Japanese: ブラック・ブレット BLACK BULLET ［黒の銃弾］
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2014 to Jul 1, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.631 (scored by 45858 users)
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SynopsisA near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror.
In this world trapped in darkness—
Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the "Civil Security"—an organization specializing in fighting against the Gastrea—is used to accomplishing dangerous tasks. His partner is Enju, a precocious young girl. They fight thanks to their peculiar powers until one day, when they receive a special assignment from the government. This top secret mission is to prevent the destruction of Tokyo...
Set in a near future, this thrilling heroic-action story... starts now!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Black Bullet
Characters & Voice Actors
Black Bullet is one of the many light novel adaptations that aired during Spring 2014. You might know the other ones as The Irregular at Magic High School, No Game No Life, and Chaika - The Coffin Princess. It started out okay, but got progressively weaker as it went on, before turning into an unentertaining show that turned out to be a rushed and half-baked adaptation. Shame, it had potential to be way better.
If you've read the synopsis on the show's page on this site, it'll tell you that it takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity is practically on the brink of extinction, having been driven into a corner by powerful monsters. You might think that this concept sounds familiar; kind of like 2013's popular Attack on Titan. With a premise like that, it drew in a lot of viewers who, one might say, could have been looking for a sci-fi version of Attack on Titan or something. However, the thing about this show is that it seems to have entirely forgotten that it was a post-apocalyptic show. You see plenty of tons of healthy-looking people on the rather clean streets, the towns look clean and well-tended, and the economy seems to be in such good condition that they're able to afford things like prosthetic limbs made of tissue resembling human flesh and whatnot.
The art is standard fare, all things considered. The style isn't anything special; it's generic and nothing about it really seems to stick out. Characters and objects look polished enough, and the actual animation is fairly crisp when there's good action going on, though it's not enough to make the actual fights that appealing or interesting to watch. In the end though, it gets the job done, but ultimately doesn't stick out at all. The designs were fairly neat though, I'll give it that. I liked the designs of the Gastrea, all two times they appeared or whatever.
I'm quite fond of Shiro Sagisu's work. He did an outstanding job with the music for the Evangelion franchise, along with a great job at the soundtrack for the Berserk: Golden Age Arc films. However, this must be easily his weakest work. Background music is generic and forgettable, except for probably two or so songs that play during battles, which can give a good feel of intensity. The opening, "black bullet," respectively named after the show and light novel, is fairly pleasant to listen to, but it isn't anything I'll remember in a month or so. Same goes for the main ending theme, "Tokohana," though I do really like when it starts playing near the end of an episode. The voice acting isn't anything to write home for either. You have Yuki Kaji as the main character, Rentaro Satomi, but he isn't all that interesting to listen to. He always seems depressed, angry, tired, bored, or sounds like he's crying. So in short, he practically sounds the same as when he voiced Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan. I suppose I should give an honorable mention to Yui Horie (Minori Kushieda, Toradora!) for trying her best with what she got, and to Rikiya Koyama (Kiritsugu Emiya, Fate/Zero) for still having that charming, nonchalantly badass voice, even if his role was fairly limited.
The characters are bland and unmemorable. Rentaro practically has no notable personality traits other than typical "brave" and "determined" that can be found in literally a hundred other characters who are far better written. He reminds me of Kirito from Sword Art Online in a way, in that not only does he have no notable personality, he has a harem for practically no reason, at least one girl in each harem being a little girl under 13. The main difference though is that while Kirito is overpowered, Rentaro seems underpowered in contrast. Despite being equipped with skills like knowledge of martial arts, a fairly high level of agility, exceptional marksmanship, and practically superhuman strength and speed due to his prosthetic limbs, he never seems to win, and even when he does, it's not even memorable or anything. Now, there's nothing wrong with making the main character an underdog, but a well-written underdog has to be a well-written character. The main reason why Rocky Balboa is a good underdog is because he's a genuine nice person. When he's not boxing, he's a really sweet guy, like around his lover Adrian and her brother Paulie, and he stands up for those he cares for. There's time and dedication given into giving the audience a good idea of what Rocky is like, which ultimately makes us want him to win against all odds against more experienced and stronger boxers like Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago. However, in Black Bullet, since Rentaro is a bland and forgettable character, it makes the audience not care whether he wins or loses, and thus, destroys all tension in a fight. Every time something happens to him, he begins to doubt all he knows, building the foundation of character development, but he never visibly develops, though given that the source material is still ongoing, not all is lost yet, since all these events that happen to him could potentially act as catalysts to a giant, grand development. But I suppose we'll only know if there's a second season. The other characters aren't all that special either. Enju is the token "energetic loli," similar to how Tina is the token "lethargic loli" who's only active when the situation calls for it, kind of like Shiro from No Game No Life. There's also Kisara "Big Boobs" Tendo, the president of Civil Security that Rentaro works for, who happens to be a childhood friend of our main character, but ultimately, she lacks depth like the other character and hardly develops her own identity until the last five minutes or so. There are also more generic characters like the aloof old friend, the cocky guy, the girl with cat ears (which is supposed to be explained in plot but we never actually see any more of this), the hikkomori, etc. The character who steals the show is Kagetane Hiruko, who is the main villain of it all, or is supposed to be anyway. He's smooth, charismatic, nonchalant, mysterious, and reminds me of V from V for Vendetta in some ways. It's a shame he doesn't get a lot of screen-time either.
