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Video Game: Black★Rock Shooter
Black Rock Shooter: The Game is a 2011 PSP Spinoff, developed by Imageepoch, based off the Black★Rock Shooter character and franchise. It can best be described as a hybrid RPG/Third-Person Shooter game.

In the year 2051, humanity is on the verge of extinction following an alien invasion that started nearly fifteen years ago. With their backs to the wall, the last twelve humans awaken a mysterious Super Soldier known as "BRS" (or "Stella") as part of their last desperate push against the alien menace.

The game features an all-star Japanese voice cast, including Maaya Sakamoto (as BRS), Tomokazu Sugita, Hiroshi Kamiya, Miyuki Sawashiro, Mai Nakahara and many more. The music is composed by Manabu Namiki.

Nippon Ichi licensed the game for release in English. After over a year of waiting and numerous rumours that the game had become Vapor Ware, it was finally released on the Playstation Store in the US and EU with the original Japanese voice cast.


Tropes found in this game:

  • Advancing Boss of Doom
  • Aerith and Bob: Range from Bob, Hassan, Alexei, Xiao Ming; to Phobos, Rothcol, Black★Rock Shooter; to MEFE, LLWO, and XNFE. There are some justifications about the alien's name, but have you ever met a guy named Rothcol?
    • It's revealed in chapter 2 that Rothcol is his last name and Phobos is a code name he prefers to go by.
  • After the End: The alien invasion has decimated Earth.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Not that anyone is complaining.
  • Angst:
    Gray: So you have forgotten everything, including The Professor's affection for you. Unlike you, The Professor didn't even give me a name. I'm not a beloved like you.
    B★RS: I'm... sorry.
    Gray: Don't be. Otherwise... I won't be able to forgive you. Come over here. *cue a scene of B★RS and Gray on the bed*
  • Arc Words: The Game.
  • The Assimilator: The aliens' custom of "neblading", which essentially means to consume another living being and absorb their memories. It's actually the crux of the entire plot.
  • Avenging the Villain: LLWO for MEFE.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The ultimate Blade skill BB Genocide is mostly this. It boasts massively improved damage compared to its predecessor, the Iksa Blade, and also hits all enemies. However, it still only deals maximum damage to stunned enemies, the same quirk that Blade Kill and Iksa Blade had, and the only other skill that inflicts Stun is the Snipe skills, which only hit single enemies (and the stun wears off fairly quickly anyways). Combined with a cooldown time of three minutes in a game where most battles don't last half as long, it's more or less a glorified Hammer skill (also hits all enemies, but for normal damage) save for boss battles.
  • Back from the Brink: The trailer shows awakened B★RS fighting alien robot alongside human soldiers.
  • Badass Army: The Earth defense force took eight out of the 15 Apostles. Considering the kind of the story, that's quite an achievement.
  • Badass Grandpa: SAHA.
  • BRS Can Breathe In Outer Space.
  • BFS: MZMA.
  • Black Magician Girl: MEFE.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In New Game+, finishing the "?"-marked missions makes Nana survive. Humankind still goes extinct, though.
  • Catch Phrase: Rothcol's "Tally, ho!"
  • Cloning Blues: B★RS and Nana Gray.
  • Clothing Damage: The Lost All costume. You get it when, well, all is lost.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Black★Rock Shooter, Nana Gray, White Rock Shooter.
  • Cool Bike: The Pigee Ninja. Despite its ridiculously lame name, it's extremely similar to the one in the original B★RS PV.
    • Renamed to Black Trike in the translation. Better than Piggy Ninja, at least. It's lampshaded too, since the mission is still named "Operation Piggy Ninja", and there's a dialogue option to be confused by the strange name.
  • Cool Plane: The Draco. Which is like a huge, carbon-steel composite stealth bomber.
  • Downer Ending: Oh sure, the world is saved from the aliens, but by that point it's pointless because humankind is extinct. And B★RS is doomed to spend the rest of her life alone. Mission Clear!
    • The ecosystem gets better, if the couple of polar bears is any indication.
      • It probably is. According to the events, it said that polar bears went extinct before the invasion, yet we find them here. Which could mean that BRS and the other humans were wrong about being the only ones left and there are probably more still out there.
  • Emotionless Girl: Even the Seven Apostles has more range of emotion than B★RS. And they are the bad guys.
  • Escort Mission: One of Nana EX missions. If an enemy, ANY enemy touches the escortee, it's instant Game Over. Also made more aggravating by the fact that Nana is faking insanity and walks straight into enemies while weaponless.
