Dark Cartridge – The Loli Hugging Anime


Give a loli a hug, won’t you? Wait. Don’t do it. Who knows which agency she works for?

I didn’t expect this show (Black Bullet) to be so.. cute, while dispensing gore at no delay. The studio producing this show (Kinema Citrus) has some pretty shiny clean cels going on here. It’s definitely easier to watch a show if the visuals are strong and clean, but I’m not sure how much this will detract from the supposed seriousness side the show was trying to portray. I’m a firm believer that visuals which synchronize with the atmosphere can elevate a show into higher tiers of awesomeness. Take for instance Mushishi and Mononoke. The art style of the former is familiar. However, it maintains consistency by having character designs that do not betray the location (Japan). Not a single character has vivid blue or pink hair. Mononoke fulfills its art direction and creepy vibe with the closest emulation of Yoshitaka Amano’s works.

By the way, don’t take this as if I’m saying Black Bullet is on the same level of Mushishi and Mononoke. For fuck’s sake, it’s only the first episode.

Well, I’ll have to admit it’s several times easier for me to watch compared to Wizard Barristers. I get a really strong sense of discord watching that show because my brain can’t handle Umetsu Yasuomi’s style with the voice performance of the seiyuu. Take Taketatsu Ayana’s performance as Moyo for instance. I consider her to be adept at various character types, but her voice for Moyo simply does not, and will not, compute in my brain. There’s such a strong disagreement in my brain because of her other roles. Same goes for Marina Inoue. I just think they could have done better with the casting. Or is it the actual voice acting that’s giving me a problem? That one I’ll have to sit on and let percolate in the thunder within my mind. But I’ll admit as I write this, it is starting to sound like it’s merely bad voice acting.

Black Bullet may not have such problems. Kaji Yuuki, Hidaka Rina, Koshimizu Ami, Toyosaki Aki, Yuuki Aoi, and Koyama Rikiya? In a regular anime? Sign me up! I’ve intentionally let Horie Yui be mentionable in a different sentence because reasons. Ugh. This show is going to kick my ass in the seiyuu department. So many people I’ve become familiar with, and yet I still enjoy their work. The more I start to enjoy and follow individual seiyuu along where they land, the more I realize how similar it is to how I follow musicians.

While I enjoy music from artists and their named groups, I also like to watch them collaborate with others. Watching John Paul Jones play with Dave Grohl and Josh Hommes, as the band Them Crooked Vultures, is interesting to say the least. I mentally have locked in their music eras as the 70s, 90s, and 2000s, and in their own bands. To see them join forces and create a unique sound besides their most associated acts is damn cool. To me, that is admirable, and I can’t wait to see what else, and who else with, they decide to collaborate on.

I’m giving it a chance. I’m giving a chance for the show to prove itself. Although, I didn’t expect to write 600 words mostly unrelated to Black Bullet. But there you go. It’s managed to get me talking about other things in my life that I highly enjoy. That should count for something. Or it only counts for things not Black Bullet. There’s lots of experienced people behind the scenes. After all, the director also did Monster. I can have a little hope, right?

Seriously. Horie Yui is like some sort of magnet for me. It’ll be a sad day when she retires from the voice acting industry. I’d definitely like to say thanks in person for all the hnng-attacks she’s given me.

Dark Cartridge – The Loli Hugging Anime

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