YMMV / Black★Rock Shooter

General Tropes

  • Awesome Music:
    • The original song.
    • "NO SCARED", the opening for the game, is quite cool too.
  • Evil is Sexy:
    • From the OVA: Dead Master, a green-eyed Yandere dressed in a gothic getup.
    • From the anime: Black★Rock Shooter, a psychotic Villain Protagonist who brutally murders anyone in her way, and has a Superpowered Evil Side fueled by fits of insanity. She's also dressed up in a bra, booty shorts and knee-high boots.
    • From the game: White★Rock Shooter, an alien who wiped out most of humanity and ravaged the earth. She also looks like Black★Rock Shooter.

Black Rock Shooter (OVA)

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Mato just your typical naïve girl, or is she in denial and being forced to regain courage? Is Yomi a kind, sweet girl with the occasional disturbing thought, or is she a psychotic Yandere? And is Yuu just a Genki Girl who feels left out nowadays or is she The Chessmaster like other fans are considering?
    • Is the Otherworld just symbolic? Are its denizens awakened shards of the characters' psyche? Separate spirits that played Grand Theft Me and/or The Symbiote to the schoolgirls?
  • Awesome Music: Battle of BRS, the song used for the climactic fight between the titular character and Dead Master, an intense rock piece that completely fits the mood and setting of their battle.
  • Epileptic Trees: The story refuses to explain anything about Other World, or its denizens. As such, it is breeding grounds for Wild Mass Guessing.
  • Les Yay: There is quite a lot - Mato even tells Yomi "I love you!" at one point (she's joking... perhaps). In fact, Les Yay is the driving point of the story, if you consider their close attraction love. It's definitely a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.

Black Rock Shooter (noitaminA 2012 Anime)

  • Awesome Music: The OVA got to only use an instrumental version of the eponymous theme. The anime? Miku Hatsune sings it again!
  • Counterpart Comparison
    • Even though Black★Rock Shooter came first, comparisons with Puella Magi Madoka Magica were perhaps inevitable. The original OVA already had comparisons made to the Persona series, which are further amplified here.
    • Yuu even asks Mato to say Black★Rock Shooter isn't her.
    • Kagari is voiced by Eri Kitamura, who also voiced Sayaka in Madoka Magica. Like Sayaka she has relationship issues, questionable mental stability, and an alternate persona associated with wheels. Amusingly, she ends up more like Mami Tomoe from the same series — Chariot, Kagari's other self who appears prominently in the promotional material, gets her head cut off in episode 2. It helps that Kagari and Chariot resemble Mami in other ways, such as theme colours and having issues with friends and loneliness.
    • And over a year later, Yuu's voice actor Kana Asumi would play a character in Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion.
  • Die for Our Ship: Since Yuu's the main one getting in the way between Mato and Yomi, Mato/Yomi fans do not like her "interference". Even Yomi seems to feel this herself.
    • With Yuu getting a MAJOR Adaptational Badass in the anime, expect to see some Mato/Yuu shippers bashing Yomi.
    • The same thing happens with Kagari, with how she basically had Yomi on a leash. She made things even worse for herself when she tells Mato straight to her face that Yomi's heart is dead. She gets a nasty slap in the face for it.
  • Growing the Beard: The first two episodes were mostly narmy melodrama focusing on the creepy but oddly boring Kagari. After that she's Demoted to Extra and things start getting bizarre.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fight scenes were coreographed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, who would later go on to make his own Magical Girl Warrior series, complete with its own Stripperiffic protagonist wielding a massive weapon.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Some fans dislike the fact that the anime appears to be an expansion of the OVA.
  • Les Yay: Oh dear Lord, so much so than the OVA.
    • To begin with, the redesigned Dead Master is wearing a wedding veil, and the trailer has her wrapping up BRS in chains...
    • The website takes this Up to 11, ranting about their "bonds" together and even dropping the word "love" semi-vaguely in there.
    • And of course the anime just completely runs with it in the first episode with Yomi calling Mato "beautiful".
    • The second episode has Yomi's mother refer to Kagari as having always felt "love" for Yomi since childhood. Wonder what kind of love that is...
    • This exchange should pretty much sum it up:
    Yuu: "Hey Mato, you want a boyfriend?"
    Mato: (incredulous look) "Eh? Too soon!"
    Yuu: (slyly) "I guess you have your Tiny Bird."
    Mato: (flustered) "Don't make assumptions!"
    • Not to mention the whole "Mato and Yomi blushing at calling each others' first names", Mato and Yuu apparently the only ones to share a bed at the training camp, and the part where Yuu points out that Mato's been with her "Tiny Bird", Mato reacts all giddy and embarrassed.
    • In episode 3, Kohata slaps Mato on the butt. As Mato leaves embarrassed, Kohata says she is cute.
    • Mato and Yuu may have possibly the sweetest moment in the anime (Episode 5), to the point where they almost kiss in the middle of a sunset.
    • And then we have young Saya's relationship with the real Yuu and a Counselor/Student Romance of older Saya and Strength.
    • And in the final episode, Yuu and Strength. Though that's practically Screw Yourself.
  • Narm: Most of the fight sequences are pretty violent and dramatic, but an unintentionally hilarious scene in Episode 7 has Strength grab BRS by the ankles and slap her against several walls like a wet towel.
  • Ship Mates: Yomi/Kagari shippers and Mato/Yuu shippers.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: After Episode 5, Mato/Yomi shippers may have to deal with Mato/Yuu shippers. Or technically, Mato and...Strength.
    • Not to mention the Kagari/Yomi shippers.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: It's okay to feel sad sometimes. You don't HAVE TO bear your sadness alone, after all.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The show is actually quite compatible with the Persona series. It features a tarot motif, the viewpoint switches between high school relationships and a different dimension where shadowy counterparts of the characters fight one another, and friendship is a very prevalent theme.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The characters were redesigned between the OVA and the Anime, particularly Yomi and Dead Master. Some fans were displeased.
  • The Woobie: Strength, who, after developing emotions, realized the impact of the pain she was taking on from Yuu, was suddenly catapulted by her human counterpart to switch places with her and forced into the real world, had to adjust to the strange new world with no friends until Mato's appearance, and generally had to cope with not really existing to people. She only wants to help Mato and the other girls, but quickly ends up losing Mato to (Insane) Black★Rock Shooter, and when trying to save her and Yuu from a potentially horrible fate, ends up scorned by Yuu herself.

