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    Mato Kuroi 

Mato Kuroi

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa.

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Mato Kuroi in the 2009 OVA
Mato Kuroi in the 2012 Anime 

A happy-go-lucky girl who's very excitable and hyper. She's very naïve, 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.


General Tropes
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Doesn't wear black clothes, but a lot of her clothing has a blue/star motif.
  • Genki Girl: To a certain extent.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Very short ones.
  • 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."
    • In basketball, one "shoots" baskets.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Mato is just your typical junior high school student. Well, until the end of the OVA where she merges with Black★Rock Shooter.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Yomi.
  • Tomboy: Not quite a Bokukko, but according to the OVA, she evidently gained her basketball skills from practicing with boys in the park.

OVA Tropes

2012 Anime Tropes

  • All-Loving Hero: As Saya puts it, she never detested, or is never destested by others.
  • Adaptational Badass: Mato suffered a lot of serious injuries inflicted by Insane Black★Rock Shooter and still kept going before defeating her with a gigantic ★rock Cannon and some help from the Otherselves.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: She goes even deeper to fight Insane Black★Rock Shooter.
  • 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.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Her ultimate attack, also counts as a Wave Motion Gun. She fires it at Insane Black★Rock Shooter point blank.
  • Determinator: In Episode 8, Insane B★RS breaks both of her legs over the course of a savage beating, but once Mato puts her mind to fighting back, she still manages to stand up and wield the ★rock Cannon.
  • Disappeared Dad: Specifically stated to be on a business trip here.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Starts off a brand new friendship with Yomi, Kagari, and the real Yuu in the finale.
  • 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.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Defeats Insane Black★Rock Shooter herself - though with help from a Combined Energy Attack with the assistance of the Otherselves.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Saya's description of Mato's blue eyes.
    Saya: "I realized when I first saw you. Your eyes are really beautiful. They're the eyes of a girl who's never been hated or hated anyone else."
  • Kirk Summation: Gives this to Insane Black★Rock Shooter before they fight.
    Mato (as Black★Rock Shooter): I don't want to be healed before I even know I'm hurting! I want to be hurt!
    Insane Black★Rock Shooter: Then I'll hurt you.
  • Made of Iron: Not even getting her legs broke from Insane Black★Rock Shooter's beating can stop her.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Mato is given this treatment when she's connected to her other self.
  • The Philosopher: She sometimes lapses into internal monologue about "the color of things" and "birds". She even sees herself as "black".
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Dreams about the Otherworld.
  • 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 attacks so she can fire a rainbow colored Spirit Bomb laser at point-blank range.

    Yomi Takanashi 

Yomi Takanashi

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro.

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Yomi Takanashi in the 2009 OVA
Yomi Takanashi in the 2012 Anime 

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.


General Tropes
  • Alternate Character Reading: Her family name, "Takanashi". It's written "kotori-asobi", which means "little birds playing", but pronounced as "no hawks". In Japanese, this also doubles as a Punny Name because there are no hawks where little birds play.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • In the OVA, a rare case where the Damsel In Distress is also (partially) the kidnapper. In reality, it is her otherself who took over Yomi's body.
    • In the TV series, she is chained up and hidden in a doll. by Chariot in a floating house.
  • Friendless Background: Due to her being a New Transfer Student after staying in Germany for many years. Consequently, she never made friends with any Japanese students before.
  • 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. Fits with her green eyes.
  • 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.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: It's what she tries her earnest to look like in front of others, including her fellow junior high classmate Mato.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Mato.

OVA Tropes

  • 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.

2012 Anime Tropes

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: This Yomi is much more sensitive to Shrinking Violet levels in than in the OVA.
  • Creator Breakdown: In-Universe; her paintings get a lot creepier as her loneliness worsens.
  • Freak Out!: In Episode 4, after Kagari innocently tells Yomi that they're done being friends, the latter snaps.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • 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 Yomi 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.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses in this version.
  • Prone to Tears: She cries a lot. Though this is probably more a by-product of her very, very parasitic relationship with Kagari.
  • 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.

    Yuu Koutari 

Yuu Koutari

Voiced by: Kana Asumi.

