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 Black Rock Shooter, Snow white skin, wrapped in darkness
Sayo's Guardian
Posted: May 28 2010, 12:42 PM


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english subbed Trailer for the anime:
http://www.animedreaming.com/black-rock-shooter-trailer/


In truth I know little of Black rock shooter but I`ll say what I know.

The character "Black Rock Shooter" is one of the idols of vocaloid
The famous Hatsune Miku.

The music used in the trailer is the very song sang for BRS. It was sung by Hatsune Miku and Supercell.

I havent 100% confirmed it but I hear this will be a 50 minute OVA.

I AM VERY VERY VERY LUCKY.
The OVA will be given for free on DVD along with the Augest issues of the following japanese magazines:
Hobbey Japan
Megami magazine
Animedia.

I have mentioned in the past that I buy Megami magazine.
I`m lucky.


Story(not 100% sure):
Honestly I`m afraid I dont know for sure, but I`m sure that people who have watched the trailer will have a good idea.
I have confirmed these though.
The girl with skulls surrounding her is known as "Dread Master" and she was BRS friend(some speculated sister).


I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!
I have been singing it as I walk in the street for the past couple of weeks. Seriously BRS is so cool and AWSOME.

BRS looks beautiful and cool.
The snow white skin with the dark clothes and the blue fiery eyes makes her look beautiful, doesnt it.

Full song(english subbed. Black Rock Shooter WHERE ARE YOU!?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLzOrik5YJ8

Original Vocaloid video(I think, SPOILERS)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFcc-PVoX5E


The OVA will be released on June 30th, just over a month to go.

What are your thoughts everyone!?

I CANT HELP IT!!!! BLACK ROCK SHOOTER IS SOOOOOO COOOOL!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: May 28 2010, 01:36 PM


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... It's not Miku. Ryo just wrote a song about the rather dark looking twin-tailed girl Huke drew and used Miku to sing it.

Good song, though not my favorite. I wonder if they wrote the plot based off the song and the character designer's thoughts or just made up a completely unrelated story to hitch a ride on Black Rock Shooter's existing fame.

I'm not really seeing Bishoujo... looks more action from everything so far.

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But it's only a single OVA ...
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I'm already looking forward to this since it's announcement, really can't wait for this. Earlier it was speculated as a TV series but it turns out to be an OVA, meh we can't always have what we want.

Have you seen the screen shots of the sneek peek from the BRS special event? It looks awesome, they already announced the VA for BRS and Dead Master, but I forgot their names. tongue.gif

GSC already released a handful of BRS merchandise, I'm sure they're gonna earn more tankfuls of money when this premiere. (Seriously want the BRS Animation Version figure when it gets released, but my wallet is already screaming, oh well might as well go for the figma version when its released.)
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Sorry, dudes, but one will be MERGED with the other soon.
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Posted: May 29 2010, 04:37 PM


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As others have noted, Black Rock Shooter is not in fact Miku; BRS predates Miku and is part of a series of characters Huke has made. Ryo wrote the song based on the character image, and Huke's original PV was also based on a rather vague story.

The story is evidently based on the famous fan-made PV that does put a story to the song, involving some of Huke's other characters such as Dead Master. This is the story that the OVA is going to be based on, albeit with some modifications to include other Huke characters such as Black Gold Saw and possibly more.

The two announced VA's are Kana Hanazawa for Black Rock Shooter/Kokui Mato (her schoolgirl counterpart) and Sawashiro Miyuki for Dead Master/Takanashi Yomi. Both of course were in Bakemonogatari; Kana Hanazawa as Sengoku Nadeko and Sawashiro Miyuki as Kanbaru Suruga. Currently, Kana Hanazawa is of course also the voice of Tenshi in Angel Beats, while Sawashiro Miyuki was the voice of Iwasawa in the same anime but is also the voice of Celty in Durarara.

It is indeed due to be a 50 minute OVA, done as the debut project of Ordet, a relatively new studio that had previously provided assistance to other anime studios. Huke and Ryo are providing assistance and advising the project.

The release date was actually pushed back to the end of July. It's also due to be streamed online for free, although I don't know the exact release date for that. Delay announcement: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-...ayed-by-1-month

GSC has released a couple of figures (the standard version plus the Black Blade version) but truthfully, I'm waiting for the Anime version figure they previewed at TAF. I believe there are also Nendoroid versions available as well. Anime Version: http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/25369/BRS...ion+Figure.html



The two videos that Sayo's Guardian posted are switched; the first one is the actual original PV made by Huke and the second one is fan-made based on his characters.