Black Rock Shooter: Innocent Soul

  • Foe Yay: Gushing about Rock, being touchy-feely with Rock, and talking possessively about Rock are some of Dead's favorite things.

Black Rock Shooter: The Game

  • Complete Monster: In the manga adaptation by TNSK, White★Rock Shooter is the catalyst of mankind's extinction. Posing as an alien idol singer, W★RS has herself cloned by a scientist named Gibson while her forces attack the Earth. Gibson makes a failed attempt to kill W★RS after finding out about her appetite for her progeny, prompting W★RS to call for the destruction of the human race. She proceeds to kill all but two of the clones and beat one of the surviving clones, Nana, before falsely telling her that Gibson never loved any of them. Sensing that the remaining humans have found the final clone, Stella, W★RS orders her enforcers to kill them. She soon kills two defectors, along with their new human allies, and plots the destruction of the Earth just to spite a third defector. Afterwards, she forces another enforcer to kill Stella and Nana, promising her death should she fail or succeed. Confronted by the two surviving clones, W★RS strips Nana, fakes her death, beats Stella to near-death, mutilates her arm, and taunts her by spitting out the apparent remains of Nana. As their fight nears its end, W★RS asks Stella to help her conquer another planet and crush its people's wishes so she can rule over them for the rest of time. Cruel and self-centered, White★Rock Shooter would without hesitation or remorse kill anyone who she felt wronged her.
  • Critic-Proof: Despite the bad reviews this game managed to be one of the best selling games on it's release week for the obvious reason(see Just Here for Godzilla below)
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Let's be honest here, we're not here for the game, we all here just because it's Black★Rock Shooter voiced by Maaya Sakamoto.
  • Narm Charm: The first hour of the game runs on this, with the PSS best described as a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who are desperate for hot chicks. Once the Draco crashed, however...
  • That One Level: The 3 motorbike segments in New York can easily become this if you don't get the hang of things. And there are Records which require a No-Damage Run for all three segments.
    • Several of the Extra Missions can be this as well since many of them have instant game over conditions ranging from messing up the Escort Mission, getting hit by a particular attack, or fighting the enemies in the wrong order.
  • The Scrappy: Nana Gray and/or XNFE. The former because she sold you to the enemies and for being an all-around Angsty Jerkass; the latter because she killed all your friends, especially Rothcol.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Musician General consensus is, that, aside from the opening, the music is pretty boring, which is sad, because the author made some really amazing music.