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Anime: Black★Rock Shooter

The little birds fly in the blue sky.
The ocean mirrors the blue of the sky.
The deep azure is heaven's ocean.
In the blue of the sky, heaven's tears lie.
In the tears of heaven, the little bird flies.
Mato Kuroi's narration from the anime

In 2009, it was announced that an OVA of Black★Rock Shooter would be made based on an original story created by huke.

The OVA had a simple plot: Mato Kuroi (voiced by Kana Hanazawa) becomes friends with Yomi Takanashi (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro) in their first year of junior high school. However, in their second year, they find themselves in different classes and start drifting apart, especially when Mato befriends another girl, Yuu (voiced by Kana Asumi). Meanwhile, in another world, Black★Rock Shooter is seeking out and confronting the mysterious, evil Dead Master. What is B★RS's reason for wanting to fight this Dead Master, and what relation does this have to Mato and her friends?

The OVA generated enough interest to make a new anime series, running on noitaminA's timeslot during the Winter 2012 Anime season with a different director. The anime began airing on February 3, 2012, and had a slightly retooled plot: Mato Kuroi enters junior high school and meets a girl, Yomi Takanashi, who seems to be completely distant and aloof. An attempt to become friends with her ends up into a nasty run-in with Creepy Child Kagari Izuriha, who seems to be obsessed with Yomi to Yandere levels. Mato ends up wanting to be friends with Yomi anyway, and meanwhile, Black★Rock Shooter seems to be in another world, still fighting...

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     2009 OVA 
  • Action Girl:
  • All There in the Manual: For all that the OVA diverges from huke's original story in places, you're going to be confused without having looked into it. Black★Rock Shooter is the only character from her world whose name gets revealed!
    • That said, the OVA's story is written to stand on its own for viewers going in blind.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Yomi's surname, Takanashi, is written with the kanji "kotori asobi" ("little birds playing") and read "no hawks" as a play on words (see Punny Name below). Discussed by Mato, who thinks it's cool.
  • Anachronic Order: All of the scenes that happen in the Otherworld, or at least the part with the chain-breaking and the Cool Down Hug, happen after Mato fuses with Black★Rock Shooter at the end.
    • Mood Whiplash: The various scenes and transition can lead you to that, as well.
  • Art Shift: Whenever it changes world.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Battles between B★RS and Dead Master are usually accompanied by killer guitar riffs.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: One interpretation of what's going on.
  • BFS: The more blade-like form of ★rock Cannon (not to be confused with the katana shown at first).
  • Call to Adventure: "Do you want to save her? She's an important person for you. You are an important person for her."
  • Chekhov's Gun: The area above the hill and the cell phone charm.
  • Chess with Death: In order to save Yomi without killing her, Mato/BRS had to take a gambit in which she was taken to Dead Master's castle after the latter feels that she has already won.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: little Hiro Kuroi. You see him a total of three times: waking up in his bed, telling Mato dinner is ready, and eating dinner with his family. These scenes are very brief and don't effect the plot, so it shouldn't be a surprise if you mention Hiro and no one knows who you are referring to.
  • Conspicuous CG
  • Cool Down Hug: How Mato/B★RS saves Yomi from Dead Master.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: One of the landscapes that B★RS walks through is dotted with crosses.
  • Damsel in Distress: Yomi - in a rare case where the Damsel in Distress is also (partially, maybe) the kidnapper.
  • Demonic Possession: Maybe.
  • DVD Bonus Content: The DVD has an additional Stop Motion video set to a remix of supercell's "Black Rock Shooter" song by Joe Hahn. (He's worked with anime before, like Samurai Champloo.)
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good / What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Dead Master cannot handle any form of love or affection and promptly dissolves. She also misinterprets B★RS's outstretched hand as an invitation to fight and doesn't understand when she does it a second time.
  • Finger-Lickin' Evil: Dead Master.
  • Foe Yay: invokedSort of, with small implications. If you consider Mato and Yomi "enemies", then yes. Possible (maybe) with that embrace of Dead Master from B★RS.
