Manga: Black★Rock Shooter
A manga of Black★Rock Shooter has been announced titled Black★Rock Shooter ~Innocent Soul~. Given description: "The story follows a girl in Hazama (Threshold), a world between Heaven and Earth. "Impure souls" — those that could not ascend to Heaven with the burden of their own weight — have drifted to this world of constant warfare."There is also a separate published 4koma series. Titled Black★Rock-chan, it's really just an Affectionate Parody of the characters and setting; it stars a Pint-Sized Kid version of B★RS with a full-sized Dead Master acting like her mom.Not to be confused with Black★Rock Shooter – Innocent Souls: a fanmade play-by-post roleplay set in the universe of the manga.
Tropes found in this manga:
- Abusive Parents: The mother in Ch 6 to Cecil. She took the death of her husband hard.
- And I Must Scream: How Hanako traps the souls inside her illusory high-school.
- Breather Episode: Chapter 7 is basically a Troperiffic Romantic Comedy.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Black Shooters that were sent to destroy Dead's Stagnant Soul end up crushed by her wing-arms into a giant ball of flesh and gore.
- Darker and Edgier: The first chapter alone has a little girl brutally impaled by the grotesquely mutated soul of a legendary serial killer.
- Dead All Along: Reto and Io. OK, every Stagnated Soul ever. In fact, scratch that, there's no living people in the setting just yet.
- Eldritch Location: The Stagnant Soul's dimension. The one in chapter 8 is an outright Genius Loci. A very demented pervert Genius Loci.
- Good Is Not Nice: The purpose of the Black Shooters is to keep the number of Stagnated Souls in Hazama under control, and nothing else.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Io and Reto, Hanako in the second chapter. Also Dead in chapter 11.
- Oh, Crap, This Cannot Be!: Jack's reaction to realizing that he's fighting the Black Star.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The name of the organization Rock, Dead, and others work for. In the original Japanese, it is written as "ブラックスター". A logical translation would be "Black Star", as evidenced by a panel from Chapter 9, yet some translation groups, and consequently other sources, use "Black Shooter"
- Unfinished Business: The reason why the Stagnant Souls exist.
- We Have Reserves: The rulers of Hazama's attitude to Black Shooters.
- What Is This Feeling?
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