A 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 with terror.
In this world trapped in darkness—
Rentarou, 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!
Where to start... First time writing a review so my sincerest apologies if its crappy.
Well let`s start with the story i guess.
So the story is about humanity in the near future that had gotten their asses handed to them about 10 years ago by these close to immortal parasitic Gastrea beings that either infected or killed humans close to extinction. And now after barely escaping while managing to set up walls into small territories made of the only material Gastrea are weak to, the story focuses on our main characters Rentarou and Enju in the Civil Security which specialize in fighting the Gastrea, as well
as on other humans coping with the hell they had to experience 10 years ago and the after effects (which aren`t too pretty mind you).
*MIGHT contain some slight spoilers down here but i want to give you the idea perfectly*
Personally i love the story and it sucked me right in, people having gone insane thanks to war, discrimination from fear of the ones growing in power trying to save them, people having experienced the war and wanting the war to continue to feel needed and thinking humans deserved to die of extinction, smartest scientists finding the situation amusing doing research on the Gastrea while observing the paranoid humans going at each others throats, powerful politicians and clans wanting to secretly get their own way for selfish reasons or hatred fueled by the war manipulating people from behind the scenes, people wanting to avenge their dead loved ones long since killed by the Gastrea and wanting to destroy every last one of them and lastly the Gastrea themselves intelligently outsmarting and evolving beyond humans to fight back.
Also im a sucker for series about fighting and clashing wills and especially sad series (yet i hate drama how ironic).
Well art won`t take that long cause Light Novels, art is done by Ukai Saki, in my opinion her art is pretty damn amazing even if this is biased coming from me this being my first Light Novel, i don`t know there`s just something about her work like look at the first volume`s cover, doesn`t that sky just look extremely beautiful? And when you compare the art in general to the anime adaption it just looks more "realistic" if i can use that word in anime related stuff without getting killed*cough*, you can just overall tell better what they feel or what their personalities are like in my opinion.
As for the characters, Rentarou the main character might slightly hit the cliche of Light Novel main characters though i might sound like a hypocrite having not read any other Light Novels yet but if its anything like the anime, manga series or the Light Novel anime adaption`s main characters are like im pretty sure i can take a guess, however in Rentarou`s case i`d say its not that bad, as a matter of fact him not always getting his way makes him more relatable, though he suffers a lot too from the get go so that part depends on you if its relatable which in my case is.
Then there`s Enju, Rentarou`s partner who`s happy go lucky to balance the depressive stuff although easily saddened sometimes, also just a freeloader because she can`t even cook, but she`s important in daily life to him as well as in battle because she is very strong.
There`s also Kisara, their company boss, a character i can imagine most people liking for some reason, she always gets her way and is just downright sadistic towards Rentarou at times, also the person to envy for Enju because of her big breasts, what`s not to like in a character who`s clearly better than others*cough*
Still gonna introduce you to Sumire the scientist since she`s my favorite of the bunch and i`ll bet she`ll grow on you too, being so overwhelmingly smart she hates humans not in some grudge kind of way but simply because she finds them predictable and stupid, also she likes to troll and torment people especially Rentarou yet somehow by the end of your chat with her she somehow makes you feel better, like how does that even work?
Already probably gave you an idea on what kinds of characters there are in the story so let`s just leave it at that.
For the enjoyment i enjoyed the hell out of this series because its a sad series about fighting, internal conflict, war and survival.
Overall i scored it 10 as a masterpiece feel free to sue me, i recommend this to anyone who likes their post-apocalyptic action series with sadness and despair. Anywho watch out for those flying body parts it`ll get cruesome (also the autnor is a troll), the series is still ongoing but there`s probably zero hope of it coming back from hiatus of 5 years now, since the author started a cafe or something, i`ll wish him the best.
Thanks for taking your time on this disgusting pile of text.
~ Spoiler-free review of the Black Bullet's novel ~
Story : I find the story interesting , it is evolving at a great pace. The main problem to me is that the author has stopped writing after the anime arrived in 2014. So the story does not seem finished and it can be irritating, especially because the author doesn’t give news about this title.
Art : I appreciate the style of the few pictures in the books and covers. I think it gives a great representation of that world and the characters' own styles.
Characters : There are three main characters in the story, with a few more side characters
that are around them regularly.
Rentarou, the main male, has had a difficult past and it still makes him suffer but made him think about their world and his friends. He may seem a bit cliché, in the way that « all the lolis » and teen girls want to be with him but he isn’t as dense as most of the characters responding to that cliché, hopefully.
He works with Enju in a private company of security. Enju is a child with a great fighting-power thanks to her genetical biology. Her mood is mainly like a child’s one, rather happy and curious about things. She also likes to pretend that Rentarou is hers to make the other children jealous.
Finally, there is Kisara, the boss of the company where the other two work. She had a hard past too and it made her take a different way that Rentarou, a darker way. She sometimes reacts as a « tsundere », saying the opposite of what she thinks really. Otherwise, she’s a rather honest person and says things directly. That side of her is seen in the professional world.
I think these three characters are rather well-balanced.
The side characters are also fine according to me, bringing interesting things to the story, in order to know why the characters are like that today. They also are interesting « for themselves », they don’t appear only once to say « Hey, do you remember that time when you did that ? » before disappearing.
Enjoyment : Black bullet has been the first light novel that I’ve begun, so it may not be 100 % neutral but I appreciate that title. The story is moving forward without forgetting to give informations about the world and the past. It’s done at a nice tempo. For a non-otaku reader, I think Black Bullet can be appreaciated because there aren't too much references to the otaku subculture and nearer to what we can see in american movies.
Overall : Even if I have a short experience with light novels (As for today, 7 series begun and 0 finished yet), I can say Black bullet is my favorite title in that media. The world described may not be liked by everyone but it works well for me. The english translation is fine I think (But English isn’t my native langage, so people with a higher level may see the translation differently)
The only problem that I see is what I told sooner, the fact that the author wanted to stop because of the amount of work asked when the anime was made, and it seems the author turned that page once for all, from what I read online.