English: Black★Rock Shooter
|Uploaded June 13, 2008, with 5,100,000+ views|
| ryo(supercell) (music, lyrics)|
huke (illustration, video)
| Niconico Broadcast / YouTube Broadcast (with subtitles)|
ブラック★ロックシューター (Black★Rock Shooter) (or simply B★RS) is a character 15 year old girl who attaches a cannon on her left arm, which shoots 20 rock bullets per second. She is an original character conceptualized by huke (Ryohei Huke), a Japanese illustrator who is best known for various original character designs, drawing Gears of War fanart and also producing work for Metal Gear Solid and the visual novel Steins;Gate. The Black★Rock Shooter character was inspiration for Supercell's lead member ryo's song, who also wanted to use huke's design in the music video. Eventually this collaboration led to many opportunities for both parties, as the universe of Black★Rock Shooter eventually became an original video animation (OVA) and spawned many merchandise releases.
Although her appearance is similar to Miku, BRS is not a variant or derivative of Miku and only became associated with Vocaloid due to the popularity of the song. Crypton has announced that BRS has no relation with the Vocaloid character, and once requested that users should not post the illustrations of BRS on Piapro.
A Vocaloid song creator ryo was inspired by BRS and composed a song using Miku Hatsune, while huke created the movie for ryo. The video was a hit on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube, and this eventually led to the worldwide popularity of Black★Rock Shooter. Thus the order of creation was the character of BRS, then the song, then video, followed by the OVA.
On July 24, 2010, the OVA adaptation of Black★Rock Shooter was made.
On July 30, 2010, Crypton announced that the author officially permitted to post fan-art/fan-fictions using Black★Rock Shooter on Piapro.
On March 7, 2011, ぷちっとロックシューター (Puchitto Rock Shooter), a chibi, free-to-play, web-based Game, was released for NicoNicoDouga Users.
On August 25, 2011, an RPG game of the same name was made. It has no relations to the OVA's plot, and is another depiction of BRS storyline. The game follows the story of the eponymous character as she awakens from slumber in the year 2052 after an alien invasion had annihilated humanity in two decades ago. The BRS Game Website is updated with official information on the title's development. An international release is imminent.
In January 2012, an anime series aired in Noitamina's timeslot. It had 8 episodes, and is a revamp of the original OVA.
There were also manga releases, but they are mere adaptations based from the characters of huke. One was a chibi 4-Koma called Black★Rock-chan found in Nano Ace. The other is Black★Rock Shooter ~Innocent Soul~ found in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace. Neither uses the plot of the OVA, but use the characters and make a stand-alone storyline.
Piano sheet music appeared in the ピアノソロ やさしくひける ボーカロイド Selection for Piano collection. This song has also appeared as sheet music in the Vocaloid Best selection series. This song also featured in the mook ボカロ☆バンドスコア.
Black★Rock Shooter tells of the narrator's despair and hopelessness as they wander aimlessly, searching for something important to them that they presumably lost. Eventually the narrator gains new hope and decides to move on into the future with courage. The video for the song became massively popular, featuring Black★Rock Shooter traveling through a bleak city and countryside, riding a motorbike and wielding weapons. With little explanation as to what she is, it spawned a Fanbase that is dedicated to find the answers.
ブラック★ロックシューター (Black★Rock Shooter), the anime, is based on the titular character, who was originally illustrated by huke. The first animated pilot was released September 30, 2009 on DVD. The second animated pilot aired online July 13, 2010. The anime was release in Japan on July 24, 2010, and also broadcast online and subtitled in multiple languages. This gave way to a full scale anime released in January 2012.
Both incarnations feature the protagonist Kuroi Mato, who entered junior high school and met Takanashi Yomi, who is her classmate. They were opposite in temperament, but they became friends through their student life. After they advanced to the next year, they were separated into different classes and get estranged. At the same time, in the different world, Black★Rock Shooter, a girl whose eye has a blue flame, and Dead Master, a girl who has a big jet-black sickle, have been engaged in deadly combat. Although the movie was delayed by one month, there was merchandised that was bundled with the DVDs to make up for the delay. 150 readers got the chance to see the movie before the sale, (note: applies to Japanese citizens only).
|Official Promotion Video|
The official pilot was released on Japan Amazon for preorder, it was made for sale on the 30th of September 2009.
