Thursday, July 10, 2014

Anime Review: Black Bullet

Are you interested in something with a little bit of gore, a little bit of comedy and a little bit emotional set up, then Black Bullet is the anime for you. 

 The anime is set in the year 2021 were mankind has been brought the blink of extinction by a parasitic virus call Gastrea and are force to live within Varanium made monolith walls. The material Varanium has a natural property which subdue the virus and is often use as a weapon against the Gastrea. Children who were born with the Gastrea virus obtain superhuman abilities and are dubbed "Cursed Children". 10 years after the epidemic, Civil Securities are formed to specialize in fighting against Gastrea. These Securities groups operate in pairs with an initiator (Cursed Children) and Promoter (human). The anime follows the story of Satomi Rentarou, a highschool student who also work as a Promoter along with his initiator, Aihara Enju as they battle to protect the Tokyo Area from the Gastrea virus.
Satomi Rentarou as seen in opening

Aihara Enju as seen in the opening

While the anime is only 13 episodes long and views may view it was rushed in some areas, the anime does a pretty good job in covering all the major conflicts which Rentarou and Enju faces. There are also a few "Ahhh" moments as more information are released to the views as the anime progresses. The fight scenes are very well done and are often tension grabbing as many scenes often leads to an unexpected ended to the situation. The anime itself also provides a very balance mix of comedy and tragedy. I do personally found myself crying a lot more then I am laughing to be honest, but that's probably due to me being attached to the character. The anime did a very good job at helping the views feel attach and care for the characters as they move along in the series, and often times you will find yourself asking why did this character have to die. The villain's in the anime is also very notable and it will make you dislike that character as they move onward in the anime. 

Tendo Kisara as seen in the opening

Hiruko Kagetana and his initiator as seen in the opening. 

The anime opening song is sang by the very popular band Fripside and it suits very well with this anime. However, one major let down is that this anime is only 13 episode's long and it could easily be made into a 26 episode anime. Because of the short length, there are many questions which are left unanswered and leaving the viewers saying "I want more". However, if there is a second season, it would be much appreciated.  Overall, the anime has very well done character development and with a plot line which lets you get very personal and attach with the characters, epic fight scenes and many very emotional or funny moments to look forward to. Black Bullet is definitely an anime that all otaku should give a try.
Angie Anime Score: 8/10 - Must Watch

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