Black Bullet – 13 (END)
「神を目指した者たち」 (Kami wo Mezashitashatachi)
“Those Who Aimed at God”
I would call Black Bullet my guilty pleasure show of the season. It doesn’t have anything in particular going for it and I’m sure that a lot of viewers out there would go as far as saying it’s actually pretty bad. But with a somewhat thrilling story that manages to hit its high points with flying colors and a fairly varied cast of characters that bring numerous views to the same problem — I think Black Bullet ended up being pretty good.
Jumping straight into the Final Impressions, let’s use this last episode as the prime example of how this show managed to time and time again redeem itself from being relegated into the pile of shows I’d eventually finish later. I personally don’t find the idea of exposition dumping that appealing but in Black Bullet’s case I can see why it was needed. Plot holes and unexplained points aside, this show’s world really does have a lot of things going on! Like most post-apocalyptic civilizations, the rules change to fit society and without any explanation I’m sure we’d all be a lot more confused then we already were. Things like how Japan is more like a bunch of territories with their own leaders or just how entangled the Civil Officer system is in a broken justice system — it’s these types of things that just need to be explained in one way or another. But after boring us with an episode or three of just filler, we were always rewarded with a fantastic episode. Be it an epic battle or a huge shift in the plot, something was always built off of the blocks the previous episodes laid down. Sure some arcs had more success than others but if you average everything together I’m pretty sure you get a passed grade.
That said, I think everything in the Tina’s arc was done fabulously and I wish the show followed that style of storytelling more often. Instead of Rentaro just having an inner monologue for 20 minutes, I loved how side characters became the storytellers as we learned what was going on just as Rentaro did.
Pacing and story issues aside, I’ve come to find that a good chunk of people watching this show (including myself) have become emotionally invested in all the characters — something I think we need to thank the adapting studio for. Seeing how characters are usually coated in enough plot armor that even cardiac arrest won’t stop them, one of the biggest things that left an impression was probably just how many characters ended up dying! Now I’m not a fan of seeing characters die for no reason (or in general) but starting with Senju and every single person after her, the story made a strong point that life isn’t fair and bad things happen to good people. Something that prompted me to fear for the lives of the characters I really liked which inadvertently caused me to really care about them awfully quickly.
If I had one true complaint about the series it would probably be the lack of explanation for some of the smaller plot points that I thought would originally have a lot more impact. The biggest being how in the world Rentaro was going to deal with Enju’s ridiculously high corrosion rate. Because after you tell us, the viewers, that Enju is on the verge of turning into a Gastrea you can’t just leave it at that and expect us to be okay with it! Another thing — you would expect we’d get some sort of explanation behind just what a Gastrea is, right? Especially with how the show’s premise is basically built upon them and what not.
In the end though, I think Black Bullet succeeded in being an action packed show that brought out a lot more emotion from me than I ever thought it would. With its interesting premise and charming characters, the show reeled me in and kept me coming back for more by giving me just enough satisfaction before I gave up. Yes, this show does have its downsides but I think this show still warrants a watch for those who are interested in it!
- Kohina is actually pretty kawaii when she isn’t busy slicing people.
- There’s always some sort of malfunction with technology. Makes you wonder how they managed to win the first two wars >>
- Two episodes of people dying in a row :|
- Enju is still best girl<3
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