Black Rock Shooter – 05
「ブラック★ロックシューター」 (Burakku★Rokku Shuutaa)
Last week I described this series as “unconventional”, but this week led me to believe that “disturbing” works just as well. There’s just something really creepy about a real-world setting where someone is clearly disturbed yet pretends to be taking it well on the surface. I didn’t think it was possible, but Yomi is actually proving to be creepier than Kagari in some regards, mostly because she looks like she’s cursing people with bracelets made from her own hair and only a push away from taking those scissors to her own wrists.
It’s unsettling, but the good kind of unsettling, as Black Rock Shooter continues to deliver emotionally powerful depictions in the regular world that rival the masterfully choreographed battles in the alternate one. I thoroughly enjoyed all the psychotic vibes I got from Saya after she strangled Mato for a bit and laughed it off like it was a cute prank (messed up…), and the 3D spectacle of BRS plowing through hordes of Deadmaster’s minions both small and large, but I absolutely loved the Sixth Sense-like feeling that I got from the sudden twist where Yuu might’ve been nothing more than a figment of Mato’s imagination. I was thinking that Yuu’s house wouldn’t be where Mato thought it was and lo and behold it wasn’t. However, that suspicion didn’t take away from the build-up toward the eventual revelation. The same goes for Mato’s tears after only realizing now that her and Yomi’s favorite book has a terrible ending. (Frantic scribbling tends to make my skin crawl, because the end result borders on trypophobia — a fear of a cluster of small holes — which I seem to have an acute case of.)
Now as for what I think is going on, I get the feeling that Yuu is actually the alter ego of Strength and not the other way around, judging from how Yuu referred to Mato as “Black Rock Shooter” and said that she’s her first friend. It’s pretty evident that both Yuu and Saya are aware of their other selves, considering that Yuu confronted Saya about how she’s messing with Yomi, but their level of awareness makes it seem like they’re from the other world. If this turns out to the case, it would explain why Yuu is some sort of transient existence and why Saya is purposely throwing students into depression (i.e. to serve as emotional meat shields for Black Gold Saw). For now, it looks like Yuu’s offer to make Mato aware of the emotional burden that’s being shouldered by BRS has led to some very dire results though, as BRS has lost it in a purple blaze of fury. I’m not sure if this means BRS herself has fallen into despair like the broken star suggested, but it does look like we’ll learn more about Saya’s side of things when Black Gold Saw steps in next time.
Whatever happens, this was an awesome turn of events that was made even better by the soundtrack and Yomi/Deadmaster and Mato/BRS’ screams at the end. Powerful stuff. I can’t seem to get enough of this show.
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