Just two BFFs running to punch Gastreas together. From wanting to destroy the Tokyo Area to teaming up with Rentaro to save it. That Kagetane is one silly fella.
— Oh good, they both scream out the names of their moves when they go to attack. Kagetane might as well reveal that he’s Kagetane’s dad.
— Apparently, two punches are all it takes to defeat Pleiades. Talk about anti-climactic. The best part, however, is that the two of them simply snuck into a base of dozing Gastreas, then punched the shit out of the big one. I find that pretty hard to believe, but maybe they’re just deep sleepers. After all, I’m no expert on giant bugs.
— The rest of the Gastreas go on a rampage afterwards. Rentaro naturally fears for his friends’ safety, so he calls up… Seitenshi. Uh, why didn’t he think of calling her before? Y’know, when the asshole commander threatened his friends with punishment unless Rentaro accepted what was basically a suicide mission? Sure, he succeeded, but only because Kagetane was there to help him. Otherwise, Rentaro would’ve gone down to the pack of wolves in last week’s episode, nevermind Pleiades.
— At least Gado didn’t lie about the fact that Aldebaran can regenerate itself after incurring a massive injury. The special effects here are really weak, though. The airstrikes manage to blow up the Gastrea’s head, but all we get to see a plastic-looking, hollow tube. Really? You guys couldn’t do better than that?
— Speaking of which, Gado conveniently dies offscreen. Okay, okay, what is going on here? First, Pleiades dies like a chump, then Gado goes down without us even seeing it? I already think Black Bullet sucks, but this is starting to feel like a major rush job.
— Oh yeah, Midori, the cat Pokemon, suffered a mortal injury offscreen too, but who cares about her?
— Kisara thinks Rentaro should become the leader now that Gado is down for the count. I’m not exactly sure how you can go from being the black sheep to assuming complete control just like that, though. Even if Gado’s dead, aren’t there people who still agreed with him? Or will they instantly flip-flop to Rentaro’s side as well? It would be hilarious if Rentaro suddenly went all fascist on everyone and dominated them by force.
— Midori reveals, “Because of my ears, I was never needed by anyone.” Uh, really? Are we really talking about Japan here? But joking aside, this scene with the cat loli is still really dumb as hell, ’cause out of nowhere, she tells the guy that she can smell destruction in Kisara: “She is most likely very easily influenced by the darkness.” Okay, Yoda, I think someone’s a little woozy from all the medicine. It’s just laughable that in her most painful moment, she still serves as a plot device. The show just doesn’t care about these girls. Rentaro will sit there and say shit like, “I hope you get better,” but that’s just shallow lipservice. Black Bullet never really goes beyond the surface of “The Cursed Children are cute and useful!” to actually explore their characters, and this scene is just a reflection of that. Oh look, a cute girl is dying. Let’s say some random platitudes to her, then she’ll reveal something juicy about the plot! Yay! The fact that we really know nothing about her or her personality even in her very last moments is inconsequential! Death only means another cute loli will be no more, uguu.
— Our leader then allows Midori to disappear off into the night unsupervised. He and Shoma then find her dead by a tree with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We end up learning more about Shoma then we ever did about Midori. He was excommunicated, blah blah blah… On the other hand, all Midori got was generic bullshit: “MAH OWN MOM DIDN’T LIKE MY EARS!”
— The most bizarre part about this scene is when Shoma suddenly wishes he had been there to finish her off… uh, why? If my wife is suffering from terminal brain cancer, should I be the one to put a bullet through her head personally?
— So Rentaro’s first act as commander is to stab some guy in the shoulder just because he encouraged others to desert. I was right! This is funny! Rentaro then goes, “Anyone else have any questions?” Welp, the power has gone to his head. Yo, if you want to disagree with the guy, just fucking kick him out. Hey, Gado was at least nice enough to do that to you! But really? Spilling blood just because someone naturally feels that the situation is hopeless? What a dick. I’m sure if a loli had voiced her dissent, Rentaro wouldn’t have lifted a finger, though.
— Best part is, Rentaro would’ve taken a bullet to the brain thanks to his actions, but Kagetane saves him by putting up a shield. So great! Our leader is so deranged, he would’ve been assassinated right off the bat!
— Rentaro then swears to eliminate anyone who tries to run. Oh, so they’re forced to fight against their will. Hilarious. In one quick swoop, our hero has become the villain. When Kisara tells him that he’s gone too far, Rentaro argues that everyone’s too afraid of the Gastrea to fight, so this is how things should be. Yeah! Be afraid of me instead! That’ll help you guys fight! It’s not like people can fear two different things at once! It’s not like they won’t grow to resent and try to assassinate you later! It’s not like they won’t just desert at the first opportune chance because there’s no reason to stick around and fight for someone who will resort to spilling blood at a drop of the hat! Good thinking, commander!
— What a badass, though: “…I don’t need anyone… At least for now.”
