Monday, February 20, 2012

Black Rock Shooter



ブラック★ロックシューター [Burakku Rokku Shūtā]
Black Rock Shooter (Aka: BRS)
Creator: Illustrator Huke


Manga Series
- Black Rock Chan [by Ringo]
- Black Rock Shooter; Innocent Souls [by Sanami Suzuki]


Anime Series
- Black Rock Shooter OVA
- Black Rock Shooter Television Series
[Open: ブラック★ロックシューター (Burakku Rokku Shūtā) - Black Rock Shooter; by Vocaloid Hatsune Miku]
[End: 僕らのあしあと(Bokura no Ashiato) - Our Footsteps - Pf version); by Koeda from Supercell]



Games
- Black Rock Shooter: The Game
[Role-Playing Game]


[Info/Link - Wikipedia | Manga Reader | Manga Fox]



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Think I might as well post on one of my favorite Character in Japan, Black Rock Shooter.


Before i get way out of topic, this post will be somehow long as i will be putting summaries/review on the 5 series of the Black Rock Shooter.


In my earlier 2 post, i put MAG (short form for Manga | Anime | Game), there is 2 simple reason for me to put 'M' first, followed by 'A' and then 'G';
- 'MAG' look like a word more than AMG, AGM , GMA or GAM.
- If we look in this way; Most (and not all) Manga started out first before getting into Anime and finally ended with a Game, good example that we could look at, are many like One Piece, Naruto and even Bleach.


But even if i say that my reason, nowadays it is very common to see that many series Game start out before adding Anime and then Manga, or Anime first before Game / Manga.
the Tales series game is one the example.


I put up the link to Wikipedia for you to read about at your own pace and time, but before that, let start the long post on Black Rock Shooter Series. 






Black Rock-Chan [Manga]
by Ringo
Published by Kadokawa Shoten in 4-Koma Nano Ace
Latest chapter - 3



This series introduce a 3-5 years old version call Black Rock Chan, with his elder sister Dead Master (Dead-chan). Following little Black Rock-chan is 2 'baby' Skulls, embarks on her little adventure around her world, and with her (Sadist who like little cute girl) Dead-chan. 

The Manga go along in 2 type; 4 strip short story and the normal style.

Well, if you are going for a nice and short laugh Manga, I would recommend this short, since there are not many pages, plus it easy to read and understand.

I personally find this fresh and interesting, unlike the other BRS Series, this go for cute plus laugh, so it is a relaxing one to read, but since there not much update since chapter 3, you can just read it just for a short gag.





by Sanami Suzuki
Published by Kadokawa Shoten in Young Ace
Latest Chapter - 7

Black Rock Shooter, a Black Shooter, with his partner, Ron, who can transform from her scarf to her weapons,  go around Hazama to collect Stagnated Souls.  

The Stagnated Souls are  Humans who died in the Human world and can neither go Heaven or even Hell., went to Hazama to live their dream/desire again.

Black shooters are 'emotionless' girl who go around defeating and collecting the stagnated souls, before bringing them for purification so they can be send to Heaven/Hell. However, Black Rock Shooter started to wonder about her purpose, and learned about Black shooters' origin. 

Dead Master, also a Black Shooter, go around collecting Stagnated Souls, not for purification, but to eat them. And she holds Black Rock Shooter as her point of "affection". 

If you think that all the BRS series are the same, you are half-right and half-wrong; there are fighting but there are many twist on this one. Not because I just a fan of BRS, but i find the story interesting, in the author's sense, and also that Black Rock Shooter is not in her signature costume for this Manga. 

But as i had summarized earlier, you can read this manga for leisure, since it up to chapter 7 currently, and there no harm in following it, although it take a reference long time to wait for another English Sub on-line.



Black Rock Shooter OVA
Directed by Shinobu Yoshioka
Written by Naharu Tanigawa and Shinobu Yoshioka

The story go by 2 different story part, both running and intersect with each other, but they do not happen at the same timing as each other; "The Human World" and "The Other World"

I really like this OVA, although i have to watch 2-3 times to understand the timeline event in the story. But in all, this is actually what make me attracted to Black Rock Shooter, and not when it was first created.

In the Human World
Mato Kuroi, just started her Junior-High and she become fast and good friend with Yomi Takanashi. They become what many would say; "The closest friends ever".

As they also neighbor, after Yomi move in the district, they been together to the point of going front and back from school, handing out and chatting together, and even if they are of different clubs, they both having Basketball and Volleyball in the same gym after school.

However, this did not stay for long, after Yuu Kotari become friend with Mato, causing Yomi to be jealous.

One year had passed, Mato and Yomi found out that they are separated, due to different classroom. This caused the gap between the two of them to be wider, and worsen when Mato start to hand out more with Yuu, as both are in the same class.

