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Japanese: シュヴァルツェスマーケン
English: Schwarzes Marken
Spanish: Schwarzes Marken
French: Schwarzes Marken
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Mondays at 01:05 (JST)
Licensors: Crunchyroll
Studios: lxtl, LIDENFILMS
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.741 (scored by 4394243,942 users)
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Ranked: #53482
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Popularity: #1882
Members: 110,686
Favorites: 302

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The year is 1983. The Cold War is in full effect, and humanity is under attack. Strange aliens, given the name "BETA," have descended to Earth with the goal of destroying all life. Soldiers have been tasked with piloting large combat suits called Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) to repel the alien invaders, but the front line is slowly being pushed back towards the surviving cities.

Schwarzesmarken follows the story of Second Lieutenant Theodor Eberbach and the other members of the 666th TSF squadron, a ruthless unit that values a mission's completion over human life. Stationed in East Germany and led by war hero Captain Irisdina Bernhard, the unit specializes in counterassault attacks on laser-class BETA. But the 666th squadron finds itself with more enemies than just the alien forces when optimistic rookie Katia Waldheim joins the squadron, drawing the attention of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi.

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Schwarzesmarken takes place in an alternate universe of the Muv-Luv franchise, following the storyline of the light novels. A visual novel was released on November 27, 2015, and a second was announced for 2016.

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Ending Theme

"Kanashimi ga Jidai wo Kakeru (哀しみが時代を駆ける)" by Zahre [Katia Waldheim (Minami Tanaka), Irisdina Bernhard (Nozomi Yamamoto)]


Aug 5, 2022

review proper starts in the third paragraph

Schwarzesmarken (or Black Mark as I'll continue calling it in this review) is an anime I watched to try and get my action-thriller fix, nothing more. I had no expectations going into it as just a cursory glance at the plot synopsis immediately brought horrible flashes of awful mecha-action war stories that attempt to rip off gundam series. Wouldn't you know it Black Mark became one of my personal sleeper hits of all the anime I watched this year. It has a surprising amount of competence in writing, production, and characterization and ...
Sep 11, 2020
Mixed Feelings
The plot is very similar to that of Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (as they are part of the same franchise), with the exception that the main character in Total Eclipse actually had some redeemable features. From start to finish, you dislike the majority of the characters as they are all obnoxious and are just full of issues. Whilst the plotline may be enjoyable for the most part, the main character can really bring out during it that he is just not a good person.

For a 2016 series, this art style is quite mediocre. Although it has its redeemable scenes, Total Eclipse (which came out in ...
Feb 27, 2017
My opinion:
Schwarzesmarken tries to look original by covering its generic plot and characters with political matters, betrayals, Stasi officers and other chicaneries, it tries to arise emotions by needlessly killing off characters and tries to be memorable through cheesy scenes and lines that only made me cringe.
I had hope in this show up to the moment they decided it is the best decision to make the MC have sex with his newly brought back from the dead sister.

Story: 3/10
The story takes place in 1980 portraying a divided Germany and the political battles it harbours as well presenting the battles of the East German Army's ...

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