Well that was… It was a thing. I’ve never seen the OVA or the Miku videos or listened to the song or whatever, so this first impressions will reflect that. I’ve got an unusually large amount to say, so let’s skip the wit and get on with it.
I’m going to be completely honest and say I wasn’t expect much from this series at all. First off, I’m not the world’s biggest Miku fan and since BRS is basically “What if Miku had a giant cannon arm” (to my knowledge), I didn’t see myself paying too much attention. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong.
The overall quality’s pretty nice. Everyone looks pretty normal (except Kagari, who I’ll get to in a moment). I’m not the biggest fan of Kuroi’s design, though. She looks… Well, she looks all kinds of dopey. I mean, it fits her, but I just don’t care for it. Also, Yuu reminds me of Hibiki from Symphogear, which makes me happy. Speaking of Symphogear, the humor (at least between Kuroi and Yuu) in BRS is pretty much like in the aforementioned series. It’s got that sort of awkward, dopey character and a more ‘straight man’ one. It’s like manzai, except Kuroi’s not a complete idiot!
So… That’s the real world. But what about that weird, alternate dimension that answers the question “What if Evangelion’s trippier moments and Symphogear had a horrifying baby?” I gotta say, that’s probably the highlight of the episode right there. All the weird, out-of-place, acid trip stuff going on makes it absolutely fascinating. Not entirely sure what the meaning of the place is or why it exists, but… Well, hey, I like surprises. Also, it’s filled with giant doll corpses and (surprisingly good) CG machines that rival Masakaki from [C] in terms of creepiness and unnaturalness.
So, I said I’d get to Kagari, right? Might as well tackle that (and other speculation) now. First, I’m totally calling Kagari as the creator of that weird, bizarre otherworld. If not the creator, then at least the one calling the shots in that place. I mean, she completely took down what I’m assuming to be Kuroi’s otherworld self without so much as breaking a sweat. Oh, and it makes perfect sense. In the real world, she seems to be sickly and weak. I mean… If I had some weird otherworld to go to, I’d totally be as badass as possible in there. Also, I fully expect Yomi to become horribly injured or die or something. Something to get Kuroi… uh… doing whatever it is one does in the otherworld. Mentor the main character, then either lose your powers or die or something. It just seems perfect for her. Again, I could be totally wrong because I’ve never seen anything BRS-related before, so hey.
Despite all the good stuff I’ve said about the series, it’s still very much Miku. The ending theme? Miku (or something that sounds incredibly similar). The opening theme? Probably gonna be Miku. Insert songs, assuming the series will have them? I’ll eat my hat if it’s not Miku. So… yeah. Don’t expect me to talk too much about the music unless something is either really good or not Miku.
Anyhoo, that’s it for me. Decided to adopt a new schedule (because you fine folks deserve it). Sunday’s my day off, so I’ll be back Monday with some more cool stuff. If you like what you see here, then please feel free to hit the subscribe button on the side or get in touch with me using the information on the contact page. A special thanks goes out to r/anime for bringing huge discussion into yesterday’s Outlaw Star retrospective. If you haven’t stopped over there, go do so right now. As always, thanks for the support and have a good’un.
Edit: My apologies for sounding a bit… let’s just say stupid… in this post. A lot of my information was wrong, as I decided to go in completely blind (which means without research outside of knowing that BRS was a thing). I’d like to thank everyone in the comments and on reddit for correcting me on what I screwed up. I hope this screw-up hasn’t lessened anyone’s enjoyment of the posts here too much.