Yomi become too jealous, to the point of having "Darkness" in her heart, and she disappear into the Other World. Mato sensed it but was unsure what happened. After school, Mato was unable to find Yomi, and become more upset when Yomi fail to reply her message.

Yomi's disappearance later become a new headline in school, after her parents report to the police. Mato was shocked, and was in a dazed before Yuu console her.

Mato rushed to her favorite place in the town after receiving a empty message from Yomi, and found the hand phone star-shaped strap which she had given to Yomi there. And as she wish to find her friends, the star strap shine and is brought to the Other World and meet her alter ego, Black Rock Shooter.

In the Other World
Black Rock Shooter walk and travel around, as if she is searching for something or someone. And as she reached a castle, she rushed to the top, which reside Dead Master, Yomi's alter ego.

As Black Rock Shooter stretch and offer her hand, Dead Master retaliate by sending her 2 Dead Skulls to attack Black Rock Shooter, but was destroyed. Even when she use her melee scythe blade, it was destroyed by Black Rock Shooter. Finally, she make use of chain and manage to subdue Black Rock Shooter.

Strength also appear a total of 3 times in between from Black Rock Shooter travelling to the battle between Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master. (Most AMAZINGLY, when Strength start to make her move, Yuu step in the picture and become friend with Mato in the Human World, that why i say the timing here is weird!!!)

Black Rock Shooter wake up and break the chain which bind her and walk toward Dead Master. who try to retaliate with no value and when she was about to fall of a cliff, Black Rock Shooter rushed forwards to hug Dead Master, who 'dissolve' and released Yomi.

As the power which hold the castle was gone, it start to collapse, and Black Rock Shooter carry Yomi and run out and back to the Human World. 

The Human World (After the credits)
Mato and Yomi became best of friends again, however Yuu had developed 'Darkness' in her heart.

Directed by Shinobu Yoshioka
Written by Mari Okada
Latest Episodes - 3 [Episode 4 will air on 24 Feb 2012 in Japan Fuji TV]

When i know that Black Rock Shooter got out in TV anime series, I.. was like "OH MY HOLY YEAH~!!!"

As to what i can say, when you watch OVA first, DO NOT and really don't mix this anime series with the OVA. 

The Story plot is all very different from the OVA, and the picture showed that it there is a 'loop'...
I wouldn't go into the episodes but what i would is point the different and thing that one may follow;

-Yomi is more into knitting and drawing of art, unlike her OVA counter-part where she play volleyball.
-Yomi/Dead Master both wear... SPECTACLE!!!!
-Kagami / Chariot is the one who tied down Yomi / Dead Master
-Yuu is Mato's childhood friend since kindergarten

The Loop above do have a reason why they aiming at each other...
-Black Rock Shooter want to defeat Chariot who is tying down Dead Master (Mato just want to be friend with Yomi)
-Chariot don't want Dead Master to leave her (Kagami is using her handicap to tie down Yomi)
-Dead Master is jealous of Strength (Yomi is jealous since Yuu is Mato's childhood friend)
-Strength want to protect Black Rock Shooter (Yuu is very possessive of Mato)
-Black Gold Saw want to kill Black Rock Shooter (for killing her minions... but my sense is telling me that... the Human World alter ego is someone who push her 'mental' pain feeling to other.)


Well, what i post is my 2 cents of idea, after watching the episodes. But if i was to say one thing on this anime, Black Rock Shooter sure can take the beating...

She been impaled and because it anime (and for censored reason) there no wounds on it.


But what make me even more happy is that...

Black Rock Shooter finally WEAR her hoody!!!
YEAH~~~~~!!











Black Rock Shooter: The Game
Developers : イメージエポック (Imējiepokku) - Imageepoch Inc.
Console: Play Station Portable
Genre: Action Role-Playing Game


From what i played, if you are a die-hard-core fan of Black Rock Shooter, you will follow, collect, buy and/or play this game.

The game plots start with Earth left only a few.. and i really mean few Humans to the point that it show only 12 soldier helping Black Rock Shooter in fighting back the aliens who invade Earth call Apostles and White Rock Shooter. But about the game style, it not bad that i like the story instead.

Another thing to take note that about the Action RPG, the fighting style is mostly using the Rock Cannon to shoot, making it more like a shooting game, and there is few part in the story you have to drive using her bike and dodging monster while riding.

If i was to give it rating. 7.5 out of 10. Why?
-1 point: Some parts of the story being too cruel..(>_<)

-1 point: Making White Rock Shooter the Final Boss. (*-*)

-0.5 point: For letting the Apostles invade in Year 2013(Next Year!?) and conquered most of Earth in Year 2032... 19 years gap!??! If you play Mass Effect 3 Demo, the Reapers only take like how long to invade? LESS THAN 1 DAY!!! (*A*)




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