Sometimes you just have to accept that what entertains you entertains you, and that’s where I am with Gokukoku no Brynhildr. I could spend all day theorizing on just how straight it’s trying to play it and what its intentions are, but in the end it really doesn’t matter – the show is a blast. Gloriously trashy, campier than Yosemite in July and without an ounce of shame. But that said, I’m pretty damn sure it knows exactly what it’s doing.
It’s pretty safe to assume that all bets are off at this point – there’s going to be an asspull for every contingency, and a hilarious justification for it. I expect a kind of Swiss army knife of plot contrivances, and the first big one this week is that Saori has the ability to turn back time (did they tell us that last week?). This is very handy after Kuroneko has just been cut in half, and Ryouta manages to sneak-attack and wound Saori badly enough (though is himself killed in the process) so that she has no choice but to engage the ability. The result is that none of the three are injured, and Saori hangs up from OD-ing on magic use.
That’s just the beginning, though. First of all, Ryouta’s memories are wiped – so he now has no idea that Kuroneko is now sporting oppai moles. Sadly for Saori she’s toast now – she’s failed in killing her prey, and she can’t accept Kuro’s offer to join them in escaping because she’s wearing a tracking beacon on her harnest. My favorite part of all this comes after she “melts” (d’aw) and a slimy green thing is revealed – and the clever Ryouta makes the leap to figuring out that while “harnest” is indeed wasei-eigo it doesn’t mean “harness”, but “her nest”. That’s so delicious I want to eat it for dinner.
The fun continues when Ryouta and Kuroneko arrive back at the observatory, having found only two boxes of death suppressants (possible side effects include: not dying). Kazumi is waiting for them, ready to claim her 50% of the bounty (she was kind enough to split her last pill with Kana, though). Kuroneko gives Ryouta two items that were “given to her when she escaped” (by who?) – a small tablet PC of some kind and a tube which Kuroneko claims a baby alien – or rather a “fertilized alien egg”. The matter-of-factness of this exchange (and indeed much of the series) really has to be seen to be believed.
A few days later Kazumi shows up again unannounced, teases Kana for a bit while waiting for the others, then announces that she’s going to be staying over for a while as her abandoned house is now too close to land being surveyed for the damn (foreshadowing?). The highlight, surely, is one of the most hilarious onsen scenes in recent anime. There’s no bath at the observatory of course but “there is a small local onsen close by – but it’s mixed.” Of course there is – and thank goodness! First Kazumi mercilessly c-t’s Ryouta, then gives him a close-up show of her full inventory – but says she’ll only charge him an “oppai fee” and throw in the rest for free. Finally, she’s tricked Kuroneko into coming along and leaves the two of them in the bath – and although Ryouta cops an involuntary feel, he doesn’t think to check for moles.
Naturally Kazumi (who turns out to be half-Austrian) transfers into the school. And she’s not the only one, either – Ichijikou (Touchi Hiroki) has bosses less than thrilled with the way he’s handled the escaping witches, and anxious that the “plan” should not be delayed. Fortunately for Ichijikou one of the escapees has returned looking for pills and ratted out the others, and after ejecting her he sends an even stronger attack dog after them – AA+ (the “+” stands for quality) witch Takatori Kotori (Tadokoro Azusa). Her place in the OP/ED seems to indicate she’s destined to switch sides before long, so look forward to more hijinks at the observatory.