Black Bullet

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (3,187)

Black Bullet is an anime series that premiered on Tokyo MX in April 2014. The show is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is on the brink of extinction due to a viral infection. The virus, called Gastrea, turns infected humans into monstrous creatures which are called Gastrea. The only way to fight against them is with Cursed Children, girls with superhuman abilities who were born infected with Gastrea. The story follows Rentaro Satomi, a high-school boy who is also a promoter, a protector of Cursed Children, and his Initiator, Enju Aihara, a young girl who is a Cursed Child.

The story opens with Rentaro and Enju starting their duty to protect the people of Tokyo from Gastrea attacks. Rentaro and Enju are part of Tendo Civil Security, a company that specializes in fighting against Gastrea. Rentaro and Enju are dispatched on their first mission to deal with a Gastrea outbreak at a school. They find out that the outbreak was planned by masked individuals known as Varanium Punks, who have their own plans for the Cursed Children.

The show is filled with action scenes as Rentaro and Enju work alongside their teammates at Tendo Civil Security, including Kisara Tendo, the president of the company, and other Cursed Children initiators. The Tendo Civil Security team must deal with a variety of threats, including rogue Gastrea, other security teams, and the aforementioned Varanium Punks. Along the way, Rentaro and Enju get involved in a number of personal plots and confrontations, both with other characters and with the larger forces that are out to get them.

As the series progresses, we learn more about the world of Black Bullet. The show provides plenty of world-building, including new types of Gastrea, their effects, and how they interact with humans. The show also explores the political and social dimensions of the world. It explores the relationships between the Cursed Children and non-infected humans, as well as the tensions between the various factions that exist in this harsh world. There are several elements of the show that are particularly intriguing. For example, the show presents a critique of a society that values the Cursed Children only for their powers while shunning them for their status. There are also some darker elements to the show, including human experimentation and political corruption.

The show's pacing is excellent, with a good mix of action and character development. The animation is well-done, with a lot of detail in the character designs and backgrounds. The voice acting is strong, and the show is well-scored. The show has a great mix of genres, with elements of action, sci-fi, and drama all working together to create a compelling story. There is also a lot of humor in the show, which helps to balance the darker elements.

One of the strengths of the show is the characters. Rentaro is a likable protagonist, and his relationship with Enju is heartwarming. Enju is a complex character, with a lot of depth to her backstory. The show also features several interesting side characters, including Kisara and other Cursed Children, each with their own personalities and storylines.

Overall, Black Bullet is a great anime series. It has a well-crafted world, complex characters, and a compelling story. While it does have some darker elements, it manages to balance these with humor and heartwarming moments. The show explores complex themes and manages to do so in a way that is consumable and engaging. The show is highly recommended for fans of sci-fi, action, and drama.

Black Bullet is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on May 9, 2014.