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Yuu Koutari in the 2009 OVA
Yuu Koutari in the 2012 Anime 

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.


General Tropes
  • Genki Girl: Hardly anything upsets her, and she's always there to cheer up Mato.

OVA Tropes

  • Only One Name: She was only given a last name in the 2012 Anime.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Unlike in the OVA, this Yuu doesn't mind Yomi hanging around with Mato. This is because she's Strength in Yuu's body.
  • 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.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Has a strong attachment to Mato because she was her only friend when she was younger and all alone.
  • Casts No Shadow: Strength-as-Yuu has no shadow in any of the scenes she's in when everyone else very clearly has one. This sets up Episode 5's big reveal.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Yuu's arms in the last episode. Although she gets better in The Stinger.
  • Driven to Suicide: Originally tries to kill herself to stop the real Yuu's pain. That is, until they decided to switch places.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: To the real Yuu, before crumbling away.
  • Empty Shell: Yuu. The real one, that is, opted to become one, due to the soul-crushing situation of her life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She eventually goes through with her suicidal tendencies in the final episode, literally breaking into pieces and forcing Yuu to enter the real world. However, she is seen restored as Strength in The Stinger.
  • Humanity Ensues: She develops human emotions because of Yuu's pain, and then takes her place in the real world.
  • Invisible to Normals: She is invisible to those who don't have an otherself. Arata is able to interact with her briefly while on the bus to summer camp but is unaware of her existence otherwise.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Her body cracks and shatters near the end of anime, but she gets better in The Stinger.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her intention was to help the Otherworld and Saya, and she felt like she could fix the situation by merging Mato with Black★Rock Shooter. Instead, it trapped Mato within her and made everything worse.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: She only manifests as Yuu to a certain degree in the real world, as she has no shadow and only under certain circumstances is her existence acknowledged by other people.
  • Spirit Advisor: Is this for Saya to some degree.
  • Straight Man: Plays this in regards to Mato during her Genki Girl moments.
  • 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.

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Other Selves

    Black★Rock Shooter 

Black★Rock Shooter / Insane Black★Rock Shooter

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa

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Black★Rock Shooter 2012 (Anime Promo Art)
Black★Rock Shooter 2009 (OVA Promo Art) 
Black★Rock Shooter in the 2009 OVA 
Black★Rock Shooter in the 2012 Anime 
Insane Black★Rock Shooter 2012 (Anime Promo Art) 

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 5, 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.


General Tropes
  • Action Girl: But of course! She is the protagonist of this action-packed anime adaptation.
  • Alternate Self: Of Mato Kuroi.
  • Anime Hair: Her hair tends to stand up in the air.
  • Badass Longcoat: With a star on the back.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Black★Rock Shooter wears nothing to cover her midriff.
  • Bayonet Ya: The ★Rock Cannon has a blade attached below the muzzle. Although the only instance where we get to see its usage is when Mato (in Black★Rock Shooter's body) unintentionally stabs the midriff of her Insane counterpart.
  • BFG: The ★Rock Cannon is as tall as her.
  • Black Swords Are Better: Generally has such a sword.
  • Chained by Fashion: Many promotional artworks for the original music video and this anime depict her being chained in several ways, mostly by the otherselves. In her insane version, she gets chained to a pillar because she is causing a rampage in Black★Gold Saw's domain. After ripping her arm, a chain attaches her BFG to the stump.
  • Determinator: It doesn't matter how much punishment B★RS takes, she keeps pressing on. She might even reach into Implacable Man territory since she doesn't show much of the damage she takes.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Doesn't define her personality at all, however; they're also extremely long, and one of them is shorter than the other.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: She has piercing blue eyes to go with her stoic personality. They also glow.
  • In the Hood: Her Badass Longcoat always featured one, but she has always kept it down until the 2012 Anime.
  • Morph Weapon: Rock Shooter's "★Rock Cannon", which can transform into a small katana "black blade" and also into a 30mm Gatling Cannon.
  • Named Weapons: "★Rock Cannon" for her BFG and "Black Blade" for her katana.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has pretty long twintails.
  • The Rival: Can be interpreted as this to Dead Master.
  • She's Got Legs: She's wearing nothing else on the lower part of her body aside from shorts and boots. That being said, a large portion of her legs is exposed, and some shots even focus on them.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: The ★Rock Cannon is almost as big as her.
  • 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.
  • Super Window Jump: She gets inside Chariot's floating house by kicking the window with both legs while jumping.
  • 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 Voiceless:
    • 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 coming from her at all, although this could be just stylistic.
    • In the end of the 2012 anime, she does speak, albeit telepathically as she doesn't need to move her mouth.

