Black Rock Shooter (2012)

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Black Rock Shooter (2012)
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I'll keep fighting.
Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: Feb 3, 2012 - Mar 23, 2012
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 8

Black★Rock Shooter is a 2012 supernatural fantasy anime television series produced by studio, Ordet, and Sanzigen providing the computer animations. Originally gonna be a direct sequel and follow up to the Original Video Animation of the same name (which is in turn inspired by the song of the same name by the Japanese J-pop band Supercell), but was assumed to be reworked as a complete reboot.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is an improvement to the OVA, despite it's a new story rather than a continuation.
  2. Despite being assumed to be a complete reboot of the series, It does try the best to avoid the Magical Girl aspects because it had nothing to do with the series.
  3. It feels much like a fantasy isekai series but no one got reincarnated, just two worlds with their 2 counterparts
  4. Solid fan favorite voice acting, such as Hana Kanazawa as Mato Kuroi/Black Rock Shooter/Insane Black Rock Shooter, Miyuki Sawashiro as Yomi Takanashi, Eri Kitamura as Kagari Izuriha, Mamiko Noto as Saya Irino, Kana Asumi as Yu Kotari/ Strength and Manami Nakamura as Arata Kohata/one of the hooded figures.
  5. The characters have fair share of unique traits:
    • Black★Rock Shooter is a compelling character that does fit in this series since her name was in the title of the media franchise. She is also a lone fighter.
    • Dead Master is the master of the dead who controls it.
    • Black Gold Saw is the devil, who creates people.
    • Chariot is like a living doll who wants to "go away".
    • Strength is something much of a muscle.
    • Arata's other self and the hooded figures are lonely, yet fearful beings.
    • Insane Black Rock Shooter is an emotionless girl that cares no less than killing others similar Michael Myers from Halloween.
  6. Great action scenes.
  7. Yu Kotari's backstory was sad.
  8. Badass moments like Black Rock Shooter transforming her Rock Cannon into a gattling gun.
  9. It has a more manga-like feel.
  10. It has some imagination and originality which takes lessons from The Adventures Of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, A Monster Calls, and I Kill Giants.
  11. Insane Black Rock Shooter is very an awesome looking villainess with his armor design.
  12. A dark story that does differently to further avoid other dark magical girl series like Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  13. The series gives some imagination and creative things.
  14. The character designs are an improvement and are especially beautiful and nice to look at.
  15. It shows a take on pain and how it affects the victims in the real world.
  16. It's like Puella Magi Madoka Magica but without Kyubey, or Madoka.

Bad Qualities

  1. Consiting of 8 episodes can be unnessary which could have been 13 or 12 of them.
    • However, Black Gold Saw didnt have much swordfighting possibly due to time constraints.
  2. The story can be mixed and confusing, but can be poorly executed.
  3. Animation errors are still here.
  4. Some little of the plot holes and unanswered questions are still here:
    • How can other worlds exist?
    • How did both Black★Rock Shooter and otherworld's inhabitants were born?
    • And how did Saya Irino knew about otherworld and its inhabitants?


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