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「夜明けを抱く空」 (Yoake wo Idaku Sora)
“The Sky that Embraces Dawn”

If you’re not watching Black Rock Shooter simply because you were never caught up in the hype of Huke’s original character, I strongly suggest giving it a try. The anime combines beautiful cinematography with fluid animation in carefully choreographed fights, features amazing performances by Hanazawa Kana, Sawashiro Miyuki, and Kitamura Eri backed by a fantastic soundtrack by Supercell, and depicts a unique story that has some surprisingly dark and gruesome undertones. Very stylish, very refreshing. Potentially a must-watch show. The dialogue-less yet gruesome battles in the alternate world continue to impress, as does the directing by Yoshioka Shinobu who clearly has a vision behind a lot of the scenes. Special attention is paid in the use of camera angles, which goes a long way in bringing out the emotions of the characters and the emphasizing the mood of the series. From an artistic standpoint, there’s plenty to like about Black Rock Shooter, but it goes a step further by providing an untypical high school story that’s a lot creepier than its OVA counterpart.

Starting with the general idea from OVA as a basis, Okada Mari’s story puts a much darker and more unsettling spin on it, depicting how Kagari awakened a darkness in her heart from choosing to play the victimized role and continuing to guilt trip Yomi ever since a childhood car accident. At the same time, we have an ominous air of suspicion surrounding the school counselor Saya, who on further consideration from this week’s preview, does appear to be Black Gold Saw. (It looks like Arata is another girl in the alternate world.) Then there’s Yuu, who hasn’t shown any forms of jealousy that would give rise to Strength, but has the cliffhanger from the OVA serving as some indirect foreshadowing. What all that translates to on screen is much better than it actually sounds, as the drama feels very real at times and is really easy to get absorbed in. It helps that the characters themselves don’t feel like they fall heavily into any stereotype, hence why the staring seiyuu have been able to give some standout performances unlike the roles we typically hear them in.

Setting-wise, I love the constant feeling that there’s a dark force at work behind the scenes — almost like a curse that possesses people — which sets the atmosphere for the series and provides almost psychological thriller-like vibes at times. There’s also a lot of metaphorical/symbolic dialogue and scenes that go a long way in showing that this anime wasn’t only produced to milk existing Black Rock Shooter fans. The series has substance and a clear direction, making it a worthwhile watch for all fans of anime and even those who don’t typically watch the medium. Simply put, Black Rock Shooter has enough going for it that anyone looking for a good “show” should be able to enjoy it. I was quietly expecting some great things after seeing the promo video and it’s already pleasantly surprised me in more ways than even I anticipated, so if you’re not watching already, I suggest giving the first episode a go. It’s almost guaranteed to spark some interest, whereas this second episode will probably reel you in completely with the scene at the very end. Powerful, powerful stuff.

* If I were to make an early guess, Kagari was freed from the evil that had possessed her heart, much like Yomi was in the OVA, and the scream was from the death of Chariot.
* Full-length images: 05, 09, 10, 17, 26, 30, 35.

 

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ED: 「僕らのあしあと」 (Bokura no Ashiato) by supercell
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February 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm
90 comments »
  • February 11, 2012 at 5:20 pmCybersteel

    I lliked it. One of the few shows I watch in high rez. Too bad GE no like it.

    • February 11, 2012 at 5:23 pmCybersteel

      My only disappointment is Dead Master with glasses, she looks better without it.

      • February 11, 2012 at 6:43 pmc2710

        i like the new design for deadmaster

      • February 11, 2012 at 8:43 pmMasterDragonKnight

        I actually do not mind the glasses.

        But what I really do not like is the white veil and her recolored horns and claws. She looked so much better in pure black, while licking her sharp claws.

      • February 12, 2012 at 3:23 amlaaa

        now she looks more melancholic
        http://anime.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/419283/ well I knid of like this one the most

      • February 12, 2012 at 9:25 amAni_BEE

        I think Dead Master new design makes sense as she is not completely corrupted by the darkness of the world and only being manipulated by it.

      • February 12, 2012 at 10:58 amKumakaori

        Ani_Bee’s comment makes a lot of sense. The change in design reflects the change in the setting. My hat’s with the group that prefers the original design, though. The scythe is all changited now, too. To me, the smooth simplicity is gone and there is a lot of fluff on it.

        I guess you could say there’s a little “fluff” on Yomi, too ;P.