OVA Tropes

  • BFS: The more blade-like form of ★rock Cannon (not to be confused with the katana shown at first).
  • 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 in their first encounter.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: After the apparent loss of her Black Blade, the ★Rock Cannon can transform into a spiked melee weapon.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: In the prologue of the OVA, she does not wear her jacket yet while fighting Black★Gold Saw, evoking this image.

2012 Anime Tropes applying to normal Black★Rock Shooter

  • '90s Anti-Hero: Badass Longcoat, Stripperiffic, talks with her humongous gun and katana, vague ill-defined powers revolving about being Made of Iron and Good Thing You Can Heal and she's not afraid in the least to use lethal force.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the OVA, B★RS was actively working toward Mato's intention of saving Yomi, although whether or not any of this happens before Mato merges with her is uncertain. In the series, she's depicted as a Sociopathic Hero and her constant slaughter in the Otherworld is something Mato is unaware of for the most part and would rather not happen for the rest.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Played with. This B★RS is a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Hero who is not above picking fights against Otherselves or brutally killing them out of carrying Mato's desire to help others. After going "Insane", this is later played straight, though Mato stopped her at the last second.
  • Anti-Hero: Seems to be completely fine with massacring "other selves" without restraint. This bothers Saya very much, but it concurs with Mato's belief that the Otherworld is wrong.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: B★RS in the third episode after killing pre-awakened other selves.
  • Big Bad: Technically, since she is the one who starts fights with the Otherselves, who are merely doing their duties of shouldering the pain of their real-life counterparts.
  • Byronic Hero: She's by far the most ruthless and amoral incarnation of B★RS, but she ultimately believes that what she's doing is right.
  • Composite Character: This redesigned version of B★RS shares several elements based from her previous incarnations, including other separate characters:
    • Her jacket, black denim shorts, and boots are similar to the clothing of White★Rock Shooter and Black★Rock Shooter Beast. Her overall color theme is now bluish than black.
    • Her hair is more spiky, just like Stella.
    • She no longer has scars on her midriff, just like Rock.
    • She wears two belts, just like her Insane counterpart. Which makes sense, since she turns into the latter near the end of the series.
  • Compressed Hair: Her long pigtails instantly disappear when she puts her hood up.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's shown as an Anti-Villain Protagonist in this continuity.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Mato pretty much brings B★RS under control after defeating her.
  • Disney Death:
    • She's destroyed as Insane Black★Rock Shooter in the finale but is seen unharmed as a restored Black★Rock Shooter shortly thereafter, without any explanation as to how she recovered.
    • 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 against Dead Master's undead minions.
  • Guest Fighter: Black★Rock Shooter appears in Lord of Vermillion Re:2 resembling her 2012 anime appearance.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The end of the final episode, where she returns to her normal self after her Insane counterpart is defeated.
  • Human Pincushion: Or "Non-Human Pincushion" rather, since she is not human after all, just humanoid. She's gotten others' weapons stuck into her body. A shot of the opening also shows her being impaled from random directions.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It's just the first episode and B★RS is already ran through by Chariot's wedge-like form, which is as big as a bus.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In contrast with her ill-fated fight with Black★Gold Saw during the OVA, her Black Blade serves her fairly well in the anime series, dealing most of the killing blows in the Otherworld.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her desire to fulfill Mato's own desire to help others leads to her killing the other Other Selves.
  • Made of Iron: She takes enough damage to kill a human several times over in the first episode alone.
  • More Dakka: See Gatling Good. Every time she is outnumbered by projectiles or minions, B★RS responds by transforming her slow cannon to a faster minigun.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Decapitating/killing "other selves" causes people to lose their grief. It also causes them to lose the attachments that caused said grief.
    • Her unchecked progress in destroying the Otherworld is what is getting Saya to try to stress out the girls in the hopes of getting "other selves" to stop her.
  • Offhand Backhand: Chariot tries to rush at her with a sword when her back is turned, but instead B★RS ignites her eye-fire and beheads her, barely even turning at all.
  • 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.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Her methods of "helping people" for Mato are rather amoral, even by the latter's standards.
  • Sword and Gun: She wields both her sword and cannon at the same time in Episode 5.
  • Villain Protagonist: In a sense. Since she is the one who intentionally kills the Otherselves, beings who are merely existing for the purpose of shouldering the grief of their real counterparts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sort of. Technically she has no emotions and only acts by instinct - however she was born of a desire to help people.