A number of promotional Figurines were released in July, distributed in the following magazines:
- Monthly Hobby JAPAN (September issue) – 24 July 2010
- Megami Magazine (September issue) – 30 July 2010
- Animedia (September issue) – 10 August 2010
- See also Merchandise
Japanese and Romaji LyricsEdit
|ブラックロックシューター 何処へ行ったの？||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) doko e itta no?|
|あとどれだけ叫べばいいのだろう||Ato doredake sakebeba iino darou|
|あとどれだけ泣けばいいのだろう||Ato doredake nakeba iino darou|
|もうやめて わたしはもう走れない いつか夢見た世界が閉じる||Mou yamete watashi wa mou hashirenai itsuka yumemita sekai ga tojiru|
|真っ暗で明かりもない 崩れかけたこの道で||Makkura de akari mo nai kuzurekaketa kono michi de|
|あるはずもないあの時の希望が見えた気がした||Aru hazu mo nai ano toki no kibou ga mieta kigashita|
|ブラックロックシューター 懐かしい記憶||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) natsukashii kioku|
|ただ楽しかったあの頃を||Tada tanoshikatta ano koro o|
|ブラックロックシューター でも動けないよ||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) demo ugokenai yo|
|闇を駆ける星に願いを もう一度だけ走るから||Yami o kakeru hoshi ni negai o mou ichido dake hashiru kara|
|怖くて震える声でつぶやく わたしの名前を呼んで||Kowakute furueru koe de tsubuyaku watashi no namae o yonde|
|夜明けを抱く空 境界線までの距離 あともう一歩届かない||Yoake o idaku sora kyoukaisen made no kyori ato mou ippo todokanai|
|こらえた涙があふれそうなの 今下を向かないで||Koraeta namida ga afuresou nano ima shita o mukanaide|
|未来を生きていたいんだ わかったの 思い出して||Mirai o ikite itainda wakatta no omoidashite|
|強く 強く 信じるの||Tsuyoku tsuyoku shinjiru no|
|ブラックロックシューター 優しい匂い||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) yasashii nioi|
|痛いよ 辛いよ 飲み込む言葉||Itai yo tsurai yo nomikomu kotoba|
|ブラックロックシューター 動いてこの足||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) ugoite kono ashi|
|世界を超えて||Sekai o koete|
|最初からわかっていた ここにいることを||saisho kara wakatte ita koko ni iru koto o|
|わたしのなかの 全ての勇気が||Watashi no naka no subete no yuuki ga|
|火をともして||Hi o tomoshite|
|もう逃げないよ||Mou nigenai yo|
|ブラックロックシューター ひとりじゃないよ||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) hitori janai yo|
|声をあげて泣いたって構 わない||Koe o agete naitatte kamawanai|
|ブラックロックシューター 見ていてくれる||BURAKKU ROKKU SHUUTAA(Black Rock Shooter) mite ite kureru|
|今からはじまるの わたしの物語||Ima kara hajimaru no watashi no monogatari|
|忘れそうになったら この歌を||Wasuresou ni nattara kono uta o|
|ブラック★ロックシューター 2M MIX|
|8 persons Chorus + Vocaloid|
|Stowaway's Supercell Tribute ブラック★ロックシューター|
- A note in regard to her fake plush dolls, they usually are based on Miku's twintails cut instead of Black★Rock Shooter's asymmetrical ponytails. This makes fake plush dolls of the character quite easy to spot.
- Another common mistake with the Western fandom is viewing the derivative known as Zatsune Miku as being influenced by Black Rock Shooter, this is debunked because BRS was introduced in December 2007, while Zatsune was introduced October 2007. And prior to that fan artwork of Zatsune's initial design can be viewed being before song's debut.
- ↑ Pixiv: ブラック★ロックシューター (Black★Rock Shooter)
- ↑ Black★Rock Shooter (Developments)
- ↑ Piapro About BRS
- ↑ Piapro 開発者 Blog, July 30, 2010
- ↑ Noitamina BRS Website
- ↑ Black★Rock Shooter Animation Official Site:Story
- ↑ Black★Rock Shooter Animation Official Site
- ↑ Kyouran Kyōdai blog: Black Rock Shooter delay
- ↑ Black★Rock Shooter Animation Official Site:Media
- "Black★Rock Shooter" official song webpage by Supercell
- Officical site broadcast
- Official Site: Black★Rock Shooter Animation
- Nico Video: Black★Rock Shooter Channel
- twitter: Black★Rock Shooter Project
- Animation Website: Black★Rock Shooter Full Animation
- ブラック★ロックシューター - 初音ミク Wiki's Article (Japanese)
- ブラック★ロックシューター - Nicopedia's Article (Japanese)
- ブラック★ロックシューター - Pixpedia's Article (Japanese)
For more Information, Please consult the Black★Rock Shooter Wikia: