Black Bullet

Title:Black Bullet
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Notables: HIDAKA Rina
KAJI Yuuki
In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live within a wall made of Varanium Monoliths, 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—were discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus' intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize in 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 war, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter in his childhood friend Kisara Tendō's Tendō Civil Security, along with his Initator Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo Area's destruction.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

13 episodes

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:2887#628]
(One episode watched):

This show would be an example of what, for lack of a better term, I call 'techno-magic': magic masquerading as futuristic technology. Like the mysterious metal Varanium, which is toxic to the Gastrea. Or the Gastrea themselves, which are insect-like creatures which some 'virus' causes to gestate within human bodies before bursting forth in a ugly manner. Or the Promoters and Initiators, which are basically magicians and their familiars. But even techno-magic is far from novel nowadays, and shows employing it need something special to set themselves apart from the numerous other anime in their sub-genre. This extra step is what separates the shows worth watching from those that are not (in my opinion), and like most techno-magic anime, Black Bullet isn't prepared to go that far. Actually, the masked guy at the beginning was kind of intriguing, but the remainder of episode one pretty much dashed my hopes. I'm annoyed when freak-tastic stuff is hurled at us and we're supposed to accept it without asking whether it makes a lick of sense or not. This has happened so many times that it has become a chore to suspend disbelief once again. The ring of Varanium monoliths reminds me of the city walls in Attack on Titan. Action scenes were OK. The jokes not only didn't make me laugh but sometimes made me wonder who the hell thought that they would be funny. There were a couple of cheap, corner-cutting sex jokes, like Enju as a loli. When I sat down at the computer to enter my review less than a day after watching episode one, I had to struggle to remember what had happened. I guess the one thing which most bothers me is a seeming refusal on the part of the makers of Black Bullet (and a host of other recent shows) to try much of anything novel, and instead to keep churning out the same generic shows time after time after time.

Last updated Tuesday, April 15 2014. Created Monday, April 14 2014.

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