Let’s go bug hunting.
Greetings and Welcome to another Metanorn First Impression. It is I, the skylion. I am joined by Karakuri for this tag team, and we are going to hit it with Black Bullet!
Yay, it’s my turn to test out the newbie- I mean, uh, blog with skylion. (…He’s not really much of a newbie anyways, since he’s been here so long.) So how did Black Bullet fare?
Enju commands attention
Can I get an aspirin?
Skylion// This is the show I was really psyched about. So much that I downloaded the 480p file to my tablet and watched it on the bus ride back home. I was so glad I did! I loved how they started off with the action right from the get go. Nothing like giant bugs in combat with fighter jets to command your attention. It was so pretty. We had two good fight scenes, and both were pulled off quick and dirty.
I think perhaps the most chilling thing about the gasrtea is not how rampant they spread, the ferocity in which they fight, nor how completely they take over the host and transform them to hideous beasts, but the legacy they leave in such a calamitous wake; the Cursed Children.
It’s bad enough that humanity is doomed to fight back up to the top, but to carry the prejudice they have towards their own progeny is horrifying. Enju would be nothing more than a typical over clingy ten year old girl, but despite the curse, she wants to see her situation as a blessing. She genuinely wants to protect the people she loves with her powers.
Karr seems to think he’s a threat. But just look at that smile!
Karakuri// Maybe I’m just missing something in translation, but there didn’t seem to be that much urgency, considering that some giant horrifying bug that turns people into other giant horrifying bugs was in a civilian area. If anyone came across the first bug, nearby pair who could have really killed it had already run off with more important things to do (because shopping is serious business). Likewise, nobody seemed to care about the EXTREMELY suspicious masked guy who announced that he was going to destroy the world. …Shouldn’t that normally merit some concern? Shouldn’t the only people capable of defending the city be better paid? Shouldn’t people not discriminate against the only thing preventing them between being human and being horrifying bug things? Other than that though, the world building seems really interesting. It took a while for the episode to explain what exactly a gastea was (like, they were obviously bugs that attacked people, but why was Enju special?), but they explained things eventually. The animated scenes look pretty great (the loli’s twintails!!!) too, so no complaints there.
RUUUUDE! These bugs don’t fight fair at all!
Kinema Citrus has grown wonderful field of animation in this show. The character designs are so full of life; nice clean lines, and tons of personality. Director Masayuki Kojima, whose work I must confess I only know from Magical Shopping District Abenobashi commanded some good action scenes with plenty more to come. Series Composition is handled by Tastuiko Urahata, whose best known work in my opinion is Haganai and Haganai NEXT, but has worked on the Saki, Strike Witches, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere franchises, to name but a few. But props go to and awesome voice cast with Kaji Yuki bringing us his not at all cringe inducing voice work, he’s a lot more mellow. But Rina Hidaka (Tamako Market’s Anko, Last Order SAO’s Silica, Hozuki Ferrari from Galilei Donna, and Inu x Boku’s Ririchiyo-sama) is threatening to steal every scene.
All the Cursed Children really need are some eye drops.
You are the Prey and they are the Hunters! Queue the Music!
So in conclusion we got a great glimpse into the action the series will bring, and a hint of the underlying fear in the show’s narrative. I’ve only read a bit of the LN’s first volume, and all the available scanlations, but if the staff can deliver on the material, this show will have a ton of potential realized. Kara?
…Honestly, my first thought that came to mind while watching this was how everyone’s hair looks so unique. Some of it was iffy (I don’t know how I feel about Kisara’s), but I don’t think I’m going to get over how adorable (and nicely animated) Enju’s twintails were. Er, I think I’ve already expressed my thoughts on the animation and story already. The exposition was alright, and spread pretty evenly throughout the episode to avoid the “infodump” feeling. I could probably make some joke about a Kaji Yuki character fighting for humanity within walls again, but I already make enough arm jokes.
Yeah, so this happened!
EXTRA ENJU CUTNESSSSSSSSSS!