Black Rock Shooter OVA
Hey guys! Tofu here, this would be my first ani-post on Sekijitsu and there’s nothing else more epic than to take the first step into the world of ani-blogging by starting off with a Black Rock Shooter post! Which will be the first ever insight on Sekijitsu just for you curious folks who are still wondering if it’s worth watching or not. Let’s get started!
We first take a look into the alternate world where Black Rock Shooter (Left) and Gold Saw (Right) begin to fight in mid-air, exchanging devastating blows. After Black Rock Shooter falls to the ground, Gold Saw follows up with a powerful stab through the chest, which Black Rock Shooter could not avoid.
The title of the anime, “Black Rock Shooter” shows up as we are then taken into the real world of a young girl named Kuroi Mato. (Voiced by Hanazawa Kana) Mato leaves for junior high after waking up, but before that, she takes in the beautiful scenery on top of a hill close by. Mato then realizes she’s going to be late for the train and heads off! Meanwhile, Black Rock Shooter is staring into the far distance.
While Mato walks to school, Mato catches an elegant girl, named Yomi, (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro) walking to school. During class, Mato decides to check up Yomi’s name on the student list during class. Meanwhile, we see another glimpse of the alternate world where Black Rock Shooter is walking towards a destination.
After school assembly, Mato gathers up all the courage she has and converses with Yomi. The two becomes great friends afterwards. On the other hand, Black Rock Shooter has finally reached her destination, what can it possibly be!?
On the other side of the alternate world, an unknown figure stares towards the distance… We then move back to the school where Mato shows off her basketball skills during club practice, while the volleyball team catches Yomi’s interest. Yomi then signs up for volleyball so she could be close to Mato during club activities. Whilst in the alternate world, Black Rock Shooter faces off with a new enemy named Dead Master.
After school, Mato finds something that looks the same as her phone strap and buys it for Yomi. She then takes her to the special hill earlier in the anime. Mato asks Yomi to stay and live here with her and Yomi replies yes. Meanwhile, the battle between Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master continues!
On the other side of the alternate world, the unknown girl leaps from the cliff and disappears. At school, Mato injures herself and is being aided by a unknown girl. Yomi waits for Mato after school worried sick. She then sees Mato accompanied by the unknown girl but is fine. We skip all the way towards the second year of junior high school where Mato and Yomi aren’t in the same class anymore but rather, the same girl, who is introduced as Yuu (voiced by Kana Asumi), is in the same class as Mato.
Mato and Yuu are getting closer while Yomi seems to be left out during school. As a good friend she doesn’t want to tell Mato about this jealousy of hers, but instead, keeps it bottled up until one day, Yomi falls into despair and disappears. Whilst in the alternate world, Black Rock Shooter was able to finally defeat the two flying skulls. Dead Master then lures Black Rock Shooter into a long, dark hall.
After realizing Yomi had disappeared, Mato is desperate to contact her, but Yomi doesn’t reply. She soon falls into sadness and cries on her bed. While on the other side, Black Rock Shooter continues to fight against Dead Master but soon gets defeated.
Mato is ever more depressed the next day whilst lying on her bed till Yomi sends a text message with nothing in it. Out of desperation, Mato decides to bike ride out to the hill, in hope she’d meet Yomi. She finds the phone strap that Yomi had left on the ground. Mato retrieves it and desperately calls out in the open for Yomi. Her feelings triggered a gate to the alternate world to open.
Black Rock Shooter, who is now chained up by Dead Master, forces out of the chains and walks towards Dead Master. Shocked as to how strong Black Rock Shooter is, Dead Master starts to panic. She steps back towards the edge, where she trips and falls, but Black Rock Shooter grabs hold of her just in time.
As Black Rock Shooter embraces Dead Master; Yomi, who is engulfed by Dead Master, struggles to force her out. After a relentless struggle, Yomi was able to shove Dead Master out of her body (who possessed her) over the edge where she fell and disappeared; leaving an unconscious Yomi in Black Rock Shooter’s arms. With Yomi in her arms, Black Rock Shooter escapes from the crumbling alternate world.
Mato enters the alternate world and is asked by Black Rock Shooter if she wants to save Yomi. Mato does not wish to save Yomi but to walk side by side with her once again. Black Rock Shooter acknowledges her resolve and is asked who she is. As their souls merge together, Black Rock Shooter announces her name to Mato and leaves us with goose bumps as the end credits play.
After the credits, the three girls walk home together after school, but Yuu seems very lost in despair…
End Thoughts: What a huge post! I’m exhausted! But I have to say, those were the best ever fighting scenes I’ve ever come across in my life! Never have I seen such a smooth yet exhilarating fight between two people! Mato is just LOVE in Black Rock Shooter. She’s voiced by Kana Hanazawa and has a positive and fun personality towards her, which is adorable!
The art in Black Rock Shooter is absolutely amazing! How the fights between Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master flowed gave me goose bumps. The use of the camera angles where Black Rock Shooter travelled towards the church was well done in capturing the art in Black Rock Shooter. During the hill scenery in the real world, you could feel the warmth of the town from just staring into the distance with Mato, giving you this unexplainable feeling.
Although there are many conspiracies towards its storyline and plot, I for one, believe it was well made. I understood the connection between the two worlds and the main characters and it just moved me… I’d say that the alternate characters like Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master represent their inner self or feelings they hold, Mato as a heroic trying to lend a hand of help and Yomi with jealousy of a new friend, you could say it’s like a debate inside of you between your different emotions but represented in an alternate world with their inner selves fighting each other.
Remember that this is a circle narrative so basically Mato at the end becomes Black Rock Shooter and goes into the alternate world to find and defeat the darkness within Yomi’s heart. I’ve seen this at least 6 times already and I still get goose bumps! But of course, there are many haters out there for Black Rock Shooter because its story line is said to be weak…
Even so, I would recommend this show to anyone willing to give it a shot or those who like circle narratives. Sadly in the present, there is no hard facts on whether there will be a continuation on Black Rock Shooter or if it will just stay as a stand-alone OVA.
Rating: I’ll give this show a 8.5 out of 10 overall regarding a whole audience opinion. Ever so more, thanks for giving up your time to read this huge BRS post, till next time, take us out Mato!