Take a good look at this scene. Etch it into your mind. It’ll be very important for the purposes of this post. Alright then, let’s get on with the rest of the show.
— We start things off with Rentaro teaching his class full of precious lolis. Children are our future, after all. Yes, the lolis. No shotas. Boys aren’t our futures. Boys are icky. And yes, yes, our future lies in the hands of young, precocious lolis who all worship Rentaro. Now, even though you see him teaching his classroom here, it doesn’t mean the monolith isn’t still going to come crashing down in three mere days. It also doesn’t mean Rentaro is no longer a high school student. In fact, he’s everything. He’s saving the world, doing his schoolwork, and still conducting classes for these downtrodden lolis all at the same time! Isn’t Rentaro therefore a man worthy of our utmost respect? Ah, anime’s very own Leonardo da Vinci! …w-wha? You think it’s unrealistic that a single kid can have so much on his plate? I’ll have you know Rentaro’s overclocking his brain as hard as possible!
— In fact, because the lolis are our future, Rentaro has them doing a short writing assignment. Each girl should write down what they envision for themselves in the, well, future! Enju is the first to finish, and this is what she wrote:
How incestuous. I can already hear it now: “B-but she’s not related to him!” You’re right, let’s just ignore that Rentaro cares for Enju like a guardian. Let’s also ignore that they’re already like a family with Kisara. The literal interpretation of events is all that matters. Mm-hmm. It is thus very healthy and funny for Enju to constantly fantasize about marrying Rentaro.
— Oh look, Tina Sprout wants to marry Rentaro too! It’s almost like it is a bad idea for Rentaro to serve as a teacher for these girls because they won’t focus on their education! On the other hand, we can now indulge our student-teacher sex fantasies, and well, I guess that’s ultimately more important than these girls’ “education.” Haha, who needs an education when they’re all going to become twisted Gastreas anyway.
— The old man observes everything with a smile on his face as if what he sees is perfectly normal and innocent:
But then again, who knows what he’s done with these girls.
— Rentaro then takes the girls on a field trip to see some crappy monument, but these girls aren’t clueless. They know something’s about to go down, and as a result, they know their lives are on the line as well. Rentaro assures his lolis that he’ll protect them, though!
Yeah, let’s tell these girls that their teacher might possibly die and therefore abandon them! This can’t possibly go wrong.
— The animation is just getting better and better with each passing week.
All season long, it’s been one huge competition between these anime to out-shit each other. Gary Stus aren’t your fancy? Here, have a bunch of girls hide behind a bland harem lead because if they don’t, they’ll melt into goo. Still not good enough? Fine, have a bunch of lolis maul the bland harem lead shortly after expressing their intent to marry him. Still not good enough? Well, just wait patiently for the biggest otaku-pandering show ever when it airs tomorrow. Oh, you know the one. Instead of the girls mauling the bland harem lead, he’ll go and force them into servitude instead! I await the day when a show features a bland harem lead forcing a bunch of lolis into servitude. So far, Rentaro’s only done that with Tina Sprout. You gotta take initiative!
— Is that the face of a man who’s concerned?
More like he just creamed his pants.
— Later that night, Rentaro’s adjuvant is busy sleeping in the crappy tent he’s been provided, but not Rentaro though. He’s still doing it all! He’s staying up to cover his lolis with a blanket.
— Rentaro then shares a moment with Kisara. They talk about the monoliths. They gaze at the stars. Kisara confesses that… that..?! She’s happy right now. That’s it. She’s happy. Even though they’re all about to die, she’s happy. She even says, “At the agency, we have Enju-chan, Tina-chan, and you, Satomi-kun. It’s like a family.” Three of the family members want to marry and bang the remaining member. Yeah, what a family.
— But now Kisara is scared! We might all die! Happy! But scared!