    • Definitely Dead Master at being absolutely tickled at having B★RS in chains. Well, maybe it's Yomi, not Dead Master.
  • Free-Fall Fight
  • Friendless Background: Yomi.
  • Genki Girl: Yuu, arguably Mato.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mato. Black★Rock Shooter has longer ones. Fitting, as they seem to be the same person.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Probably shows the moment B★RS got them, as in the intro scene where she fights Black★Gold Saw she does not have them, and it looks like Black★Gold Saw's final strike hits her in the right hip...
  • Good Times Montage: Around halfway through.
  • Green Eyes: Yomi has the only green eyes in their school, coupling with Green-Eyed Monster when Yomi grows jealous of Mato and Yuu's friendship strengthening Dead Master's grip on her.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: People tend to forget that while most would think of Black★Rock Shooter as "good" and Dead Master as "evil", all of the "other selves" are in fact morally ambiguous since we don't know what their motives are.
    • Shooter is the "hero" by virtue of being attuned to Mato, who just wants to save her friend. But that's about it as far as justifications go.
  • Here We Go Again: So Yomi is safe and Dead Master is put to rest. Now Yuu is upset about being abandoned...
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Yomi isn't that tall, but she admits to being self-conscious about her height.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Dead Master chaining Black★Rock Shooter in her throne room.
  • Kana Hanazawa Is About To Shoot You: One of the posters depicts B★RS pointing her cannon at the viewer.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Averted, as Black★Rock Shooter's katana doesn't seem to help her much. Its only appearance is during her duel with Black★Gold Saw, and it then fails to reappear for the rest of the OVA. The ★rock Cannon fills the void by pulling double duty as both a ranged and melee weapon by turning into a sword-like object.
    • Might even be a subversion since she loses with the black blade to a BFS-wielding opponent, and the ★rock Cannon is treated as an upgrade after she merges with Mato.
  • Late for School: Averted, Mato even gets to enjoy her toast at the table without hurrying and Mato's mother putting a lampshade on it. She does almost miss the train because she's visiting her special place, but the train is on time and it's at school on time she meets Yomi.
  • Layered World
  • Leitmotif: The original B★RS song.
  • Living with the Villain: B★RS and Dead Master are alternate selves of Mato and Yomi, who are schoolmates.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Dead Master's death (which leaves Yomi behind) causes her castle to crumble, which forces B★RS to carry Yomi out.
  • Love at First Sight: Well, something happens to Mato when she first sees Yomi.
  • Love Triangle: Hinted at between Yomi, Mato and Yuu.
  • Luminescent Blush: Happens a lot to Mato when interacting with Yomi.
  • Magical Girl: Even with the rock music, guns, the black clothes, and the desolate landscape; it's a pretty standard Magic Warrior story.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji used for "Kuroi" means "black clothes", very fitting for Mato. Yomi's name can be alternatively written with a particular kanji that means "underworld".
  • Missing Trailer Scene
  • Mix And Match: Dark Seed meets Twin Peaks
  • More Dakka: The ★rock Cannon.
  • Mythology Gag: Before the PV was released and the character rose to fame, Black Rock Shooter had much shorter twin tails. Three guesses as to who uses this design now (first two donít count).
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Look at this comparison between the pilot and the actual anime. Potentially actual plot points were changed.
  • No Name Given: Okaasan Kuroi, whom is Mato and Hiro's mother. You only hear Mato refer to her as... well... mother. When she called Mato's cell phone the ID read お母さん.
    • Even with the release of the artbook B★RS Phenomenon she is given no name, merely the title Mato no Haha (マトの母 Mato's Mother).
  • Ojou: Yomi, who goes to school on her first day by car (most people walk or take the train) and lived for a while in Germany. Her parents even hire detectives after she vanishes. She has the first kind of Ojou personality, kind and gentle.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Yomi and Dead Master. Guess what.
  • One Gender School: The all-girl school Yomi and Mato attend.
  • Ordinary Junior High School Student: Mato and Yomi. They're still ordinary. B★RS and Dead Master are the odd ones.
  • Orphean Rescue: Hero(ine) descends into the Otherworld to get loved one/friend back.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Dead Master, all the time.
