「黒」 (Kuro Oubu)
No waiting—action now!
Bubuki Buranki is back, and it’s not wasting any time getting back into the action. Which I love—start with a fight, then we’re thrust into a new setting with the characters, and before the episode’s out we’ve met Azuma’s enigmatic (and totally redonkulous) little sister Kazuki Kaoruko, a whole new team of Bubuki users, a return of old antagonists, and a new guy I want to see stabbed in the dick. There’s a lot going on in this first episode, which, if you’re not versed in all things Bubuki Buranki, might be too much. I don’t think they’re trying to make this a graceful entry point to the series. Which, honestly, is my preference. Go watch the first season if you want to know what’s going on! Though even then, you’ll only understand so much.
This series has always been all over the place, and the second season seems to aim to continue that. Which, depending on your opinion, might be a benefit or a demerit. I just got done beating up on Active Raid a bit, but I think it works better here, because the plot always seems to be humming around the foreground of Bubuki Buranki, even if it’s nuts. Plus, that action, those expressions, that Hiiragi getting punched in the face! (That’s what you get, ya perv.) I also appreciate how they toss details in that make you think, like fallen London. Makes you wonder, eh?
The star of this episode was undoubtedly Kaoruko, who is an absolute hoot. While Azuma is an admirable if not always a particularly thrilling protagonist, Kaoruko is chock full of character—boasting, bloviating, self-important, determined. She’s a lot of fun. I’m still not entirely sure if she is a protagonist—antagonist or rival are still on the table, especially when she’s sporting a Black Oubu—but damn if she isn’t fun.
Last of all is this prick, who seems tailor made for instant hatred. Well, mission fuckin’ accomplished! ‘Cause I want to see this sucker go down, and I barely know anything about him. What I do know is that Bubuki Buranki has never excelled in character complexity—side comments like Kaoruko muttering “I won’t let anyone die” is about as deep as it’s ever gone—so I don’t expect him to be revealed as doing what he does for good reasons. He’s a bully, and even if Hiiragi was standing up to him as much due to ulterior motives, I agree with his sentiment. I can’t wait until this guy gets beat the hell up. It can’t come too soon.
Coverage note: It’s unlikely that I’ll continue blogging Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin. Not because the first episode wasn’t good, because it was! Because it’s likely I won’t cover anything at all this season. I’ve got four jobs right now, and I would desperately like that to be three, until such time as I can ditch one of the other ones and pick this fun one back up. We’ll see, I’m notoriously stupid about such things, but it’s probably not likely. Sorry.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kaoruko is fun bonkers, the action starts immediately, and BBK/BRNK is as cartoony and fun as ever. I approve #bbkbrnk s2e1
- Suddenly, crazy taxi. (Reminds me of Istanbul.)
- Hiiragi no ecchi. Kogane no ecchi. Hiiragi no ecchi, again. Stop molesting Kino-chan, everyone!
- She’s hitting on him ’cause of his long ring fingers? Fukkit—roll with it Hiiragi!
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