Anime of Tomorrow
Black★Rock Shooter Ep. 1
Initial impression – a rough diamond
Winter 2012 (8 episodes) (title synonym – BRS) (more info)
And so begins the anime that was inspired by a Vocaloid song. The first episode is showing excellence, but comes with quite an emotional roller coaster; leaving me only slightly optimistic about the tone of this series. It would seem that with only eight episodes they’re rushing content and a slower revelation of this anime’s darker elements would have been better—allowing more time to set the mood. That being said, there’s still an air of novelty around the concept of our inner psyches engaging in epic battles as we experience the tumultuous drama of our daily relationships. The art style is also trying something unique with reality looking plain and somewhat unrefined; switching to a sharper and edgy theme when the action starts. The talent of Kana Hanazawa greatly adds to the depth of the composition, which is going to be a necessity to pull off the range of feelings Mato is inevitably going to experience. At its core, Black Rock Shooter is an experimental anime that’s breaking new ground and it’s off to a promising start.