2012 Anime Tropes applying to Insane Black★Rock Shooter

  • Alien Blood: Has purple blood. Emphsized in the final fight with Mato, who's bleeding out normal blood despite turning into an Other Self.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Arm with your main weapon on it injured? Rip the dang thing off.
  • Ax-Crazy: There's a reason she's referred to as Insane.
  • The Berserker: Her fighting style is pretty much rushing in blindly, shooting down everything in sight, and shrugging off whatever grazed/slashed/crushed her.
  • BFS: A Big Sword Below The Shoulder
  • Body Horror: Black★Rock Shooter's transition to Insane Black★Rock Shooter is messy. She gets impaled by dozens of spikes after changing. And she rips her own injured arm!
  • Combat Pragmatist: Well, she's insane at this state and no longer pulls most of her punches unlike her regular counterpart.
    • The Insane Cannon Lance has hidden muzzles on its edges, and she lets one fire at an unsuspecting Black★Gold Saw, momentarily crippling her leg.
    • She intentionally aims her punches at Mato's face and limbs, dazing and crippling the latter, sending her limping on the floor.
  • Creepy Monotone: When communicating with Mato.
  • Dark Action Girl: Same as Black★Rock Shooter but a lot more open about it.
  • Detachment Combat: In the first few minutes, B★GS severely injures the arm IB★RS has her BFS/BFG, IB★RS's response is to RIP that arm off and throw it. Later on, the Insane Cannon Lance takes the place where her arm is supposed to be, and she throws it like any normal lance, crossing this trope with Rocket Punch.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Despite her rage-filled expression, her telepathic communication with Mato is utterly emotionless. Justified since she doesn't actually have emotion.
  • Dimensional Cutter: After her transformation, she uses the Insane Blade Claw to forcefully cut open a portal shortcut to Black★Gold Saw's location.
  • 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 B★GS's sword. After she shoots off the arm holding said blade of course.
  • Enemy Without: To Mato in the last episode.
  • Epic Flail: After ripping her arm off, she uses the chain attached to her back to turn the weapon attached to said arm into this. She then uses B★GS's sword in the same way.
  • Exact Words: In Episode 8 of the anime, I.B★RS refers to herself as Mato's "other self". This is because she is a transformed version of B★RS and not a separate being from B★RS. This would also explain why I.B★RS' trademark fangs are not shown in the anime, as Mato, nor the original Black★Rock Shooter does not have fangs.
  • Feel No Pain: Mato takes it instead.
  • Fusion Dance: One fan story has her be a fusion of Black★Rock Shooter and Black★Gold Saw. In the 2012 anime, she appears after Mato and Black★Rock Shooter fuse...but with a twist.
  • Gunblade: Her new BFS can also can be used to shoot a MASSIVE amount of shots.
  • The Juggernaut: Nothing stands between her and her kills. Not even Mato can stop her...Until she becomes her Enemy Without.
  • Lava Surfing: She surfs over Strength's Lethal Lava Land domain using her BFS!
  • Named Weapons: "Insane Blade Claw" for her short sword and "Insane Cannon Lance" for her BFS/BFG hybrid weapon.
  • Oh, Crap!: Insane Black★Rock Shooter shows no emotion until Mato summons a gigantic version of the ★rock Cannon with a barrel bigger than she is tall.
  • Painful Transformation: All that new armor plating bloodily burst out from beneath her skin.
  • Power Born of Madness: As Insane B★RS. Yomi's death by her own hands caused the tragic transformation.
  • Power Incontinence: Downplayed. While it is not directly related to power, the blue flaming eye of B★RS only ignites when she is serious in combat, or defeats an other self. But the purple flame of IB★RS? It's always ignited.
  • Purple Is Powerful: B★RS is strong normally, but as Insane Black★Rock Shooter with a purple motif (red mixed with the blue), she's nearly unstoppable.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: While her overall color them is purple, her transformation sequence starts off with the flame in the eye turning red and, a close-up of her now-red pupils.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: To B★RS and Mato.
  • Sword Drag: Since her BFS/BFG is too large, Insane B★RS does this whenever she walks in Strength's domain.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Her toy was advertised on the website before she appeared in the anime.
  • Variable-Length Chain: It must be magical as it is able to float around in midair carrying Insane B★RS's giant weapons.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Same as Black★Rock Shooter. But this time, she is more brutal in combat.

