Black Rock Shooter – 04
「いつか夢見た世界が閉じる」 (Itsuka Yume Mita Sekai ga Tojiru)
“One Day The Dream World Will Close Off”
“Unconventional” is probably the best way I can describe Black Rock Shooter, as Ordet and Sanzigen have taken a Japanese Internet phenomenon of sorts and adapted it into an anime that’s very unlike the more typical ones that we see these days. Even if this adaptation didn’t have the backing of the established BRS fan base and all the positive associations that come with it, we still have a very intriguing and well-produced anime that’s making a statement for itself with its powerful symbolism and excellent screenplay. The existence of the alternate world fulfills its purpose of exemplifying what’s happening in the real world, where we see seemingly trivial problems — like Yomi’s inability to accept that people can have more than one friend — be driven to the edge and erupt in a surge of maddening emotions that are in dire need of help. Then at the series’ core, we have plenty of foreshadowing on exactly what might be going on with regards to what Saya hopes to achieve by manipulating her students into these self-destructive scenarios to keep viewer interest at an all-time high.
The character interactions speak volumes in this show, as do the close-ups on their eyes, which hint at future problems that are likely in store for Mato. Thus far, everyone seems to be a victim of feelings of jealousy and desire to feel needed, so much so that I’m not even sure if Kagari is fully aware of how much she’s hurting Yomi. From the look of things, she misunderstood what Yomi said about how difficult it’s been to take care of her all this time and figured it was best to just free her from even being friends. That in turn cascaded into an even bigger problem since Yomi feels like she’s losing Mato to Yuu and doesn’t even have Kagari to turn back to, leading us to what appears to be Saya’s desired result as far as Deadmaster is concerned. For what purpose, I’m not sure, but if Saya’s cup collection and Black Gold Saw’s big red eye in the sky are any indication, it could very be that she’s having the students shoulder her own emotional pain — going back to the whole zero-sum idea I threw out last time. At the moment, the best part of watching this series is how they’ve given us a few possibilities to go on but nothing concrete, so I’m just going to enjoy the powerful portrayal of emotions until it’s ready to explain things.
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