  • Five-Bad Band: The five characters shown fighting B★RS in the trailer. Dead Master is nowhere to be seen. They are actually called the Seven Apostles.
    • MEFE, MZMA, SZZU and CKRY, XNFE, LLWO, SAHA - Seven in total. But still, if there were 15 with the invasion, not sure why only these Seven were important enough to be named like that.
      • If we put it this way, along with White Rock Shooter:
    • Bigger Bad and The Man Behind the Man: White Rock Shooter
    • Big Bad: SAHA, he was said to be the leader.
    • The Dragon: XNFE, she carried out at least some of the major attacks during the invasion.
    • The Evil Genius: SZZU, she is apparently the only one who's smart enough to understand humans and their emotions.
    • The Brutes: CKRY, all that he says are grunts and roars. Which SZZU somehow can understand. And MZMA, who likes to boast and fight recklessly.
    • The Dark Chicks: MEFE and LLWO
  • Flat "What.": The perfect description for B★RS's face when she obeys Nana's orders to "Say woof."
  • Flunky Boss: The Generators, but the most notable instance is XNFE and her goddamned flying bunny-eared shoot-y pink triangle drones which she throws at you ad hominem.
  • Graceful Loser: WRS.
  • Heal Thyself: In this case, Hand Waved as "nanomachines".
  • Idol Singer: Sing Love AKA White Rock Shooter.
  • Kamehame Hadoken
  • Kill 'em All: The PSS. And by "all", it means that at the end of The Game, B★RS is the only surviving humanoid being in the entire world.
  • Killer Rabbit: XNFE. Massacre rabbit.
  • Kill It with Fire: MZMA's power.
  • La Résistance: PSS, of which B★RS is a member/ultimate weapon.
  • Last Of Their Kind: B★RS and eleven others are the only ones left to fight off their attackers.
  • Male Gaze: The instance this happens is when MEFE appears and the camera zooms at her nice buttocks.
    • There are several short shots of B★RS in this situation when she's unleashing various skills. Her Blade attacks in particular would like to remind the player that She's Got Legs.
  • Meaningful Name: Would you believe me that B★RS's real name is Stella.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Armaments.
  • Meganekko: SZZU.
  • The Mole: Nana Gray.
  • New Game+: It's also required to get the better ending.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: B★RS can survive lasers, energy bullets, ordinary bullets, missiles, blade slashes, body slams of 3-meter-tall Mecha-Mooks, crashing at 300 kmph into said mooks...
  • One-Winged Angel: WRS.
  • Palette Swap: White Rock Shooter
  • Power Armor: SZZU and CKRY. They are siblings.
  • The Professor: Prof. Gibson, the Dr. Light-esque creator of both Gray and B★RS.
  • Quick Time Event, also a form of Finish Him!.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: The latter part of the game. It doesn't work. At least during the first time.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: B★RS seems to be one in the game.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: To a surprise, each of the Apostles are these.
    • MEFE is quite Lustful towards young girls.
    • MZMA has the Pride of a Ted Baxter. Sort of, he's second weakest.
    • SZZU rides on CRKY, giving her the sin of Sloth.
    • CKRY, implied to have eaten MZMA, is Gluttony.
    • Being the smallest and needing the bunny turrets to move a reasonable speed, XNFE is appropriately Envy.
    • With MEFE dead, LLWO goes out in Wrath.
    • And finally, SAHA is Greed. Since he's king.
  • Seven Is Nana Gray.
  • Shaggy Dog Story
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: B★RS delivers one to XNFE. "Shut yer trap, alien!"
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: And how.
  • Super Mode
  • A Taste of Power: In the very first battle, A practically uber powered B★RS (complete with a few upgraded skills) faces off against Dead Master, which can hardly scratch her.
  • Timed Mission: In Fuji Forest, where you have to rush to save Nana.
  • The Unfavourite: Nana Gray believes herself to be one, since Prof. Gibson didn't give her a proper name. He did, Nana is the name given to her. It's all a tragic misunderstanding.
  • The Unpronouncable: The names of the Seven Apostles are MEFE/Mii, MZMA/Mazuma, XNFE/Nafe, SZZU/Shizu, CKRY/Kaarii, LLWO/Ririo, and SAHA. Whew!
  • Underground Monkey: Most enemies have at least two stronger recolors of themselves found in later levels.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Pretty much everyone! All According to Plan by White Rock herself.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
  • You Have Failed Me: XNFE got this treatment.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: LLWO to Nana.

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