First Impressions: Black Bullet


Incoming loli!

Taking place in the not too distant future, humanity has been infected with giant bugs called Gastrea. These bugs attack humans and infect them with a virus which then turns the victims into giant bugs themselves. There is no cure. The only defense that humans have against these attacks are cursed children: young girls who were infected with the virus while still in the womb. These girls are born with superhuman physical capabilities and are able to fight off the Gastrea, with the help of their 'promoters,' or normal humans who keep them in check. This series is about one such pairing: a loli is named Enju and her promoter Satomi Rentaro, who lost his parents ten years earlier in a great war. 

In this first episode, the story is divided into two parts. The first part is dedicated to showing the audience what kind of action they can expect from this series and who the villain is. Within the first few minutes, the audience sees what these characters are capable of in battle, what their enemy is like and who the primary villain supposedly is. The second half of the episode is mostly a comedic infodump that gives everyone background on the characters and what their lives away from battle are like. 

I was iffy about this series before I started it. I didn't know what to expect so I went in with a blank slate and an open mind. What I found on the other side was a mostly fun but slightly flawed series that has potential to improve over the next few weeks. 

If you're looking for a solid action series with a hint of mystery, this is going to be a good pick-up for you as Black Bullet wastes absolutely no time in letting the audience know exactly what they're going for here. They want to sell you on the series with giant bugs and action, and they do a very good job of that before calming down. 

Even in the second half though -- the half that has absolutely zero action -- I found myself enjoying the time I spent with Black Bullet. While I can totally understand anyone saying that they were uncomfortable with Enju's very overt flirting, I was even able to laugh at that a bit and move along without too many issues. 

Probably the biggest flaw in this series is that the animation just isn't very crisp. It's not particularly bad, but I'm guessing I've gotten so used to the generally high-quality first episodes this season that the look of this episode didn't pull me in. I'll likely get over that very quickly, but it was something that distracted me more than once while watching the first episode. 

Overall, this isn't a fantastic premiere, but it's solid and gets the job done. Unless something pretty amazing happens within the next couple of weeks, my instincts tell me that this isn't going to be a particularly fantastic series or one that anyone is going to talk about long after it's over. Still, it should be a decent time-killer every week, if you're in the market for one of those.

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