Rentaro defeats Kagetane, but a Stage 5 Gastrea shows up anyway. Rentaro sacrifices his Varanium arms in order to load a railgun, which he then uses to destroy the Gastrea. Afterwards, he puts Kohina out of her misery because the girl is about to become a Gastrea herself. Finally, he has some revealing talks with both Kisara’s grandfather and Seitenshi.
• Even though Shogen literally made her murder other Promoter-Initiator pairs, Kayo would nevertheless like Rentaro to save the asshole if possible. Awwwwwwwww. Without anime, I would have never gotten to see the true bond between a grown ass man and his loli.
• Unfortunately for Kayo, it looks as though Shogen is already done for:
What a pity.
• By the way, all the other Promoter-Initiator pairs have been defeated. They were probably all higher-ranked than Rentaro and Enju too. Nevertheless, it’ll be up to our hero and his loli to save the day somehow. Obviously, our heroes are not as useless as their rankings would suggest, but since this is so obviously the case, why did the anime even bother to bring up his low rankings in the first place? It ultimately added nothing to the story nor our understanding of it.
• We learn that Kisara’s kidneys are busted due to the stress she got from seeing her parents die. Right…
• Ah, Rentaro’s lost much of his body in an attempt to protect Kisara from a Gastrea. As a result, he’s more machine now than man. Nah, actually, Sumire replaced his lost limbs with Varanium. As such, our hero is the destined savior of Tokyo despite his poor ranking. Yes, that’s right. He, too, is a product of the New Humanity Creation Plan! He’s the next in human evolution! His augmented body heralds in a new age of transhumanism! Ugh, if only the petty concerns of common fleshlings didn’t make it so hard for him and Enju to be so kickass. In any case, the existence of an Ayn Rand character in this story is starting to make sense.
• Kagetane: “You will not retrieve the case. Because… We stand in your way!” Good dialogue.
• Kagetane’s philosophy is kind of stupid: “We were created to kill. If the Gastrea War were to recommence, the significance of our lives will be proven.” Or you could just use that big brain of yours to affirm your own purpose in life. But y’know, he’s the bad guy so he has to be blatantly wrong. After all, some viewers actually complain if the villains aren’t one-dimensional. The only reason Kagetane might even have a point is because the faceless masses in this show have been rendered completely retarded. If it wasn’t for the nonsensical hate against the Cursed Children, the villain would have no case whatsoever.
• So Rentaro was totally going to die, buuuuuuut…
Yes, the magical motivating powers of a loli’s words prevents him from giving up. Rentaro then remembers to stab himself with the those syringes Sumire had given him. They give him super regenerative powers like a Gastrea, but there’s a 20% chance he might become a monster himself. I thus have three questions/observations:
- How did they arrive at this number? Did they dare test it on a poor lab rat?
- Kagetane just stands there and gawks. 99% of the time, the good guys only win because the villain is either too arrogant or too dumb to react in time. Black Bullet obviously isn’t going to start breaking any new grounds.
- Why did Rentaro use all of the syringes? Wouldn’t it have been more prudent to save some in case he sustained another mortal blow? Did he somehow know that he needed all of them to heal himself back up?
• Oh hey, another 16 year old kid with a six pack. Man, those Japanese youths are really getting swole these days.
• All of a sudden, Rentaro single-handedly defeats both Kagetane and Kohina in a matter of seconds. Well, that was anti-climactic. Please don’t tell me those syringes gave him extra powers too. In fact, Kagetane goes down in basically two blows. That’s just how it is, I guess.
• Wait, what? How the fuck would you know? What if she swears revenge on you and Enju for life? What if she goes into hiding, planning and plotting for the day she can murder you when you least expect it? But yeah, our heroes don’t do anything about Kohina. They don’t even detain her or anything. Well, it’s obvious: the lolis in this show are like HIV. Once you separate them from their hosts, they’ll die soon enough.
• So this is a Stage 5 Gastrea. Kinda looks like a disco whale or some shit. Not exactly the threat to humanity I expected it to be. Luckily, there’s a Heaven’s Ladder near by, which is a giant fuck-off railgun that our heroes can use to blow up the Stage 5 Gastrea. I highly doubt it shoots metallic projectiles at near light speed, however; that’s just ridiculous. By the way, this is all Kisara’s doing: “Seitenshi-sama has given her consent to my plan.” Everything was lost, but luckily, this high school kid walked up to a group of adults and told them exactly what they needed to do. They had this railgun the whole time, but nobody ever thought to use it in a way to defeat Gastreas. Thank god for those high school kids though.
• There’s just one problem… we have no Varanium rounds for the railgun. So guess what? Rentaro rips off his Varanium arm for the job! But then it turns out the control room is unable to fire the railgun from their location. Christ, can you guys actually do anything? Anyway, Rentaro will have to fire the railgun himself with the only arm he’s got left. So the kid beats Kagetane by himself, his right arm will be the bullet that defeats the Stage 5 Gastrea, and he’ll have to fire the railgun. Damn, what do they even pay the guys back at the control room for?
• But first, a pep talk from a child. It turns out Rentaro is scared that he might miss. How? The target is huge as hell, and since the railgun supposedly fires objects at near light speed, you don’t even have to lead the target. It gets better though:
Rentaro: “Enju… I don’t want to lose you, no matter what…”
Enju: “May I interpret that as a proposal?”
Yeah, sure, an 10 year old really talks like that.
• When they finally fire the railgun, it sure as fuck doesn’t look like it’s traveling anywhere near light speed. Goddamn liars.
• Afterwards, Rentaro leaves Enju behind to nap as he goes looking for Kayo. The injured girl is about to turn into a Gastrea herself, so Rentaro ends up having to put her out of her misery.
• Kikunojo was the one behind Kagetane’s actions, and Rentaro’s pissed. Remember the new law that had just gone into effect? Y’know, the one that would protect the Cursed Children from discrimination? Yeah, Kisara’s grandfather hates the Gastrea so much, he aided Kagetane in an attempt to summon a Stage 5 Gastrea… that makes sense.
• But then Rentaro simply walks away just because the old man had once saved his life. Yo, you just accused this guy of trying to destroy an entire city with a Stage 5 Gastrea. Do you honestly think him saving your life makes up for that? Are you kidding me? Let’s not forget he wants to kill all of those Cursed Children too, which includes your precious loli. Ugh, this is laughable.
• More twists upon twists. The case that everyone had been fighting over contains nothing more than a tricyle. Yep. Seitenshi has the answers that our hero wants, but she won’t tell Rentaro anything just yet! He’ll just have to rank up first!
• We then see that Enju is nearly at that critical 50% stage where a person becomes more Gastrea than huma. Despite this, Rentaro lies to the girl and tells her that her number hasn’t changed whatsoever. I’m sure this won’t bite him in the ass.