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E 13
13. E 13
July 1, 2014
With the addition of Kagetane and Kohina, the adjuvant is complete. They choose the Flames of Revolution, the last place humanity won their battle against the Gastrea, as the ground for the final battle against Aldebaran.
E 12
12. E 12
June 24, 2014
Rentaro is condemned for a decision he made in battle, and is told that there is another Gastrea named Pleiades that is protecting the already supposedly immortal Aldebaran. Rentaro is forced to face the enemy alone, and is helped by someone rather unexpected: his enemy from the past.
E 11
11. E 11
June 17, 2014
The outdoor classroom is completely destroyed because of the bombing. Hope is starting to be destroyed along with the Monolith as the JASDF and Gastrea face off. However, the ones to show up at the civil officers' base were JASDF who had been turned into Gastrea themselves.
E 10
10. E 10
June 10, 2014
Before the battle against Aldebaran, Rentaro and Enju enjoy the outdoor class with the girls of the Outer District. Because the girls have very little hope and are unsure of their future, Rentaro takes them to a place where humanity had won their last battle against the Gastrea. Only three days remain until the destruction of the Monolith.
E 9
9. E 9
June 3, 2014
The monolith finally starts to turn white. In fear of the great destruction to follow, the people of the Tokyo Area start panicking. Meanwhile, the civil officers start gathering around Monolith 32.
The Monument On the Border
8. The Monument On the Border
May 27, 2014
Rentaro and Kisara decide to teach the Cursed Children in the Outer District themselves due to the tension created by the New Gastrea Law. However Seitenshi informs them of a recent Stage Four Gastrea attack on one of the Area's Varanium Monoliths and that in six days the creature's corrosive agent will dissolve the barrier and leave the Tokyo Area vulnerable to the Gastrea. Seitenshi then has Rentaro put together an adjuvant squad of civil officers for a mission to intercept the Gastrea invasion. The next day, while the tension from New Gastrea Law continues to escalate, Rentaro invites Tina to accompany him to recruit civil officers for the mission. They also encounter a blind Cursed Child begging to make ends meet and Rentaro warns her to stay out of the public for her own safety. Being the subject of envy from other civil officers, Rentaro has difficulty in recruiting and visits the Kitagari Civil Security Agency in an attempt to recruit the sibling duo, Promoter Tamaki Katagiri and Initiator Yuzuki Katagiri. After some bargaining disagreements though, the teams decide to spar, with Rentaro and Tina emerging victorious and gaining the Katagiri's aid. Finally, the mission to repel the impending Gastrea invasion begins that night.
In the Still of the Moonlit Night, the Dawn Sky
7. In the Still of the Moonlit Night, the Dawn Sky
May 20, 2014
Enju's encounter with Tina leaves her severely injured and serves to dampen Rentaro's confidence of ever defeating her. However Rentaro forces the gloating Takuto to set up a fake protection detail for Seitenshi in order to lure Tina out. Afterwards Rentaro begins preparing for the upcoming face-off while Tina's employer, Ayn Rand gives her the fake details on Seitenshi's next meeting. The next night, Tina shows up at the trap set by Rentaro and wastes no time using her combination of remote-controlled anti-materiel rifles and targeting drones to attack Rentaro. However with Miori's help, Rentaro manages to draw Tina into close combat but gets caught off guard by a fourth drone. On the verge of defeat, Rentaro's misfired flashbang suddenly detonates and disorients Tina long enough for him to pummel her into submission. Afterwards Rentaro decides to take responsibility for her until a jealous Takuto ambushes the pair. However Seitenshi shows up and promotes Rentaro to level five security access which he uses to relieve Takuto of his duties. Sometime later Rentaro returns to the Tendo Agency's headquarters and to his surprise, finds a recovered Enju and a released Tina who Kisara hires to work for their agency.
Tragic Irony
6. Tragic Irony
May 13, 2014
Early one morning, Tina asks to meet up with Rentaro. Afterwards Tina's employer informs her of Seitenshi's next meeting and names Kisara as the next target in order to remove the Tendo Security Agency from the equation. Rentaro later meets up with his sponsor, Miori Shiba who warns him about the sniper's high skill level after which he has her research Sogen as a prime suspect in the assassination attempt. Sumaire later summons Rentaro and Enju and reveals more information about the New Humanity Creation Plan including the likelihood that Rentaro may find himself faced with highly ranked mechanized soldiers should he start pursuing his origins. Elsewhere, Tina appears before Kisara at the Tendo headquarters and attempts to kill her. However Rentaro arrives and stops Tina's attempt, with both shocked to see the other before Tina escapes. Afterwards, Rentaro escorts Seitenshi to another meeting and barely manages to protect her when Tina makes another assassination attempt. As Enju volunteers to go after Tina herself, Seitenshi quickly informs Rentaro about Enju's disadvantage due to Tina's mechanization and high 97th rank. Finally when Rentaro tries calling Enju, Tina answers her phone much to his horror.
The Crimson Black Assassin
5. The Crimson Black Assassin
May 6, 2014
While Rentaro struggles to find a new school for Enju to attend, Kisara informs him of a potential bodyguard job offer by Seitenshi. Rentaro later visits Seitenshi where she explains that he would be her bodyguard in an upcoming meeting with the Osaka Area's head, Sogen Saitake. However the leader of Seitenshi's personal guard, Takuto Yasuwaki, grows envious of Rentaro's close position to Seitenshi and tries to intimidate Rentaro into rejecting the job; making him accept it all the more. Sometime later Rentaro stumbles upon a disheveled girl named Tina Sprout wandering around the city. Unbenknownst to Rentaro, Tina turns out to be a Cursed Child hired assassin. The next day Rentaro attends the meeting between Seitenshi and Sogen and the pair learn of his tyrannical plan to turn Japan into the dominant superpower after the Gastrea's defeat. After the meeting Seitenshi explains to Rentaro of her ideal for the reunification of Japan and enlists him to work for her full time. Suddenly their vehicle comes under the attack of a sniper but Rentaro and the bodyguards manage to get Seitenshi to safety. Finally Tina relays the failure of her mission to assassinate Seitenshi to her superior and wonders about the person who thwarted her attempt.
Black Bullet
4. Black Bullet
April 29, 2014
Hiruko instantly takes care of 29 civil officer pairs and comes face to face with Rentaro and Enju again. Rentaro shows his true power to Hiruko, proving that he's not the only one that was part of the New Human Creation Project and they battle again.
The Children of Fate
3. The Children of Fate
April 22, 2014
Enju is treated like an outcast at her school when it is found out that she is one of the Cursed Children, who have the Gastrea virus within them. Despite her sadness, they go look for the host Gastrea. She gives it her all and instantly is able to recover the case...
The Mask of Madness
2. The Mask of Madness
April 15, 2014
Rentaro and President Kisara head to the Defense Ministry after being summoned. All of the reputable civil officers from the Tokyo Area show up there. The one who summoned them there is Seitenshi, in regards to destroying the host Gastrea and recovering the contents of the case that's inside the Gastrea.
The Last Hope
1. The Last Hope
May 9, 2014
Enju and Rentaro are a part of their world's last line of defense against a deadly virus.
Where to Watch Black Bullet
Black Bullet is available for streaming on the Tokyo MX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Black Bullet on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 9, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (3,187)