Black Rock Shooter – 07
「闇を駆ける星に願いを」 (Yami wo Kakeruhoshini Negai wo)
“Wish Upon A Star Soaring Through Darkness”
In an alternate world where girls are fighting just for the sake of fighting, a new challenger arrives who changes everything. But this alternate world happens to be linked to the real world where each girl fighting is actually a manifestation of a real person’s stress and pain. Except for one fighter named STRength who was Koutari Yuu’s alternate persona until Yuu switched places with her. Meaning that the Yuu we’ve known since episode one is actually STRength!
After taking a second to think about how far left field that idea is, I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the contrast between STRength and the real Yuu. Seeing how Saya was written off as a good guy and that I don’t consider Insane Black Rock Shooter a antagonist since she’s hopefully only lost her mind temporarily, Yuu have been filling that void quite nicely. Starting with that awkward break in the music signaling her entrance, there’s just something about her creepy demenaor and love for violence that make her so appealing!
Besides the amazing story which continues to spiral deeper and deeper, I really enjoyed how the story continues to reference the picture book that Mato cherishes. At first glance it sounds like a simple story of a colorful bird that collected colors from various lands until it lost its original color and died. But take a step back, and doesn’t that same story reflect the persona that Black Rock Shooter has? Taking on the burden of killing others like herself in order to save them from their suffering — to the point where she literally becomes insane.
So it looks like my prediction for the future isn’t completely broken! While it still blew me away when Black Rock Shooter shot her own legs to try to prevent Mato from getting control of her body, I don’t think everything is lost yet. With STRength already able to bring Mato out of her daze, I’m hoping that Dead Master’s revival will be the final push that will give Mato control over Black Rock Shooter. At the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if Yuu and Dead Master actually started beating her up tag-team style. But judging from the preview, it looks like I may be on to something.
P.S. Since this didn’t fit anywhere I thought i’d just toss it in at the bottom. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well crafted this anime has been since the first episode. With a story that’s deep enough to garner questions without being too abstract that it loses the main stream audience, BRS quickly went from being one of my low priorities to something I had to watch the moment it came out.
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