Black Bullet looks at a world that has been decimated by anoutbreak of a virus that turns normal people into huge insects that go onmurderous rampages. The series main focus is on Rentaro Satomi and Enju Aiharathat work for a civil security company as a promoter and initiator. Thiscoupling is made up of an incredibly strong human male as the promoter, and afemale ‘’Cursed Child’’, or one born of a pregnant woman infected with thevirus, as the initiator who is led and directed by the promoter.
The premise is actually quite interesting, a sort ofrecovering post giant bug apocalypse world with rather huge battles fought inthe streets by massively strong little girls. The action scenesare good fun to watch and the fact that all Cursed Children are girls emitsa great girl power vibe. Despite their cursed status these girls still kickmajor ass for the people of the city, even if most of the people they areprotecting would rather not class them as human. The less shown back story ofthe ‘’Cursed Children’’ slowly overcoming the hurdles of degradation and suppressionreally speaks to me, I’d love to find out more about these little girls.
What’s not so good is the fact Enju, at only 10 years old, is constantly trying to get Rentaro toadmit that he wants to marry her, making inappropriate advances on him and offcolour jokes about him liking her panties. It ruins the bond that they clearlyhave as fighting partners and friends. A wonderful example of this bond is in episode 2; after an upset at school Enju goes missing and Rentaro wants to moveheaven and earth to find her. Why spoil that beautiful picture with pantyjokes?!
The character designs and animation in the anime are fantastic; it has a refinedfinish. Saying that; the colouring was a bit washed out,appearing quite dull in some scenes. Sometimes it seemed more effort was beingmade on the enemies than the main characters. Wanting to makethe fight scenes stand out is understandable, but not at the detriment of the heroes. One scene in particular where Enju holds her cheek againstRentaro’s and they meld together was poor, a bit more concentration on thedetails would really enhance the viewing pleasure.
The common enemy, the giant insects known as Gastrea, aresuitably horrifying. Pulsating red eyes, different categories and species,unknown powers etc. Plus, who ISN’T terrified of giant bugs and spiders?
You don’t get too much in the way of information as to howthis outbreak of infection among humans occurs, but over the course of theseries hopefully they delve into that more, what need did the scientistsresponsible have that required this sort of mutation? What went wrong? Can itbe stopped? I would like answers to all those questions and more. As off putting and unneeded as the overly sexualattitude the series has is, it is still one worth watching and who knows but maybe they will cool this down as the seriesprogresses.
So far, Black Bullet is fun, over the top and packed with wonderful characters.