    Dead Master 

Dead Master

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro

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Dead Master 2009 (OVA Promo Art)
Dead Master in the 2012 Anime 

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.


General Tropes
  • Alternate Self: Of Yomi Takanashi.
  • Chain Pain: Chains are a general motif of hers and she uses them extensively in combat.
  • Co-Dragons: Has a pair of huge, levitating, metallic, black skulls as her top two minions and main means of attack.
  • Dark Action Girl: As the Evil Counterpart contrasting Black★Rock Shooter's Action Girl status.
  • Dark Magical Girl: In the OVA, she's merged with, or possessing, Yomi. Still counts for the Anime too.
  • Dem Bones: Not herself (unless you count her skinless wings), but a major part of her depictions is to be surrounded by undead skeletons, usually the two giant skulls that accompany her. Part of her scythe and horns resemble vertebrae, 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.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her hands are somewhat oversized with sharp, armored fingers.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: She appears to have skinless bat wings sticking out of her back.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's basically an embodiment of jealousy with green eyes who gets stronger as Yomi becomes more jealous.
  • The Grim Reaper: Definitely has this vibe to her overall theme. She's named Dead Master and carries a scythe after all.
  • Horned Humanoid: Generally has vertebrae-like horns on her head, whether black or green.
  • Named Weapons: "Dead Scythe".
  • Ojou Ringlets: Identical to Yomi's, of course.
  • 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.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Much more evident in the OVA, as some shots reveal her bare back.
  • Sickly Green Glow: As part of her color motif and general nature as an antagonist.
  • Sinister Scythe: Hers seems to dual-function as her Magic Wand.
  • The Rival: Can be interpreted as this to Black★Rock Shooter.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Mostly spends her fights leaping about and when she does take to the air to glide or hover, it seems to be a case of Power Floats.
  • Yandere: Hinted at in the OVA towards Black★Rock Shooter, much like her human self has this feeling towards Mato. This is made more blatant in the 2012 Anime where she's even wearing a wedding veil.