    • February 12, 2012 at 3:04 amThe Moondoggie

      DL it high res, burn it on a DVD, watching it on a LED…

      Really feels like an action RPG game….

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:21 pmKRILL

    Hmmm, what the hell is gonna happen when your emotional facade or “persona” dies? Is the palm top tiger(looks and acts just like her) “broken” spiritually now but perhaps this’ll lead to her new resolve on living for herself without existing off pity? Damn good adaption. My bud doesn’t like the parallel with the fighting… I don’t get that guy! The Gatling gun transformation was sick!!!

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:27 pmBass.EXE

    Am I a sadist for reaaaaally hoping that Kagari died at the end when her screams stopped?

    • February 11, 2012 at 6:39 pmChuam

      Yeah. I thought she was trying to suicide or something when we heard the struggle. Then we were faced with that confusing ending.

      I can’t wait to find out what the hell happened.

    • February 11, 2012 at 8:38 pmMasterDragonKnight

      I thought she bit her tongue and committed suicide when her screams suddenly stopped.

      But then the door opened and she smiled ominously. Maybe her mind broke down.

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:15 amiron2000

      Thought that Kagari died too thus causing something in Yomi.
      But Kagari didn’t.
      Like how the ep ended with a WTF feel.

      On reading, I would go with Divine’s guess.
      But somehow is killing the avatar also kills off the feelings or something?

      Theres still more to be known about the significance of the ‘dream avatars’ and the ‘dream world’.

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:34 pmSeishun Otoko

    I’m really liking what I’m seeing over here and I wasn’t even a huge fan of the OVA to begin with. The grim and gruesome undertones works extremely well and gosh, where do I even start on the beautifully choreographed fights? BRS is turning out to be such a sadistically awesome treat.
    Plus, we have more drama to look forward to with Black Gold Saw and the supposedly evil school counselor finally joining the fray and that can never be a bad thing right? ;)

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:35 pmRoguespirit

    I loved this ep and I will watch this show to the end. I like it for the originality the awesome fight scenes and the unique characters while thrilling us awesome symbolic battles that imho- alleviate any melodrama and give it more substance and appeal.

    BRS badass level really soared in this ep with the gun transformation into what heavy weapons guy would call-”Spinning Minigun of Killing”

    I don’t know about you guys but my level of sympathy for Kagari never rose above zero. She played the villian too well. Also after BRS chopped off Chariot’s head and it reverted back to the real world I thought that Kagari had died as well. They pulled that off nicely.

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:36 pmFencedude

    Saya’s complete lack of the expected reaction to being told about Yomi’s scar was a huge, massive red flag.

    I do hope this wasn’t the end of Chariot. NEED MORE WHEELS!

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:45 pmAvalanche

    God this show is amazing. Yandere Kagari is creepy… and even creepier when her ‘heart’ died and she went silent. What I want to know is why everyone is obsessed with Dead Master? Kagari wanted Yomi as a slave and Kuroi wanted her as a friend, but I see no reason why Black Gold Saw would want her. Now, I wonder what kind of clash we will see against BGS/Saya in both worlds?

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:47 pmJared Drake

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:54 pmL002

    My my, this is getting interesting how Black Rock possibly gained an ally. Mmmmm. I do wonder if these girls will meet their earth versions soon.

  • February 11, 2012 at 5:55 pmAllnighter

    I love the battles so far, I can’t imagine what’s it going to be like when all the characters join the fray. It’s going to be a real battle royal.

    Was it me only or was Kagari even more creepy than Misaki Mei in Another? Besides the violence and grimness, I didn’t expect there to be some horror in this show.

    • February 11, 2012 at 6:02 pmDivine

      I said that in my post on the premiere — BRS is creepier than Another.

      • February 11, 2012 at 6:36 pmAllnighter

        Oops… sorry Divine, I didn’t get a chance to check your premiere post.

      • February 11, 2012 at 6:46 pmc2710

        its turning out better than Another… in terms of the creepiness and the pacine

      • February 12, 2012 at 3:14 amlaaa

        same I think this is giving me same chills as Madoka did
        It is so dark and hopeless at one point and so inocient at other

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:03 pmUnknownSoldier

    • February 11, 2012 at 6:57 pmZammael

      Then we’ll fight in the shade.

      (If that otherworld allowed any semblance of speech)

      • February 11, 2012 at 7:40 pmCybersteel

        Reference to ancient Sparta and 300?

      • February 11, 2012 at 8:46 pmMasterDragonKnight

        “What must a girl do to save someone?”

