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Black Bullet
Black Bullet
Kanji

ブラック・ブレット

Rōmaji

Burakku Buretto

Genre

Seinen, Action, Sci-fi, Mystery, Tragedy, Comedy

Light Novel
Author

Kanzaki Shiden

Illustrator

Ukai Saki

Published By

ASCII Media Works

Imprint

Dengeki Bunko

Original Run

July 10, 2011 – ongoing

Volumes

6 (Volumes)

Manga
Author

Kanzaki Shiden

Illustrator

Hon Morino

Published By

ASCII Media Works

Original Run

August 27, 2012 – June 27, 2014

Volumes

4 (Volumes)

Anime
Director

Masayuki Kojima

Music by

Shiro Sagisu

Studio

Kinema Citrus, Orange

Network

Tokyo MX, tvk, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, BS11, AT-X

English Network

Sentai Filmworks

Original Run

April 8, 2014 – July 1, 2014

Episodes

13

Related Works
Extra

A Day of Civil Securities
TV Anime Celebration

Black Bullet (ブラック・ブレット Burakku Buretto) is a light novel written by Kanzaki Shiden and illustrated by Ukai Saki, and a manga series illustrated by Hon Morino. Serialized under the Dengeki Maoh magazine since August 27, 2012, Black Bullet is an ongoing manga series that has its individual volumes published in tankōbon format by ASCII Media Works. The first volume of "Black Bullet" was released on May 27, 2013 with one hundred sixty-four pages in total. The light novel has released six volumes as of October 10, 2013, with an anime series announced on October 6, 2013. The anime is set to premiere April 8, 2014.

The series follows the downfall of mankind at the hands of the viral parasites Gastrea. Living in despair and horror for ten years, the humans barricade themselves within Monolithic walls and are protected by the organization Civil Security Corporation, which specializes in fighting against Gastrea. Rentaro Satomi, Promoter of Tendo Civil Security, fights alongside Initiator Enju Aihara in the dangerous tasks given to them by the government.

PlotEdit

Rentaro Satomi and Enju Aihara, both forming part of the organization Civil Security, fight together in hopes of returning light to mankind. Enju, commonly referred to as a Cursed Child due to her connection with Gastrea; along many other young females, aids Rentaro Satomi in a special mission given to them by the government. Kisara Tendo, leader of the Tendo Civil Security Corporation, guides said characters in their missions against the Gastrea parasites.

After a Gastrea invades the Tokyo Area on April 28, 2031, Seitenshi summons Civil Securities to a meeting, informing them of the threat approaching the Tokyo Area. The many Civil Securities ready for combat as they depart to hunt for Kagetane Hiruko, Kohina Hiruko and the Legacy of the Seven Stars.

CharactersEdit

Main CharactersEdit

Char Rentaro
Rentaro is the main protagonist of Black Bullet, a member of Civil Security and a Promoter. Commonly having his abilities criticized, Rentaro, on the other hand, shows remarkable control when it comes to using his signature weapon, a Springfield XD possessing Black Bullets created from Varanium, which is said to inflict wounds upon Gastrea that cannot be recovered from. He completes tasks given to him by the government alongside Enju Aihara, whom he treats like family and wishes to show the correct path to.


Aihara Enju
Enju is a ten-year old girl who was born with the Gastrea Virus running through her veins. Her role in the agency is to aid Rentaro as his Initiator, a group of girls that possess superhuman abilities. She displays an immense amount of power that is the results of the Gastrea Virus in her blood. However, she is often called a Cursed Child by those that surround her as a result of her connection to Gastrea.


Mug of Kisara
Kisara is a girl in her teens who owns leadership over the Tendo Civil Security Corporation. As the president of the corporation, Kisara informs Rentaro and Enju of the tasks given to them by the government. She fights with her blade Snow Shadow, employing the Tendo Sword Style when in combat. She seems to hold great hatred for her grandfather, for reasons which are currently unknown.


Char Kagetane
Kagetane is a Promoter and the main antagonist of the series. He publicly admits being Civil Security's enemy and solely wishes to attain an object capable of summoning a Stage V Gastrea; for the sole purpose of bringing destruction upon the Tokyo Area. He seems to be interested in Rentaro, even to the point of wanting him on their side. He has a daughter, who is his Initiator as well.


