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Mar 24
2012

Black Rock Shooter 08 [END]

Final episode of Black Rock Shooter titled ‘Beyond This World’. Enjoy!

Derp Face.

Continuing on from last episode, Yuu continues to pummel Black Rock to the point that Strength decides to kill herself. Of course, Mato was able to intervene though one of the cheesiest way of preventing Strengths death. As much as it was cheesy, I still enjoyed it (even if I did laugh a bit when I first saw it). I continue to find myself feeling attached to Mato more and more because I’ve been in that situation where I don’t have the courage to hurt others and prefer to be hurt myself for the sake of others yet I would hurt others in order to protect those close to me and that’s the exact development we see in Mato as she realizes she must fight Black Rock in order to protect those dear to her.

HUGE FUCKEN MEGA RAINBOW CANNON BLAST!!!!!!

I know some of you might think Yomi is quite selfish for wanting to “share her pain and sadness with others” but that’s what friends are for. We all stand beside each other, help each other stand up when they are lost in despair and share the pain and burden if we could in order to see those closest to us smile once more. This is most likely why I loved seeing the ‘other selves’ all praying and finally standing side-by-side as friends instead of enemies. Of course, as cheesy and funny as it is, the HUGE MEGA RAINBOW CANNON was a nice touch in order to reach Black Rock’s heart and also destroy the world of isolation to create a wasteland where all the ‘other selves’ can live together.

I found Strength’s death really saddening seeing how much development and importance she is to Mato. Yeah I know, I’m a sucker for tears and sad scenes like these but I can’t help it. It was a powerful scene and lead to a happy ending which I absolutely loved to bits. I’m not a fan of the yuri suspicion but it’s always nice to see friends make up and move on. It’s really all part of life when you think about it – we laugh, we love, we cry, we fight and like Mato said, the world is full of many different colours, different emotions which isn’t all good but isn’t all bad as well. It’s this balance of good and evil which helps us learn the beauty of this world and I do believe this is what the series wanted to express using the Little Bird book as a symbol. Even if the world can be so negative, there’s always something we can continue fighting for, whatever it is.

HEIL HITLER!!

Rating: I’ve decided to give this episode 8 out of 10. It did get a bit cheesy here and there but you can’t ignore the fact that Black Rock Shooter handles emotions in a brilliant manner. I was always worried about an 8 episode length at the start but seeing the last episode made me think that any more or less wouldn’t be right. Black Rock Shooter told its story with a nice pacing to it, filled with twist in the places which helped increase our curiosity for the series. It tells a story close to our own reality which we can relate to like how I was able to relate to Mato. I know it’s not a series for all, or even for some seeing as the majority of you don’t like it but still I’d say Black Rock Shooter is a series you shouldn’t knock before you try.

Till next time minna-san!

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  • LeBron says:

    I watched the last episode with a great deal of curiosity. I was really wondering, where the hell does this story leads us…
    But neither the final battle, nor the ending were of any excitement for me. It is truly interesting, how different people see the same things under different angles. While I was watching this episode with a poker face and a great deal of boredom, you were moved and found emotions in there.
    I can't really say that I disliked it… but I really couldn't find any reasons to feel sorry or happy for them. It's not a tragic end, not a happy end… was it an end at all? I can come up with a few ways to continue the story right now =D

    The ending of GC also was kind of a disappointment. I still have that feeling of incompletion… but it still gave me wet eyes for the rest of the day. Even with all it's faults and f-ups.
    And it was my birthday too. Everyone was asking why am I sad. But still, a nice present for my B'Day =D

    I just hoped that at least BRS would have a decent ending.

  • LeBron says:

    Thanks! ^_^

    Well, here's one:
    Since they've showed us Strength and Black Rock Shooter in the very end. And Mato the narration was something like "we will continue fighting for those girls…"
    I guess that is the main premise for a new storyline. For example, they meet a new girl. Let's call her Bamby. At first she's okay, they become friends. But she gradually seems more and more troubled. They decide to help her and in order to do that they go to the "other" world. There, everyone's other selves are being beat to pulp by that new girl's other self. Let's call her "Big Fist Pumper". So she's super strong and terrorizes the world while experiencing immense pain. But wait – they shouldn't feel pain, right? Yes, but she was forced to an ultra nano hyper awakened state which makes her experience all the pain of the people around her and practically invincible. Bamby by the way turns into an autistic freak who tries to kill everyone she sees… so they tie her up.
    So the only way to defeat BFP is… um… to let her feel loved. And the girls combine their efforts to defeat BFP and reach her heart.

    Well… that's a raw idea =D If we put some time in it – we could even write a novel =D
    And there's really no limits to the possible scenarios ^_^

  • LeBron says:

    Nice one =)))
    Now I really hope that happens ^_^

    Also I really consider to stop commenting as a guest and finally register an account named Gureedo
    just so you know it's me =D

  • LeBron says:

    Darn… the name is taken everywhere already T_T

  • LeBron says:

    Thanks for the tip ^_^

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