「東京イリア防衛戦」 (Tokyo Eria Boueisen)
“Defending the Tokyo Area”
After an episode full of loli-goodness, I was left speechless.
Children are the True Victims
This might get a little philosophical but the ending of this week’s episode left me a bit bitter. After watching a huge group of underprivileged girls get the opportunity to let loose and temporarily forget the horrible life they were randomly given because of bad luck, I don’t know what to say about some scumbag planting a veranium laced bomb to leave no survivors. Looking passed the obvious plot point to push Rentaro toward doing something to fix the social problems that the Gastrea pandemic created, I just couldn’t get over how this whole ordeal mirrors the vicious cycle our own society has. Maybe it’s because I spent a lot of my day asking my co-worker questions about how he decided to raise his kids but it pains me to think that all the “normal” children that exist in Black Bullet’s world are going to grow up and share the same unwarranted malice that the current adults have.
But at the end of the day, as much as I hate anything involving the death of children, I’m hoping that Rentaro (who to me represents all the hope we have in society) will somehow manage to avenge all those young girls by shaping the world to be a better place for all the people that inhabit it. Not necessarily because the show is painting him as the hero but because it helps me believe that the real life Rentaros are out there doing the same — trying to make the world better however they can.
Collapse of Monolith 32 and Looking Forward
Even though I think we brushed over a huge plot point involving the Tendou family and the possibility of politics getting in the way of constructing a fully functional monolith, it finally looks like things are about to get real. With Rentaro, Kisara, Enju, and Tina fueled with a deadly combination of angst and disgust, I can’t wait to see just how crazy the last two episodes get. Throw in the surprise reappearance of Kagetane and it looks like all the major players throughout the entire series are going to get a piece of the action.
To be honest though, as much as I’m looking forward to the crazy amounts of action that should be coming our way, I’m a little nervous that there won’t be enough substance to back it up. Maybe the appearance of Kagetane will manage to do something about that but if this episode was any example of how Black Bullet is going to handle the heavy things, I don’t think action alone will be enough to satisfy us.
Random Thoughts / Disclaimer
Don’t get me wrong though! As negative as I may have sounded up there, there were plenty of things I really enjoyed about the episode. Besides the obvious cuteness of a handful of lolis just being cute, I’m stunned that Kisara and Rentaro seemed to make some progress in the romance department. Because last I checked, holding hands in an anime is almost the same as like 2 and a half bases! Also, I hope I’m not the only one who’s happy that as broken as Enju must feel she managed to wipe the tears away to keep the danger that lurks at bay!