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PostSubject: Black★Rock Shooter   14th October 2011, 6:14 am

Summary of Black Rock Shooter (**contains spoilers**): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Rock_Shooter
Official Website: http://www.blackrockshooter.jp/en/
The Inspired Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLzOrik5YJ8
The 2012 Anime Series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsHg2T-NjIE&feature=player_embedded
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With a sucessful OVA that has spawned two manga series and a sucessful PSP game in Japan, Black Rock Shooter is being turned into a full fledge anime series that is scheduled to be released beginning January 2012. With this news, I thought it would be interesting to start a thread about it to just chat about this OVA and soon-to-be series.

Black Rock Shooter, is inching into becoming one of my favorite top animes I have seen. The illustrations created by HUKE for Black Rock Shooter and the character that revolve around this series is just simply breath taking. Upon seeing Huke's artwork of the actual character, Black Rock Shooter, Ryo (Supercell) was inspired to to write a song by her by utilizing the Vocaloid Miku and Huke provided the artwork for the music video of this song (as well as became apart of Supercell itself).

While there is more story than action (there are very well drawn fight scenes in this series), the story itself is very captivating. In fact, I only saw Black Rock Shooter earlier this year as I was curious about this series that a lot of people were talking about. I had wander upon the official website before the OVA was released sometime before it was released, liked the character designs but it really didn't pike my interest until a good friend demanded for me to watch it. Since Black Rock Shooter is not avaliable outside of Japan at the moment, I searched for it on Youtube and ended up loving it.

As of now, this series has burned a hole through my pocket as I now own merchandise from this series as well as have reserved for pieces that are scheduled to be released either at the end of this year or beginning of next.

Now, I'm not saying that this may be everyone's cup of tea but I definitely recommend to give this OVA a shot, especially with the upcoming series. Since the series is coming out, fans may finally get answers that wasn't really touched upon in the OVA. This anime can be found on Youtube and has been subbed by fansubbers in three different languages (at least).

So for those who have seen it, what's your thought on this series? Like or dislike? Interested in the upcoming anime? Let's chat ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   15th October 2011, 8:48 pm

I saw the OVA I believe! It was on some site, and it looked interesting enough, so I gave it a shot~ I ended up loving it Smile I also have a little bit of merch, just Dead Master's Scythe on a keychain on my keys (the scythe part broke ;o;) and a black star necklace I gave my friend:) It's a really cool idea. The OVA definitely left me craving for so much more.
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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   17th October 2011, 6:02 am

PrincessOtaku wrote:
I saw the OVA I believe! It was on some site, and it looked interesting enough, so I gave it a shot~ I ended up loving it Smile I also have a little bit of merch, just Dead Master's Scythe on a keychain on my keys (the scythe part broke ;o;) and a black star necklace I gave my friend:) It's a really cool idea. The OVA definitely left me craving for so much more.

I completely agree. Like I said, the OVA left many questions unanswered which was why I was estactic to learn that they were going to make a anime series. ^^

I have Black Rock Shooter as a figma and a nendroid. I have another Black Rock Shooter figma on reserved as well as HUKE's limited edition artbook with a limited edition Black Rock Shooter figma. I'm so looking forward to getting these when they reach their street dates. I need to get the other characters as nendoroid though. Hehe, I love taking pictures of those things ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   28th October 2011, 5:43 am

~*Update*~

The full anime trailer is up! It has not been uploaded to Youtube yet, but it's the very first thing you see when you go onto the series' website.

http://www.noitamina-brs.jp/

The art quality seems to have gone down on the series but that is to be expected. With OVAs, there's a lot of focus on art quality because it usually just going to be a few episodes verses a full on series which typically lasts for at least 12 to 24 episodes. So I am not letting this bother me at all.

What I am very excited about is it appears they are bringing in the character Strength. We got to see a glimpse of her in the OVA but she didn't do much except for walking/standing so it'll be interesting if a battle appears out of this. Death Master is definitely back so yay! ^^

If I am reading it right (which can be wrong since I'm SOOOOO rusty), I think the kanji reads that it will premiere January 2012 at 8:00pm - which is kind of odd since they typically go by what we call "military hours". If someone can read this better than me, definitely let me know if I was incorrect ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   13th December 2011, 10:05 pm

The OVA was really good. I loved the storyline. It is very exciting that they are releasing a new anime version of it.

