A happy-go-lucky girl who's very excitable and hyper. She's very na´ve, however, and very closed-minded; she likes to marvel at things, and enjoys playing the guitar. She's also very skilled at basketball and is a bit of a Tomboy (although not quite as much as one would expect from her appearance).In the 2012 anime, she seems to be fond of philosophical musings or just "zoning out" and staring at stuff. Saya notes that she is innocent, and that she has never hated anyone nor has, up until now, anyone hated her.Has a younger brother, Hiro, and a mother who shows up a bit onscreen. Her dad is never shown, however the 2012 anime says he is often on business trips.Her "other self" is Black★Rock Shooter. In both incarnations, she ends up merging with her at some point.
Meaningful Name: "Kuroi" means "black clothes"; "Mato" with the proper kanji means "target" (as in target shooting). Her other self is Black★Rock Shooter, who certainly wears black clothes and works a lot with target shooting, her target being the Dead Master.
The aforementioned kanji for "mato" also is used to form adjectives, so together "Kuroi Mato" could just mean "black-clothed."
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, in contrast to the Otherselves, because she heals slower than them. When she, in form of Black★Rock Shooter, faces Insane Black★Rock Shooter and refuses to attack her, Insane Black★Rock Shooter ruthlessly beats the shit out of her and specifically attacks her face and limbs. Not even a minute later, Mato is down with an extremely bruised and bleeding face and a horribly twisted leg.
BFG: During her fight with Insane Black★Rock Shooter, she pulls out one so big the muzzle itself is as tall as Insane Black★Rock Shooter.
Freak Out!: After merging with Black★Rock Shooter, she finds that she killed Yomi/Dead Master. The result turns them into Insane Black★Rock Shooter.
Heroic BSOD: Falls into one after merging with Black★Rock Shooter and becoming Insane Black★Rock Shooter. Strength brings her back to reality to some degree, but she's still confused about what's going on.
Pure Is Not Good: It's implied that Black★Rock Shooter is born of her desire to help people, and the reason why Black★Rock Shooter is so strong is because Mato is such a good girl with no worries... and she wants other people to not suffer just like her. Ignoring her own worries ends up turning B★RS into The Juggernaut in the Otherworld. And from what it looks like, that mentality had existed and was rooted in her since she was a toddler!
Stepford Smiler: She's just better at it than the other girls. She hides her pain well, and instead tries to solve other people's problems - putting her in denial that her problems exist and eventually making her think she's running away from them.
Synchronization: After merging with Black Rock Shooter, she feels all her pain instead of the other way around.
Unflinching Walk: In the finale, she just keeps walking into Insane Black★Rock Shooter's attack, so she can fire a rainbow colored Spirit Bomb laser at point-blank range.
A girl who catches Mato's eye due to her Friendless Background and her having been dropped off by a car on her first day. As fate would have it, she lives in the same neighborhood as Mato. She takes the train with Mato from then on, and also joins the volleyball team (which she shows skill in) after watching Mato in the basketball team. Her parents are very rich.She starts to drift away from Mato after she is separated from her class-wise in their second year, and her disappearance by possession/merging fuels the main plot. Her "other self" is the Dead Master.The 2012 anime plays her a little differently, not only giving her glasses but changing her personality a bit. Unlike before, she is unwilling to make friends both due to the fear she will hurt them and because Kagari seems to have her on a leash. Again, she seems to not like Yuu, although this is rationalized a bit better than it was in the OVA.
Green-Eyed Monster: A source of conflict in both the OVA and broadcast anime is the jealousy she feels regarding Yuu and Mato's friendship. It gets worse in the TV anime, where she also has to contend with Kagari's new friends.
Meaningful Name: Her name, written with different kanji, means "underworld", which is fitting when you realize her "other self" is the Dead Master.
