroneko. The girl insists on believing in aliens and even vows that she has met them once. Even though Murakami has a small crush on her, he is definitely sceptical about her story. One day, Kuroneko just decides to show Murakami, but unfortunately an accident occurs and she dies. Murakami survives, allthough he was also hurt in the accident and left to recover in the hospital. Years later, Murakami, while at his school, encounters a new female transfer student, who is introduced in his class. But she bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost childhood friend. This girl is called Kurohaneko however and at first wants nothing to do with Murakami. But it is not long before strange and terrifying things begin to happen, and Murakami is about to find himself right in the middle of a secret and horrifying experiment. But for him just one question is important: is Kurohaneko somehow his long lost childhood friend?
Brynhildr in the Darkness is not a true classic, but there are enough elements in it that I think make it worth the watch. The show has a pretty dark underlying tone, but they do try to compensate that by bringing in some lighter elements, a bit of (mild) fanservice and a few laughs. There are a bunch of pretty funny characters thrown in the mix as well, especially the sex obsessed Kazumi, who sometimes does some pretty crazy things in her pursuit of the main hero of the story Murakami. For those of you that might think, after reading all this, that this show is some kind of fluffy love story, you are definitely wrong. This is pretty much a horror/mystery type of show, with a few sci-fi aspects to spice it up. The show has 13 episodes, but the ending does not satisfy. You are left with a lot of questions that go unanswered, and that was truly a bit of a letdown. Still, I wasn’t bored for a bit while watching this, and the action, sometimes pretty gruesome deathscenes, and the characters make it a worthwhile watch.
I give Brynhildr in the Darkness a 7 out of 10 score.