        “Instead ask yourself…what must a friend do?”

      • February 12, 2012 at 6:41 pmBaka-Yuusha

        BRS: You threatened my friend with slavery and death!

        Chariot: This is blasphemy! This is madness!

        BRS: Madness? This is Otherworld! *cuts off her head*

    • February 11, 2012 at 8:05 pmDivine

      Nice 300 reference. I like.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:04 pmMash

    BRS used to be my favorite alter-ego character in the ‘dream world’ but now I think Black Gold Saw (the red one) is the best.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:07 pmRDF2050

    Just by watching the OVA a few days ago, I am WATCHING THE TV SERIES.

    • February 12, 2012 at 1:59 pmItachizame

      It took me 2 years and 2 episodes of the series to watch the OVA. I seen the OVA yesterday ^_^

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:11 pmKusabi

    The battle scenes are on par with a QTE on God of War. Very fluid and awesome.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:12 pmMM

    This series is so suspenseful. I honestly cannot wait until the next episode.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:20 pmxephx

    Since I always liked the whole BRS concept, I looked forward to this show since it was announced. However I never expected it to exceed my expectations like its doing right now.

    Also I really like the ED, it fits Koeda’s voice more than GC’s new ED.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:26 pmsuff

    I swear, for the whole time (especially the part when Yomi and Kagari fell silent and Mato was knocking on the door like crazy), I thought Kagari would kill herself, further straining the relationship between Yomi and Mato. Furthermore, the decapitation of Chariot also seems to suggest that Kagari will be “out” of the story.

    I am not sure how it will go from this point now. But it does seem that Yomi and Mato will have a good relationship now. However, after all this chaos, I think it will take a LOT of justifications for Yuu to flip on Mato yet appear not lame to the viewers.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:34 pmJustinnnnnn

    Jesus, I watched this yesterday and was greatly surprised with such dark themes!

    Kagari continued to impress, most of it in that hospital scene. Her screams and faces were so refreshing for an anime show. And those battles, the violence…Jesus! That scene where spikes stick out from Kagari’s shield and impales our dear heroine…Just wow!

    I’m really digging the fact the plot moves forward, and quickly. There’s a lot of stuff happening in these episodes, whereas many other shows use one whole episode to end it on a cliffhanger…Black Rock Shooter has like 5 of those in one episode. Characters become very likeable when they are going through so much and so fast.

    Simply put, brilliant work. If only Japanese anime school dramas were this entertaining…A total must watch!

    • February 11, 2012 at 6:37 pmJustinnnnnn

      Oh and those metaphors and comparisons in the dream world are awesome too. Who doesn’t like a biscuit-spitting mechanic spider controlled by Kagari?!

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:43 pmMyna

    I would be able to take the fight scenes so much more seriously if it weren’t for the flying macaroons of death.

    • February 12, 2012 at 2:15 amD-LaN

      did u watch cloudy w/h a chance of meatball? Imagine if the sky rain HOT TEA.

    • February 12, 2012 at 7:35 pmStranger

      Calories Kill, I guess?

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:50 pmc2710

    i liked the OVA but im liking the series even more.

    i know there’re alot of pple out there who are quite against the current character design but i personally prefer this over the OVA. though huke’s original concept is still awesome as always.

    frankly speaking, i really thought kagari killed herself but with yomi’s expression as she opened the door, seems to foreshadow something.

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:51 pmComM3

    Would’ve saved herself alot of trouble and mutilation if she had cut her head off to start with.

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:00 pmkurochan

    Seriously what’s up with Yomi blaming herself about what happened to Kagari? I mean it’s a pure accident, Kagari herself is the one to be blame for running off like that so much force drama. I don’t really like the idea where BRS is just a persona or a dream but I think that Black Gold Saw is not that eyebrow senpai, I think she is that female teacher because BGS seems to be able to see everything that happened with that big eye thingy that always pop up everywhere. And the female teacher always listening about other people problems meaning that she can “see” everything about a student and give advice/manipulate the student. They are kinda similar right? And I don’t like to think that eyebrow senpai is BGS because she’s TOO different from BGS. If that senpai is really BGS my image about BGS will be completely ruined.

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:01 pmposeidonhands

    Wait why did gold saw appear this episode? It looked like she came to save Chariot but we all saw what happened there. So maybe Chariot is still alive or something or gold saw had some reason for letting her get killed by BRS instead of being sucked in by that hole that appeared. Sigh so many questions….can’t wait see what happens next episode.