OVA Tropes

  • Big Bad: Of the OVA, being the instigator of Yomi's disappearance.
  • Demonic Possession: Stole Yomi's body for her own after absorbing enough of her negativity.
  • Emotion Eater: Grew stronger by feeding off of Yomi's loneliness and jealousy over Mato and Yuu's blooming friendship, to the point where she became strong enough to become the dominant personality of the two.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Black★Rock Shooter laying down her arms and hugging her, despite all the pain inflicted on her, confuses and frustrates Dead Master to no end. It leads to her defeat.
  • Finger-Lickin' Evil: Dead Master licks her finger/claw after B★RS shot down a blade of her scythe, causing her to fight bare-handed for a while.
  • The Heartless: Strongly implied to be one to Yomi.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Does this to Black★Rock Shooter, first by chaining her to a wall; 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: Dead Master's death (which leaves Yomi behind) causes her castle to crumble, which forces B★RS to carry Yomi out.
  • 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 His 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 Nice Guy: This version of Dead Master lacks the malice of her OVA counterpart and only fought B★RS due to her role as an Otherself.
  • 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. But this no longer applies after Episode 4, where she is able to hold her own in a fight against Black★Rock Shooter.
  • Back from the Dead: To help fight against the end-of-series threat.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Her zone of the otherworld.
  • 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 skeletons.
  • 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.
  • Four Is Death:
    • If one considers the red eye watch over in the first episode as Black★Gold Saw, then Dead Master is the fourth otherself to appear in the anime chronologically.
    • More like a Visual Pun, but with her glasses, this representation of the frachise's resident Grim Reaper has four eyes.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Played for drama in Episode 5, since Mato didn't want to kill her.
  • Meganekko: Given glasses in the 2012 series, and also counts as Four Eyes, Zero Soul.
  • Natural Weapon: Has huge mechanical-looking claws.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Episode 4 sees this, as she raises an army of undead.
  • Out of Focus: In the OVA, she's the arguable Big Bad, being the main antagonistic force in the Otherworld. In the Anime, Black★Rock Shooter is the Villain Protagonist, and Strength and Black★Gold Saw become Ascended Extras, leaving her with a more marginal role. She even gets killed in Episode 5, and doesn't appear again until the end.

    Strength 

Strength

Voiced by: Kana Asumi.

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Strength 2009 (OVA Promo Art)
Strength in the 2009 OVA 
Strength in the 2012 Anime 

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.


General Tropes

2012 Anime Tropes

    Black★Gold Saw 

Black★Gold Saw

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Black★Gold Saw (OVA Promo Art)
Black★Gold Saw in the 2009 OVA 
Black★Gold Saw in the 2012 Anime 

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. She is later revealed to be the other self of Saya Irino.


General Tropes
  • Alternate Self: Of Saya Irino.
  • BFS: She has a large sword, possibly as big as her in some drawings.

OVA Tropes

2012 Anime Tropes

  • Adaptational Badass: Her powers go from hand-to-hand combat to reality-warping.
  • Adaptational Wimp: At the same time. 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 IB★RS losing an arm. IB★RS then gets revenge, by blasting her arm off.
  • Ascended Extra: Compared to the OVA. She's the Hero Antagonist trying to defeat B★RS and is the otherself of Saya.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: When it looks like Chariot's Mental World is breaking apart, B★GS suddenly appears, stops the breakdown by pausing time, and sends Dead Master into a fissure. Then she vanishes, giving Chariot the opportunity to hit B★RS from behind. This culminates in Chariot losing her head. It's all sort of subverted when we learn that B★GS was trying to kill B★RS, and B★RS would have killed Chariot anyway.
  • Dimensional Cutter: She sends Dead Master into a fissure into her and Yomi's Mental World after slashing the ground.
  • Evil Redhead: Of sorts - the 2012 anime makes her hair a very dark red...
  • Glass Cannon: Her ability to hack off limbs with her speed and strength against Insane Black★Rock Shooter is amazing. Taking damage? Not so amazing.
  • Irony: She is made to look like a devil and clearly represents the Devil arcana, yet her Leitmotif Heaven is designed like it would belong in a church.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The fact that she wields a BFS might not justify it alone as the other characters are also able to wield lofty weapons. She is however, the fastest in combination with her strength. It takes both DM and B★RS a few seconds to notice her, or rather where she was just standing. In addition, She sends Dead Master down a fissure she created with a single swing of her sword.
  • Making a Splash: Seems to have a lot of water-related powers. She is also the only other self to cross worlds by sinking herself in a body of water, as seen in Dead Master's world.
  • Mook Maker: In Episode 6, she shows the ability to create a massive amount of soldiers by throwing water from her watering can onto the ground.
  • Multicolored Hair: Her red hair has a dark shade mixed in, to the point where it looks pure black at the top of her head.
  • Mysterious Watcher: She can watch any area of the otherworld she desires by opening a gigantic eye in the sky.
  • Older Than They Look: Mato says she resembles a middle-aged lady. It can be justified by the fact that Saya is B★GS.
  • Red Herring: Initially played out to be the main antagonist of the story, only later is it clear that the real main antagonist is Black★Rock Shooter herself.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Moves between different parts of the otherworld by sinking into the ground or water surface.
  • Time Stands Still: She is able to stop the destruction of Chariot's Mental World by pausing time.
  • The Worf Effect: After her display of power in Episode 2, B★GS is (literally) single-handedly dispatched by Insane Black★Rock Shooter in Episode 6. See her entry on Adaptational Wimp for more detail.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's basically Saya's vehicle to protect the Otherworld.
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    Saya Irino 

Saya Irino

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

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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 human counterpart 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.


