This damn show was supposed to air last season but was pushed back due to some difficulties and I gave up my hopes on it being aired this year.  But thankfully, it’s here and I’m going to bring you a lot of damn full coverage of this OVA.  I won’t give you a history of this show, but DIVINE can at RandomC.  I’ve been looking forward to this, but I’m not one of those Hatsune Miku addicts that’s been drooling over this, so don’t expect loads of praise.

First thing’s first, this episode is up for grabs in terms of interpretation which means I’m going to give you mine since you’re on this site.  I may be wrong, or I may be right but since I’m not the maker of this episode, I could be wrong since I’m human.  Bashing is only for Troll Warlord so feel free to give suggestions at my possible far-fetched theories regarding this show but for starters, it’s say to say the Mato is in one world and her alto-ego Black Rock Shooter (BRS) is in another slightly less-animated world.

So the long awaited 50-minute OVA begins with… Black Rock Shooter fighting one of her many enemies.  For those of you who don’t know or haven’t figured out, BRS’s theme is blue and her weapon is a gun which shoots explosive projectiles and can also turn into a gun.  But I know that’s not what you guys were looking at – it was probably the half-naked body you were looking at as BRS starts fighting and dodging against an evil red girl with a long sword.  After BRS losses the fight, here’s where we start my interpretations.  The BRS world and Mato’s world are hand-in-hand with each other, when BRS/Mato saves Dead Master/Yomi at the end of the episode, it shows that Mato is really saving her friendship.  Naturally, we can assume that this red-haired girl was a friend of Mato’s but grew jealous of something and hence had this whole fight with her in the BRS world.  Since the red-hair won, I guess that means Mato was not able to save her friendship and lost a friend.  Aww, but when I first saw it, I assumed that the current BRS died and Mato would succeed her but that’s a cheesy idea come to think of it.

Our little friend Mato is starting junior high school which means she is about in her 7th grade.  I really can’t remember what age that used to be (12?) but she’s starting her school year with enthusiasm and a new friend named Yomi.  Yomi is rich and super-smart compared to her, but that doesn’t stop them from becoming two best friends doing things together.  Even though they split up athletic activities (Mato does basketball and Yomi does volleyball), both of them are able to help each other out and get through their first year pretty easily.  It was really obvious that Yomi’s ego would be the Dead Master since 1) her color theme is obviously green and 2) the trailer basically shows that Yomi is Dead Master.

I couldn’t help but thinking how boring the plot was becoming at this time in the show.  I mean, there was a cute cellphone accessory scene where both of them make a deal with each other but it could’ve just been any other school-related story.  In fact since they were in middle school, I’d rather be watching Lucky Star or Azumanga Daioh since those shows actually had good humor in them (both shows had kids who looked too freakin’ young to be in high school, no joke).  I guess people would have to watch this show for the animation and not the story, because it was getting kinda dull.

Luckily, they had interludes with BRS finding her way across her world’s plains before arriving at Dead Palace to meet the Dead Master.  I was surprised that neither of them spoke (except for Dead Master’s occasional chuckle to herself) but the action scenes got pretty good as I saw animation sparks fly all around the battlefield.  BRS had her whole costume on which I think looks much better than without the jacket, but then again I guess anyone’s fine with Hatsune Miku.  I really couldn’t couldn’t figure out why the entire floor had to be checked since it got really annoying to look at but that’s probably because they wanted to show the audience that they actually cared about the animation and drew it out.  Kudos for such a small team of people who pulled that off.

Meanwhile, Yomi and Mato start their second year of school before they are separated into different classes.  Mato starts to hang out with Yuu (who is probably seen as that white vocaloid in the middle of the show) and Yomi begins to grow jealous until one day she “disappears”.  After the detectives are called to Mato’s house, she start bawling at basically her lack of friendship lately with Yomi and how Yomi was her best friend.  She doesn’t end up sleeping but for the next few days she doesn’t get those dark patches which I guess is possible since it’s an anime (duh) and we continuously go back and forth between the parallel worlds as Mato tries to find Yomi and BRS tries to defeat Dead Master.  Boring, but the show finally started to move when Yomi sent the blank text message to Mato’s phone.  Of course, Mato rides her bike to their spot and finds Yomi’s keystrap.  Missing her friend, she wishes for her back and is embraced by a blue beam.

After leading BRS to Death Colosseum, Dead Master uses her secondary weapons and begins to hurl chains towards BRS.  After several dodges, BRS is trapped within these chains of friendship but as Mato realizes that she must look for Yomi, BRS breaks from the chains and goes all legendary on us, breaking Dead Master’s scythe and blocking her chains.  As Dead Master is about to fall off the ledge (which clearly makes since since they’ve only been jumping off building ledges for the last 20 minutes), BRS extends her hand and embraces her enemy.  Dead Master falls down but BRS has Yomi safe in her hands, which basically means that Mato saved her friendship and that’s how we can tell she lost a friendship when BRS lost the beginning battle.  From here, BRS and Mato meet up before questioning who they are and it’s also the first time we hear BRS speak, and she has a Rei/Nagato tone in her voice, but everything is forgotten as BRS and Mato combine to show that they are truly each other’s alter egos and they pronounce that their name is… Black Rock Shooter.

Good animation, disappointing story.  I was expecting a bit more from the OVA since it did get pushed back a lot but I was disappointed.  Not enough to swear but enough to sigh and say, “Well, that’s it I guess” and walk away from my television. Of course, coming up with the whole idea of Hatsune Miku and her alter-ego Black Rock Shooter was a good idea enough so we should all embrace this episode.  Plus, the show actually leads to a possible anime after it so here’s to my fingers being crossed.  I don’t want supercell doing the series though, although Bakenmonogatari’s ED wasn’t bad.


  1. 1 Windaerie
    27 July 2010 at 3:33 am

    Agree with you 100%. The plot was just dull. But the animation during the fight scenes was cool enough, and if they had more good music, it might actually be okay.

    Thanks for the post, Spiral!

  2. 27 July 2010 at 10:21 am

    Plot was dull yes agreed there, great animation on the fighting and school parts too! loved the character designs and crazy hair! great music during both fighting and just talking sections.

    This felt like it was almost two animes in one the school could be a stand alone series as well as the fighting section, would have loved more of an explanation on what black rock shooter was. meaning is she a part of the main girl? or was she created from her, lots of questions there and also wondering if there is a possible 12 episode series in the work.

  3. 3 OneDollar
    28 July 2010 at 10:56 am

    felt like k-on with bleach…

    • 4 kyo tenshi
      30 July 2010 at 1:57 am

      you would think that combination would be ok (being as i like both series) but the ova left u expecting more out of it, well it wasn’t bad not my favorite but at least the animation was good and the fight scenes to

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