Category Archives: Anime

Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 5

“Astronomical Observation“ The view from Igirisu: The mood whiplash that we are starting to expect from Brynhildr in the Darkness plays out this episode in the opposite direction to last week, with the episode starting on a more light-hearted note … Continue reading

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Penguin Highway

What connects penguins that are appearing in a Japanese town, and seem to be manifested out of random objects by a mysterious beautiful lady, and a strange sphere of liquid floating in mid air? That’s the question facing young boy … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 4

“Lost Memories“ The view from Igirisu: “Turn back time now, or you’re gonna die.” We are moving swiftly towards a harem anime here, and they are not generally known for featuring main characters with a lot of personality, but one … Continue reading

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New Game!!

New Game! gains a second exclamation mark for the second season, but that doesn’t really indicate that it is more amazing or zany or exciting or anything like that. This is very much more of the same, but that’s fine, … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3

“Death Suppressants“ The view from Igirisu: Near the start of this episode, Neko turns up at school covered in bandages and says, “it’s just a cold.” It’s a welcome moment of humour in an otherwise depressing episode but there is … Continue reading

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Scum’s Wish

I nicknamed this anime “Misery and Tongues”, and anyone who has seen it will know exactly what I mean by that. To deal with the misery bit first, it’s a series that focuses on unrequited love, and how physical attraction … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 2

“Witch” The view from Igirisu: Bit by bit we’re learning more about what’s going on here. We find out that Neko was held captive in a laboratory for ten years, before she escaped. We also find out that she only … Continue reading

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New Game!

I have mentioned the Bechdel test a few times on this blog, a measure of the representation of female characters in fiction, film or television. There does of course exist the concept of the Reverse Bechdel test, which asks whether … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 1

“While I Wait for You” The view from Igirisu: For anyone who has finished watching Elfen Lied and enjoyed it, there is one obvious place to look for your next anime series: Brynhildr in the Darkness. Seven years after Elfen … Continue reading

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Mikagura School Suite

Eruna Ichinomiya makes her decision about which school to attend based on a picture of a hot girl in a brochure. I’m sure at her age I would have considered that a perfectly valid way to make life choices. So … Continue reading

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