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   19th December 2011, 6:28 am

Update on the upcoming Black Rock Shooter anime that is schedule to begin airing in January 2012...

The anime will only be eight episodes long. As of right now, there is no word about how long each episode will be.

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   31st December 2011, 10:55 am

Updated information about the upcoming Black★Rock Shooter anime series...

The anime will now be released on February 2nd instead of it's original projected release month which was January.

The anime will have both 2D and 3D elements! The 3D elements only looks to be in the world that BRS and those characters exist, which would makes sense as it would add to the surrealness of their world (vereses adding it to the half-life world).

And a new trailer has emerged!!



While the names of the voice actors for the half-life characters (characters that exist in "our" world) have been released, they have not released the voice actress for Black Rock Shooter. Most people don't realize that the OVA and the PSP game had two different voice actors which were Kana Hanazawa and Maaya Sakamoto.

While I loved how Kana Hanazawa's voice acting works with BRS, I adored how Maaya Sakamoto brought the character to life and hope she returns for the anime series. But only time will tell until it's been stated!

But now that means I have to wait...ANOTHER MONTH!! XD

EDIT: Just confirmed that Kana Hanazawa will also be voicing BRS as well. Oh well, I'm still happy that a series is being created ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   28th January 2012, 10:53 pm


Great news for Black★Rock Shooter fans who would have normally had to wait 2-3 weeks for a fansubber to pick up the series to translate. Nico Nico Douga has annouced that on February 3 that it will stream the new BRS anime with subtitles in eight different languages and English is apart of the list! ^^ This will litterally be one day after the anime series premiere in Japan.

Source: Jpopasai.com

And there is now an English version of the website: BRS Anime


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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   2nd February 2012, 1:56 pm

First look at the new anime opening!!!! The animation looks very smooth already so I hope they keep that up with the series!


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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   2nd February 2012, 3:55 pm

The animation looks really good! I'm kinda interested now. Should I watch the OVA first?

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   2nd February 2012, 4:10 pm

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The animation looks really good! I'm kinda interested now. Should I watch the OVA first?

The anime and the OVA are going to be different stories from what I understood so basically there's going to be a AU between the anime and the OVA. So you don't have to watch them in any order. ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   3rd February 2012, 8:07 am

BRS anime episodes will stream with English subtitles upon the next day at 11pm (JST) after the episode's inital release: http://ch.nicovideo.jp/channel/blackrockshooter

I took a quick look at it today and it indeed has English subtitles. This is the very first episode so I plan to watch it tonight when I get home.

Also, the episodes will stream free for one week based on the Japanese time zone once a new episode has been released.

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   3rd February 2012, 3:52 pm

Cool, will def check it out. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   5th February 2012, 10:09 am

Okay - here's a comparison review between the OVA and the very first episode of Black★Rock Shooter. WARNING!! THERE WILL BE SPOLIERS so I have change the text color to black in areas that have spoiler where you'll need to use your mouse to highlight the text to see the information if it is a spoiler.

Story: From an assumption of only the first episode, the storyline already appears to have a much stronger storyline than was what displayed in the OVA. In the first episode, we already have a much stronger grasp of character development between those "human" characters and a stronger connection between those of the "Other World" (i.e.: Black Rock Shooter, Dead Master, etc). The storyline is definitely going into an alternate universe from the story that was given to the viewers during the OVA but in the end, this decision appears to be the wiser choice.

Art: There are a lot of differences between the opening and the actual episode that I'll talk about both separately.

The artwork on the characters seems to have gone down in quality but not by much when comparing it to the OVA. There are some characters where the art quality, particularly in the face, seems to be worse (mainly on the Guidance Counselor, Saya Irino). Regardless though, this is something that can be easily adapted and forgotten because with the exception to some characters, is minor.

There is 3D element featured with 2D elements along with the anime. From the apperance of it, all the 3D elements that co-mingle with 2D elements only happen in the "Other World". This is easily first seen when Black★Gold Saw first attacks Black★Rock Shooter in the first scene where BRS summons her weapon. This added element though makes sense since it helps bring a "surreal" feel between the "human world" and the "other world". There is also speculation that this was the true reason why the anime's original due date of January 2nd got pushed back a month to February 2nd, in order to refine some of the 3D.