The version used in the OVA trailer is not the original, but the "2M Mix" released by ryo on the Supercell website. The easiest way to tell is with the opening line, which has different intonation between the two versions.

A good general reference: http://blackrockshooter.wikia.com/wiki/Bla...ck_Shooter_Wiki

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Posted: May 30 2010, 05:38 PM


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Darn!
I`ll have to wait another month to get the DVD then.

I just got last months issue of Megami magazine(I delayed buying it because I could get it a few pounds cheaper)and there was an article on BRS.
Besides an awsome shot of BRS and DM(Dread Master) they had various character designs of the 2 in their super states and human states.
Also some facial expressions.
Also 2 screenshots from the OVA.

The first was BRS looking around at a high place.
The second was DM`s face which was pretty much saying "I`m not amused".

I`ll be getting the May issue this thursday, so I`m hoping theres more info there.


You guys might want to check this(watch the sites opening):
http://www.blackrockshooter.jp/

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Posted: May 30 2010, 07:49 PM


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Would those happen to include any of these images?
http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/25525/TAF...ck+Shooter.html

Saw the site, but since it's Flash-based and not normal HTML text, Google won't do any translations. But I downloaded the song a while back after hearing it here. The song, both instrumental and with vocals, is available here for free download:

http://supercell.sc/brs/
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Posted: May 30 2010, 09:02 PM


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First off, thst is incredible.
second yes.
The chbi and normal sized figurines were featured in the article as well as those shots of BRS and DM on the very first picture on the link you posted.

The screenshots I saw were the 3rd and 4th from the bottom of your link.
Those character designs ere in the magazine but were quite small.
The article was 2 pages.

Those other screenshots look awsome.

Thanks for the music link, I`m downloading it now.

The chances are slim but who here collects any of the 3 magazines?
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Posted: May 31 2010, 09:29 PM


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Not I, unfortunately, which means I'll be waiting for subs and/or the webcast, although probably the former since I don't think the latter comes with subs and I don't speak Japanese (yet).

I'm actually hoping Nagi/Gazelle does a new version of the song, if it gets re-released for the OVA. All of her work with Supercell's other songs are great, so I'm hopeful that it happens, although there have of course been no announcements regarding anything of the sort. Until then, though, I suppose I'll have to settle with this.
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Posted: Jun 3 2010, 01:25 PM


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I`m going to assume they`ll use the song from the trailer.
Shame.
Speaking of Megami.
I just got my hands on the July issue of Megami Magazine and there 2 new things that have come to light.

1)Character designs of another character.
Chances scans will come out but the character is a young looking girl in the same school sailor uniform as BRS and DM, she has short grey hair.
She could just be classmate with no major role in the OVA.
We`ll find out soon enough.

2)Is anyone familiar with the Weiss Shartz card game?
Along with the OVA, Megami magazine and ONLY Megami Magazine will be giving away a card with Black Rock Shooter as the character.
A Limited edition card.


Unrelated stuff,
In this issue of Megami I found out numerous things.
Chaos Head will have a port for the PSP.
Character designs for Asobu ni Ikuyo anime finally revealed(for those that like cat girls from space)
Special Sora no otoshimono OVA episode coming soon
2nd Hatsune Miku coming to PSP.


Time to get back on topic.
The July issue of Megami had one BRS goody.
A poster from Black Rock Shooter.

This is it:

[Spoiler=Click here for Spoiler][/Spoiler]user posted image


BLACK ROCK SHOOTER!!!!
She looks so cool!!

Its really good on the violin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlkofWLPGk

I`ll post news that comes up in the Augest issue of Megami that comes out next month.

If I happen to come across the new character design I`ll post it here unless someone beats me to it.

For those wondering I started collecting Megami magazine back in the April issue 2007, that was the 83rd issue of Megami.
This months July issue marks the 122nd.

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Posted: Jun 3 2010, 02:58 PM


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Does it happen to be any of THESE characters? The character on the far-left seems to match the description (short grey hair); if it is then the new character is Black Matagi.

Or is it THIS ONE? This one might match the description as well.

The second-from-left one (right next to Black Matagi) is also confirmed to be in the movie, or at least appeared to be so from an older trailer.