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:18 pmAex

    Damnit BGS, we were getting somewhere!! Then again, I think that was sorta the point of her butting in: Yomi and Kagari were on the verge of a breakthrough, Yomi and Mato were connecting, hell BRS and Dead Master were practically working together! Overall, things were going TOO well. Definitely thinking Saya is BGS alter-ego in the “real” world, she just fits more than anyone else introduced as of yet.

    That cliffhanger was friggen brutal! Would’ve been one thing to see Kagari all “dead-eyes” after BRS had to end Chariot, but that smile was just… what?! Is she better? Worse? Amnesiac? ANSWERS WANT!!!

    I love this show! XD

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:24 pmClick

    Sure it’s stylish, but BRS isn’t all that great. While the fight choreography and cinematography is pretty cool, the CG can be pretty clunky, while the aesthetics outside of the spirit world aren’t very good. Plus, outside of the alternate world, the story comes off as melodramatic and without flow. Plus, if the alternate world is just a representation of what’s going on in the actual world, I’m going to be very, very disappointed.

    So while BRS certainly has stylish fights, the story and narrative is pretty bad. I really, really want BRS to succeed for the sake of restoring the good old “noitaminA-brand of quality,” but for now, BRS is just a stylish popcorn flick.

    Oh, and it’s only been 2 episodes, so I’m going to give it some time.

    • February 12, 2012 at 12:09 amkurochan

      Plus, if the alternate world is just a representation of what’s going on in the actual world, I’m going to be very, very disappointed.

      ^This

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:30 pmDaniell

    Divine I’d like to thank you! I was one of the people who didn’t get caught up in all the BRS hype but since you suggested watching it I went ahead and gave it a try! to my surprise it was actually very enjoyable to watch! thanks again Divine! :)

    • February 12, 2012 at 2:36 amDivine

      You’re welcome. Thanks for reading.

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:36 pmPtolemaios00

    When will BRS take off her hood?

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:37 pmfragb85

    I was a little put off by the sheer amount of pretentiousness. Its like watching .hack//SIGN without the slightest bit of subtlety. The whole drama was really like “THIS IS HER PROBLEM! LET’S US SCREAM OUT HOW F***** UP KAGARI IS! SHE’S CREEPY! DO YOU GET IT NOW!?!?

    Its also pretty funny that with all the screaming you’d think one of the hospital staff would come in and tell them to shut up. They’d have to be disturbing all the patients in the floor at that point.

    Still I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this episode. The action choreography is excellent and the bizarre setting gives some interesting visuals in the battles. In particular, I loved the scene where BRS used a Gatling Gun to counter a barrage of macaroons. Just saying that aloud sounds incredibly retarded but it actually looks awesome when animated. Overall, I did like the idea of contrasting character relationships with the BRS battles but I could really use a lot less of the screaming.

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:57 pmsaka

    so the other world/dream world was acknowledged by the characters…

    maybe Saya is the one controling/watching all those ‘personas’ in the dream world.

  • February 11, 2012 at 8:17 pmThe_Magus_Killer

    I’m gonna ask three things:

    1. What is the plot of this anime?
    2. What are the motivations of the important characters?
    3. Why is BlackRockShooter so ero-loli?

    • February 11, 2012 at 8:59 pmAex

      1. We don’t know
      2. We don’t know
      3. Because she can be

      Ain’t it great?! XD

      But seriously, Mato is trying to be friends with Yomi, a girl she met at school except Yomi is being guilt-tripped into basically servitude by Kagari because of a car accident. While these three are trying to resolve their issues, the crazy fighting of the girls’ “alter-egos” is going on in the “other world”, which really is anyone’s guess as to how it’s connected to the “real world”. The basic set-up of this show is a mystery that right now is putting “Another” to shame with just the sheer lack of information.

    • February 11, 2012 at 10:20 pmRincewind

      1 – Mato meets cute Yomi. Mato wants Yomi. Kagari, psycho yandere already have Yomi. Battles in the center of the mind (maybe) insues. Kagari is creepy.
      2 – Dunno. My bet? All wants to have hot lesbian sex with Yomi. And BGS is a troll.
      3 – She’s not a loli, its just DFC.

  • February 11, 2012 at 8:27 pmronri

    Craaaaazy stuff……..Kagari/Chariot is officially my favorite from this show. This is definitely showing some promise, much more than the OVA.