  • Punny Name: Yomi's surname is written as "Kotori-Asobi" ("little birds playing") but is pronouced "Takanashi" ("no hawks"). 'Cause there aren't any hawks where little birds play, get it?
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Yomi and Mato, natch. Yomi even acts like a jealous lover when Mato starts paying more attention to Yuu.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Stars and chains.
  • Sailor Fuku: The main cast all wear the traditional sailor-collar variety.
  • Scenery Porn: With a dab of Scenery Gorn in the Other World.
  • Sequel Hook / The Unreveal: For the OVA. Is Yuu Strength? If she is, how did she end up in the Otherworld? If not, who is she? And who was Black★Gold Saw, the girl B★RS was fighting at the very beginning? Black★Matagi and Black★Devil Girl don't show up, nor does Insane Black★Rock Shooter; STR and Black★Gold Saw's appearances are very short. The OVA doesn't really explain who Black★Rock Shooter and Dead Master themselves are, let alone what the Otherworld actually is.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted; other than her jacket, B★RS is wearing nothing but a bikini. Dead Master's dress, however, covers a lot of skin.
  • Shout-Out: If you're familiar with both series, you might find a few odd similarities with Ga-Rei Zero- than as can be explained as pure coincidence...
    • The two schoolgirls Kagura befriends in Ga-Rei Zero- are practically proto- Mato and Yomi. You have the dark-haired, quiet, kindly Oujo and the shorter, more hot-headed one who speaks before they think and has no concept of solving problems subtly.
    • Thirdly, Yuu. In both series, the character Yuu serves a wedge between the two main characters, be it unintentionally (BR:S Yuu) or unknowingly (GR:Z Yuu). They also have the same name and hair colour, even though one's an old man and the other's a midget Genki Girl.
    • In the same vein, this could make Yomi, Mato, and Yuu Expies.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Yuu.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: A possible explanation for Yomi's connection to Dead Master.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: We can see the ★rock cannon morphing into a large blade when BRS fought Dead Master the second time.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Seem to factor very big: Mato has blue eyes, Yomi has green eyes, and Yuu has hazel eyes. These serve as visual cues for their "other selves". Everyone else seems to have brownish/blackish eyes.
  • Title Drop: B★RS is not even named until the end, when she and Mato merge.
  • The Power of Friendship.
  • The Stinger: After Yomi is saved...we see Yuu walking towards the two with darkness on her face, Hidden Eyes and and a Dark Reprise...
  • Trailers Always Spoil: As if the appearances didn't already give it away, The trailer makes it explicitly clear that Mato is B★RS and Yomi is Dead Master, even intercutting a shot of B★RS with Mato.
    • Along with most of the media (even see that picture above).
  • Variable-Length Chain
  • Wrecked Weapon: Intentionally done so.
  • Yandere: Dead Master-Yomi.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Largely averted. Even Yuu's light brown hair, while uncommon for an Asian, is not impossible.

     2012 TV Series 
  • Adaptation Expansion: Compared to the OVA.
  • Adults Are Useless: Mrs. Takanashi seems to have an inkling of what's going on between Kagari and Yomi, including the fact that Kagari's paralysis is actually a psychological problem, but lets it continue because she feels sorry for Kagari, apparently more so than she does for her own daughter.
  • Alternate Continuity: Relative to the OVA.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Insane Black Rock Shooter tearing her own arm off.
  • And I Must Scream: By episode 6 Mato is trapped inside Insane Black Rock Shooter, and can barely influence IBRS, who goes on a rampage.
  • And the Adventure Continues: To an extent. Mato narrates she will grow up with her friends. In The Stinger Black★Rock Shooter says she will continue fighting - though it's implied this will have better results than last time.
  • Antagonist Title
  • Arc Words: "The tiny bird" and "world of many colors".
  • Back for the Finale: Pretty much everyone.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Strength/Yuu does this to Insane Black Rock Shooter's arm-blade in episode 7. Considering her hands are giant and made of metal/stone, it's not really all that hard for her to do that.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Each of the mini conflicts between Black★Rock Shooter and the other selves represents an emotional triumph/downfall.
