On February third the first episode of Black Rock Shooter is set to air on Fuji Tv’s noitaminA. Black Rock Shooter is the first franchise to come out of the brand new studio Ordet, found by Yutaka Yamamoto. A 50-minute OVA of Black Rock Shooter, came out in 2010, and is based of a music video by the Japanese artist Supercell. Today I will be writing a quick synopsis and some thoughts on Black Rock Shooter, in preparation for the new series.
Mato Kuroi, our protagonist, makes friends with a girl named Yomi Takanashi. Mato quickly joins the basketball club, which incites Yomi to join the volleyball club since both clubs practice at the same time in their school’s gymnasium. They quickly become best friends and spend the whole year together. Mato gives Yomi a cell phone charm as a token of their friendship. Their friendship stays strong but in their second year of junior high, they end up in different classes, reducing the amount of time they can spend together. Yomi becomes jealous of Mato hanging out with her basketball team. She is especially jealous of a girl named Yuu. One day Yomi disappears, and stops showing up to school. Mato becomes very depressed and tries to find her friend. One day, Mato receives a blank text message from Yomi and goes to her favorite spot in town where she finds the phone charm she had given Yomi. The charm starts to glow and transports her to a strange world where she meets a mysterious girl-spirit named Black Rock Shooter. She has a blazing blue eye and carries a cannon. As Mato tries to find Yomi she merges with Black Rock Shooter. She finds Yomi who has been possessed by and evil being called Dead Master. After some fighting Mato is able to save Yomi. They return to their normal lives but then Yuu starts to act strange.
I will start off my saying the OVA was great and this show has tons of potential as a series. You learn nothing about the alternate world part of the OVA takes place in. Black Rock Shooter made me really interested in what this world really is. Also it ended with Yuu starting to act strange, which will be the plot of the 8 episode series.
The animation is very interesting. In the “real world” the animation is fairly basic but the alternate world is crazy. It really reminds me of the witch worlds in Modoka Magica. The backgrounds are also very detailed. I found the character designs to be very unique. I love how both Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master look, and they have such interesting choices in weapons: rapid-fire cannon and a scythe.
Mato is a fairly strong protagonist who cares for her friends deeply. I can see her going to all lengths to save her friends. Yomi and Yuu are both the jealous type. From what it seems they both want Mato as their own best friend which leads to conflict.
I thought how the OVA was set up is worth mentioning. Black Rock Shooter kept skipping between the events that took place in the modern world and those that took place within the magical one. This type of setup is what made the show original and caused it not to be boring because the typical commonplace slice of life is broken up with scenes of action.
The OVA left a lot of questions left unanswered. We really know nothing about this mysteries new world, and what Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master really are. I have high hopes for this anime franchise and I can’t wait to review it every week.
Thank You for reading.
Sincerely Yours Xana