Synonyms: BRS (TV)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 23, 2012
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.221 (scored by 62438 users)
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SynopsisIt isn't the world you know. There wanders a girl with jet-black hair, ebony clothes, and a strikingly blue, glowing eye. Her name is Black★Rock Shooter. With a huge cannon in hand, she throws herself into a fierce battle...
Meanwhile, in another world, middle-school student Mato Kuroi is drawn to Yomi Takanashi, her classmate with an unusual family name. Mato does her best to talk to Yomi, who just won't open up. Yu Koutari mocks her best friend Mato's efforts but at the same time, supports her. Mato also finds herself surrounded by other colorful characters at school, like the eccentric school counselor, Saya Irino, and the hot-blooded captain of her club club, Arata Kohata.
Then, one day, the window of opportunity opens. After Mato sees that Yomi has her favorite picture book, "Li'l Birds At Play", they strike up a conversation and Mato is invited to come over to Yomi's house. There, they gradually break the ice, until a girl in a wheelchair appears. This is Yomi's best friend, Kagari Izuriha...
Two worlds. Mato and Black★Rock Shooter. This is the story of their "pain".
(Source: Nico Nico Douga)
Related AnimeAlternative version: Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)
Prequel: Black★Rock Shooter
Characters & Voice Actors
The story concept fascinated me till the last second of the anime. It is an original idea, which could be better transformed into the anime.
I watched many animes before Black★Rock Shooter and I wasn't fascinated, when I saw this one. The anime fuses two "drawing" styles. On the one hand we have "normal" anime style, like we have it in almost every anime, but not to much details, on the other hand the anime also uses animations. If the anime would only use "normal" anime style, the score would be higher.
Long story short, the sound is good. I liked the opening very much, and the ending wasn't so bad. In some scenes, the sound could be more dramatic, happier and so on, but all in all it was good, but not outstanding.
Black★Rock Shooter left character development behind. Most of the characters haven't got a history, and such sort of things. But as the anime goes on, the characters go through some changes, so there is at least some character development. But if you leave this topic behind, and only look at the character's appearance, behavior, their environment,... I must say, it is really nice done. Every character has his own problems, and things that makes him happy.
The story fascinated me and grabbed me like "watch me, pleassee ~". I watched the whole anime without a break. I wanted to know, what happens in the next episode, what will *this* or *that* person do now.. I can only say: great.
I wouldn't say this is an anime, that you have to watch. It isn't the greatest anime I have ever watched, and of course not the baddest. Black★Rock Shooter is an 8 episode long anime, with a very good story, nice music, interesting battles and the most important thing of all: enjoyable. It is worth your time, if you want to watch this! read more
This is my second review ever written and this contains solely my opinion, i apologize in advance for any grammar mistakes you may find while reading it.
Wow this anime, as i'm scrolling through the reviews it's like 2 different worlds (no pun intended) i see half of people rating it at 1-3 and the other half rating it 9/10. To be fair most reviewers just end up giving it a 5, I guess you could call that neutral, neither a masterpiece nor utter garbage, but i feel the need to give some credit to this anime and am going to state all I think about each aspect of it.
The story (6/10)
To be fair enough i can see the enormous plot holes and missing links through out the story. It's not a very long anime, however it goes goes deeper into the characters, giving each of them a more complex personality as oposed to the OVA where everything's just happening and flying across your screen out of the blue. This story is far more fullfilling than the OVA as it gives us more knowledge about what is going on, who are these Black Rock Shooter, Dead Master, Strength, etc. and it gives us an origin and what they are doing in their world, and finally what is the actual correlation with the real world. The thing i didn't like was that the anime fails to connect the pieces, it kind of follows the same path as the OVA and just throws random new characters in your face, most of them kind of stereotypical and they're just there to fill in the plot and give the main character some obstacle, something to fight against, and it doesn't even make full sense the way the series explains what the fighting is all about and are these girls the only people with these abilities, they just out of nowhere gained them and suddenly can see different worlds? The story was more interesting than the original but i have to give it a 6/10 for the plot holes and just the lack of connection between each event.
