Black Bullet

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Black Bullet

In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and was forced to live within a wall made of Baranuim monoliths, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the "Cursed Children" were discovered: children born infected with the Gastrea virus who possess superhuman abilities. Due to the Gastrea virus' intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the war, Rentaro Satomi, a high school student and Civil Security member, and his Initator Enju Aihara, receive a secret mission to prevent Tokyo's destruction.

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The Last Hope

Episode 1

The Last Hope

The Mask of Madness

Episode 2

The Mask of Madness

The Children of Fate

Episode 3

The Children of Fate

Black Bullet

Episode 4

Black Bullet

The Crimson Black Assassin

Episode 5

The Crimson Black Assassin

Tragic Irony

Episode 6

Tragic Irony

In the Still of the Moonlit Night, the Dawn Sky

Episode 7

In the Still of the Moonlit Night, the Dawn Sky

The Monument on the Border

Episode 8

The Monument on the Border

The Protectors of the Barrier

Episode 9

The Protectors of the Barrier

Tokyo Area Defensive Battle

Episode 10

Tokyo Area Defensive Battle

The Heart of Taurus, The Spear of Light

Episode 11

The Heart of Taurus, The Spear of Light

Crisis Point

Episode 12

Crisis Point

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ThatAnimeSnob
3

LIGHT NOVEL When I first encountered Black Bullet, I thought it was the adaptation of an action manga, so my expectations were not very low. But then I found out that the manga is just a different adaptation of the actual source material, which happens to be a light novel. That was enough to lower the bar a few thousand miles. HYPE Oh such joy, a story based on a light novel; what could possibly be worse? Why, pre-airing hype of course. There wasn’t nearly as much as there was for Mahouka, which aired along with it, but the ones who had something to say about it, described it as Attack On Titan (AOT for short) in the near future. Oh such joy; we are already comparing it to the most overrated title from the year before this one; what could possibly be worse? DICKRIDING The similarities don’t stop at the identical premise by the way; because if it did, it would be far closer to Blue Gender. But since that show is older than 2 years and thus almost nobody knows about it, let’s plagiarize as much as we can get away with, a recent overrated show everybody is dickriding, for the attention and not for the quality. And thus we get the same tune in the opening song, the same voice actor for the protagonist, and the same season it came out. PREMISE Let’s dig into the wonder that this anime is all about. First of all you are never given the impression that humanity is on the verge of extinction by huge bugs and that there is some sort of horror/survival going on in here. Nobody cares about it. In fact, we don’t even see the population having anything to say about the bugs, since the plot centers immediately on the protagonist trying to stop some masked dude who wants to destroy the world for some contrived reason. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Speaking of the protagonist, in his introduction, just minutes into the first episode, we get one of the most retarded one-liners ever: “If you don’t want to die, survive Rentaro.” Yeah, and if you don’t want to be hungry, eat Rentaro. Turns out it was a very bad fansub translation but whatever; it was more than enough for the cracks to start appearing. Because immediately after that we get a time skip, which automatically means shit happened out of screen and all character progression jumped over the cliff to its doom. TIME SKIP And no, they didn’t use a time skip so they can remove all the boring parts. They skipped all the superpowers the protagonist got in that time period, just so they can fool the audience to think he is a normal teenager, everybody can identify with. Which is a very common trick light novels, and badly written stories in general, are using. The try to make you think the protagonist is an average person like yourself. He is not that strong and tries his best to climb the lower steps of the power level hierarchy. Who wouldn’t identify with such a normal person? And then they gradually keep revealing super amazing skills only he was possessing since the beginning to make the audience think he is amazing for being a Jesus figure they are