  • Adults Are Useless: She's a guidance counselor, but sometimes, she stirs up some of the girls' troubles instead of outright fixing them.
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She turns out to be a lot less nice than she initially appeared to be. She initiates Yomi's Freak Out!, tries to strangle Mato to death twice and slaps Yuu when she finds out about Mato merging with Black★Rock Shooter.
  • Declaration of Protection: Her entire motivation is to protect Yuu, and by extension, the Otherworld.
  • Easily Forgiven: Saya may have been a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but she still sent several high school girls into depression. Even though she's the high school counselor.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Only visually. She wears a strange kiddish armband.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Saya really likes drinking coffee. She frequently makes it for students who drop by the counselor's room. Though she reveals that she actually hates coffee when it doesn't have milk in Episode 5.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: She promised to protect Yuu because she had, for a moment, suspected Yuu of burning down her house. In order to make it up to Yuu, she promised to do anything.
  • The Promise: Her motivation is to keep one concerning Yuu's safety.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Well, she is a counselor after all...
  • Psycho Psychologist: ...But not the good kind, since she has her own dark motives concerning Yuu and the Otherworld.
  • Sensei-chan: They actually call her Saya-chan-sensei.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Milk coffee, coming from the same woman who doesn't like plain coffee.
  • 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.

    Kagari Izuriha 

Kagari Izuriha

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura

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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.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Kagari has this. At first, her family (and the audience) thinks that the only disability Kagari has is physical, due to an accident. Although the series later shows that some part of her mentality is unstable as well. She gets better... mostly, see No Social Skills
  • Aw, 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.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: She is one. When she stops being a bastard and becomes capable of normal relationships with other people, Yomi snaps. That's an eerily familiar development...
  • Creepy Child: Early in the 2012 series, she is portrayed as unnerving towards Mato and is very controlling of Yomi.
  • 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.
    "Go away! Go away! Go away!"
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Blonde hair and creepy, creepy gold eyes.
  • Cute and Psycho: Mostly psycho, though. Never has a cute lil' blonde girl saying "Kaere (Go away)!" been so creepy. She shows the cute later, when she adapts to school life.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Metaphorically, at any rate.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She instantly becomes a nice person and is friends with Mato. Not only that, but she gets instantly popular in the class just by saying "shut up!"
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Says this almost word for word.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Sports these in Episodes 1 and 2 as an indication of her psychosis.
  • Easily Forgiven: Kagari doesn't really face any punishment for years of Domestic Abuse, which resulted in a deeply troubled Yomi.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Gets over her years-long psychosis rather easily. She is, however, still a bit psychotic afterwards - she likes to make strange remarks from time to time that are a little disturbing.
  • Evil Cripple: Subverted. She's not actually crippled. Pretending like she is - or convincing herself that she is - is part of her evilness.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Upon attending school again, she ties her hair into a side-ponytail.
  • Glurge Addict: Loves dolls and macarons and is almost always seen with one or the other. This does not make her any less creepy.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a ribbon tied to her hair in her cleaned-up school appearance.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She and Mato become friends in Episode 4.
  • Jerkass: It's one thing to not like someone, but it's another thing to tell them to their face to GTFO.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Still as crude as before but at least she's genuinely TRYING to be nice now.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Her appearance sets the dark nature of the show.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After her other self Chariot gets her head chopped off, she loses her attachment to Yomi. She remembers that she loved her once, but she can't invoke those feelings anymore. Fortunately, she regains at least some of her memories in Episode 8.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: A rare inverted case. Kagari lets her uncombed hair down when she was still reclusive and wheelchair-bound, but she later ties it to a ponytail when she returns to school and becomes friendlier to Mato.
  • Look Both Ways: She was hit by a car while trying to catch up with Yomi.
  • 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 that 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.
  • Sweet Tooth: Not only does she enjoy sweets, but she's good at making them too, like the madelines and chocolate chip cookies she made for Yomi.
  • Third-Person Person: Says her first name, Kagari when referring to herself.
  • Unsexy Sadist: The sadist part comes from carving a heart-shaped scar in Yomi's chest, and she's definitely portrayed as repulsive before Chariot gets beheaded.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: At least before the accident.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Episode 2, when Yomi dares to suggest that she move on from the accident.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Semi-inversion; it's more like Why Did You Make Me Hit Myself?
  • Yandere: For Yomi in the beginning of the show, thought it's later undone.

