Monday, June 2, 2014

Black Bullet

Black Bullet is one of my favorite anime of the 2014 Spring Line-up. It's an action packed story with incredible artwork, amazing action sequences, and a pretty damn good story, if I do say so myself.

The main plot behind the story is thus: In the year 2021, mankind was decimated by the epidemic of Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live within Monoliths, which are created from Varanium: a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the "Cursed Children", children born with the Gastrea virus who are able to control it, which gives them superhuman abilities, are discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus' intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the epidemic, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter in his childhood friend Kisara Tendō's Tendō Civil Security, along with his Initiator Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo Area and the world's destruction.

Now, the storyline itself is a little generic. You've got the invasion of some strange creature, the hope of mankind resting on a bunch of lolis with superhuman abilities, and of course the high school Main Protagonist. That being said, while a lot of the story might not be original, per say, that does not mean it's not one of the most entertaining anime out there. The way the story is told, the twists and turns that unfold as it progresses, and the realism they instill in this "what if" scenario all make this one of the better anime out there.

I think this animes greatest strength is the ability to make me actually feel some real emotion. I'm not a super emotional guy, but there were some parts of this anime where I just cried. Like I said, it takes a very realistic, and very violent approach towards the "what would happen if earth was infested by giant monsters and humanities only hope was a bunch of little girls with superhuman abilities" scenario.

This does not mean it doesn't have its problems. While I greatly enjoy watching Black Bullet, there are a few things about this anime that disappoint me.

For starters, the anime moves way to fast, and I don't mean the action. The anime skips over a good deal of character development in favor of getting right to the nitty gritty, violent stuff. Many of the characters feel like they're only half complete, and some don't even feel like they're characters at all despite having a fairly large role. For those who have read the light novel series, you will understand what I am talking about here.

Another thing that kind of bothers me is the whole loli aspect. Now I've got nothing against lolis, their adorable, but there are certain areas where I draw the line. Ten year old little girls found in sexual situations is passing that line.

Fortunately, this part isn't so bad. There's no nudity or anything like that, just innuendo and slap-stick, so it can mostly be ignored.

Overall, I would rate Black Bullet with a 8.5/10 with a strong recommendation for anime fans who are into action, guns and super-powered lolis to watch this anime.