— Of course, Kisara’s first reaction is to cling to the guy’s back. Yo, I know you’ve become a violent psychopath, but uguu, I’ll always be by your side!
— Seriously? Gado’s initiator wants to attack Rentaro for disrespecting the former commander’s death. Shoma thus grabs her, and goes, “Yo, you’re firey! Wanna team up?” You change lolis like underwear, apparently. The more firey, the better. At least Shoma got over Midori pretty quick. No wonder he wanted to kill her himself. He knew he was in line for an upgrade with Gado getting killed and all. As for the new girl’s lack of nekomimi mode, I’m sure you can pick up all sorts of disturbing paraphernalia to fix that problem after saving Tokyo.
— Everyone smiles afterwards as though we’ve just gotten ourselves a happy ending. There’s just the small matter of Rentaro being a violent asshole, but hey, Shoma-nii has found himself a new loli!
— You know the story has no merit when Miori shows up to lend a hand, but Kisara nevertheless has to be a bitter pill about it. Oh man, the Tokyo Area is in grave danger, Aldebaran is apparently immortal, and my commander has gone full Hitler on us! But ugh, my rival is here and I fucking hate my rival! She whines, “But did it have to be Miori and Shiba Heavy Weapons?” Gee, what should I do during a crisis? Call for help from a random person I have no connections with just so that Kisara won’t be offended, or request assistance from a girl who is willing to show up with supplies in an instant? I have no clue what to do! The sad thing is, I’m sure Kisara wouldn’t even be this jealous if she had been a male character. In fact, there wouldn’t have even been a rival character like Miori to contend with if Kisara had been a male character all along! ‘Cause in these cheap stories, only girls are jealous bitches! Other women are just trying to steal her man!
— In any case, Miori has come prepared with a superbomb that can completely annihilate Aldebaran. Our hero will just have to plant the bomb inside the damn Gastrea. Hey, just do what you did to Pleiades! Walk up to Aldebaran while it’s asleep, then punch the bomb into its gut!
— You think I’m joking, but really, that’s the plan, more or less. Rentaro will be the one to plant the bomb because only he can penetrate Aldebaran’s hard shell or something. Just think of it as one of your tsundere lolis. I’m sure you’ll have no problems penetrating that hard shell at that point. As the bomb is about to go off, Aldebaran will go, “Uguu, it’s not like I wanted to blow up for you or anything…”
— The final battle will take place at the Flames of Revolution, the same place Rentaro had taken his now-dead lolis. Cue a bunch of sad memories flooding back into the picture. Enju asks, “Rentaro, I don’t understand… Why does the Stolen Generation do such terrible things to the Cursed Children?” Nobody can give you a good answer, because we haven’t bothered to give any depth to the story! Herp derp, you guys have Gastrea blood inside you, so we hate you, but at the same time, we depend solely upon you to protect us from the enemy. So we’re going to murder you anyway, which will screw us in the end but that’s okay because that’s how discrimination works! Sure, that makes a whole lot of sense.
— What people fail to realize is that discrimination exists in the real world because it is profitable. People don’t just hate because they can. People don’t just hate because we are different. People don’t just randomly decide that one race is superior to another. Rather, they do so because it is ultimately profitable to hate. They hate because it is in their best interests to do so. Hey look, that piece of land looks mighty nice! Boy, it would be a shame if I suddenly thought it was my white man’s burden to liberate you fine folks from your land! Likewise, slavery was profitable, and racism arose as a justification for its practice. It wasn’t the other way around. People didn’t go, “Ugh, they’re black. Let’s enslave them!” ‘Cause hey, there were white slaves too!
In fact, people had been keeping white slaves for the longest time before they finally decided black slaves were even cheaper and easier to control! Racism merely served as a convenient way to argue that, “Hey, you white slaves aren’t like them! Sure, we’ve exploited you, but we’ll exploit them harder! So join us in their exploitation, ’cause if they weren’t around, you’d be next!” In Black Bullet, the discrimination doesn’t make any sense. There’s no short- or long-term benefit to killing the Cursed Children whatsoever, especially when the Cursed Children are humanity’s only hope against the Gastreas. That’s just not how it has ever worked. This discrimination is just an oh-so-sad thing that has been put into the story in order to manipulate our emotions. They hate cute, little lolis! How can they hate cute, little lolis!
— I like how the wannabe mass murderer Kagetane is now a core part of Rentaro’s team. Even better, he’s affectionately referred to as the joker in Rentaro’s deck of cards. Yes, Kagetane had murdered scores of people in the first half of the series, but he’s now my nakama! NAKAMA!
— Remember Seitenshi’s former bodyguard, though? The guy who wanted Seitenshi all to himself? Yeah, he’s back. And yeah, he’s going to sabotage the entire plan to save Tokyo from absolute destruction just to get back at Rentaro. Yep, that’s Black Bullet for you.