Characters: There has been some slight changes to the personalities of the characters, but this can be understandable since this story is considered an alternate universe as well as to help better support the story that the series seems to be going in the direction it is.

**SPOILERS - Use your mouse to highlight if you are curious**

Mato Kuroi, who is one of the main characters in the story, didn't have much of a change between the OVA and the series but sems to be a bit more fond of the philosophical musings or just "Zoning out" and staring at stuff. Overall, she keeps her "happy-go-lucky" personalities along her excitiable and hyper personality.

Yomi Takanashi, seemed to have the biggest change of all the characters within the anime both personalities and design wise. As for her personality, Yomi seemed more inclinded to try to be friends right off the bat and really attaches herself to Mato very quickly. Although since the story of BRS is now an alternate universes, her personality change in order to serve the story more as she appears to be more unwilling to make friends due to the fear that she will hurt them as well as Kagari's influence. As for appearances, Yomi originally didn't have glasses but now there was a change in the design at some point to where she now has glasses (this was also shown in the trailer originally). Since Dead Master is her "other self", Dead Master also had this design change where she now has glasses.

Yuu Koutari, who some state is more of a supporting character seems to play a bigger role in the anime. In the OVA, she befriend Mato during her second year of Middle School where as in the anime, she is the childhood friend of Mato, who often skips classes. She still retains her role as trying to become the basketball team manager though.

Black★Rock Shooter: One of the most recognizable traits about Black★Rock Shooter was her scars that was always suggested that she received from a battle against Black★Gold Saw, which is the very first battle we are shown in the OVA. These scars have now disappeared.

Dead Master: Since Dead Master is the "other self" of Yomi Takanashi, she had received a redesign where she now wheres glasses. There was also one other addition to her outfit where she now also has a bridal veil over her head. Again, there is a lot of speculation of this as it helps make Dead Master more "creepy" or there may some symbolism going on between the connection between Black Rock Shooter and Dead Master herself.

Black★Gold Saw: There definitely seems to be a stronger presence of Black★Gold Saw in the anime. Her eye randomly appears in the "Other World" almost as in symbolizing that she is "watching" where she had played a minor but important role in the OVA where she was originally battling Black★Rock Shooter. It really seems to point that Black★Gold Saw seems to be in more control of the "Other World", and the anime may answer a lot of unanswered questions that the OVA left even though that this is a alternate universe.


Opening: One of the excitements around the opening is that the Supercell song, "Black★Rock Shooter" who was originally sung by Miku Hatsune was used for the opening. Since this song was basically the reason why Black★Rock Shooter got noticed, this was in a way, a homage to that time. The artwork for the opening compared to the actual series though, is amazing and very little spoilers are given about the anime itself.. It seems that once again, 3D elements were used particullary in the opening scene for the weapons and possibly the models themselves since the animation is so smooth. The opening itself though is not a spolier to those who have seen or read up on BRS but for someone who is new to BRS, this may serve as a spolier though.


Subtitles: Since my Japanese is very very very rough, I was thankful that the Nico Nico Douga was going to be streaming the anime themselves and translating it for fans outside of Japan. Whoever translated this did a good job at making it a pretty smooth ready. As for the accuracy though, this unfortunately is out of my league.


Overall: Overall, I must say that I am impressed by how far it exceed my expectations. While it may have not looked like it with how often I kept this forum up-to-date, I was one of the few that once I got wind of the alternate universe, I started to spectate that this series wouldn't be any good. If the series keeps progressing in the way that the first episode laid out the storyline, then this will definitely be a great series to watch in the end. The only thing I'm still not happy about is that the art quality did go down in the actual anime portion of the series as well as the design changes to Yomi and Dead Master (didn't mind the personality change of Yomi too much but I was not a fan of the design changes).

Since this is a eight episode series, I will do a final review after the eighth episode of the overall series against the OVA itself. Still, if you're interested in watching a new anime, I would definitely give this one a try, even if you saw the OVA and wasn't impressed with it.