  • February 11, 2012 at 8:41 pmAnonymous

    This was an incredible episode. I simply could not look away. I was riveted.

  • February 11, 2012 at 9:01 pmaubrey

    Do I need to watch the OVA first?

    • February 11, 2012 at 9:38 pmAex

      Not really. You’ll understand some things a bit better, but the series is a re-telling, not a sequel. The OVA is pretty great though!

  • February 11, 2012 at 9:11 pmWhite Rock Shooter

    i agree conselor saya is BGS because her eyes is gold or red?
    btw i still dont understand os other world here… is other world is the world of emotion of the real world because everything seems connected with feeling of the chara of real world…

  • February 11, 2012 at 9:11 pmNhelraios

    Amazing just amazing. My eyes were glued to the screen in that whole fight scene.

    Ugh, hearing Kagari repeatedly spouting “Kaere” still sends chill down my spine.

  • February 11, 2012 at 10:12 pmCalina

    will this be up to madoka standards? very close shot

    • February 11, 2012 at 10:26 pmc2710

      no idea. in my opinion… madoka’s the best magic girl show i’ve seen thus far

  • February 11, 2012 at 11:33 pmKinny Riddle

    At first I thought the alternate world was a bit like the Illusion World in Clannad, where events in that world seemingly looks unrelated to the main narrative, only for it all to come together at the very end.

    But it seems the connections between the BRS alternate world and Mato’s world are more directly connected sooner than I expected.

    I’ll go with Divine’s theory that Chariot is Kagari’s evil alter-ego which has finally been vanquished by BRS, but it seems Yomi doesn’t seem too happy about it.

  • February 12, 2012 at 1:44 amricz

    Episode 2 is much better than episode 1 if this kind of things continue it might surpass the OVA …of course it’s my own opinion

  • February 12, 2012 at 2:11 amDude

    Can someone explain to me the link between BRS vs other characters with the real world characters?

    Yes I get the emotional/whatever metaphor being played out here. But seriously the questions of who, what, where, how, why, when of BRS and the other fighting characters are unanswered.

    • February 12, 2012 at 3:01 amSPIRAL

      The Other World can mean a lot of things, but it’s commonly accepted that it represents the struggles within Mato Kuroi’s heart. That being said, here’s a list of the run-downs of characters.

      Mato Kuroi (being a pun of a blackness) is Black Rock Shooter.
      Her rival is Black Gold Saw (depicted red) – unknown or as DIVINE says, Sayo the counselor.
      Yuu = Strength (depicted white)
      Kagari Izuriha = Chariot (depicted as gold)
      Yomi = Dead Master (depicted green)

      Basically, all these characters fighting represent the struggles Mato and her friend’s are going through their hearts, and it’s somewhat up to Mato/BRS to help her friends out esp. in that scene where Dead Master cries out “Dasukete” (“help me”)

      • February 12, 2012 at 7:07 amAex

        Personally I still think it’s a genuine parallel world influenced by the “real” world, but not in anyone’s heart. That’s just me though.

        Need to wait until Mato and BRS meet. If they never do, then I’ll accept it was all purely metaphorical for Mato.

      • February 12, 2012 at 6:46 pmThe Moondoggie

        Is it really “Dasukete” and not “Tasukete”?

  • February 12, 2012 at 3:01 amThe Moondoggie

    http://randomc.net/image/Black%20Rock%20Shooter/Black%20Rock%20Shooter%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2023.jpg
    BLACK ROCK GATLING GUN!!!

    I swear I almost nerdgasm on that one. I was like “WTH!?!” when I saw them macaroons “blot out the sun”. Then she switched to gatling gun and blasted anything going directly at her. Shit! Badass over 9000!

    @The_Magus_Killer

    1. What is the plot of this anime?
    > Young girls resolving unusual issues with the power of friendship and a battle in their dreams.

    2. What are the motivations of the important characters?
    > Friendship. I guess Mato likes Yomi.

    3. Why is BlackRockShooter so ero-loli?
    > Uhh… Erololi where? We haven’t seen naked loli yet….

    • February 12, 2012 at 5:27 amThe_Magus_Killer

      Ero-loli doesn’t mean necessarily naked to me. BRS/Mato is just OOZING with sexiness. Seriously, look at that jacket-hoodie, black bikini and blue-flaming eye! And those weapons! XD.