  • Black Blood: In the Otherworld. There are also flecks of the character's personal color mixed in. Note that when Mato fights Insane Black Rock Shooter, she actually bleeds red.
  • Blade Lock: B★RS does this with each other other-world character in the OP credits.
  • Blessed with Suck: If your "other self" dies, all your problems will go away...but you'll get Laser-Guided Amnesia to forget what plagued you.
  • Blue and Orange Morality / Emotionless Girl: Other selves don't have emotions; they almost can't even be said to have Blue And Orange Morality because they act under pure instinct. The exception is Strength, and that's entirely due to the trauma of her real self.
    • However, it's stated in the last episode that they protect their real selves because they love them.
  • Body Horror: Black Rock Shooter's transition to Insane Black Rock Shooter is messy.
  • Book Ends: The first episode starts with a zoom out from B★RS's left eye. The last episode ends with a zoom into her right eye.
  • Color-Coded Characters/Color-Coded Secret Identity: As usual, Black★Rock Shooter/Mato is blue, Dead Master/Yomi is green, and Black★Gold Saw is Red. Meanwhile, Strength is grey/orange, and Chariot/Kagari is yellow. Insane Black★Rock Shooter is purple
  • Conspicuous CG:
    • Appears mostly in the Otherworld. According to the official website, part of this was intentional to add to its strange, dreamlike quality.
    • Vehicles and background characters are also CG in the real world.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than the OVA. Rather than dealing with the subtle hues of The Power of Friendship, characters often and regularly go psycho. In addition, unlike in the OVA, merging with B★RS is an extremely traumatizing experience for Mato.
  • A Darker Me: A particularly interesting take on this trope. The otherselves are explicitly said to shoulder all the suffering that their human selves are experiencing. They are still the same person, just much darker and violent.
    • This is interestingly inverted in the case of Strength and Yuu. Once Yuu accidentally teaches Strength to feel emotions, Strength manifests in the real world as friendly, caring, and sociable, completely unlike the rather psycho and unhinged original Yuu.
  • Determinator: It doesn't matter how much punishment B★RS takes, she keeps pressing on. She might even reach into Implacable Man territory since she doesn't show much of the damage she takes.
    • More straight to the trope is Mato Kuroi in episode 8. Insane B★RS breaks both of her legs over the course of a savage beating, but once Mato puts her mind to fighting back, she still manages to stand up and wield the Rock Cannon.
  • Domestic Abuse
    • The relationship between Kagari and Yomi is basically this. Kagari gets better. Yomi....really doesn't...
    • The real Yuu was a victim too. She finds the mindless fights to death of the Otherworld better than her real life.
  • Dysfunction Junction: We could just say everyone, but if you want specifics, then Yomi and Kagari's vicious bond is bad enough as is, and even Mato has her own unhinged moments.
    • Even the counselor isn't a mentally balanced person.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: So, so much.
  • Easily Forgiven: Kagari doesn't really face any punishment for years of Domestic Abuse, which resulted in a deeply troubled Yomi.
    • Saya may have been a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but she still sent several high school girls into depression. Even though she's the high school counselor.
  • Everyone Lives: Even the other selves.
  • Evolving Credits: B★RS is shown in pain, with metal bursting out of the star on her jacket near the end of the opening. After merging with Mato and going crazy in Episode 5, those scenes turn out to be part of the transformation process into Insane B★RS. Her completed form replaces them for episode 6 onward.
  • Fictional Document: Li'l Bird Li'L Bird Colorful Colors, which is a picture book about a colorful bird flying through colorful environments then turning black and dying. This may be connected to other selves' use of Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
  • First Name Basis: Mato using Yomi's first name with Kagari in earshot causes some problems. Even so, Yomi also uses Mato's first name shortly afterward.
  • Foreshadowing: Pay very close attention to Yuu for the first four episodes. Notice how she never interacts with anyone besides Mato, Yomi, Saya, or Arata? Or the fact that if you look closely she Casts No Shadow? There's also a moment where she says something to Arata, only to have Arata walk right by without acknowledging her.
