I’d believe it. Rentaro will naturally try to deny it, but don’t believe his lies. Anyway, I’m too lazy to write a normal post, so I’ll just write down a bunch of scattered observations.
— As you can see from the screenshot above, Rentaro takes Tina Sprout to go see Sumire. The girl is sure that Ayn Rand will come after her, so she seeks Sumire’s counsel. Is it really safe for Tina Sprout to stay with her newfound friends? After all, the dangers of objectivism are quite real, I can assure you! Nevertheless, Rentaro promises to protect his blonde loli and that’s that. Crisis over, guys!
— Rentaro and Sumire discover that someone is concealing precious information about the history of the Gastrea war. The funny part is when Sumire clicks on a link only to find out access has been denied. If the information is supposed to be concealed, why are there even links in plain sight for people to click. Nuh-uh, man, your rank isn’t high enough to see the body of the article. But we’ll let you see the title of the article ’cause c’mon, we’re not that mean!
— Our hero’s adjuvant can’t even get a proper-sized tent because they’re not… officially registered or something? This is the case even though Rentaro received orders from Seitenshi herself to create his adjuvant? I guess Seitenshi’s words don’t mean shit in this universe. Still, there’s something funny about how Rentaro’s pitched tent is too small because his harem of little girls isn’t quite big enough. Actually, maybe it’s less funny and more sad, hm…
— There’s this campground for civil officers and their lolis. It’s even complete with shopping stalls and everything:
It’s amazing how relaxed the atmosphere is despite the upcoming threat.
— The episode tries to introduce a bit of a murder mystery into the story — someone has murdered a Promoter-Initiator pair in cold blood — but other than having Rentaro question his Shoma-nii about it later on, this side plot pretty much fizzles out.
— Rentaro is having trouble recruiting more Promoter-Initiator pairs to join his adjuvant. Apparently, there are other adjuvants snatching candidates away as well, but why? Why would you have multiple adjuvants instead of having everyone work together to deal with the latest predicament?
— Shoma’s precious loli is a Model Cat Initiator and that’s why she can extend her nails out like claws. Not only that, she has cat ears. Great, they are Pokemon. Except, well, if there are different models, why is it that I have yet to see two of the same models in one place? Ah well. Midori can be identified by her ridiculous get-up. She’s wearing a sailor shirt, but also one of those silly witch’s hats as well. It’s like someone was dissatisfied with Touhou because it lacks men bossing little girls around, so thus Black Bullet was born.
— I like how Rentaro’s adjuvant is near complete with just a total of three Promoter-Initiator pairs. Ideally, Rentaro wants five pairs, but gosh, it’s just been so difficult to find worthy candidates! Even at ten members, however, I find this woefully small for a task force that will supposedly defend Tokyo from an entire army of murderous Gastrea. After all, the show made this big deal out of Seitenshi giving our main character this all-important task, and all he does is recruit a couple of friends. Plus, maybe the recruitment process wouldn’t have been so difficult if he hadn’t dragged his feet and went shopping with his blonde loli.
— So Rentaro needs two more pairs, right? Wait, no, just one more pair, because Kisara — with her diabetes, weak kidneys, etc. — has decided to join the battlefield. Yay! Wait, does she even have an Initiator? Oh, don’t tell me… yeah, it’s Tina Sprout. And this rank bullshit is so dumb, because Tina Sprout will now start out at rank 9,200. C’mon, man, it’s just completely arbitrary and a waste of time. Does anyone believe Tina is that weak?
— Kisara joins the group without even realizing Shoma is there. She is then shocked to learn that he’s there. Great writing.
— Rentaro is naturally concerned for Kisara’s health. This is where Tina Sprout steps forward to emotionally manipulate him: “Onii-san… Do you not want me to be on your team?” Right, ’cause that’s really the issue here, and not the diabetic girl who has to undergo dialysis. Nevertheless, Tina Sprout’s bullshit tactics work, and Rentoro’s too flustered to come up with a reply. So much for that overclocked brain of his…
— Here’s the commander addressing all the civil officers:
Yep, it’s 2031 and I’m fighting against a bunch of weird mutations. Time to break out the samurai armor!
— If there was a commander all along, why wasn’t he around to deal with the Kagetane problem?
— Here’s Rentaro and Shoma standing right next to each other:
Here’s Tamaki suddenly in-between them for some reason:
Those silly rascals.
— Kisara confesses that she’s only joining Rentaro because she’s worried about him. But he’s worried about her! I’ll protect you! No, I’ll protect you! Rawwwrrwwarwwarwwrr!
But don’t get any wrong ideas as Rentaro’s harem immediately interrupts the private moment. Enju even accuses Kisara of seducing Rentaro. Oh, those precocious lolis!
— For some reason, Rentaro feels the need to make his team reintroduce themselves in a circle. They also have to stick their weapon of choice up into the air:
You have my sniper rifle! You have my tiny-ass cat claws! Yeah, it’s not quite the same, is it?