Ojou: In the OVA, she apparently lived in Germany for a period of time (but is not very good at German). She was dropped off at school by her dad in a car on her first day (which is rare in Japan), and her parents hired a detective when she goes missing - she even has the first kind of Ojou personality; kind and gentle. In the 2012 anime, she also lives in a huge mansion.
Ojou Ringlets: An odd variation, as the curls appear on the front part of her hair, but behind her shoulders, her hair is cropped closely to her head. The 2012 anime does this a little differently, as at one point she lets her hair down and it looks normal, albeit a little long, implying she wears pigtails of some sort.
Punny Name / Alternate Character Reading: Her family name, "Takanashi". (It's written "kotori-asobi", "little birds playing", but pronounced as "no hawks" - because there are no hawks where little birds play.)
Huge Schoolgirl: Not all that tall, but in the OVA, Mato seems to point it out constantly. (It is to be noted, however, that by normal human proportions, she is significantly taller than Mato.) Yomi also admits to having a complex about her height.
New Transfer Student: In the OVA, her backstory is that she lived in Germany for a while. Her name, "Takanashi", is also not very common in Mato's area.
At the hospital, when Kagari and Yomi hear Mato (who has been a thorn in Kagari's skin) behind their door, Kagari snaps. In Episode 4, when Kagari tells Yomi that they're done being long-time friends, Yomi snaps instead.
Also has one of sorts to the original OVA; in the OVA, Mato was the one who looked for Yomi when she went missing; in the anime, it's the complete opposite.
It's All My Fault: The reason for her current relationship with Kagari, given the latter got caught in a car accident while trying to reach out to Yomi and became chair-ridden.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: The death of Dead Master causes her to lose her memories of how her hair was cut, and she loses her feelings for Mato to the point where she deletes Mato's mail from her phone. At least until Episode 7, when she actually manages to get said memories back by thinking about it hard enough once Mato's disappearance affects her badly.
Yandere: Acts like one to both Mato and Kagari, if Episode 4 is anything to go by. When she gets a text from Yuu with her claim of being "Mato's friend", Yomi snaps and almost destroys her phone! It gets really, really worse at the end of the episode when Kagari tells her that their friendship is over]]! Basically, Yomi has a psychological need to have someone need her more than anyone else.
The manager of the basketball team at Mato and Yomi's junior high school.In the OVA, Mato only respects her in her first year, but becomes close friends with Yuu in her second year (as they are in the same class together, and Mato and Yomi are not). Her "other self" is implied to be Strength.In the 2012 anime, she is a childhood friend of Mato who often skips classes. She is also fond of coffee. She is in fact Strength, having switched places with the real Yuu years before the beginning of the show. As such she is not entirely real, though she can still interact with the physical world.Tropes related to the original Yuu Koutari go in the Strength section below.Voiced by Kana Asumi.
Genki Girl: Hardly anything upsets her, and she's always there to cheer up Mato.
Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Did not appear in the pilot or the trailer, and her existence was unknown before a magazine and the website revealed her existence.
2012 Anime Tropes
A Darker Me: Inverts this trope. The actual Yuu is more savage than Strength, once Strength gains emotions and begins to interact with the real world.
Ascended Extra: In the OVA, she was simply a girl who seemed to be awkward around Yomi, generally acting as an annoyance to Yomi and being extremely pissed off about being left out from Mato and Yomi's friendship. The anime? :Not only is she much nicer and assertive, she's actually Strength. Quite a departure.
Undead Tax Exemption: As far as the public real world is concerned, Yuu disappeared several years ago (when Saya was a High School Student) and switched with Strength, and Strength is not acknowledged as existing by anyone. That original Yuu can be a New Transfer Student in the last episode would require quite a bit of paperwork.
Walking Spoiler: She's introduced as Mato's childhood friend and one who seems to have no connection with the plot of Black Rock Shooter whatsoever. Then she's revealed to have an Other Self known as Strength, and on top of that, Yuu and Strength actually swapped bodies.