The enjoyment levels seemed to fluctuate for me at first, before going down to consistently being a chore to watch. It has an inconsistent tone akin to that of Elfen Lied. By day, happy-go-lucky comedy featuring boob groping, other fanservice, and loli sweetness. By night, it becomes (or tries to be) macabre and dark, though it only comes off as unnecessarily edgy for the sake of being edgy. The humor might get a small chuckle or two out of you, but at the end of the day, boob groping and comical misunderstandings aren't anything to write home to in the humor department.
In the end, Black Bullet could have been a good show, but ultimately fails miserably. To say that it was rushed would be a big understatement indeed, what with not providing adequate world-building or characterization. I'm sure the light novels are way better, but since the adaptation is poor, it's not exactly doing a good job at advertising the source material to me, and thus, fails as such. read more
Black bullet is a anime that was adopted from a light novel. This series was being compare to attack on titan, or being called a copycat to attack on titan, but that can't be true since attack on titan isn't the first nor last to have these kind of story and settings. Coming into this series, it had a lot of hype from people who read the light novel or the manga. What most people didn't realize is that it would be adopted into 13 episodes which would mean the pacing would be rushed. So lets begin, I'll be reviewing this series in five category, story,art,sound,character and enjoyment.
Story 6/10: The story is about humans being forced to live in a small territory because of the attack of viral parasites named Gastrea. Now with this series just having 13 episodes, that means a lot of story progression would be lost and rushed. The thing that I find odd in this series is that The theme of the story is about humanity is on the verge of extinction, but I never get the impression that humanity is on the verge of extinction by huge bugs and that there is some sort of survival going on here. Nobody cares about it. In fact, we don’t even see the population having anything to say about that, since the plot centers on the protagonist. If they had shown a few bugs attacking people even that would be enough. Just to give us viewers that humanity really is under a threat. I don't know if this is the flaw of the story itself or just because the series was rushed and a lot of things were taken out from the light novel.
Art 7/10: Art is pretty good, and nice to look at.
Sound 7/10: The sound is pretty good, I downloaded a few ost to listen to, I like the ost. I also like the opening is anyone getting a attack on titan feel to that opening or is it just me?
Characters 4/10: The characters are pretty bland and two dimmensional. Each character has different personalities but what I find annoying is how easy the characters mood changes, like one moment everyone is sad then a minute later everyone is all happy, I personally think this series would've been way better if lolis were not in it. also Enju is pretty annoying, when she calls out to Rentarou it makes me *facepalm* and just sometimes put me off and give me a different mood towards this series. Each characters also have a dark/sad past which can make it a little overwhelming.
Enjoyment 7/10: I have to say with all the flaw and paced of this series, I did have a lot of fun watching it, the actions were short, but pretty good with the epic soundtrack.
overall: This series would've been so much better if it was adopted into 24 episodes instead of 13 episodes. I'm not a light novel or manga reader but even I can tell the pacing was rushed. Light novel readers has also confirmed my speculation. Well what can I say about this series, if you like lolis and want a series with good action and great soundtrack, then you should give black bullet a shot.
Humans are all fighting for survival or face extinction, the rich and powerful ruled for either the good of everyone or a greed for power. 'Black Bullet' demonstrates that good and bad are not very different depending on how you perceive it.
'Shingeki no Kyojin' has a darker history as the people have lived under fear for a longer period of time and any beings that are different from them have to be destroyed. Kill or be killed is a way to describe the ways of life of the people. Freedom of action is not permitted to the greatest of pleasure but just like 'Black Bullet', it proves that good and evil are just lines drawn to preserve order and peace.