already rooting for as an otherwise normal person. MOOD SWINGS As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, the story is written to be as inconsistent as possible. Suffering from the same syndrome most modern anime do, it thinks it is great to be dark and violent on one moment, followed by being light and comical in the immediate next moment. Because modern anime fans have such awful tastes that actually believe having people screaming in horror as they are butchered to pieces, at the same time as having naked little girls who want to have sex with the protagonist, is depth and maturity. As if investing time to make something only sad or only happy for more than five minutes will make the otakus to switch the damn channel. I mean, who give a shit about atmosphere or characterization anymore? Modern anime are all about naked little girls and senseless gore. APATHY The funny part is how there were a lot of people defending this bullshit while the show was airing. They were saying that if you live in a world where giant monsters attack daily and kill people, everybody will be considering that to be normal. This is why running to buy beans in discount right after you witness a guy killing your friends and almost yourself, is completely normal to them. It even makes it easier to explore the setting this way, since the characters will be reacting to everything in an apathetic way. Dear retarded defenders of this logic, hear me out. IF THE CHARACTERS DON’T CARE, NEITHER DO THE VIEWERS CARE. RUSHED PACING And this is not simply the result of this piece of crap anime being based on light novels, where shit happens and everybody forgets about it after five minutes. It’s also because the anime rushes to adapt multiple chapters per episode, to the point the pacing is ridiculously fast. Everything happens in seconds and we then move to the next thing with no downtime between events. BAD WRITING And don’t assume the anime would be fine if it had proper pacing, since the script is random bullshit. Especially the whole theme about the lolis being mistreated by evil adults because they have superpowers. Man, the people of this world are so retarded; they know the only thing that can kill the monsters comes from those girls, and yet they kick away their only chance for survival, without ever explaining why. This is not a cotton plantation in southern America, ok? The girls are not after your jobs and you don’t hate them because their skin has a different color. They are the only thing that keeps you alive. Hell, they are strong enough to kill you all at the age of ten. So why are you being such assholes for no reason? Talk about cartoony villains. DEVIANCE As you can probably guess, the only reason this stupid thing happens, is for victimizing the girls, and making the protagonist seem like a Good Samaritan, for being one of the few people who is NOT a stupid adult with a death wish. He loves these lolis and does his best to make a pedophile’s paradise out of them. And the show promotes that as funny instead of cringe worthy. Dammit Japan, if it’s not incest, it’s going to be pedophilia; it just has to be one or the other, doesn’t it? MEANINGLESS ELEMENTS So, anyways, he is a teenager and he goes to a Japanese high school. Why is there a high school in a post apocalyptic setting? Because light novel writers are incapable to write a story without one. Is he at least learning martial arts or something useful for surviving in that place? Nope, the school exists for no reason at all. And the person who gives him jobs to go around killing monsters while making sure not to be late for school every morning is a school girl with huge bouncing boobs who of course and is in love with him for no reason other than light novels. So, when he is not killing monsters or going to a school where he learns and does nothing, our heroic protagonist spends his time home, where he has endless excuses for hentai doujins to be made, since he is constantly being sexually assaulted by either horny little girls, or big breasted high school girls. PASSIVE PROTAGONIST By the way, do you know what his objective in the story is? He has none! He is just following orders by the very retarded adults who want to be exterminated, thus is in effect a boring public servant with no vision or goals in life. And the story is so badly written that he never explains why he doesn’t just join the masked dude and kill all those racist idiots. This way he can create a just nation of super lolis with him as the emperor. He