A mysterious girl in the Otherworld who seems to be a good fighter, but does not give any reason for her fighting. Seems to be a silent hero.In the OVA, she loses her katana, the "black blade", and, according to some interpretations, her life in a battle with Black★Gold Saw and fights with the ★rock cannon, which can fire 20 bullets per second.In the 2012 anime, she represents Mato's desire to solve other people's problems and ignore her own, and thus goes on a rampage to kill "other selves" throughout the Otherworld. This causes Saya to panic and quickly traumatize the other girls in the hopes of awakening "other selves" to stop her progress and protect the Otherworld for the original Yuu. Mato ends up merging with her in Episode 7, but the shock of seeing Dead Master die transforms them into Insane Black★Rock Shooter (see below).Since she is the "other self" of Mato, she is also voiced by Kana Hanazawa.
Stripperiffic: Bikini top, booty shorts, thigh-high boots, and a hoodie.
Super Strength: May or may not have this, as in the OVA, she breaks the Dead Master's chains with her bare hands; however, this could just be from being a Determinator.
There's also the fact that she can even lift her cannon, let alone wield it as both a ranged and melee weapon.
Sword and Gun: She loses the sword in the first scene of the OVA, however; instead, her gun gets to become some sword-like blunt object.
The Rival: Can be interpreted as this to Dead Master.
The Voiceless / The Speechless: Does not speak at all; whether she does so because she is The Stoic or because she cannot is unknown. She finally talks to Mato at the end of the OVA, although this may be because Mato is her human counterpart.
At the end of the first anime episode it seems she's incapable of making any sound as she gets impaled by Chariot and opens her mouth in a scream but there's no sound at all, although this could be just stylistic.
In the end of the 2012 anime, she does speak, albeit telepathically.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar on her hip and another on her leg; it's likely from the impact of Black★Gold Saw's final stroke.
2012 Anime Tropes applying to normal Black★Rock Shooter
Disney Death / Unexplained Recovery: Or something like that. She's destroyed as Insane Black★Rock Shooter but is seen unharmed as Black★Rock Shooter shortly thereafter.
The ending hints that as long as their real-life counterparts are alive, the girls' Otherselves will also continue to exist, to help shoulder their grief and sorrows as the girls continue living.
Gatling Good: Her response to getting a giant waterfall of macaroons thrown at her is to upgrade her gun into a minigun and fire so many bullets that they scatter everywhere. She later uses a stationary double minigun for a brief moment.
Perpetual-Motion Monster: All otherselves doesn't need sustenance other than justification for their existence — the continual suffering of their humanselves for them to shoulder. But B★RS is especially notable in this regard, because she invades the realm of other otherselves to kill them.
Sword andGun: Wields both her sword and cannon at the same time in episode 5.
Dual Wielding: Has her BFS/BFG on her right arm, holds a much smaller blade in the other. Later, she uses the chains attached to her back to use BGS's sword. After she shoots off the arm holding said blade of course.
A girl with two horns and the "Dead Scythe". Seems to be followed around by two telepathic skulls, which she uses as weapons. She also has powers over chains.May be a Yandere. Her human counterpart is Yomi. As such she is also voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.She receives a noticeable redesign in the 2012 Anime, including glasses and a wedding veil.
Dark Magical Girl: In the OVA, she's merged with, or possessing, Yomi. Still counts for the Anime too.
Elegant Gothic Lolita: It covers up a lot of skin, but adds to her evil-ness. It gets even frillier in the 2012 anime.
Psychotic Smirk: She is almost always portrayed sporting this on, as opposed to her human counterpart. She occasionally does this too in the OVA. And really, her Scythe being broken didn't prevent her from licking her fingers, and then giving this to Black★Rock Shooter as if nothing happened.
The Rival: Can be interpreted as this to Black★Rock Shooter.
Yandere: Hinted at in the OVA, made more blatant in the 2012 Anime where she's wearing a wedding veil.]]
I Have You Now, My Pretty: Does this to Black★Rock Shooter; whether this is feeding off Yomi's instincts or if it's entirely the Dead Master's volition is up to debate.