All five of them in their transformed states: http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/590293...black_gold_saw-

(Black Matagi is now on the far-right with the purple flame; Black Gold Saw is in the middle with the red flame and horns.)



As for the song, one can hope, although since Ryo is confirmed to be working on the music in some capacity, I assume he's doing more than providing a song he already released for free a while ago.
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Posted: Jun 3 2010, 03:23 PM


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I`m afraid none of the above are her.
Her eye colour and hair style do not match any of the 5 in your post.
She has brown eyes.

Still I didnt know there were so many of them. transformed states are HOT!
Love Black Gold Saw.

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QUOTE (Sayo's Guardian @ Jun 3 2010, 06:25 PM)
Its really good on the violin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlkofWLPGk
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Posted: Jul 9 2010, 10:48 AM


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I got new issue of megami and am very happy.

4 pages on BRS.
2 were close up and different angle of the BRS and DM figurines.

the other 2 is on the special.
In fact I found on the net, here you go:

[Spoiler=Click here for Spoiler][/Spoiler]user posted image[Spoiler=Click here for Spoiler][/Spoiler]

the magazine has that same image of BRS as a poster.

As you can see only some skethes.


on the next issue page, it says BR*S DVD.

I cant wait till next month.
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Posted: Jul 14 2010, 07:13 PM


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A new trailer has popped up


http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-...promos-streamed


Its the 2nd video.


I`m really excited!!!!

Looks like the 3 magazines will not be released on the same day.

Even if it gets subbed I`ll watch my DVD first before watching the sub.


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Yeah, so 10 more days. Have my BRS and DM figures pre-ordered since they were both 10% off.

The DVD will have subbing with it, in seven languages, so you could watch both at the same time.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-...-in-7-languages
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The DVDs will have the various language subtitles!!!

I so cant wait HAHAHA!!

Check this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZvJXHVonnw

I`M GETTING THE DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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English official website is up: http://www.blackrockshooter.jp/en/
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Posted: Jul 24 2010, 10:53 AM


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In the character section.

The girl on the far right is the one I mentioned earlier with short grey hair that appeared in a past issue of Megami.

Also today is 24th July.
This mean that the newly released issue of Hobbey Japan has released the BRS DVD.

So theres a good chance it`ll be uploaded on the net fairly soon.

However I`m going to wait for my copy from Megami which comes out on the 30th.
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From what's been shown, it's been suggested that Yuu (the girl on the far right) is Strength, based on size, stature, and general appearance.

I'm unfortunately in Thailand at the moment staying in a hotel that has relatively slow internet, so getting access to it right away's going to be difficult until we move on to our next destination, assuming that hotel has better internet than this one. The internet quality has been slowly degrading as we've been going; it was great in Bangkok but got worse in Chiang Rai and is now even worse in Chiang Rai despite the overall excellent quality of the hotel itself.
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Posted: Jul 24 2010, 12:43 PM


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These names keep popping up.
Let me get this straight the origin of BRS is that music video right.

Were Dead Master, Strength(I just heard of now) and Black Gold Saw created specifically for this special.

I dont think this is the case becuase I`ve seen artwork for them for a while now.
So who are they?

On another note,

I found a spanish fandub of the song and it features clips that were not from the 2 trailers.
A small scene featuring strength and a very brief moment of Black RockShooter vs. Black Gold Saw.

Black Gold Saw is incredible.

Heres the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSKfpLJifXQ


The song sounds incredible in spanish.

Can someone help me find a french and german fandub.
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OVA Raw's up
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Posted: Jul 24 2010, 07:52 PM


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the DVD ISO itself does contains subs in different language(english included) as the_one pointed out earlier...


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Weird, maybe they didnt know when ripping it.
Regardless I hope a fansub or DVD`s subs doesnt come out on the net till I get my copy.
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Posted: Jul 25 2010, 02:11 AM


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QUOTE (SagittaMagica @ Jul 25 2010, 12:27 PM)
Uhmm.. they're already around by now Sayo  heh.gif

Just finished watching it...

The way the story is being conveyed is kinda annoying with POV shifts every now and then, but near the end(just as what happened) the annoyance disappears when you finally get to know what the hell you're watching.