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PostSubject: Re: Black★Rock Shooter   26th March 2012, 12:49 pm

As of this past friday, episode eight of the Black Rock Shooter anime series aired. As promised, here's my review of the anime series ^^ I will try to keep it as spolier free as I possibly can.

Story:

The story had a bit of a slow start to where there was some confusion because of it. The first two episodes are believe to introduce the new character to the BRS world known as Kagari aka Chariot and her connection to Yomi/Dead Master. Once that introduction is done, the series dives right into the main story of the series.

The anime seems to revolve around Mato and her obsession with a child's book called "Lil' Birds at Play". This book is constantly referenced throughout the series as you learn more and more about the book. As the viewer learns more and more about the book, the story continues to become darker, especially as you learn about, what fans have dubbed as, "The Otherworld".

The story is filled with a lot of twists and turns making a person who is addicted to cliff hangers on a joy ride because as of episode four or five, there is always a cliff hanger at the end of each episode.

One of the best things about the story in the anime is that it explains a lot between the connection of the normal world and the "OtherWorld" - something that was missing from the OVA and has never been answered/addressed. The idea behind it is actual a very creative idea but shows differences between the other selves.

While the ending for the series was a good ending, it went the total opposite direction as to what many BRS fans were assuming what was going to happen. This was a somewhat of a disappointing factor for the final episode but the last episode did a good job of wrapping up all the issues though. At the last moments of the final episode though, it is left open - which makes many wonder if there is going to be a second season.


Artwork and Animation:

Comparing to other anime today, the artwork and animation is very detailed and well drawn - considering this anime also had 2D and 3D elements within it (majority of the 3D if not all is in the "Otherworld" scenes, which makes perfect sense).

There is a difference though when progressing through the episodes as the artwork quality does actually get better with the "Otherworld" scenes and slightly declines in the normal world. Still, the slight decline in artwork really doesn't take away from much as the decline is mainly due to the decline in detailing.


Character Designs:

There were definitely some redesigns to some of the main characters, mainly Black Rock Shooter, Dead Master and Yomi. The main changes to Black Rock Shooter though was a different design in her coat structure, the removal of the scars that she received from Black Gold Saw, and an added belt. As for Dead Master, Dead Master received glasses and a veil.

While these designs may have not been well recieved at first, this is something that is easily adapted soon and most people found themselves either getting use to the new designs or liking the designs.

As for the other characters, the designs were created by the creator of Black Rock Shooter, Huke. When it comes to the designs of the "Otherworld" characters for Black Rock Shooter, the designs are very mechnized but not to the point where the design doesn't make sense.


Voice Acting:

The entire cast from the OVA returned to their parts for the anime as well as other voice actors were casted for the other characters that didn't appear in the OVA. The voice actors did an incredible job bringing these characters to life and really making you feel the emotional tumorial and joy that happens throughout the series.


Soundtrack:

Aside from the opening and ending song, the overall background soundtrack was very well composed if not comparing the anime to its OVA counterpart. The studio/composer did a very good job keeping the music different between the normal world and the "Otherworld". The music, though, is very much reused throughout the anime though, especially in the normal world.

The opening song, for those who have been Black Rock Shooter fans, was kind of a homecoming. The opening song was "Black Rock Shooter", composed by Supercell and sung by Miku Hatsune - the song that is responsible for the popularity of Black Rock Shooter itself. While there was a change in the music key tone as Hatsune Miku does sing in a lower tone than the original song, it was a great choice and somewhat of an homage as to how far a simple concept art that came from unknown to being known.

The ending song was definitely fits the anime very well, especially after you get through the first three episodes as you can see the reference between the song itself and the characters in the anime.


Overall:

Overall, the Black Rock Shooter anime, while short for being only 8 episodes, did a great job in storytelling and being consistent with the story. The animation and artwork was pretty fluid and detailed pretty much up to the end, minus a decline in the later episodes of the real world scenes. The anime keeps you guessing and assuming at to what is going to happen next, overall the result was pretty satisfactory. The anime appears to be left open for a possible second season (which I am going to guess its going to be based on how well this anime does), it ties up all the loose ends that it created within the series and what other BRS anime fans have had questions on since the OVA release.

While there is an OVA to Black Rock Shooter, the anime is very much an alternate universe, meaning that you do not need to watch the OVA to watch the anime series.

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