Load-Bearing Boss: Her lair starts crumbling after she escapes Yomi's body and dissolves.
Oh Crap: Her reaction in the near-end of the OVA when Black★Rock Shooter broke the chains holding her in place, marches forwards towards her, and then embraced her. She resisted to no avail, resulting in her falling off the ledge and then dissolving afterwards, leaving the body of Yomi aside.
Orcus On Her Throne: In the OVA, after "taking" Yomi, she did absolutely nothing except apparently sit in her throne room waiting. Though it's likely she was waiting for B★RS anyway.
2012 Anime Tropes
Adaptational Wimp: In the OVA, Dead Master was a perfectly capable fighter. In the anime, B★RS quickly unravels the chain, and she gets carried away helplessly by Chariot's spider minions. After struggling for a ridiculously long time against the chains binding her, it seems like she might join the fight...but then she gets dragged into a fissure created by Black★Gold Saw. Though it may be justified in a sense since Yomi was in a pretty weak state...
Chained by Fashion: Sealed by Chariot with her own chains as a symbolism of Kagari's control over Yomi's guilt. When Yomi's Freak Out! reaches its apex, her chains warp around her into a giant mountain and explode into her army of countless zombies.
Composite Character: She uses the name and general look of Dead Master, but shares aspects with "Black★Devil Girl", such as the glasses and green theme color.
A mysterious "other self" that is approaching the Dead Master and Black★Rock Shooter throughout the OVA.She is implied to be the "other self" of the OVA's Yuu.In the 2012 anime, she is eventually revealed to be the actual Yuu Koutari, who Saya had tried to befriend while they were in high school. She suffered from many familial issues and bullying, but was aware of the Otherworld's existence and related it to Saya when she talked to her. It's implied that the abuse she suffered allowed Strength to become self-aware. After a misunderstanding, Saya offered to do anything for Yuu. Yuu revealed the existences of Strength and Black★Gold Saw, and had Saya promise to protect her and the Otherworld. Afterwards, she contacted Strength and decided to switch places with her, allowing Strength to deal with reality while she deals with the comparative simplicity of the other world.Voiced, obviously, by Kana Asumi.
Ascended Extra: Compared to the OVA. She is in fact central to the plot.
Be Careful What You Wish For: As Yuu, she wanted to switch places with Strength, believing that if she were in a world where all she had to do was fight without thinking, she could take the physical pain and she would be happier. By the time the events of Episode 7 transpire, she is clearly unhinged by this decision.
Big Damn Heroes: Saves Black★Gold Saw from certain death by the hands of Insane Black★Rock Shooter, to Saya's shock.
Dark and Troubled Past: With divorced parents and a mother and stepfather who don't care about her, and a ton of bullies at school who torment her (including dumping their eraser shavings into her rice), she has a lot of this to deal with.
This is a Buddhism/Hindu-ism reference, by becoming a spirit that only exists for violence; Yuu is becoming an Asura; possibly literally. The multi-arms only exist for Yuu as Strength.
Parental Neglect: Her parents divorced, and her mother married another man; neither seem to care about her, leaving her in the corner. In fact, they don't seem to care about anything, given the dilapidated state of the house and how it eventually burns down from a neglected cigarette.
Undead Tax Exemption: The original Yuu in the ending gets introduced to the rest of the class. Considering she's been missing for 10 years, that's quite a bit of paperwork. She even says she doesn't have a home to go to before she returns to the real world. Granted, Saya might have helped ease the transition in this regard.
An "other self" who was seen fighting Black★Rock Shooter at the beginning of the OVA. She caused some of her scars; according to some interpretations, she was also responsible for taking Black★Rock Shooter's life.In the 2012 anime, her eye is seen opening in various locations of the "Otherworld", implying that she's watching. It appears that she has a great deal of power over the Otherworld, and is cultivating the Other Selves. She is in fact trying to stop Black★Rock Shooter from destroying the Otherworld.