Fight scenes where very good IMO, though the very first fight scene makes no sense, atleast for me because I dont know zilch about B*RS. I wish Miyuki Sawashiro would have spoken in a high and mighty manner there too though dry.gif

ED was awesome, I liked it so much. And the anime itself too...

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QUOTE
Were Dead Master, Strength(I just heard of now) and Black Gold Saw created specifically for this special.

I dont think this is the case becuase I`ve seen artwork for them for a while now.
So who are they?


They're all other characters from Huke, and have appeared in previous works. Originally, the balance of artwork was about even between all of the characters, but after BRS took off due to the song, more artwork of her started surfacing from huke as well as others.

None of the characters have any sort of story until this OVA. The whole DM vs. BRS thing was purely the result of the fan-made PV of the song. AFAIK, none of them appear in official artwork with each other so we don't even know if they were supposed to interact or exist in the same universe.

All we have are their names and appearances, no story or background.
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Oh hey, they got Tanigawa Nagaru to help write the plot.

...

Dammit! You're sposed to be writing Haruhi!
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Awesome ep, ah I always drool at the fight scenes, but will they release another one? So many things are left unanswered.

Ryo is responsible for the superb music, I bow down to his greatness.
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QUOTE
Awesome ep, ah I always drool at the fight scenes, but will they release another one? So many things are left unanswered.

Ryo is responsible for the superb music, I bow down to his greatness.


Looks like it's designed to set up for one, given the ending.

And indeed, I am eagerly awaiting the release of the OST.
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Posted: Aug 4 2010, 02:14 PM


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I got it.

I got the DVD.

The september issue of Megami Magazine came with the BRS DVD along with a DVD sleeve.

Another goody was a baka to test trading card.


I found out that the 3 magazines gave a special BRS goodie along with the DVD.
Megami Magazine came with a booklet containing character designs from the special.

Hobbey japan came with a chibi BRS figure.

I watched it. the ending theme and the song in the middle had no subs unfortunately.
I`ll look online for them.

As you guys said the fight scenes between BRS and DM were bloody fantastic.

I found how Mato and Yomi got to be friends cool as well but how these 2 worlds are involved is never explained.

My only complaint with this 50 minute special and its a BIG ONE is that how Yomi disappeared was never explained.
Was Yuu involved in any way? the ending seemed to hint it.

Why did BLack Gold Saw have such minimal screen-time. and what exactly happened there?
And what exactly was Strength doing there in the first place?
That couldnt have been Yomi from Mato`s world because Mato was in her world.

Those of you who are famiar with the franchise , please answer.
Dead Master, Black Gold Saw, Strength were they all created from something else or just specifically this special.

BRS was like an emotionless doll and despite the only form of emotion was reaching her hand towards DM, it was terrifyingly powerful.


I heard that the official DVDA release will have a special remix of the song.
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Hmm - actually I was surprised when I watched it.
Wasn't what I expected after all the hype.

The anime is a young child's school story with the emotions of the story being re-created in the BRS battle scenes.

That may change later if they do more, and there is a cross-over at one point, but that's exactly what this first episode is.

My kids might like it ...
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It is an all ages thing no matter how you look at it.

I get all the hype came from the music video that started it all, that song is just plain amazing in any language, instrumental, piano, violin etc.

I simply wished there was more explanation to the story, then again did BRS(the music video) ever have a story to begin with?

Sigh...
It `d be nice if there was a continuation.

But as far as I can see.

The Black Rock Shooter OVA is just plain eye-candy for the fans. no more no less.
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Oh I forgot to add ... from the start I thought: Mato = Yui (K-On!) smile.gif

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The anime is part of a promotional push, which is why it's being released free online and via magazine. Evidently, someone realized that while you can't make anime fans stop torrenting shows, they'll never be able to torrent physical merchandise (at least until we developed Star Trek-like transporters, but that's a ways off). Although there always is the China option, where I got two BRS figures for under USD$25 each.

Looks like they're setting it up for a sequel based on the ending, with Yuu/Strength as the next antagonist.



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I simply wished there was more explanation to the story, then again did BRS(the music video) ever have a story to begin with?


The original never did. The song is ambiguous in its lyrics referring to some great tragedy, but never specifies exactly what said event is. The PV itself is just that series of animated images of BRS, again with no implication of a plot.