      But someone clarified that BRS/Mato isn’t a loli in the first place, but a DFC – which is actually better. =)

  • February 12, 2012 at 3:15 amFlobb3k

    The gatling Gun scene made my day! Wohoo!

  • February 12, 2012 at 5:47 amNine

    I actually jump off my chair when i saw her head got chop off. O_O

  • February 12, 2012 at 5:51 amMirakurun

    i hope black gold saw gets more spotlight soon, because she is practically one of the characters we know nothing at all about.

    • February 12, 2012 at 7:03 amAex

      Kinda feels like that’s the point though. As someone else said, she’s got “last boss” written all over her.

  • February 12, 2012 at 6:36 amStarzky

    Finally Black Gold Saw gonna be ruining peoples day, she’s my fav character of them all ^_^

    • February 12, 2012 at 9:23 amAni_BEE

      I get the feeling that Black Gold Saw is going to be the “Final Boss” in this series. With Yuu/Strength being manipulated by her. the fact she was looing down on things in the very first episode means she’s much more connected to the alternate world.

  • February 12, 2012 at 8:13 amOrinX

    poor tiaga

  • February 12, 2012 at 8:59 amneko

    Thank you, I finally found a review that’s not ripping into this anime for being an “overly dramatic yuri love triangle”.

    I personally am totally loving this show and all the metaphorical fighting ^_^

  • February 12, 2012 at 2:09 pmHenDarou

    I really love the psychological factor of this show. Both the fights and the psychological horror is very intense.

    The way I understand it, these other selves are the most prevalent aspects of the characters’ personalities: Mato’s resolve to save Yomi, Yomi’s inner cries for help (or perhaps the way she really wants Mato to save her) and Kagari’s obsessive possessiveness. So my theory is that these other selves simply exist due to the conflict between the characters driven by these prevalent parts of their personalities. So if the “avatars” of these parts are killed, that would “kill” that personality trait. Which is to mean that in this case, Kagari’s possessiveness of Yomi was “killed”. And if Black Rock Shooter were to die, that would mean the “death” of Mato’s resolve.

  • February 12, 2012 at 3:26 pmoutcast

    “If you’re not watching Black Rock Shooter simply because you were never caught up in the hype of Huke’s original character, I strongly suggest giving it a try.”

    That’s me. You often somehow manage to interest me in shows i wouldn’t have picked up on my own.

  • February 12, 2012 at 8:23 pmhaseo0408

    Ok people, start who thinks Kagari is one of the more twisted characters you´ve seen in anime recently, because you´ve got to admit the girl is damaged beyond salvation. She takes pleasure in destrying Yomi´s life so that she would chain to her alone, so in a sense Death Master´s chains are not truly her weapons but the simbol of her imprisonment by Chariot (Kagari). Using guilt to manipulate is the oldest and most repulsive trick in the book, reason why I find a little hard to belive Kagari could redeem herself for her past behavior so maybe that´s whre the supernatural element kicks in.

  • February 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm??

    wat is tis anime regarding? psych loli?

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:26 amiron2000

    The school counselor Saya speaks like a veteran of the ‘dream world’.
    The prime candidate to ‘be’ Black Gold Saw.

    Ok, so BGS interfered to get DM to safety and let BRS have a chance to finish Chariot?
    Or is the seperation of BRS and DM something darker and BGS gave Chariot a chance to finish BRS?

    Looks like next ep will reveal more on BGS.
    Mato and Yomi still not friends?

    Somehow this series reminds me of Persona.
    Will Saya be an Adachi? :P
    BGS seems like a savior to those little people in the preview though.

    • February 13, 2012 at 9:25 amAex

      Getting DM to safety doesn’t really fit since Chariot was on the ropes. If anything it seemed like BGS just wanted to separate DM and BRS so the fight wouldn’t stop, aka no happy endings when either BRS or Chariot dies.

  • February 14, 2012 at 10:28 pmwhee

    Given:
    Chiaki -> Taiga,
    Taiga -> Kagari,

    Chiaki -> Kagari? False.
    Thus, character-similarities are not transitive.

  • February 15, 2012 at 9:23 amewok40k

    Following the article I started watching it ,and liked it very much, stunning graphically and interesting emotionally…

  • February 17, 2012 at 10:39 amVincent

    I am one of the few who was never caught up with the hype that is BRS (all I know is the Nendoroids are popular). Then I read the first few lines of this post and decided to give it a try. While the show’s setting still feels rather bizarre to me, it’s definitely absorbing and entertaining. Thank you Divine for the recommendation!