Ranked #2714

Black★Rock Shooter (TV)

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: BRS (TV)
Japanese: ブラック★ロックシューター


Type: TV
Episodes: 8
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 23, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.141 (scored by 84,213 users)
Ranked: #27142
Popularity: #180
Members: 157,431
Favorites: 1,283
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It 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)


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Hanazawa, Kana
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Sawashiro, Miyuki
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Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director
Amemiya, Akira
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Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Layout

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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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Nov 20, 2015
The first 6 episodes where just shit, cringy and pretentious kind of shit.
But then, the actual plot came up at the 7 or 8 episode, and it got kinda interesting, but, it ended terrible too.

It had so much potential, and it turned out just terrible.

At some point, I felt like two people worked on this: the first person who had the basic idea of the plot, and the second person who worked all this amazing plot and wrote it all like a 10 years old kid, making every character cry over anything and making it like it was a dramatic master piece.

Its sad when some read more
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Apr 26, 2015
Honestly I was expecting a short Action Anime but instead I got a really poorly written story about emotions. The story for the most part had no buildup and due to how short the anime was almost none of the events were explained.

The world had so little consistency it was barely worth watching. The best parts about the anime easily were the action parts, as the aesthetic was vibrant and very surreal. I felt so confused watching this because the characters had so little depth and the world building was really terrible.

I don't recommend watching this at all, to be completely serious. Black Rock Shooter read more
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Mar 23, 2012
Black★Rock Shooter would be the last time that I will ever watch with the name Mari Okada in it. I should have learned my lesson with the pile of nonsense Fractale, but nooooo! I JUST HAD to watch this until the end.

Okay, I admit, not all of it was bad. For starters, the use of CGI in this anime was superb. I mean, really. I think BRS established a new standard in me when looking at CGI in anime. The fight scenes were well-made, and the level of violence put in here is nothing to laugh at. BUT, I’m afraid everything else just felt… ridiculous read more
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Aug 24, 2013
Ahh, Black Rock Shooter… je t'aime

In the 1960s, which is 60 years before when I come from which is the future, a recondite avant garde composer by the name of Captain Beefheart graced the airwaves with his trundling avant garde music that challenged the status quo of blues music with a menagerie of outré bumps and scrapes, replete with a healthy dose of guttural growls, vaguely resembling music. Yet these renegade evocative soundscapes informed a portent of society. In order for progress to subsist, artistic vanguards like this are of incorrigible necessity.

Now, I'm going to go on a bit of a tangent here, so please read more
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In both there exists a different world where people fight each other. In this separate world there exists an "avatar" of a person in our world. In C it's the person's "Asset" which reflects one of the person's possible futures. In BRS it's an another person (resembling the real world version) which reflects the feelings of the person in the real world. In C their fights happen consciously and they affect the real world while in BRS it's vice versa, they fight unconsciously and the real world actions affect the fighting in the other world. The main characters are somewhat similar personality-wise. They both don't  read more 
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