Humanity on the brink of extinction. They built a barrier/wall to protect themselves from the Titan/Gastrea. That wall will soon collapse. Only a select few of people are capable of killing these Titan/Gastrea. End of humanity is upon them. Will they survive in the end? Kaji Yuuki does the voice of the main character in both series.
In order to to save humanity from the brink of extinction from a mysterious catastrophe, the remaining people have built a barricade around the area that they live in. In both series, only a few special individuals have the power to fight the monsters. While SnK is set in a medieval-ish world, Black Bullet is set in a futuristic one.
Both MC are voiced by Yuki Kaji.
- humans almost extinct
- in Shingeki no Kyojin the cause of extinction is titans while in Black Bullet is Gastrea
- special weapons and people fighting
- the MC parents are dead
- also in both the MC voiced by Kaji Yuki
*Both series are set in apocalyptic worlds where monsters have wiped out most of humanity
*Both series are set inside enclosed communities with giant walls to keep the monsters out
*Both series feature characters that are part-monster, and are thus not trusted by society
*Eren Yeager and Rentaro Satomi are virtually the same person, and are even voiced by the same guy
*Both series are dark in tone, with plenty of graphic violence (though SnK is darker and Black Bullet has more ecchi/harem elements)
*Both series have minor political elements
Throughout watching the series Black Bullet, I can definitely note some key similarities to that of the 2013 success "Shingeki no Kyojin".
Firstly, the most apparent similarity is that of the theme subject that evolves through both of these animes- Humanity suffered a terrible crisis in the past, and built themselves protective 'walls' or 'barriers' to help prevent the crisis from reoccurring. What was the crisis? The evolution of dominant species who have it in their power to wipe out the entire of humanity. In Shingeki no Kyojin these manifest themselves as 'titans' who posses a minorly gigantic human appearance, and in Black Bullet they manifest themselves as giant insect-appearing 'Gastrea'. These animes also prove themselves to be similar within the plot, in that there are specially trained humans who require some sort of aid in order to fight and combat the giants that may infiltrate the walls. In Shingeki no Kyojin their aid is the 3D Maneuver gear, and in Black Bullet their aids are the child-like companions whom posses unique abilities, as well as the specially designed bullets.
It is also important to note that the protagonist for both animes are voiced by the same actor (this is for those who watch it subbed and not dubbed). In my opinion I also find the anime openings to have some sort of similar genre of music to them, but this in itself is my pure opinion and some people may not view this to be 100% accurate.
There are also similarities with regards to the spoilers that are revealed within the shows, but due to my interest into not wanting to spoil the show, you will just have to find out by watching the two and judging for yourself.
Both talks about how the remaining of humanity walled/barricade themselves in area(s) to prevent themselves from extinction. For Shingeki no Kyojin, MOST of humanity lived in an enormous area, barricaded by three circular walls. For Black Bullet, survivors of humanity barricade themselves in several surviving countries through the help of monoliths in a circular motion.
Both talks about how an unknown enemy threatens their existence. For Shingeki no Kyojin, it's about the Titans, which is considerably taller than them (3m-60m) that may intrude the walls whereas for Black Bullet, several monsters known as Gastrea may sneak into the area protected by the monoliths (to keep them away from the protected areas).
Both explains the fact where the protagonists need to retrieve something that could potentially unlock the secret to saving humanity and eliminating the threat of the enemies.
However, the behaviour of the protagonists are vastly different. In Shingeki no Kyojin, we've a hot-headed and impatient fool known as Eren while in Black Bullet, we've a slightly more cooler and tactful man known as Rentaro. Also, their partners are different too.
In short, Black Bullet is the closest resemblance to a modern "Shingeki no Kyojin", whereas Shingeki no Kyojin is the closest resemblance to a middle-age "Black Bullet".
+ Violent action shows about humans surviving in an urban area protected by a barrier from mysterious creatures that threaten to destroy them
+ MC is voiced by Yuki Kaji and his parent/s died when he was young
+ Good soundtracks and animation with strong and enjoyable beginnings
- Black Bullet is more futuristic and Japanese while SNK is less technologically advanced and set in a European setting
-both express the themes of suffering and the loss of humanity
-both depict worlds blockaded by Monoliths in Black Bullet and Walls in Shingeki no Kyojin
-these defenses are to protect the area from the Gastrea in Black Bullet and the Titans in Shingeki no Kyojin
-both feature specific weapons specialized to defeat the enemy party, Varanium bullets in Black Bullet and the 3D Maneuver Gear in Shingeki no Kyojin
-both have similar Openings
-they give off the same vibe
Conclusion: Both indeed have similar qualities despite Black Bullet having a slight lighter ambiance.