BFS: She has a large sword, possibly as big as her in some drawings.
Non-Indicative Name: She does not, in fact, wear gold in any of the artwork. There is one figure that gives her a bit of gold on her armor and sword, however.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her entire scheme is red, however, so it doesn't look quite evil - just like an enemy.
Adaptational Wimp: As well. In the OVA she appears to actually beat B★RS, but in the anime she puts up the least impressive fight of any character.Though note that when she was fighting with B★RS Saya was intentionally trying to take the diplomatic route with Mato, so she did comparatively little fighting - it doesn't excuse her inability to defend herself though.
An Arm and a Leg: She's partially responsible for IBRS losing an arm. IBRS then gets revenge.
The middle school counselor of "Dawn Counseling" at Mato's school. She is often the one to go to when talking about personal problems, and will do it while offering them lots of coffee.She is the other self of Black★Gold Saw, and can consciously channel herself into her. She is awakening other selves through less than moral means to prevent Black★Rock Shooter from destroying the Otherworld - or more specifically the original Yuu Koutari, who now resides there. She was friends with the original Yuu Koutari in high school and later made a promise to protect her. Yuu revealed Black★Gold Saw to Saya before switching places with Strength.Voiced by Mamiko Noto
Anti-Villain: In an attempt to fulfill a promise to the original Yuu to protect her - and by extension, protect the Otherworld - she tries to mess up her charges to incite their "other selves" to awaken, purely for the purpose of stopping Black★Rock Shooter's rampage. She also contemplates killing Mato to stop Black★Rock Shooter, but can't do it because she knows it's wrong and that Mato did nothing to deserve it.
Though she reveals that she actually hates coffee when it doesn't have milk in episode 5.
Treacherous Advisor: Does the opposite of what a school counselor is supposed to, all for the sake of the Otheworld.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her reasons for breaking the girls is that the original Yuu was her friend when she was in high school, and in a desperate attempt to help her, she made a promise to protect her, and, by extension, the Otherworld. She believes that Black★Rock Shooter will destroy the Otherworld if unchecked, so she puts stress on the girls in the hopes of awakening "other selves" to curb her.
A girl who lives close to Yomi. She is a childhood friend of hers, and is bound to a wheelchair; thus, she does not attend their school. She lives next door to Yomi and seems to be controlling her via a Tin-Can Telephone, constantly telling her that she "must not make friends" and claiming Yomi to be "hers"; according to her Yomi must "take responsibility". It turns out that when Yomi was moving away with her family Kagari tried to run after her and was hit by a car.Fond of pastries and dolls, but is very, very blatant about her hatred for anyone. After Black★Rock Shooter beheads Chariot, she suddenly and rather unnervingly becomes calmer and starts to get over her trauma. She eventually returns to school in Episode 4.She is the human counterpart of Chariot. Chariot's death in Episode 2 causes her to lose all of her grief - and also her attachment to Yomi.Voiced by Eri Kitamura
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A (probably) non-romantic version. After seeing Yomi coming back to school, her memories of Yomi begin to come back slowly. She is also disoriented by Mato's disappearance.
Creepy Doll: Heavily associated with one. Its name is Mary. She also "talks through" it, claiming that anything she says while acting as Mary is not something that she is saying. YMMV whether the doll or her owner is creepier.
No Social Skills: Ridiculously blunt in her psychoticness toward Mato. Even after she is healed, she's comically blunt and foul-mouthed, which earns her popularity at school. She also badly, badly words her gratitude to Yomi for taking care of her all those years.
Pseudo Crisis: At the end of Episode 2 it seems like something bad happened to Kagari...but then in the next episode we learn she just fell asleep.
Self-Inflicted Hell: A mundane example. She's not actually crippled physically. However, her mental state has been driven so badly that she believes herself to be crippled, to the point where a twisted wrist makes her think that she is completely incapable of doing this. Debatable as to whether this is "hell", however, as she seems to take pleasure in forcing herself to be dependent on her.