The Art (8/10)
This is one of the strongest aspects of the series, now i'll have to divide this into 2 categories since half of it is 2D art and the other half is 3D and uses a lot of CGI. As far as the 2D art goes there isn't anything particular, i disliked that they used a lot of dull like colors in the characters not brighter ones but i guess it somewhat fits the atmosphere. The CGI however, this is where this series gets its value, the fighting scenes, the laser beams and pretty much the whole other world or whatever you wish to call it is beautifully designed and i know it takes a lot of work to do it in 3D, each world of each "girl" has its uniqueness and it's just amazing to see the visual aspects of each. The combining of the 2D with the 3D makes me give it an 8/10 because i just was thrilled with the 3D visuals even if that doesn't equal the full runtime of each episode it's pleasing to see.
The Sound (9/10)
There's not much to say about the sound i mean the opening theme was obviously the right choice, Hatsune Miku's Black Rock Shooter was a perfect fit and the overall sound effects in each world are fitting as well as during fight scenes, i can't complain much about it so i'll give it a 9/10
The Characters (6/10)
This can be argueable but i think the characters are in a way kind of stereotypical, as far as the real world goes the plot can be put simply as: Main female lead which the episodes focus on, best friend who gets jealous easily, best friend's overprotective friend, friend who is hated by others for being friends with the main lead. This is just too typical for me to accept as fine, i don't believe in any way that a situation so stereotypical and usual can lead to such a catastrophe (which is what the anime makes it seem like) which is also the excuse the anime uses as some sort excuse for the existence of the other world. The characters each have different distinct personalities but it's just too typical it doesn't bring anything new to the table. The "other girls" in the alternative world don't really have a personality of their own so i can't really judge them. Also i can't give points fo the main lead who seems like a helpless defenseless girl that is dense about everything and can't see what's wrong, just no, enough of these generic characters.
Now this might seem like an odd rating for what i just pointed up there, however the anime was enjoyable and watcheable because, first, the fighting scenes are really what made me want to keep going and discover more about the alternative world. I believe the real world adds nothing of value to this anime. I enjoyed discovering more about the black rock shooter world but i felt disapointed they didn't give us more of a story about the actual Black Rock Shooter, Dead Master, etc. the series would have been terrific had they gave us more of that and less of the real world which is just pretty generic i must say. But since it made me want to keep going and not just drop it i'm giving it an 8/10
My overall score for this anime is a 7/10, plot holes and an uninteresting generic plot of 4 school girls annoyed me the most, the fighting and the action with the use of beautiful visual art and CGI in the alternative world are what i think makes this anime watchable and worth something so i believe it goes above average but it's not a masterpiece, hate me if you want but that is how I see this anime. read more
Both Anime focus around girls giving up something for a fight and the souls that are attached. They also have anime styles that don't stick to the norm.
While Black Rock Shooter lacks the magical girl theme of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there are still similarities to be found in certain areas. In their plots, both concern other dimensions or alternative realities that offer a nod to the genres of "dementia" and "psychological". In both BRS and PMMM, epic battles are fought in these other zones, and they are portrayed with a dark and unique art and animation style that varies considerably from the bright palette that is used for the slice-of-life and drama scenes that comprise most of the rest of the series. In addition to this, friendship (and its strength) proves to be a strong theme common to both titles, and it becomes even more heavily evident in the latter half of them. PMMM's art creates a more childlike appearance than BRS, but it, too, explores darker themes of human emotion, desires, and actions, giving the both of them a greater depth than they appear to have, on the surface.
Melodramatic middle school girls' complex
Similar setting, similar animation.
School girls, drama, alternative world where battle against evil occur. MSMM is more magical and psychological while BRS is more slice of life.
Fantasy world, colorful characters, meets the dark side
An alternate world which endures your grief and a world where you can exchange your life for a wish.
