Sat here for quite some time trying to caption. I got nothing.
“When we’re doing this, it feels like the fact that the Monolith with be destroyed in three days is a lie”
Turning and Turning
LOLi-Defender Approved. Forget that f&#@ing bear.
Well, thanks Kisara. Turns out that was misdirection. It took two days. Stinking wind, always with the eroding and the unpredictable patterns. You’re like how disease shapes history without actually taking any real part in it. It felt kinda odd for both Kisara and Ren to go back to the class, but with the explanation that it would take their minds off the impending battle, it fell right into place. As a matter of fact that lulled me into a false sense of security. Surely nothing wrong with handing out a “What are your dreams for the future?” essay assignment. Right? For that matter, why take them to the Flames of Revolution monument? Or even remind them that they will go see the Genan Festival. Since both remind the people of the Tokyo Area that they did in fact win against the Gastrea, at the monumental cost of lives. To establish a sense of permanence with these girls, and to throw us of the path? Yep. But it succeded while I was watching. Death Flags from beginning to end. And I am one peeved skylion.
Sorry, nothing clever to say here either
The Ceremony of Innocence
There are a few ways to cut this, the massacre of the Cursed Children class. The obvious way is to chalk it all up to cheap death to serve cheap drama, nothing more. There is some weight to that assumption, as you can probably pick your least favorite scene in that context as reinforcement. The Student Massacre late in Valvrave’s S2 is my choice. If you took the scene out, would it have changed much? I don’t think it would have there. So if we took out this plot point in Black Bullet would it have changed anything? I very much think so because we have to see it in the context of the show itself. We already knew that some portions of humanity had gotten just this craven. Since nearly the beginning of the show we have witnessed the police nearly murder another Cursed Child earlier, and then had that followed up with a killing of the anti-Cursed Children faction leader, the escalation is understandable and probably unavoidable. In Valvrave it was shock value, as it was all in full display. In Black Bullet, we get the scene in ellipsis. The massacre matters yes, but what comes after is the story we very much need to follow.
Oh, kick some ass girl!
If we look at it thematically, I think it goes down to Enju. Nothing will erase this from her memory. Earlier she had looked forward to sharing her Magical Girl DVD’s with her class. It’s fitting in how the mahou shoujo looks at the world with plenty of optimism and some sanitized violence, Black Bullet has become the complete opposite of that. At the barest level of storytelling, it’s a story of growing up for one character, and at a larger level, perhaps about society itself. I mentioned this in a previous post. When you save everyone, you don’t really get to pick and choose. That is what justice is. Or it could be everyone on fire at the same time. I think Kisara managed to talk Ren out of a full on Kaji Yuki rage storm in that moment. But will it last long? And how will his sense of justice work when a certain someone makes a return call? For the record I pity anyone that stands in Enju’s way should anything more happen. Or Ren’s for that matter. Who is he supposed to fight for? You fight for you and your’s first and foremost, son.
…while the worst…
…any comments on why she burned this?
So we get into some deep background stuff the rest of the show. It can all come down to: Tendo-sama is a bastard jerk of the worst stripe. It’s not too unnatural to assume that the Minister for so many departments could calculate this sort of thing. A faulty monolith at a time when a larger bug comes courting. But other than just general bad guy shenanigans, what is he up to? The show has already given us full display of villain ball carrying bad guys that are jerks for only that reason, can that change here? But then, it looks like he has set Seitenshi to take the blame for everything. Citizens are already blaming her, and that lottery evacuation has already begun. I talked about the meat grinder last episode right? Let’s also take a look at how Ren defended the Blind Curse Child. Look how that turned around. Or since they blame the civil service now and put them on the side of the “monsters” who do you think did the bombing? (for the record, I have heard the LN is much more brutal…but having not read it I cannot say for certain) With this level of unrest, and this level of unthinking rage how are events going to unfold? Things fall apart .
Troubles my sight…
I would be remiss in not mentioning the growing connection between Kisara and Ren. Looks like they have the OTP status as of now; and a growing family to boot. It does make me wonder how both Enju and Tina would take that, but really, could Ren and Kisara love those two less? Could those two love them any less? How strongly will all of them fight for each other? This is an important part as we got Big Bugs impending. Stupid wind. Stupid disease. What did you folks think?