Both involve the human race confined to a small area, some force constantly terrorizing them (Gastera and Titans), and those who are helping save the humans are feared (Cursed children and Eren).
Both are about the human race almost becoming extinct and the humans are have to live isolated to the rest of the world in one area. Instead of titans they are bugs.
In both animes, people are almost extinct. The ones who are left live in a small enclosed earea and are threatened by big "things". They'll have to fight to survive.
Also, some part in the intro song from Black Bullet immediatly made me think of the intro from SnK.
The obvious post-apocalyptic comparaison. They are both set in an universe were the humanity have almost fallen and his constantly torn by internal and external conflict. The MC have different goal, but they both do well in what in they do. While I think SnK is better, his slow-pacing can be annoying, though BB is sometime way too fast-paced.
- humanity near extinction
- in both there are barriers protecting people
- enemies which are killable only by some people, big and scary (Titans/Gastrea)
Humanity is attacked by some kind of monster and almost gone extinct. The barricade themselves while only few people can fight the monsters.
- Both have something that is wiping humanity from extinction.
- Both have the same voice actress (Eren Jaeger)
-Main character has same voice actor
-Enimes that are easy for someone to kill and hard for others.
-Enimes that are monsters and have regeneration power
Both deal with Dystopian times and Humans battling Non-Humans. Somewhat similar opening soundtrack as well.
If you like horror and blood, this is absolutely perfect for you. Both anime involve being hidden inside walls, and battling supernatural beings.
Black Bullet and Shingeki no Kyojin encompass a world in which humanity is in a brink of extinction and are threated by a supernatural force.
Both of the male protagonists are voiced by the same person and have very similar attitudes. They are also known by their peers as "humanity's last hope
Humanity on the way to be exterminated, they build a wall for protect the last part of the humanity against monsters (Titans/Gastrea), The main protagonist (Rentarou/Eren) want to fight against the invader for survive and exterminate them, some people will join the main protagonist for fight against the invaders.
-Titans(SNK)=Gastrea(BB). They are basically creatures superior to humanity
-Mankind defeated by Titans/Gastrea in both animes to the point of near extinction
-Both animes are in a setting protected by walls of some sort against the opposing force
-Time frame of 5 years(SNK)/10 years(BB) after the defeat of humanity
-Survey Corps=Initiators (last hope for mankind)
-Main character hates Titans/Gastrea since they killed his parents
-Mysteries: SNK-What is inside Eren's basement?
BB-Who is the masked man that claims to destroy the world?
-Mankind in both animes will be exiled into smaller territory in the future
Both have humanity close to extinction. Both have only certain people able to kill the titans or gastrea. Both have humanity build I giant wall to protect them. Both have this wall threatened to be brought down.
An infectious disease has spread. Causing people to die/turn into monsters. Only the main character and his companions have a way of dealing with it. They must find a way to cure it. Both series has great OST and visuals. One series is mecha while other is not. Kaji Yuuki does the voice of the main protagonist.
An widespread infectious disease has spread in the country, turning whomever in contact with it into monsters. The protagonists must find ways in this grim situation to save everyone.
-virus that takes over human leading to death
-same type of dark ambiance
-both male MC are voiced by the same person
-death/discrimination is a theme in both
Guilty Crown and Black Bullet have quite similar plot. An infection has spread through the city and two main characters, a boy and a cute girl with a mysterious past are trying to stop the disease. The art style is quite connatural and the opening tunes are catchy.
Both have a type of virus that can kill humans and 2 partners can save humanity from extinction. Crazy Sci-fi action
Both have a type of virus that can kill humans and 2 partners can save humanity from extinction.
both story are infectted virus
both main character have same characteristic
main character is assisted by a beautiful girl
Opening Theme"black bullet" by fripSide
Ending Theme#1: "Tokohana (トコハナ)" by Nagi Yanagi (eps 1-3, 5-12)
#2: "Wasurenai Tame ni (忘れない為に)" by Nagi Yanagi (ep 4)
#3: "Wasurenai Tame ni for lotus (忘れない為に for lotus)" by Nagi Yanagi (ep 13)
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