    • It's likely that the following line isn't just filler:
      "So for our protagonist to accept death..."
      • Ultimately this would be fulfilled by Strength.
    • Strength's color theme is gray yet she has orange eyes. This is a major hint that's something about her is different.
  • Hope Spot: Episode 5. Mato finally merges with Black★Rock Shooter. All indications are she is about to save Yomi from herself...and after she merges, we find that B★RS has already killed Dead Master. Mato snaps
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episodes are named after parts of the original Vocaloid song.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Mato lampshades it at one point, noting that her strange dreams of the Otherworld seem to always be about a lot of girls.
    • It's explicitly stated that the Otherworld is created from the hardships of young girls.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In episode 6, Saya projects herself into Black★Gold Saw in the hopes that Mato will hear her voice from Insane Black★Rock Shooter and stop her deranged rampage. In doing so, she tells her story. Yuu/Strength continues this in Episode 7. She's interrupted, however, when her own identity issue speaks up.
  • Info Dump: Episode 5 has a massive one from Yuu as she finally breaks out the true nature of the Otherworld.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Saya's description of Mato's blue eyes.
    Saya: "I realized when I first saw you. Your eyes are really beautiful. They're the eyes of a girl who's never been hated or hated anyone else."
  • Late for School: Invoked by Mato and immediately deconstructed when the bread rips and falls out of her mouth once she starts running.
  • Layered World: Much more apparent than the OVA.
  • Leave the Camera Running: After Yomi abuses her cell phone and buries her head in her pillow in episode 4, the shot is held for 30 full seconds with no changes except the cell phone's backlight shutting off.
  • Meaningful Name: More so than the OVA (see below); the third trailer hints that there will be more wordplay on Yomi's surname of "little birds playing".
  • Mexican Standoff: Each other-world character does this in a circle during OP credits.
  • Mind Screwdriver: Yuu —Strength, really— explains what is the otherworld and what are the otherselves. May or may not also apply to the OVA.
  • Mirror Match: The final battle of the series is Mato as Black★Rock Shooter vs. Insane Black★Rock Shooter.
  • Mood Whiplash: The second trailer. Watch as they intercut cheerful music with an emotional scene between Mato and Yomi, and Kagari slowly going psycho!
  • Mooks: The zombie robots in Dead Master's realm.
    • Giant Mook: And there is a gigantic two-headed version of them.
    • Black★Gold Saw also has Mooks. They are likely pre-Otherselves of girls that Saya is psychologically conditioning for this purpose.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Are you suffering? No problem, just have your otherself killed by B★RS! You'll forget the pain immediately!
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Spider Tank-type enemy from the PSP game also appears here.
    • Episode 5: "Do you want to save Yomi?"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Invoked in the storybook. It ends with the little bird blackens and dies. Who on earth would write a book like that for kids?! Mato's reaction is writing a Fix Fic at the last, blank page of it.
  • Not Good With Rejection: Everyone.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Only the start and end of the fight between Black Gold Saw and Insane Black Rock Shooter is actually shown. A great deal of it is implied to be taking place while the audience is watching Saya and Yuu talk.
  • One-Woman Wail: Black Gold Saw's Leitmotif, Heaven.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Mato and Strength are given this treatment when they're connected to their other selves.
  • Rainbow Motif: Li'l Bird Li'L Bird Colorful Colors.
  • Shout-Out: The only thing missing from the scene where the original Yuu's house is burning is Sephiroth's theme.
    • In episode 7 when Hiroyuki Imaishi is in full swing, he also sneaks in Studio Gainax homages. Strength strikes a comically exaggerated Gainaxstance and B★RS sword surfs like it's Daicon VI.
  • Sigil Spam: The opening gives each of the otherselves, including Insane Black Rock Shooter, their own logos. They never show up in-story, however.
  • Split Personality: Although the Other Selves seem to be "real", the original Yuu's description of her other self sounds exactly like the common belief about the cause of Dissociative Identity Disorder: creating someone else to take the pain.
