Astronomy in Gokukoku no Brynhildr

When I pored over the Neregate spring season chart and decided to at least try watching Gokukoku no Brynhildr, I was expecting a lot more astronomy than what we could have seen so far. Nevertheless, there is still enough night sky material for me to write up a short post.

1/ Ptolemy’s Constellations

Somewhere near the middle of the first episode, there is a close-up of the list of 48 constellations listed in Ptolemy’s Amalgest. What caught my eye right away was the singular in the title, the first tip off. Yes, the original Japanese TV releases had the list in English, using layman’s terms often derived from what the constellations represent and in some cases baffling names, like the Colt (for the Foal/Pony) or the Winged Horse (for Pegasus). A moment of confusion for those who are generally more accustomed to the Latin names.

(As always click the thumbnails for a better view and mouse over for captions.)


The “corrected” table, linked to the constellations’ respective Wikipedia pages for your convenience:

Ptolemy’s Constellations

Argo Navis Eridanus Cassiopeia Canis Minor Leo Perseus
Andromeda Taurus Cancer Equuleus Libra Aquarius
Sagittarius Canis Major Corvus Ursa Minor Cygnus Piscis Austrinus
Delphinus Lupus Corona Borealis Crater Gemini Corona Australis
Pisces Ursa Major Auriga Lyra Pegasus Sagitta
Lepus Virgo Cetus Ara Serpens Capricornus
Bootes Aries Cepheus Scorpius Ophiuchus Draco
Hydra Orion Centaurus Triangulum Hercules Aquila

2/ Zodiac

Another astronomy occurrence in the anime are these lovely chapter title cards with zodiac. What are they really called by the way? “Chapter title cards” sounds rather awkward.

These are the first four cards with the first four signs of the zodiac. As far as I know Gokukoku no Brynhildr is supposed to span 13 episodes, so naturally I wonder what will appear on the 13th card. Perhaps Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer?

3/ Summer Triangle

Incidentally I have also recently finished Seikimatsu Occult Academy. What a suprise, and a feeling of déjà vu, when I chanced upon the almost identical exclamations I had just seen in Gokukoku no Brynhildr!

The Summer Triangle seems to be one of the more notorious groups of stars. It’s made up of Vega, Deneb and Altair, three stars of similar brightness visible from spring to autumn (from the northern hemisphere).

Did I miss any starry scenes?

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