Evil Gloating: Of sorts. When Chariot first runs over Black★Rock Shooter with her Spider Tank, she gets out and begins dropping gooey regular-sized macaroons on Black★Rock Shooter's face while she's still buried under the rubble. Veeeryslowly.
Giant Spider: Drives a giant robot spider as a sort of chariot.
A mysterious Super Soldier who was awakened by the last surviving humans as their final trump card against the alien invasion. She awakens as a blank slate, being extremely naive and lacking direction. As time passes, she recovers her lost memories and discovers her motivation to fight. Her true name is "Stella", a clone of the alien being called "Sing Love". She was deliberately designed to be an imperfect clone, ironically giving her the ability to retain her memories and making her the grand culmination of White Rock Shooter's plot.Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto.
A lonely girl who acts as BRS' counterpart and main ally in the latter half of the game. She is a "Grey", a mass-production clone of "Sing Love" designed to fight the alien invasion. Like all Greys, her memories degenerate over time, which causes her a great deal of distress.Voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.
The Mole: She struck a deal with the aliens to deliver BRS to them in exchange for her freedom.
The Apostles are the leaders of the alien invasion on Earth, with each one being classified as "Class A" aliens. There were once fifteen of them, but by the events of The Game only seven remain. They are ranked in ascending order of power (with "first" being the weakest).
Ranked fifth. A cute young girl who embodies the most selfish and dangerous desires of a child. Having gorged herself on mass-media, she has developed a love of game shows and reality television. Her ultimate ambition is to usurp White Rock Shooter as the leader of the alien forces.
Ranked sixth. A brash young man who loves to hone his skills in combat. He has unrequited feelings for MEFE which pain him greatly. He "neblades" MEFE after her defeat, absorbing her body and memories, possibly against her will.
Ranked seventh. The leader of the Apostles, he resembles an old man but is actually the master of a martial art the aliens call "Universal Karate". His role is to "train" any possible Whites to their maximum potential before handing them over to WRS.
A mysterious young woman who appears as an "inverted" version of B★RS, trading black for white and blue eyes for red. She is an alien being who became known as "Sing Love" on Earth. She engineered "The Game" so that she could consume/assimilate a perfect clone of herself. To do this, she staged the alien invasion and then convinced the Earth forces to use her as the base for a clone army to fight against them. However, the resulting clone army lacked the ability to retain their memories over time, delaying her plan until "BRS" (who could retain memories) appeared.Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto.
Ascended Extra: Before the RPG came out, White Rock Shooter was just a "negative" version of BRS that appeared in artwork. In the RPG, she's the villain.
Berserk Button: Flips out when she hears the word "Disappear". The reason? Some bullies burnt her shoulder and leg with cigarettes while chanted the word in her Dark and Troubled Past, only starting to appear as flashes of memories after being in contact with a corrupted soul who died in fire. Before that, she has no reason other than instinct why she hates the word.
Extreme Omnivore: Her soul-devouring aside, she also ate her teddy bear in her sleep and proceed to eat Rock's hair next. And people are asking why Rock's pig-tails are in an uneven length... After dying, Rock takse up this trait and eats Dead's soul to keep her memory from being burnt off.
Happily Married: Her motivation for eating souls is to be strong enough to be revived and reunited with her husband. Turns out, she's been lied to.
Les Yay: Pretty much explicitly in love/lust with Rock. She invoked it as she needs Rock's soul to be devoured, she tries to provoke some reaction.
Let Them Die Happy: Rock lets Dead seeing her as her husband, spending her last seconds in embrace of her beloved.
A young girl who is frequently abused by her old mother. She and her mother are caught in a loop created by her, because she wants her mother to become kind again like in the old times before her father died.
Abusive Parents: Her old mother. It was not out of evil. She was just very stressed.
Cooldown Hug: To her mother, before both reconcile and fade away.