    Arata Kohata 

Arata Kohata

Voiced by: Manami Numakura

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A member of Mato and Yuu's basketball team. Seems to always wear her jersey.


  • A-Cup Angst: Claims to Saya that the only reason she can't confess to a boy she likes is because she doesn't have "big boobs".
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She and Taku are now a couple, and Mato teases her about it.
  • Genki Girl: All Mato wanted to do was show interest in the basketball club. Instead, Arata made her run sprints.
  • Girlish Pigtails: And they're short, even shorter than Mato's.
  • Hair Decorations: Blue strings which tie her pigtails.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kohacchi.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Black★Rock Shooter killing her fledging other self caused her to lose her love for Taku, an attachment that gave her grief. But just like the other girls, she regains these feelings in the last episode.
  • Love Confession: She likes a boy in her class named Taku and gives him a love letter. It ends very badly when his Jerkass friends decide to mock her in front of the entire school. It eventually ends in an Earn Your Happy Ending for the two.
  • Out of Focus: She actually doesn't become important in any way.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: To illustrate the effects of an other self dying, Arata's gets killed off in the first episode she appears.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: She does appear on the website, however.
  • Stepford Smiler: This is who she really is, though no one is fooled. It's a source of stress for Mato knowing that Arata is hurting inside but shrugs it all off.
  • Tsundere: Can act like a bubbly girl in front of Mato and her basketball team, but she is shy and easily flustered around Taku.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unlike the OVA, the TV anime plays this fairly straight with Arata, whose red hair is quite implausible.

Other Selves

    Chariot 

Chariot

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The other self of Kagari. A wheel-legged Otherself that Black★Rock Shooter provokes into fighting for holding Dead Master a hostage.


  • Alternate Self: Of Kagari Izuriha.
  • Back from the Dead: She comes back to help Mato defeat IB★RS in the last episode. And of course, her head is intact.
  • Black Swords Are Better: Unclear if it's actually better, but it does look cool.
  • Canon Foreigner: She doesn't appear to be any of huke's previously created characters, but she bears a noticeable resemblance to the Apostle SZZU from the video game.
  • Cool Crown: Has a huge black spiked crown that wraps around her head.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The trailers make her seem more important than she actually is. But that's only for the early episodes of the series.
  • Dynamic Entry: Her preferable method of saying hello to a guest is to run them over with her overly giant spider and cart.
  • Edible Ammunition: Her vehicle has cannons that fire giant explosive macaroons.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her appearance and dress invoke this, and she is just as tall as Kagari.
  • 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. Veeery slowly.
  • Giant Spider: Drives a giant robot spider named Mary as a sort of chariot.
  • Level Ate: Her zone of the otherworld.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: She has a huge, wheel-like shield with spikes on it.
  • Mythology Gag: Her Giant Spider resembles an enemy from the PSP game. And the character whom she shares a resemblance to (SZZU) also rides a companion (CKRY) Some of Chariot's attacks are also similar to the pair's.
  • Off with Her Head!: In Episode 2. The effect seems to have erased Kagari's attachment to Yomi, allowing her to get over her trauma... but also causing Yomi's Freak Out!.
  • Rollerblade Good: Except the wheels are actually her feet.
  • Spiked Wheels: There are spikes on the sides of her leg wheels.
  • Tarot Motifs: Named after the Seventh Major Arcana.
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