— The next day, we see examples of how Tokyo has fallen into a city-wide panic. After all, only 30% of the population are allowed to take shelter. Rentaro even sees flyers all over the place protesting Seitenshi’s government:
— For some reason, Rentaro immediately rushes to the blind girl we last met in the shopping district. Y’know, the one that had poured lead into her own eyes. Naturally, she’s being picked on by a bunch of grown men. Oh, my heart strings! Why must you play my heart like a harpsichord, Black Bullet? Why!
— What is Rentaro even doing to prepare himself for the upcoming mission? Oh well, I’m sure he always has time to protect little girls.
— In fact, Rentaro should’ve been teaching a class today, but instead… uh, he went to save some girl instead? And as you can imagine, the class full of Rentaro-lovers were not pleased. They even booed Kisara. Nice job, Black Bullet.
— Kisara receives some concerning news about Monolith 32 and immediately tries to burn the information. I guess her family is implicated. Serious portions of the plot are sadly short-lived as the episode quickly shifts its focus back to Rentaro and his classroom of precious lolis. He intends to see them one last time before the big battle.
— But when he gets there, the entire classroom has been bombed into the ground. Boom, gone. Just like that. But we’ll include this shot of a ragged teddy bear just to drive home the tragedy:
Cry with Rentaro, viewers, cry! The lolis have died. Oh god, the poor lolis! Yeah, it’s disgustingly and emotionally manipulative, but did you actually expect anything less from Black Bullet? The show has no qualms about pandering hard to its audience even though this means sexualizing the hell out of the Cursed Children. Is it any surprise, therefore, that the story would immediately turn around in the very same episode and brutally murder each and every single one of the little girls just to make you, the audience, feel bad? These girls were never once important to Black Bullet. Don’t make the mistake of thinking otherwise. These girls were nobodies.
Rentaro kneels in front of their bodies and names each and every single one of them as if they were all individually important to him, but let’s be real. We never knew any of them. We never learned a single thing about any of them. Black Bullet never treated these girls with any respect. They were nothing more than fodder to indulge our fantasies:
Then when it becomes fucking convenient — once the girls have served their purposes — they are mercilessly killed off. Every single one of them. So y’know, you’ll have to excuse me when I refuse to buy the shit that the anime is peddling. The true monstrosity here isn’t even the cruel and hateful citizens of Tokyo. After all, they’re not real either. Their hate is cartoonish and one-sided. They are only tools to serve the story’s aims, which is to tearjerk the shit out of the audience. What’s truly monstrous here is the casual way in which Black Bullet has exploited the hell out of the very same girls it claims to love and want to protect so, so much. Cursed Children are cute and precious, right? Let’s fucking bomb them into the ground! Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained?!
— Every single one of the girls have died. Somehow, the old man is still alive. Hm.
— To top it all off, Enju ignores Rentaro’s orders and bursts into the room with all the bodies. This way, we get to see her break down and cry. Cool. Well, maybe Rentaro shouldn’t have tried to fucking convene a class with an impending disaster looming over their heads. Maybe Rentaro should have known that the unrest would boil over and his precious fucking lolis would be the target of an attack! Oh, oh… are we going to round this episode off with the blind girl being ruthlessly murdered too? Please, Black Bullet, won’t you kill more of your lolis just to tug at my heart strings? Won’t you continue to under-develop every single one of these characters then murder them off just to serve your purposes?
— Haha, Rentaro now sits there and goes through the girls’ short essays. Y’know, the girls had written about their future and all that. Way to go, Rentaro. Way to protect their futures!
— Rentaro tells Kisara, “The guys who have a grudge against the Cursed Children did this.” Oh really? I thought it was just an accident!
— Oh look, there she is! There’s the blind girl!
Quick, throw in a shot of Rentaro’s former students as well:
Crank it up! Crank up that emotional manipulation! And that’s that. One phone call with Kisara is enough to convince Rentaro to fulfill his duties as a civil officer. But then, the monolith comes crashing down. It’s time. We’ve tugged your heart strings hard enough. We will now have an exciting, shounen-esque battle in next week’s episode! Stay tuned, Black Bullet fans!