is strong enough to do that, he obviously fights for justice, and really likes those super lolis, SO WHY DOESN’T HE DO IT? No reason given. Why is this guy even the protagonist? LOLI SIDEKICK His super loli on the other hand is a far better character. Cute, powerful, has a tragic life, and is even willing to be naked all the time and have sex with you just to show you her affection. Who wouldn’t like that? By the way, she is ten. But love knows no boundaries, right? Anyways, whatever drama they were trying to build around her being mistreated for being special is magically resolved after a few minutes, so all interest you could have about her as a character instead of a jailbait evaporates fast. VILLAIN The only other character who is barely worth to mention is the masked evil dude, and only because he was OP for 3 episodes. Seriously, this guy could brush off any fighter in the show and keep going on his quest to destroy the world because… err, discrimination shit and because he was made to destroy stuff. Yeah, not even his motives make any sense. But hey, he was awesome as a cartoony villain and it’s complete bullshit how he got defeated the fourth time he fought the protagonist. That’s right, the fourth. He had the chance to kill him three times in a row and didn’t because the script said so. He killed everybody else who stood in his way, but not our hero who is protected by the plot armor of bullshit. ASSPULLS And the way he got defeated was one of the biggest asspulls in history. The protagonist reveals out of nowhere that he was a cyborg or some shit, and kicks the crap out of him. Not only it was completely anti-climactic, it also made it seem like Rentaro was all-powerful since the very beginning and yet didn’t use his skills to trash the masked dude since episode one. By not doing so, hundreds of people were killed, and the city was almost destroyed. And of course his booby supervisor didn’t bother to tell anyone about it all this time. She just allowed hundreds of innocent people to go after their undeserved deaths. AUTISM And of course, nobody bothered to accuse the hero for doing such a horrible thing, which led to the easily avoidable loss of half their military defenses against the bugs. But it’s ok, since they also didn’t reward Rentaro for saving the city. Seriously, the next episode begins and everybody acts like there never was a masked dude or they were a step away from annihilation. Why is everybody ignoring this walking atomic bomb? Why is he going to a school where he does nothing, instead of being the elite protector of the city? Oh light novels, you are all so atrocious, and you come out by the dozens every season. RETARDED DRAMA Special mention to how despite all that bullshit, the author is still constantly trying to present Rentaro as some tragic figure who is insecure and afraid he is not capable enough. There is a scene where he is about to shoot a huge monster that is about to destroy the city. He is a proficient gunner, he has a clear shot, nobody is trying to throw his aiming off, and yet out of nowhere he is acting scared and doubts his overpowered skills. With him having shown no weaknesses, and with no time invested on his fears so far, that scene was trying to create drama out of nothing and came off as completely retarded. EXPOSITION Believe it or not, all this time I didn’t even mention the worst problem this show has, that completely eclipses all the other issues, and that is its terrible exposition. Everything is told, nothing is shown. And by everything, I mean even the most fundamental information is thrown at our faces. Everybody talks in a completely fake way, telling us things that normally would never be mentioned. A simple scene would play out like this: “Hello woman of the organization that gave me the bullets. What are you doing in my apartment, on the fourth floor, during the afternoon? You want me to cook you some fried fish because you are hungry? Ok, sit next to that sofa that was given to me by my uncle. In the meantime I will start cooking. Look, I am cooking. I cook the fish. See? Fish.” IN CONCLUSION Plain ridiculous. Black Bullet is a very good example of everything that could go wrong, goes wrong. There is nothing to like in it, unless you are not thinking while you are watching, and all you care for is to laugh at the harem lead trying to run away from horny naked ten year olds who want to have sex with him, before he pulls a magic trinket out of his ass and saves the day. Light novels in a nutshell.

