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New Anime Series: Black Bullet

First Episode(s) Review for: Black Bullet
Summary:

After a terrible infestation / invasion from really nasty infecting monsters, mankind has retreated behind huge monoliths that keep the beasties at bay, any of them that get past are hunted down by red eyed young girls and their controllers, this is the story of one such pair.

Animation:

A lot of the early 2014 seasons seems to be filled with the slightly washed out cell style of animation, I have no complaints as it is one of the most distinctive things about anime, the only down side of this series is they seem to have done the cars in CGI which does not match quite right.

Plot Potential:

In the first 15 mins I did not think I would be going to pay more that cursory attention to the whole series as it seemed very much a stamped out of a template job, then they added a serious and deeper angle when it turns out that the very girls that are keeping humanity alive are treated like cattle and ostracised at every point (hell they even live in the sewers when they are not being used)

Music:

Opening is what other members of the household call “Aweseome”, not quite MP3 player quality as it needs a lot of context but still very rousing

Reminds me of:

Another one that is a lot like Aria the Scarlet Ammo but in a company setting a lot like Heat Guy J and monsters more like the D Gray-man

Overall:

I was initially unimpressed with this series particularly because it was using very young girls in quite an adult (violence wise) situation, but they have really stuck the knife in on the refugee and discrimination angle, this has given this series a lot more that its basic “remnants of humanity against the insect hordes” setting would indicate. a somewhat grim thumbs up.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

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