Both stories talk about friendship and that the main characters always attempt to help others without helping themselves. While the best friend of the main character would be in the side line being confused and fights against her.
The difference in the ending is that BRS has a more violence ending compared to puella magi.
these two are both just as dark and twisted as another
Similar focus on a dark story - but BRS manages to be darker, and more violent. The drama is felt more in BRS than Madoka, but both are equally well done.
I find the alternate words presented in both Madoka and Black Rock Shooter very similar in style. Additionally, in both animes the plot revolves around friendship of two girls. Both protagonists are innocent girls, who never had contact with the dark side of life at the beginning.
It's hard to explain what the similarities are... But the way they are written, drawn and animated have very similar qualities. Both anime's involve deep emotional stories that are griping. The main themes of always believing in yourself and your friends is also similar. (But they both still have a fair amount of action as well) The most striking similarity however is that the main characters use their timid yet very hopeful and bright personalities to fight the INCREDIBLY sad circumstances that they have to face.
Both series star an innocent, caring middle-school-aged girl who wants to make everyone happy. Neither Mato nor Madoka know their true power and feel that they are incredibly helpless. A lot of tears are shed in both stories, as the girls try to overcome great conflict, mostly internal.
Both stories focus on pre-teenage girls and their hardships as they start to mature/gain knowledge about life. The main characters suffer psychological stress from common things such as: friendship troubles, love troubles, etc. While it appears to be a light story at first, both start to develop depth and delve into the darker themes of reality.
It's hard to exactly write about what is so similar between the two, but they are both psychologically thrilling, main characters are females, and they both go through immense hardships. Both are generally innocent and moe girls whom are forced to learn what the world/universe really is. Both have great friends who help them on their journies.
same fantastic atmosphere and both are about psychology of little girls
GIRLS... both psyochological stories too
Similar atmosphere, it seems a naive anime, but it's way more darker (Madoka is really harder then how it seems).
The way the color is used in both anime is uncommon and well appreciated.
Both have similar trama and characters... You only have to see it. But in my opinion BRS is better tan Madoka Magica.
Same sort of fight perspective for friendship and hardcore twists in the storyline. also girls that fight for the sake of the world they know and some dramatic storytelling with brutal acts.
Both are essentially really, REALLY dark Magical Girl animes with SUPER heavy themes. If you're familiar with the TV Trope "Breaking The Cutie", that's basically what the MC of both anime go through. The're's a lot of great action in both series, great animation, PHENOMENAL scores, and some incredible, and memorable characters. If you liked Madoka, you'll probably like BRS, and if you liked BRS, you'll probably like Madoka. They're very similar, just that one is slightly darker than the other.
"Someone out there is fighting for you."
Both Black Rock Shooter and Madoka Magica have this similar moral to them. However, they both also have cool battles and hints of yuri in them. And who doesn't like cool battles and hints of yuri? Sure both of these shows get a little messy in the end, but when they're good, they're really good.
Both shows combine moe character designs with dark themes, psychological aspects and action.
Both anime are about girls who can enter a very special and surreal area, with a simple wish.
The artstyles are a bit different from eachother, but both are very unique.
Story line is focused on emotional developement of the characters; Both anime are abstract and some may think: "a bit crazy"; Centered around little girls; Both got quality ;)
The graphics and soundtracks make the entire series amazing works of art! Not to mention the story lines are amazing and slightly demented.
They will deceive you with their appearances, and trigger your emotions with surprising plot twists, and an extraordinary sequence of events. Both about girls that are fighting for a better world . Both have very unconventional art styles .
Both series is Action filled, Drama Anime (an unusual genre combo I could say).
Both series' Main Protagonist is bounded by fate, but hesitating on what decision that should make.
Both series' Main Protagonist by caring friends.
Opening Theme"Black★Rock Shooter (ブラック★ロックシューター)" by supercell feat. Hatsune Miku
Ending Theme"Bokura no Ashiato (僕らのあしあと)" by supercell
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