Black Bullet #04 — Armed and Dangerous

April 29th, 2014


Where arms are bullets and bullets are useless.


I can’t say I’m thrilled with the way the ending to this arc went. It was certainly action packed and again, it’s really great that it’s keeping that up for an entire month while many an action shows can’t maintain that for a single episode, but it matched that this week with a truly staggering number of asspulls. The super injections and the super rail gun just luckily sitting there within walking distance to fight the ass-ugly CGI blob monster were the stars of that department. The best that I can say about them is at least the exposition/flashback was brief and to the point.

Even when they weren’t yanking things out of their ass, they telegraphed them so painfully ahead of time, ruining what could have been cool or badass reveals. I feel compelled to draw the comparison of the reveal of half-cyborg Taro and half-cyborg Subaru from StrikerS just for something done a whole hell of a lot better, not to mention not simply told to us a few minutes before. Similarly, with the virus injections. They were an asspull already, but it’s so easy to imagine how that could have been presented better, and since I feel like comparisons, Mushi-Uta would be this one’s.

It at least kept up the pace and wrapped most everything up in a bow (leaving aside the obviously not-dead drowned clown), defeating the villain, killing the uber monster, executing the infected little girl from last week, and then still found time to set up important character stuff for later with him lying about Enju’s death clock, any one of which is I think more ground than Mahouka has covered since it began. The execution part was another extremely overwrought scene that needed a lot better direction. Even just a George and Lennie kind of moment would have probably been preferable to her rambling on about Taro’s goodness and shining light. We get it, he’s cyborg Jesus. Give it a rest or crucify him already.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • ZakuAbumi says:

    “and since I feel like comparisons, Mushi-Uta would be this one’s.”
    Are you a psychic? I’ve been comparing the two of them for quite a while actually.

    Alas, this thing still sucks.

  • algorithm says:

    I can’t say I’m thrilled with the way this story started either. Anyway I don’t see any bright future for this one with Mask guy getting an early retirement.

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    You’re getting way too tolerant of crap in your old age… that episode was garbage and even the so-called action limited, unless you consider Robo-Boy sweating in front of his video game as “action”.

    No matter how you try to spin it, this season is abysmally bad. In any event, good luck with this one, I can’t see how it is going to get better, but I bet that it will get worse.

  • The Phantom says:

    It looks like the literally butchered everything in the source material to reach the finale on episode 4? how the else can we interpret the ending of the episode? Series finale? This was a retarded rush work, they need to pace things better and stop rushing everything.

  • Fate says:

    I was disappointed he didn’t join the mask guy in an attempt to end the world. Ending the world seemed justified given how shitty it is. Would have been a much more interesting plot.

    • CTT says:

      I’ve been rooting for that since the Mask guy was introduced. It’s nice to see I wasn’t the only one.

  • ark noir says:

    MC went all Marty Stu when the 2nd maskman fight began.