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Black★Rock Shooter TV

February 4, 2012

A late starter this anime winter season, very much looked forward to “Black★Rock Shooter”. A rather unique franchise that grew from the ‘ブラック★ロックシューター’song by Supercell with art by Huke, it previously spawned an OAV which I adore, especially from its endearing story with shoujo-ai undertones.

Whether it is unusual or not, am someone who likes this show without any real prior knowledge of the whole BRS lore, my only reference point for specific expectations of the series is the OAV.


Studio Ordet and director Shinobu Yoshioka who were in charge of the OAV, also work on the television series which shares much of its character appearance and world design with the OAV. However, feel that the character designs are somewhat different, whether that’s due to having another animation character designer or simply because they wanted a different style, am not sure.

Must confess that when looking at the series with the longing of it to be a shoujo-ai centric story, the sleeker and more defined character styling of the OAV seems to suit my tastes more in that particular aspect.

Did lament that the short run time of its OAV format was a disadvantage for the story brought in “Black★Rock Shooter” as they lacked time to spend on building up Mato & Yomi’s friendship, among others. Hopefully, the additional airtime of a television series will counter that flaw.

Alas with its projected episode count of only 8 episodes and having introduced an additional character with Kagari, can’t help but wonder if that will be enough time to flesh out the story and the various characters.


The energetic Mato is again voiced by Kana Hanazawa who also voiced Kobato in “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, Susukihotaru in “Otome Youkai Zakuro”, Kureha in “Mayo Chiki!” and also performs in this season’s other shows “Nisemonogatari” as Nadeko and in “Mouretsu Pirates” as Chiaki”.

Miyuki Sawashiro returns to voice Yomi, she previously voiced Saeko in “Highschool of the Dead”, Honda in “Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon” and also voices Kanbaru in “Nisemonogatari”.

Yuu is once more voiced by Asumi Kana, she also voices Miya in this season’s “Amagami SS+ Plus” and tackled roles like Narumi in “Mayo Chiki!”, Mikoto in “Kämpfer” and Kaoru in “Tamayura ~hitotose~”.

The eerie Kagari is voiced by Kitamura Eri, who also starred as Kanade in “Mayo Chiki!”, Allean in “Queen’s Blade”, Kureha in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To”, Yachiyo in “Working!!”, she also voices Miu in this season’s “Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!”.

Councillor Saya is handled by Noto Mamiko, a role befitting her soothing voice, you may remember her from having voiced Kotomi in “Clannad”, Shimako in “Maria-sama ga Miteru” or Yakumo in”School Rumble”.

Looking forward to the rest of “Black★Rock Shooter” which I hope will bring us a powerful story about friendship, love and pain peppered with some shoujo-ai and drama.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Haku1923 permalink
    February 5, 2012 8:19 pm

    Honestly wasn’t too fond of the animated series because of its 商業臭 and didn’t watch the free OVA. Mato in this series blew away that feeling in a heartbeat tho. She’s so cute…><

  2. February 5, 2012 10:27 pm

    Although different in its relationship plot between Mato and Yomi as well as overall feeling so far, I’d still recommend you give the OAV a try, it’s quite lovely with a sweet story. ^^

  3. February 5, 2012 11:48 pm

    Ah, I see. I never really understood why in H.G. Wells’s name anybody would ever like Black Rock Shooter, but I guess now I sorta do. I’ve never been much for the shoujo-ai genre (or really, any ai genre), so I just didn’t understand.

    Welp, I guess I’m not going to enjoy Black Rock Shooter, then 😛

  4. February 6, 2012 5:39 pm

    Besides the fact it originated from a Supercell track with art by Huke, I know nothing of the whole BRS lore, but when I watched the OAV out of interest, I really liked how a core element was this slice-of-life friendship drama between the girls that had just enough of a zest of shoujo-ai to cater to those into that genre.

  5. February 8, 2012 4:40 pm

    Although I like huke’s BRS design, I felt the way how BRS become from a character design, to a Miku MV, and now commericalised media such as anime and game seem a little ambitious. Hence I have some resonance with Haku on the 商業臭 issue.

    I haven’t really imagined this would involve be a shoujo-ai thing, especially as this is not something I really touch upon. May give this a try once it finishes airing, as the other stuff kinda left me a bit of a sour taste for me.

  6. February 8, 2012 9:47 pm

    Maybe, but aren’t many franchises and shows commercially hyped and hammed up for all their worth these days? ^^;;
    I watch it without much knowledge about the whole BRS lore, if it turns out good like the OAV all the better! ^^

  7. February 9, 2012 3:53 am

    @ Smithy:
    What you said is pretty true. BRS feels more of an obvious examples due to its origin and the way it got heavily promoted, hence I personally see it faces a lot more backlash than others.

    I guess it’s a good thing that you went in watching without knowing much about it in the first place, I went the other way round and now it made me wish it were to be more low profile.

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