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Black★Rock Shooter (ブラック★ロックシューター, Burakku Rokku Shūtā) is an anime series based on the Black★Rock Shooter Concept and is the second animated project to do so. The opening theme is Black★Rock Shooter, written by members of supercell and sung by Hatsune Miku, while the ending theme, Bokura no Ashiato, is written by supercell and sung by Kodea.

Plot[]

In spring, two girls meet: Mato and Yomi. They each sense something in the other that they lack in themselves, and are drawn to each other in spite of their contrasting personalities. Though initially hesitant, they form a strong connection. But they both have secrets - and in an empty world, two girls fight: Black★Rock Shooter and Dead Master. A strange being Black Gold Saw, watches their mysterious battle, laughing. This is the story of two girls, in two worlds, entangled by the threads of fate.

Characters[]

Main Characters[]

Character Name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
Mato Kuroi Kana Hanazawa Xanthe Huyhn
Yomi Takanashi Miyuki Sawashiro Suzie Yeung
Yuu Koutari Kana Asumi Dani Chambers
Kagari Izuriha Eri Kitamura Kayli Mills
Arata Kohata Manami Numakura Anairis Quiñones
Saya Irino Mamiko Noto Natalie van Sistine

Other Selves[]

Character Name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
Black★Rock Shooter / Insane Black★Rock Shooter Kana Hanazawa Xanthe Huyhn
Dead Master Miyuki Sawashiro Suzie Yeung
Strength Kana Asumi Dani Chambers
Chariot Eri Kitamura Kayli Mills
Black Gold Saw Mamiko Noto Natalie van Sistine
Incomplete Girls ??? ???

Minor Characters[]

Character Name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
Hiro Kuroi Misaki Kuno Brady Minehan
Mato's Mother Kazusa Murai Larissa Gallagher
Yomi's Mother Tomoe Hanba Kara Edwards
Taku Katsuchi Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Stephen Fu

Episode Guide[]

# Title screen Title Original airdate
1 BRS TV EP1-033 How Much More Do I Have to Scream? February 02, 2012
2 BRS TV EP2-061

Dawn Envelopes the Sky

February 09, 2012
3 BRS TV EP3-018

Tears Held Back Threaten to Spill Over

February 16, 2012
4 BRS TV EP4-027 The World I Once Dreamt Of Closes February 23, 2012
5 BRS TV EP5-094 Black★Rock Shooter March 01, 2012
6 BRS TV EP6-095 Hope That Time There Shouldn't Have Been Any March 08, 2012
7 BRS TV EP7-013 Make a Wish on a Star Racing Through the Darkness March 15, 2012
8 BRS TV EP8-106 Let's Go Beyond This World March 22, 2012

Production Staff[]

  • Original Concept: B★RS Project
  • Director: Shinobu Yoshioka
  • Series Scenario and Screenplay: Mari Okada
  • Character Concept: huke
  • Art Direction and Character Design: Yuusuke Yoshigaki
  • CG Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
  • Animation Production: Ordet, Sanzigen

Development[]

Ordet, the studio that previously worked on the Black★Rock Shooter OVA, collaborated with a fellow member studio under Ultra Super Pictures named Sanzigen to produce the 8-episode TV anime series. While much of the TV anime series' setting took roots from the OVA, it featured a different story in a new setting as well as new characters.[1]

The main motif of the TV anime is the portrayal of feelings of girls in emotional pain and suffering. Screenwriter Okada Mari commented that the girls in the story are akin to soft-shell crabs, when puberty poses greater vulnerability in mental health after shedding the "shells" of early childhood.[1]

Most, if not all, of the scenes that featured the Hollow World were CGI work produced by Sanzigen.[2] According to Sanzigen's Hiroaki Matsuura, he originally participated in about ten cuts for the OVA, using CG models as reference material for animation staff to draw, while jokingly considered the possibility of brushing up their quality and using them for the actual animation. When the TV animation project was about to start, Good Smile Company's Takanori Aki suggested to go ahead with the idea.[3]

Over eight years after the anime series originally aired, Discotek Media licensed the anime series for a 2021 release in North America on Blu-Ray Disc[4]. This release came with a new English dub by Sound Cadence Studios.[5]

Other Media[]

Lord of Vermilion Re:2 and Witch Arms collaborated with the TV anime series and featured playable guest characters in their games.[6][7] Docomo offered characters from the TV anime series as MachiChara interactive characters on their phones.[8]

Blu-ray[]

  1. July 27, 2021 (Canada and USA). https://www.rightstufanime.com/Black-Rock-Shooter-TV-Series-Blu-ray

Gallery[]

Full article: Black★Rock Shooter (TV Anime)/Gallery

External links[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interview03". Black★Rock Shooter TV Anime Official Website. Retrieved on June 30, 2023.
  2. "TV ANIMATION BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER". Sanzigen Official Website. Retrieved on June 29, 2023.
  3. "Making of 3D". Black★Rock Shooter TV Anime Official Website. Retrieved on June 29, 2023.
  4. 💿Discotek Media [@discotekmedia] (December 15, 2020). https://twitter.com/discotekmedia/status/1338670556246241281. Twitter.
  5. Sound Cadence Studios [@SoundCadence] (December 15, 2020). https://twitter.com/SoundCadence/status/1338672245443620864. Twitter.
  6. "COLLABORATION(コラボレーション)- ブラック★ロックシューター". Lord of Vermilion Re:2 Official Website. Retrieved on July 7, 2023.
  7. "「ウィッチ・アームス」×「ブラック★ロックシューター」コラボが実施中". 4Gamer. Published on August 10, 2017. Retrieved on April 11, 2022.
  8. "docomo マチキャラ配信開始!". Black★Rock Shooter TV Anime Official Website. Published on June 29, 2012. Retrieved on July 7, 2023.
Black★Rock Shooter TV Anime
Characters Real World Arata KohataHiro KuroiKagari IzurihaMato KuroiMato's MotherSaya IrinoTaku KatsuchiYomi's MotherYomi TakanashiYuu Koutari
Hollow World Arata's "Other Self"Black Gold SawBlack★Rock ShooterChariotDead MasterIncomplete GirlsInsane Black★Rock ShooterStrength
Locations Hollow WorldSchool
Terminology The Tiny Bird & The ColorsOther self
Music Black★Rock Shooter (song)Bokura no Ashiato
La Storia Black★Rock Shooter Original Soundtrack
Related Media Black★Rock Shooter Storyboard Collection
Black★Rock Shooter Series
Anime Black★Rock Shooter (Pilot Edition)Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)Black★Rock Shooter (TV Anime)Black★★Rock Shooter DAWN FALL
Manga Black Rock-chanBlack★Rock Shooter: Innocent Soul
Games Puchitto Rock ShooterPuchitto★Rock Shooter: Pursue the Mystery of the Sexy PlanetBlack★Rock Shooter THE GAMEBlack★Rock Shooter ARCANABlack★Rock Shooter FRAGMENT
Other Black★Rock Shooter (original concept)Black★Rock Shooter (song)hukeMerchandisesupercell
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