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YMMV: Black Bullet
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Many viewers who watched the first episode got turned off with Enju (a 10 year old loli) hitting on Rentaro (a 16-year-old teenage boy) with the notion of a grimdark Lolicon action series. Those who did stick around to watch this series will recognize this series for its numerous Tear Jerkers, societal's discrimination of cursed children, numerous characters being killed off, it's left-wing political themes, the suffering of the main characters (especially Enju), the dark twist ending with Kisara killing her older brother who was responsible for the monolith's collapse, and the eventual fate that cursed children will turn into Gastrea.
  • Awesome Music: The opening, "black bullet", and the ending, "Tokohana".
  • Broken Base: The anime adaptation. Some claim to be a good anime with strong political and philosophical messages and themes along with the action. Other find it to be either So Okay, It's Average or claim to be an dark shonen Attack on Titan ripoff that is cartered to the lolicon fanbase. And it's even more base breaking within the light novel readers, as some who read the light novel felt that anime drastically changed many scenes or cut out a lot of content while others say it stays true to the mood and theme of the light novels.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Because the light novel author has good habit of killing off a good number of characters (or at least put Rentaro and Enju through sadistic hell), many detractors claim that the author's writing is terrible because of his tendency to kill off such characters or put them through hell without fully developing such characters. Detractors accuse the author for putting too emphasis on sadistic treatment of the characters while ignoring to clear up several plot points such as Enju's high corrosion rate. Volumes 5 and 6 takes this trope Up to Eleven with the NTR plot device and put Rentaro, Enju, Tina, and Kisara into an even worse suffering hell. This caused many Chinese translators of the light novel to drop this series due to not only the sad and depressing nature of the series, but a trollish plot device was involved.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Disturbingly, the Hiruko pair has gotten a few fan following and support. It also doesn't help to note that Kagetane's daughter, Kohina, happens to be as equally cute as the main loli, Enju Aihara.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shougen Ikuma, despite being Killed Off for Real and his Dying Moment of Awesome, has garnered a large fanbase mainly due to his manly appearance. It also doesn't help to note that the manga adaptation makes a bit more of a likable character.
    • Similarly, his initiator, Kayo Senju, also received a big fan following as well.
    • Tina Sprout is a Cold Sniper loli who was first introduced in volume 2 in the light novel series. She has received a really huge fanbase that is larger than the main loli Enju Aihara. This is mainly because of her American background, the strangeness and curiosity of the character, and her interactions with Rentaro is seen as comedic gold. In fact, the western fanbase ship Rentaro with Tina more than Enju. It also doesn't help to note that Enju Aihara only has about 500 days to live, so if Enju were to turn into a Gastrea, mercy killed, or died; there is always Tina for the lolicon shipping.
    • At least in the anime, Kagetane is extremely popular, sometimes moreso than the protagonists due to his entertaining personality and the fact that he's totally justified in believing that Humans Are Bastards.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite Rentaro/Kisara pairing as being an Official Couple, many folks at /a/ Imageboard at 4chan prefer pairing Rentaro with Enju Aihara. This is mainly because of Enju's The Woobie status, her sweetheart personality, a cute loli that fits perfectly with the Little Sister Heroine archetype, and a being one of the most lovable characters in the series. It also doesn't help to note that the Childhood Friend Romance trope is being overused a lot by many anime, manga, and light novel writiers; and the fact that many folks at 4chan have strong affections with loli characters.
    • Meanwhile in America, the Tina Sprout/Renatro shipping is preferred more than the Rentaro/Enju AND Rentaro/Kisara pairing combined.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Developed this with Attack on Titan note  and No Game No Life note .
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Tina Sprout isn't seen as unpopular in Japan, but just another character. In America, however, she has received a much larger fanbase than in Japan (see Ensemble Darkhorse below).
  • Love It or Hate It: The anime adaption itself. Some people who simply watched the first episode accused the series as being a dark shonen Lolicon pandering series while others enjoy the anime as being one of the most well-written series in the spring 2014 anime season.
    • It's even more polarizing among those who had read the light novel. Some light novel readers felt the anime is really rushed and the anime cut out or altered many of the important details and scenes from the light novel; others felt that the anime is more faithful to the light novel than the manga (as the manga is stated to end with the first volume of the light novel series).
  • Purity Sue: In some circles, Enju can be easily seen as "the perfect little sister" for some viewers. Nice Girl personality? Check. Does not hold grudges or hatred towards anyone and forgives everyone easily? Check. Likes girly stuff such as the Tenchu Girl anime? Check. Wide-Eyed Idealist? Check. Not a tsundere or tomboy? Check. Fragile Flower? Check. Hitting on the main male lead, Rentaro? Priceless. It can also be a deconstruction to this trope, as Enju's corrosion rate happens to serve as an emotional burden to Rentaro, noting that Rentaro refuses to see Enju sad.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A very interesting case. Many fans think Black Bullet is a typical dark shonen action anime note . The manga runs under a seinen label and the anime aired at Otaku O'Clock.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The light novels have a lot of strong political overtomes throughout the series. Namely, the status with the cursed children can easily compared to the Jim Crow segregation laws in the United States and the apartheid government in South Africa. Should a small minority of lolis born with an incurable parasitic virus be treated as low lives in society and deserved to be lynched and murdered in public; or be treated as equals with normal humans? Are the cursed children by nature destined to be evil since they'll turn Gastrea monsters anyways, or the circumstances of society has caused the cursed children into a life of poverty and crime? Are the cursed children are the key to defeating the Gastrea and funding the cure to the virus? Can the cursed children and humanity alike can live together side by side in peace? Many of these points are explored throughout the novel. Seitenshi can be easily compared to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela for civil rights for the cursed children where she is a strong believer of pacifism and there can be nonviolent change in society to help the cursed children.note  Regardless, the political overtones in the light novel can be used to apply to modern Japanese society as well. note 
    • Also, Black Bullet has a very strong left-leaning political view; as the main character, Rentaro, and Seitenshi want to reform society to grant civil rights to the cursed children and society to treat them with dignity and respect. The series have puts a lot of emphasis and deconstruct Rentaro's utilitarianism; while the antagonist are either named after libertarian philosophers such as Ayn Rand, or a secret Right Wing Militia Fanatic organization wanting to reunite Japan under their ultranationalist fist and use genetically modified Gastrea to Take Over the World.
  • The Woobie: You kinda feel sorry for every cursed child in this series. Specific mention to Enju Aihara, one of the most kind-hearted characters in the series, has a lovable Cheerful Child personality, and the fact the entire world treats her like total trash and only has about 500 days to live as a human makes you want to really hug this poor loli.

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