Bewildered by Brynhildr in the Darkness at Tokyo Anime Center

Brynhildr in the Darkness is a polarizing show. What starts out like your typical school harem show flies off the rails to land in some very dark places. Comedy turns to tragedy, tragedy to comedy, over and over again.

If this eclectic mix of kawaii and body horror tugged at your heart strings then you'll be happy to know that the Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabara is holding an exhibit of design materials, animation key frames and more!

It's always cool to see the genga key frames. They give you a better look at the linework before the digital ink and paint is applied. Notice how some sheets have a pair of big red rectangles? These tell the cinematographer to either zoom or pan the camera. A bit of camera movement can keep the scene animated even when the illustration is standing still!

Parasols for the obligatory beach episode, cyber visors and, uh, sentient alien slime, all in one show. As I said, Brynhildr goes all over the place. The juxtaposition of moe and gore are par for the course for Lynn Okamoto, author of the original manga and the likewise divisive Elfen Lied.

Speaking of the manga, one major criticism about the anime is its rushed ending but the manga is still running so the true finale hasn't even been written yet. If the anime got you hooked you have no choice but to read through the blood and brutality for some well deserved closure in the last chapter. 

Event dates: July 8th-July 21st
Address: 4-14-1 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Akihabara UDX Building 4F
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed Monday
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