  • Tarot Motifs: "Strength" and "Chariot", so far. (One could stretch and have Dead Master be Death and Black★Rock Shooter the Star. This would possibly make Black★Gold Saw the Devil, based on appearence)
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Kagari calls Mato this in the first episode. Like she can talk.
  • There Are No Therapists: There is one, but she's a Psycho Psychologist. Later revealed to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist since her goal is keeping the Otherworld alive for a Childhood Friend of hers.
  • The Stinger: In the last episode after the credits. Strength is revealed to be alive.
  • Tin-Can Telephone: Kagari speaks to Yomi via one of these, possibly since they seem to live next door to each other.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The posters and trailers makes it look like Chariot is an important character, and Strength isn't. It's actually just the opposite.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Even more obvious than in the OVA, what with Yomi and Dead Master being redesigned to wear glasses. The website makes a token attempt to avert this by not revealing the voice actors for the "other selves".
    • To be honest, 95% of the people who are watching it have seen the OVA or would have guessed in all of, oh, I don't know, 5 minutes maybe. The series' only worse-kept secret is that Mato is BRS.
    • On the website, Kagari's pictures on her character page kept switching between her Ill Girl look and Kagari in her schoolgirl uniform - in fact the latter was shown first. The website also showed a figure for Insane Black★Rock Shooter well before she appeared.
  • Trippy Finale Syndrome: It doesn't quite go to Gainax Ending because it's actually pretty darn comprehensible, Unexplained Recoveries aside.
  • Uh-Oh Eyes: When someone is affected by their Otherself, their iris becomes gear shaped.
    • Interestingly, this is the same design that Kagari's Creepy Doll has.
  • We Help the Helpless: Black★Rock Shooter is introduced in a heroic light, reflecting Mato's own caring nature and going to great lengths to fight suffering. Several What the Hell, Hero? moments later, we learn her world's population is made of suffering. At best a Destructive Saviour, her lack of emotion or comprehension make B★RS's actions more sociopath than hero.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 5. Yu might not actually exist. Mato merges with B★RS and finds that she already killed Dead Master. B★RS becomes Insane Black★Rock Shooter.
    • Episode 7. Yuu and Strength switched places before the story began. Also, Yomi regains her memories of Mato and Dead Master is hinted to be reviving; the same is implied for Kagari/Chariot.
  • Wham Line: Episode 3: "I don't understand what you're talking about."
    • Episode 5: "I don't have to kill you yet."
    • Also in Episode 5: "The manager? I'm the only one for the team"
    • The cake goes to this line in Episode 7: "Your greeting is rather late, Mato Kuroi. I see my Strength has been relying on you...My name is Yuu Koutari. Strength is down here right now, just as you are."
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: huke has long had an illustration and power-up concept based on the trope. Now it's not just Insane Black★Rock Shooter, but all Otherworld girls who run on it.
  • World of Symbolism: And this time they aren't even subtle about it.
    • Mind Screw
    • Black★Rock Shooter starts in a tear-blue, checkerboard world littered with jagged blades and other weapons. Her actual world is a giant, nearly-empty hall that you can't see out of.
    • Chariot's is made of broken dolls and toys, some more familiar than others.
    • Black★Gold Saw's is an underground ruined temple littered with chains.
    • Dead Master's is a misty graveyard. When Yomi's pushed over the edge, the undead overflow in a Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Strength's battlefield has the most symbolism - it's a constantly shifting puzzle block surrounded by barbed wire, implying Strength/Yuu being trapped and unable to escape. When Yuu goes emotionally insane, it turns into a Lethal Lava Land, going back to Yuu's burning house. Finally, when Strength dies, the puzzle block solves itself and explodes.
    • There is a white, colorless desert the Otherworld girls spawn from or are discarded into.
    • One can even find examples of a World of Symbolism outside of the Other World. For example: When Kagari forces Mato to take her to school without Yomi, there's a brief shot of 2 birds flying away from an overhead cable, leaving a single Tiny Bird behind, all alone.
  • Yandere: Kagari towards Yomi, until her Heel-Face Turn in episode 3.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: According to Yuu, all of the other selves will eventually and inevitably die. Subverted in the ending.

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