Gokukoku no Brynhildr has been a trip. I’ve been unsure if it’s been a good trip or a bad trip since episode 1; though, I think I’m slowly deciding it’s been a good trip even with the anime trying to sabotage itself.
For those that aren’t watching Gokukoku no Brynhildr, this anime is about a group of high school girls who happen to be alien hybrids with superpowers and the efforts of the main character, a normal human high school boy, to protect them once they escaped from the secret lab that created them. The lab, being very smart people, created a fail-safe to deal with any girl that would become a danger to the lab. If these super-powered female alien hybrids can find a way to circumvent the fail-safe – which, when it activates, turns the girl into a pile of goo – it is possible to run away from the lab. (At least until the other fail-safe kicks in.)
At the end of episode 9, our band of scrappy heroes have just about turned an agent of the lab sent to retrieve them but the episode ends before showing if our heroes can disconnect this agent’s fail-safe. I’m pretty sure they were expecting this to be a cliffhanger ending to ensure we all would tune back in next week for episode 10; where, they’d tease us for as long as possible to ramp the tension up over will she get turned into a pile of goo or not.
The problem with this is the opening and closing songs have featured a set cast of characters from episode 1, including characters we’d only meet later on, and this girl wasn’t there. This told me she wasn’t going to make it and guess what? She didn’t make it. So, instead of being emotionally vested in if she was going to live or not, I spent the time tapping my foot waiting for the show to get going again and stop wasting it’s time.
I’ve seen this happen before and I always wonder if the animators do this accidentally or do they think the viewers are not smart enough to catch it. I’d really like to know.
What would actually have been rather cool is if they’d’ve stuck her in the opening and closing like she was going to be the next haremette to join the main character’s harem of female alien hybrids only to kill her in episode 10. That would have shocked me good and I’d instead be writing here about how smart and awesome the animators of Gokukoku no Brynhildr were to have tricked the viewers like that. (Though, I’d still complain about them ditching the best opening of the spring season after nine episodes for a lesser song.)
Oh well, that’s why Arms animation studio isn’t among the top tier anime companies.