Black Bullet premiered on 8th April, 2014. This is a post-apocalyptic (maybe even during the apocalypse in a way) anime TV series which focus on the survival of humanity and the way it evolved just for this goal.
Many clashes, ruthless battles and a lot of fun is what follows after a devastating attack from a different species.
The original story comes from an ongoing light novel series by author Shiden Kanzaki and illustrator Saki Ukai. Story? This is in fact one of the very surprisingly good things about this show. Even though the source material is not over, the team managed to finish the adaptation quite nicely, leaving a possibility for the show to continue at one point. (Soul Eater, Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, D.Gray-man and many more will need to sob in the corner now.)
Graphics and music in the show are somewhat mediocre and the digitally drawn monsters sometimes get in the way of enjoyment. Nonetheless, there are many things I liked about it, which is something strange as the show was basically nothing too great.
See what I mean:
The world was attacked by Gastrea – a parasite-type virus which infected the whole Earth. Due to this virus, children infected with it started being born. Unlike with males, however, girls lived and also became superhuman. Humanity outcasted them and named them the Cursed Children.
These young girls work for the Civil Security organisation as Initiators. Their partners in fighting the Gastrea-infested world are humans, mostly grown-up males, who are called Promoters.
We see how the young Enju meets her Promoter – Rentarou and how they manage to battle against the worst enemy our planet has met.
I was very interested to see how the show will manage to express the emotions and the dreadful reality that each young girl has fallen into. Well, they did it well. For all the fans of boobies, tight skirts and heavyweight thighs: this is not the type of show you will like.
The worst part (best for the lovers of the genre) in the story, the one where nothing seems quite adequate is when they try to pull-out a rabbit out of their hat and do a semi-stable loli-harem for the young promoter.
Apart from the two main characters, we are able to see from the point of view of even the most unimportant of the others. We even manage to know the lives of a dozen young students who appeared for roughly seven minutes int he whole season.
The two most interesting side-stories for me were the background of the woman behind Enjou and Rentarou’s home organisation – Kisara Tendou.
Her life seems to be in no better state than the ones of the Gastrea girls. Nonetheless, she combines regular dialysis hospital hours with managing the Tendou Civil Security. On top of this, we know that she is at least at the level of a Promoter and can handle an Initiate without a problem. Sadly for me, the story of how she became the president of the Civil Security organisation and her family background were not expanded enough for me.
The second secondary story I enjoyed was the constant appearance of Kagetane Hiruko. Yes, he’s that character with the mask, the hidden identity and the similarities to a certain Tuxedo Mask. Kagetane first appears against the main duo and flattens them out. He’s ruthless, charming and at the same time incognito. His own story is anime-worthy.
The drama was revealed bit-by-bit and the suffering even had its own peak in the story. Let me tell you that such a straight-line plotline is what I have been looking for a long time. If you like to have an easy night-out with a recent show, I will tell you to watch Black Bullet.
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