Yes, it’s looks like the bug hunt is back on! But first, we got to teach an elementary school class.
/The Teacher, the Subject of…/
It’s like I died and went to Heaven
I think the general consensus is that the Tina Sprout arc was just awful. If this new arc has one thing going for it, it has gotten a much better animation slate. And just to add to the joy, it looks like the writers have gone back to the basics that made the series work. Hunting bugs, and cute girls doing cute things while getting much maligned. Stick to this, that cloak and dagger sneaky plans stuff just isn’t your bag, Black Bullet. Oh, and find out who killed the leader of the Cursed Child expulsion movement. That has ass biting potential right there. Also, what is up with that singing Cursed Child? I know it reinforced how much they were mistrusted and hated, but “poured hot lead into my eyes”, and those jerks giving her a soda can pop top as a joke instead of money? Yes, we understand folks hate these girls, but you’ve sold that already.
It’s Party Time for Tokyo
…need more dots…
On the big story front, we get the sudden apperance of the Level Four baddy, Aldebaran. You have to name your monsters after stars that appear in Lovecraft fiction, baby! But this one is behaving like a Level Five, who have a history of being the only bugs big enough to just plain ignore the odd ball Gastrea repellant field the Varanium monoliths give off. Why does it behave like this? I dunno. If the show is back to not explaining it, then I’ll follow suit by not trying either. It would be one thing if the big creepy just ignores the monolith and just goes in and stomps on Tokyo, but this one just has be able to dissolve the monolith as well. And it invites friends along to the party. So considerate. So with all this in the pocket, it’s up to Rentarou to round up a posse of kick ass Initiators and Promoters. An aptly named adjuvant.
…and you thought you had a bad day?
LOLi’s deserve a Ren dakiimukara
So, now that we have the bug hunting out of the way, let’s get to the cute girls. Both Ren and Kisara have agreed to teach at Enju’s little flyspeck of a provisional school. And while it is all well and good to see the girls eager to learn let me say one thing. Girls this age act just like this. They are very curious about how adults date. And if you think that is troublesome, try explaining ex’s. I had to do both recently with my twin grandnieces. But it’s Tina that steals the show, in a much better way than she did in her own arc. She’s had nothing to call her own her entire life, wanting an older brother and seeing that in Rentarou comes off very natural and sweet. She also hasn’t had a little sister to tease, and it was a rather masterful move on her part setting Enju up; too bad Ren had to be collateral damage. I would say they were planting a death flag there, but she got shot in the chest last episode, and still kicked back. But I love how she was able to underscore how important this created family is to everyone involved. They are less bitter, and their drive is a bit less tainted by revenge. I hope that means they fighter smarter, and you know…not die.
Not only is she a Promoter, she’s in PR department
In moving on the the last act of the show we get to meet the Katagiri’s. With Yuzuki it’s a bit of a work out on the ears to hear Rumi Okubu’s Tohko from Servant x Service again, but she played this character very well. I love that sass….and yes, she can swing from a thread, take a look overhead! Look out! Here comes the Spider-LOLi ! I really liked the combat this time around. It showed off the Katagiri’s teamwork, with the spider webs fencing opponents in, allowing for Tamaki to come in and deal some harsh damage with his freaking awesome varanium saw-blade gauntlets. But teamwork works on both sides. At the same time, Ren was able to keep his one occupied, freeing Tina to lull Yuzuki into a false sense of security. In the end, they got the next part of the OP unveiling nakama.
Magical Girls, etc.
Tina has a new onii-chan to take her on dates, and not buy her expensive clothes; at least he can afford an arcade crane game stuffed toy. As I said, this is Black Bullet’s meat and potatoes, so I hope they stay with the winning formula for the rest of the show. No more suitcase villains, no more cheesy plots, no more non-layered put upon strategy. Let the LOLi’s kick bug ass. With all this in mind, it’s still just a reintroduction…what the next five episodes hold, we shall see. What did you folks think?
Well, that doesn’t look tooooo bad, right?