An exciting start, even with the onslaught of odd female characters….
Black Bullet Episode 1 Recap – “The Last Hope”
I’m hoping that our world doesn’t go to crap as quick as this show seems to think it will. The setting is 2021 (so 7 years into the future), where a parasite named Gastrea has forced humans to live behind a metal wall for protection (Attack On Titan flashes before your eyes here, but the show has enough to differentiate itself.) The virus causes humans to morph into types of insect like monsters, who then wreak havok. Defense comes in the form of a Promoter, our male protagonist Rentaro, and a Initiator, our female protagonist (and loli) Enju. Initiators are made up of the ranks of the Cursed Children, children born with the Gastrea virus, who by plot dictation, are all female.
Honest reaction to the first episode was very positive, and I’minterested in what is to come from this series. The opening shows us a broken Tokyo, forced into a camp, where kid Rentaro comes face to face with an infected Gastrea, who has become a mosquito looking creature. We then flash forward to teenage Rentaro, on a case to catch another Gastrea. This was a solid opening, with good action and an awesome score. It definitely pumps you up and not in a superficial way.
Rentaro’s present day run-in also introduces us to what looks like to be the big bad of the season, and he seems pretty sturdy, putting a snapped neck back in place at one point. He makes a quick exit, and then Rentaro’s off to catch the rogue Gastrea. His loli partner Enju gets to it first (because Rentaro left her behind of all things) and with him they take out the Human turned Spider in a capably animated fight that gives us another dose of action for the episode.
The rest of the episode introduces us to some more of the cast, though mostly just pervy female characters. We meet Rentaro’s boss Kisara Tendou, who pretty much fits the “hardened cop chief who happens to be a teenage girl” trope. Sumire Muroto is a researcher..who makes very suggestive sexual statements….that feel a bit rapey to be honest. It’s the one seriously negative mark so far on the show. Enju is plenty pervy herself, offering herself to Rentaro a few times in the episode, but he’s thankfully not biting. I’m sure it’s funny to some people, so I won’t begrudge them for that, but for me, it’s a tired unfunny trope. At least it’s not Galileo Galelei, with it’s time travelling lol-cest plotine!
However, the episode had plenty of good action, and the characters are enjoyable enough when they aren’t being sexual (it’s pretty tame in relation to other anime to be honest). There isn’t much mystery to the show yet, but it feels like there might be some to come in the future. Either way this is going to be on my watch list for at least 2 more episodes.
Interest level : Medium – High