Black★Rock Shooter Episode 8 Thoughts

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Predictable happy ending but iBRS’ beat-down was badass. STR didn’t die after all – I really don’t see how they can die if their human counterpart still has feelings within them. Everyone including the original Yuu is friends at the end and Kohata hooks up with the guy she liked too. Saya-chan seems friendlier to the girls now. Personally, I only liked the fight scenes in the underworld and couldn’t really pay attention to the school life (except for Kohata’s part). But all in all, could have been better if the show went beyond 8 episodes and didn’t squeeze the plot lines.

The BRS finale featured almost as many tears as bullets, didn’t skimp on lofty deliberations or shaky distraught voices, and all in all did a satisfactory job wrapping up an abbreviated series that didn’t have a whole lot of source material to work with, a fact that became clearer as the story progressed. Even the kickass battle scenes, slick as they are, had become a little repetitive in this, the eighth episode. I am a little relieved that I don’t have to watch four to five more episodes of the same battles interspersed with the same philosophizing about pain and colors.

Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed watching it thoroughly. At its best it served up really well-animated and imaginative action while also dealing with teen girl angst issues in a very over-the-top abstract fashion. It sticks to simple lessons – life is beautiful, don’t hold all your pain in, don’t be afraid to open up to people.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, it would have been hard to see this series progress longer cause we would honestly just see more school drama or typical battles. Now don't get me wrong, I loved the show's concept/artwork, and battles, but I also agree with the reviewer, 8 eps is a good place to end it. Hell, even I was happy with the fact that the final ep battle wasn't over the top.

  2. From beginning to end it was glorious madness with intense violence and much appreciated borderline yuri canon.

    I regret not having picked this show and will gladly watch it a 2nd time to relive the insanity.

    Oh, and pardon my language but, "TASTE THE RAINBOW MUTHERFUCKER"!

  3. "UNLIMITED COLOURS!
    LAZER!
    DRILL!
    SPIKE!
    ROCKET!
    CUBE!
    HOVER!
    FRENZY!
    FINAL COLOUR BLASTER!"
    My reaction to BRS's big mother-f**king gun. ^^ For 8 episodes, I'm glad that this series was well worth it.

  4. I actually still don't understand what's really going on except that the "warriors' in the other world represent the emotions of the girls in the real world. But I enjoy the actions while it lasted. Good to see that it's got a happy ending and in which everyone wins and everyone turned out to be a nice person (how did this happen? I don't know)

    • Well that is the point I guess. And I think you get what the story is about. It's suppose to be simple and a kindergarten story actually. The action was definitely the strong point about the series and of course the animation.

      Well remember when the other person died? They lost their memories and emotions towards Mato thus losing all the pain. But somehow Mato is trying to reach them and the pain gets to them somehow and in the end makes them remember the good times they have together and stuff. Thus making them feel sorry for Mato and for anyone else that they have left out. The plot has a lot of holes. So I guess it's alright if you don't really get it. It's also hard to explain myself xD

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