The fan-made 3DPV that the anime is based on has a bit of a story, although again there's no dialogue save for the song. The plot generally follows that of the OVA but there is no appearance by Mato/Yomi/Yuu and more Huke characters appear, specifically Geshumaru's robot (Geshumaru is the girl, the robot is unnamed but the girl does not appear in the PV), Maid Gunner, and Black★Matagi.

I assume you've seen it so you know as much as anyone else. Huke has never commented on BRS directly so any information is conjecture aside from the appearance of his characters, and until this OVA, he's never laced them together into any kind of story.



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Why did BLack Gold Saw have such minimal screen-time. and what exactly happened there?
And what exactly was Strength doing there in the first place?
That couldnt have been Yomi from Mato`s world because Mato was in her world.

Those of you who are famiar with the franchise , please answer.
Dead Master, Black Gold Saw, Strength were they all created from something else or just specifically this special.


No idea on the first one. I assume they just needed someone for BRS to fight to open the OVA; it obviously couldn't be DM so they chose the next best-known Huke character, which is generally considered to be BGS.

Strength notably only appears right before Yuu does, as a way of sort of hinting at her introduction. Aside from that, because Yuu doesn't really do that much, Strength doesn't do that much, although it's hinted that both will get a leading role in the next installment.

All three of those mentioned characters (DM, BGS, and Strength) are previous Huke works. In fact, if I recall, many of the character designs predate the Black Rock Shooter song; Ryo saw some of the artwork and made a song based on it. Some of the designs were appropriated for Anomaro-P's 3DPV, but when Huke and Ordet took over the official project, they changed the character lineup and plot pacing to make it more appropriate for a 50-minute OVA.

It could be due to the fact that several of Hukes better-known characters look extremely similar. Dragon Slayer, Black★Gold Saw, and Black★Devil Girl all have a reasonably similar appearance in terms of physical features; only their outfits and color affiliations set them apart, but these could not easily be transferred to their real-world counterparts, who would invariably be wearing the same school uniform as Mato & co. Additionally, all three are primarily melee combatants based on the weapons they are usually depicted as carrying. Thus, characters with drastically different designs were chosen.

Thematically, I believe Huke might have tried to go for a variety of character designs, and you could read as far into the Yuu-Yomi split as you like (Yuu is short, Yomi is tall; Yuu seems tomboyish, Yomi is feminine).
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lanciferis14
Posted: Aug 4 2010, 10:56 PM


I suddenly got interested in traps. Something is wrong.


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Like the_one said this is a promotional ep, anything can happen after this, it may result to several OVA's, an anime series, or just stopping on the first OVA, you'll never know what will happen.

Regarding Huke's artworks, they can be confusing at times, it can be hard to tell who is included in the BRSverse, sometimes I just look for someone with a jacket (with a white star and stripes sometimes), or with a spine-like horns or tail, and the black and white checkered pattern.
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the_one092001
Posted: Aug 5 2010, 01:42 AM


So I herd u liek mudkipz?


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Regarding Huke's artworks, they can be confusing at times, it can be hard to tell who is included in the BRSverse, sometimes I just look for someone with a jacket (with a white star and stripes sometimes), or with a spine-like horns or tail, and the black and white checkered pattern.


Huke's own visual art style is quite distinctive, and on its own it would be easy to determine which are his characters. The problem now is that after the success of Black Rock Shooter, a large number of imitators have cropped up to emulate his characters and his art style.

Generally, Huke's works are best defined by their overall dark color tone punctuated by lighter colors on character elements (usually the eye flames, but others have different trim locations), lack of outlines in favor of soft transitions, and pastel feeling. When scanned, they often don't appear to have particularly brilliant colors by modern standards, but this is often simply a result of the scanning, and properly adjusted images have good color brilliance.
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lanciferis14
Posted: Aug 5 2010, 02:35 AM


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Huke's artworks are great, I think I have a collection of his works buried in my HD somewhere, I also love his work on the VN Steins;Gate. (Another one of the "I wish I could play it, but can't" games. tongue.gif)
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Sayo's Guardian
Posted: Aug 15 2010, 01:32 PM


The Kind Perverted Guardian


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A BLACK ROCK SHOOTER game has been announced!!!!!!!!!

the trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64FDW2y3v6s&


the video says

"In the year 2032 AD, mankind was decimated. Before she wakes up…. She becomes RPG"

Obviously its going to be an RPG.

Should this be for either for the PSP or PS3.....

You can bet your ASS THAT I WILL BUY IT!!!!!
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