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Black Rock Shooter TV

Studio : Ordet

Length : 8 Episodes

Year : 2012

Genre : Action - Drama - Fantasy

Synopsis :
In a certain world, Black Rock Shooter is fighting a fierce battle. In another world, Mato Kuroi is living a normal life. That is, until she meets Yomi Takanashi. At first, Yomi seems like an ordinary girl, however, once Kuroi manages to befriend Yomi she is introduced to Yomi's overprotective friend Kagari. As a result the three must struggle to find a solution that can satisfy them all. In addition, it seems that Mato Kuroi and Black Rock Shooter are somehow related...

Added : 2011-10-29
Synopsis by : MusicalAnime42
Last update : 2012-08-26
Last update details : Modifyinfo
Score : 8
Number of reviews : 2

Link(s) :

Official #1 : NICONICO Black Rock Shooter Website (Japanese)
Official #2 : noitaminA Black Rock Shooter Website (English)
Official #3 : noitaminA Black Rock Shooter Website (Japanese)

A-Source #1 : Black Rock Shooter OVA

Song(s) :

OP1 : Supercell feat. Hatsune Miku - Burakku Rokku Shuuta / Black Rock Shooter

ED1 : Supercell - Bokura no Ashiato / Our Footprints

Release(s) :

2013-02-22 -- Episode(s) 1-8 by TsUNDeRe. BT Link
2012-08-30 -- Episode(s) 1-8 by Final8. BT Link
2012-08-30 -- Episode(s) 1-8 by Final8. BT Link

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Posted by : du5k
Posted on : 2012-04-26        

Since the creation of Black Rock Shooter (character), I feel there's very little more to it other than the character design. I feel that it's never really about the song; Black Rock Shooter (song) might be one of the earliest tracks that propel Hatsune Miku to fame, but I feel that it's one of the weaker tracks in Ryo's first album. I'm betting that it's really huke's rendition of the character that gave it the kind of popularity it receives, and well, I even own a couple of Black Rock Shooter figurines myself. Still, no one could really say what kind of universe BRS belongs in, and even the game had a vastly different setting than that of the anime. So, in all fairness, the anime version of the BRS world is probably unique to that of the writer, and not exactly the correct one.

So... while the OVA really failed to impress, the TV series won me over in the end. It didn't seem like it, but the concept used in the OVA worked out pretty well to portray what kind of character the writer wants BRS and the other "avatars" to be. It seemed ridiculous that middle schoolers' problems would cause this much pain, but I bet in our younger days this is exactly how we thought it felt like. All that violence turns out to be an excellent way to translate the angst in the girls' minds, and seeing Mato resolving a conflict in tandem with Black Rock Shooter winning a battle makes things really interesting.

The story itself is nothing to write home about, but it does work well with the rather low episode count and serves to bring out the concept brilliantly. Aside from the supernatural elements in the end, the girls' problems are nothing too different from that of reality, but it sells the BRS characters well with a bit of exaggeration. Personally, I thought it would have worked out really well as a movie with a bit of trimming; the story is short and simple enough, yet there was never really a boring moment; it seems like the premises gave an excellent excuse to merge gruesome action with dramatic real life problems, and we're about to enjoy both without really feeling the disconnection between the two contrasting genres.

I wasn't too positive about Yamakan's new studio Ordet or his involvement in the anime, but the production values also surprises me. The action with all the use of CG turns out to be really good, compared to most of the action series out there. They didn't disappoint with the character designs either; BRS still looks as cool as ever, and it look even more so awesome animated. I didn't know what they did with the opening song Black Rock Shooter because it sounded way different from the original, but at least it's something I wanted them to use for the anime. The only thing that I was a little disappointed with is that they didn't manage to cast Saki Fujita (VA of Hatsune Miku) as BRS.

I hope I didn't fail to highlight how gruesome the action is. It's lucky that the girls were pretty much mute; if they were to start screaming in pain, this would have been a horror show.

All in all, I really enjoyed it. Enough to make me look forward to what the next project of Ordet would be.

Plot/Concept: Excellent!
Story Style: Good
Audio/Visual: Great!
Value: 8

Posted by : illu
Posted on : 2012-03-23        

Storyline: A girl named Mato meets a girl at school named Yomi and they grow to have an interesting relationship together as they both contrast each other and are different in a lot of ways. Meanwhile without their knowledge when emotions run high and tension grows around these two, in another world "Fighters" that represent these girls take on these girls pain and fight eachother thus giving us what becomes the basis of the story "Black Rock Shooter".

Animation: The animation for this was well done and detailed where it needed to be. The CGI fit in very well especially with the colours blended in with it, it served as good eye candy and complemented the surroundings of the "Other World". The action sequences were really intense and really got me sucked in to this series with the big weapons they used and just the whole concept as random as it may have seemed I loved it!

Music: The music for this anime was blended very well I thought. Complemented every scene and was definitely enough for me to get right in the zone with what was going on which is obviously always good!

Character Development: I honestly think everyone in this series had a fair amount of development over a short period of time which is needed in this type of series. Mato was clearly the main focus along with Yomi at the beginning and the others more so near the end. With Mato never seeming like she was affected by anything and Yomi holding in all her emotions it made for a unique story with the "Fighters" in the "Other World" taking all their pain.

Overall: Although I think alot of people would think this anime is random I thought it was actually really unique and well put together. They definitely improved from the ova which got me excited when I saw all the changes they made that were necessary. I also think you have to have to be an action junkie with an open mind to really appreciate this anime but overall this series was beautiful!

Score: I give this anime an 8/10. This anime definitely hit home for me!

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