Char Kohina
Kohina is Kagetane Hiruko's daughter and his Initiator. She is extremely powerful and does not hold back when in a fight. She considers Enju Aihara her rival, being the first one she invariably targets when on the battlefield and admiring her level of strength. When in the midst of a fight, she wields her Short Swords and utilizes her Initiator's Abilities. Along with her father, she currently fights to summon a Stage V Gastrea.


Light NovelEdit

Main article: Volumes and Chapters
LN3Cover

Cover of Volume 3.

The Light Novel made its debut on July 10, 2011, written by Kanzaki Shiden and illustrated by Ukai Saki, published under ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint. The Light Novel released its first volume on July 10, 2011, with a total of 345 pages and at a sell price of 630 Yen.

After reaching its 6th volume, an anime adaptation by Kinema Citrus and Orange was announced on Sunday; October 6, 2013.

The Black Bullet Light Novel gained a short story written by Kanzaki Shiden, which revolves around a fight-less day and an inebriated Kisara comically enjoying the calm with Rentaro, Enju and Sumire.

The Novel has further achieved a Drama CD titled "The Worst Operation Ever," which will be released mid March of 2014; featuring the main characters and the main cast of the Anime conversing amongst one another.

The light novel has been licensed in English by Yen Press and will start being released under their Yen On imprint August 2015.

MangaEdit

Main article: Volumes and Chapters (Manga)
Volume1Cover

Cover of Volume 1.

The monthly manga Black Bullet is written by Kanzaki Shiden and illustrated by Hon Morino. The Black Bullet Manga premiered in Dengeki Maoh Magazine in the August 27, 2012 issue. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by ASCII Media Works, which released the first volume containing 164 pages in total and at a sell price of 570 Yen on May 27, 2013.

The manga ended serialization on June 27, 2014, with a total of 4 volumes released.

During its serialization, the series has released two specials, those of which are A Day of Civil Securities, an additional chapter to the manga that celebrates the completion of volume 1—dictating the duties of a Civil Security officer—and a short special announcing the upcoming anime produced by Kinema Citrus and Orange: TV Anime Celebration; containing information on the cast and staff.

The manga has been licensed in English by Yen Press and will be released starting September 2015.

AnimeEdit

Main article: Episodes
Black Bullet Anime Promotional Poster

The First Black Bullet Anime Promotional Poster.

An anime adaptation for the Light Novel was announced at the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival 2013 event on Sunday; October 6, 2013. Directing the anime is Masayuki Kojima at Kinema Citrus from scrips by Tatsuhiko Urahata. Chiho Umishima is designing the characters, while Shiro Sagisu is composing the music. Leading the cast for the anime is Yuuki Kaji as Rentaro Satomi, Rina Hidaka as Enju Aihara, and Rikiya Koyama as Kagetane Hiruko.[1] The anime premiered April 8, 2014. Joining the main cast for the April Anime are voice actors Aoi Yūki as Kohina Hiruko, Yui Horie as Kisara Tendo, Yuko Kaida as Sumire Muroto, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Tina Sprout, and Aki Toyosaki as Seitenshi.[2]

The Black Bullet Anime's first promotional video streamed December 27, 2013; featuring the Monolith and various locations in the Tokyo Area. Characters featured in the promo are Promoter Rentaro Satomi, Initiator Enju Aihara and Gastrea Sumiaki Okajima. Along with the video, various animated images were released on the Anime's main website.[3]

On April 25, 2014, Sentai Filmworks announced that they have licensed the Black Bullet Anime.[4]

Visit the official Anime Website

MusicEdit

The official website for musical unit fripSide announced on Friday; January 25, 2013, that the group will perform the opening theme for Black Bullet. The band further stated that the song's title and release information will be revealed when the information becomes available.[5] On February 10, 2014 the official Black Bullet Anime website revealed that the opening will be titled black bullet.[6] It was revealed on March 16, 2014, that the J-Pop singer Nagi Yanagi will be in charge of the ending theme, titled Tokohana.[7]

WEB RadioEdit

Main article: Black Bullet~Enju & Tina - Tenchu Radio~

An online radio broadcasting of the Black Bullet series began on April 1, 2014; titled "Black Bullet~Enju & Tina - Tenchu Radio~ (ブラック・ブレット~延珠&ティナの天誅ラジオ~)." Voicing Enju Aihara is Rina Hidaka, whilst voicing Tina Sprout is Tomoyo Kurosawa. The broadcasting will be delivered every Tuesday on two websites, Onsen Internet Radio Station and HiBiKi Radio Station.[8]

TriviaEdit

  • The series was originally titled Black Memento.[9]

ReferencesEdit

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