Time to Decipher this (Black Rock Shooter Episodic: Episode 2)
First of, I’ll like to apologize if this post seems rushed or sub-par (I’m not sure if it’ll be) but I’m typing this really late at night and I’m exhausted. But I really wanted to do this post so I thought why the hell not.
Ok, now, BLACK ROCK SHOOTER!!!!!!!!
I still think the graphics are pretty amazing and the plot thus far has been really engaging. Well, that’s to me of course as some are just plain confused at the plot and the action.
Picking off where Episode 1 left off, Episode 2 begins with Mato trying to go to the Summer Festival with Yomi as she’s trying to keep her word that they will become friends. However, our creepy yandere, Kagari, forces Yomi to stay at home with her and Mato goes home all depressed after waiting for 3 hours.
As it turns out, for some sick twisted reason, Kagari decides to etch a heart into Yomi’s skin with a needle. Mato had dreamt about it but finds out that it did happen when they’re changing for gym before she went to yell at Yomi for simply following Kagari. Mato once again runs to meet our friendly neighbourhood counselor after this, leaving Yomi to mope.
The school counselor carries out her job and speaks with Mato, on how her dream about Yomi getting a heart etched into her skin was also true in reality. She gives some sagely advice, saying that the dreams of those close to each other tend to coincide and that perhaps Yomi only wants Mato to understand her. Fat forward a bit and Mato is at Yomi’s house to meet her but alas, Yomi is stopped by Yandere Kagari on the flight of steps, which she promptly falls down to get Yomi in trouble.
Finally, it comes to the bit where the y explain the relationship between Yomi and Kagari. As it is, they were childhood friends. But one day, Yomi had to move and Kagari chased after the car she was in, only to be knocked down by a car. She has no permanent injuries from the incident, but becomes incredibly dependant on Yomi as she doesn’t want her to leave again. Yomi also feels that she was the one who caused Kagari’s accident to occur and that’s why the pair of them are the way they are.
Mato tries to meet Yomi in Kagari’s ward only to have Kagari flip the shit out when Mato repeatedly calls for Yomi, becoming very very yandere since it seems Mato is here to take Yomi away. Annnnnd, flash to the other world!!! There, Black Rock Shooter is desperately trying to free Dead Master from the chains Chariot has placed her in. But she can only do so much as she fights against Chariot and her odd chariot. Dead Master has to free herself!!!! Somehow. Bright flash and we’re back to reality where Yomi tries to reason with Kagari, of course to no avail. Kagari is clearly intent on keeping Yomi to herself only and Mato banging away on the door yelling at Yomi isn’t helping her keep her cool. But Mato’s words finally reach Yomi and she fights back (Of course she does).
Back in the other world, Dead Master frees herself from Chariot’s imprisonment and defeats her together with Black Rock Shooter. For some reason, a great rend open that begins to suck Chariot into it, presumably to symbolically destroy her or something but it is halted by Black Gold Saw appearing and shoving the weapon she’s named after into the rend, effectively halting it somehow. There after, she opens another rend that sucks Dead Master away. This distracs Black Rock Shooter and Chariot tries to surprise her, only to be decapitated by Black Rock Shooter anyway.
Back in real life, Kagari suddenly becomes real docile and pleasant, as if she has come to terms with Yomi’s words or more likely, her mind snapped.
I really liked this episode of Black Rock Shooter. I felt there was a lot of development and yet left enough unanswered so that the audience will still be intrigued. Personally, I think Black Rock Shooter is all about the symbolism between the 2 worlds and the personas of the girls in both realms. Of course, that is pretty obvious but I think that what Black Rock Shooter, Dead Master, Chariot and the other two are just personifications of their emotions as they literally battle it out.
It’s obvious that Kagari has a dependency on Yomi, born out of her abandonment as a child and that’s why she acts the way she is. She is of course selfish to do keep Yomi locked up and restricted by playing on her guilt but then again, she can’t help it. Of course, what Mato is doing is of course for the greater good as it would aid both Yomi and Kagari solve their problems. All this is of course portrayed in the fighting scenes. Which is a rather interesting way to depict it as it is rather boring to just have the “real life” talking and events.
There’s actually not much else to say about this episode as it’s all already shown. I found the part where they explained Kagari and Yomi’s twisted relationship rather interesting but no exactly original. Either way, Yanderes still scare me. However, how Mato decides on her path of action to “free” Yomi and how she does it was actually rather well done in my opinion. As said, it’s not exactly original but it was done rather well with all the emotions depicted fluently (Yep, Kagari screaming at this part was very chilling).
For the next episode, I suppose we will find out what really happened to Kagari. I have a suspicion that Black Gold Saw is the school counselor and I’m also awaiting to see how Yuu (Strength) comes into the picture in their symbolic battles.
Posted on February 12, 2012, in Anime, Otaku-ism and tagged Action, alternate realms, anime, Black Gold Saw, Black Rock Shooter, Chariot, Dead Master, decipher, interpret, symbolism, yandere. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.