Altair3140
7.7

Black Bullet is a bunch of things, it has action, sci-fi, spooky monsters, superpowers, and lolis. Wow, that's, uh... something for everyone? What? Black Bullet is a show that some people will love, and others will hate. Yup, this anime's review scores are never in the 4-9 range, it's either 3/10 or 10/10. Come on guys learn a little something called BALANCE! Since this was my second anime ever, I love it, but I know it isn't that good. Like most 8-15 episode anime, Black Bullet wanted to be everything when it simply didn't have the time and courage to do so. However, this show stays very interesting. Is it good, let's find out. (Though you probably already read the review score, so...) STORY Basically this richly poor guy in a suit (I wonder why you have no money?) lives in a world with these parasites that turns people into monsters, insect monsters, that are yellow. (It's funny because there's no bees) And his town, obviously Tokyo, is partially destroyed and has walls around the city (This is unoriginal, but that's none of my business) of an inexistant element named Varium, which kills/harms these monsters. However, women with the parasite and give birth to children, actually give birth to "Cursed Children," which have superpowers and are always horny as fuck, but require an injection everyday because they'll turn into your least favorite household pest...  I'm not going on because it'll take forever. Anyway, this show does some crazy stuff when it comes to it's ideas. It steals plot elements from giants like Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, and obviously Parasyte: The Maxim, but keeps a partially interesting story. This show keeps adding on and adding on, like PLEASE! It just needs to slow down. My most despised problem with stories are the ones with sequences of events. All stories have them, but when the only thing that the story does is be a sequence of events, there isn't any point. Black Bullet is, unfortunately, just a sequence of events. It all starts, and a bunch of stuff happens and before you know it, it's over without a resolution to end itself with. The story isn't absolute shit, but it easily makes the anime fall apart in some aspects. Another big issue is that it's rushed. More rushed than a Paranormal Activity movie, like seriously at least attempt to take your time to polish some characters, make you care for them, etc. Hell, there was a point where some guy was all like "This battle will be a very long, hard one!" (*horny snicker*) and 2 minutes later the battle ends. Oh well, at least it didn't slow down too much, like the Cleaning Levi part of Attack on Titan. (Seriously I hate like the entire middle of Attack on Titan) Just to get this out, I know many anime do this, but I hate it when people say the names of their power before/as they're using it, it's here because Black Bullet frequently does this. Has all the dumb "Super Mega Ultra Alpha Omega Orange Black-New Home Depot Tsundere Running-and-Crying Weaboo Tairy Fail Fire Pepper Boner-Power Reviewer is a Shameful Virgin I-I-I mean Version 420!!!" Actually, whoever came up with the original idea for saying their power's name is ridiculously stupid. Would you rob a bank shouting "GUN!" and shooting people? So, what did the story do good on? The premise was interesting, and it holds up, kind of... I believe that the second half was really intense, too. Oh, and it has probably some of the best cliffhangers I've seen in many anime. The story itself can be shocking, too. However, I can't say a word because I hate seeing little girls dying. I am not a lolicon, guys like seriously. Black Bullet has a relatively interesting premise, but falls short of greatness when it came to flow and pacing of the anime itself. ANIMATION So, I have this line of animation quality, and few anime stick on this line, usually on one side or the other. One side has ugly, ugly animation, that no one will watch for being ugly, and the other looks beautiful, wasting their budget on all that and having no story, aka Ufotable - Unlimited Budget Works. (However, Fate/whatever is pretty well acclaimed, so...) Luckily for Black Bullet, it's on this line. The animation isn't average, It's great, and it balances out the other components. (kind of) Everything just works out to the point where the animation actually assists the other components with the performance of it's visuals. Similar to many anime, Black Bullet also shifts art styles when it isn't serious. There isn't much to say about the animation, though... It just, does it's job... SOUND I love the soundtrack of Black Bullet. It's a perfect mix of EDM, classical, etc. Kind of like what Parasyte tried to do, but instead did dubstep and people kind of laughed. (Parasyte's OST is still awesome, though) In fact, I listen to this anime's soundtrack while playing CSGO, it makes be do better, footsteps do nothing for me. (Still has a KD ratio of 0.86, :_:) Black Bullet's soundtrack fits like a glove, since the show is Sci-Fi, which demands electric music. It's great. Unfortunately, like many short shows, it has a habit of repeating songs, especially my CSGO songs; "Crisis Point: Ascension" or "Crisis Point: Descension." I think they're the only fight songs, they probably ran out of ideas. Black Bullet's soundtrack is very powerful, though. CHARACTERS The characters are a very mixed bag. The main characters are badass, the main villain(s) are more badass. The rest... who cares? First, we have Rentaro Satomi, the poor guy in a suit with a rich-people gun. (Get your priorities straight, sell your suit?) He's a very interesting character, but he seems like a copy-paste harem character, the asexual one that always gets into uncomfortably NSFW positions. Then you have Enju, which is the first loli of the series, who also gets in to uncomfortable NSFW positions, like all the time. Many characters get introduced, such as Tina, Kisara, and Fuse, but a bit later in the series. Villain characters are a strong point of the series. Then we have your villains, including Kagetane, also known as the badass version of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon, which has awesome powers and stuff. However, there are only two full villains, Kagetane and his partner Kohina, pictured above. The characters develop throughout the series, albeit very subtle. Villains in Black Bullet are stronger because there are way less, and they develop way more throughout the series; you learn more about them in direct fashion. However, comparing to Shiki, the epidemic is not shown to it's full extent; in Shiki, the world around the main characters would slowly rot and decay, less people roaming, more rumors being spread, paranoia, etc. In Black Bullet, everything stays relatively the same throughout, no changes, etc. It's a small detail, but it would've been amazing if they actually rendered the effect of the parasite, since it's given little focus in the story anyway. The characters stay static for the most part, no one totally loses there mental being, and everyone's happy.  Black Bullet has strong characters, but weak side characters and little movement between said side characters. VERDICT Black Bullet could be a hit-or-miss for many. I loved it very much, but I tried (tried being key) to keep this unbiased. If you want a fun Sci-Fi that isn't very original and an amazing soundtrack, go right ahead. What Black Bullet isn't is a seriously amazing sci-fi anime like Fullmetal Alchemist or Psycho-Pass, so don't expect anything to that extent. Black Bullet earns a 7.7/10  

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