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ブラック★ロックシューター Album Art
Song title
"ブラック★ロックシューター"
English: Black★Rock Shooter
Uploaded June 13, 2008, with 5,496,500+ views
Singer(s)
Hatsune Miku
Producer(s)
ryo(supercell) (music, lyrics)
huke (illustration, video)
Links
Niconico Broadcast • YouTube Broadcast (subbed)

BackgroundEdit

"Black★Rock Shooter" is a song by ryo, the lead member of supercell. Released in 2008, it is one of the most popular Hatsune Miku songs of all time.

"Black★Rock Shooter" is also the name of the character that both inspired and is featured in the song. She is an original character originally 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. Vocaloid song creator ryo, once considered the foremost Vocaloid producer on Niconico, was inspired by huke's work and composed the song "Black★Rock Shooter" using Miku Hatsune; huke created the music video. The video was a hit on Niconico and YouTube, leading to the worldwide popularity of Black★Rock Shooter. Black★Rock Shooter has spawned many merchandise releases, an anime OVA, and an eight-episode anime season.[1][2]

On July 30, 2010, Crypton announced that the author officially permitted to post fan-art/fan-fictions using Black★Rock Shooter on Piapro.[3]

This song was used in 2014 as a demo for YAMAHA 's Vocaloid flower.

CharacterEdit

Brsanimationproject

Promotional flyer for the pilot.

ブラック★ロックシューター (Black★Rock Shooter), often shortened to B★RS, is a 15-year-old girl who attaches a cannon on her left arm which shoots 20 rock bullets per second.

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.[4]

Song interpretationEdit

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.

DiscographyEdit

"Black★Rock Shooter" is featured on supercell's self-titled debut album, supercell, and on the album's re-release by Sony Music Direct. Additionally, it is featured on the compilation albums VOCALOID BEST from ニコニコ動画(あお), 初音ミク-Project DIVA-F Complete Collection, and Hatsune Miku Best ~impacts~.

Later, Ryo revamped the song with Miku's appends after they were released. The version of the song - the 2M MIX - was used as the opening for the Black★Rock Shooter anime and was released as a single. Additionally, it is featured on the split single Kocchi Muite Baby / Yellow.

Covers and arrangements have been featured on additional albums.

Japanese and Romaji LyricsEdit

Japanese Romaji
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?
聞こえますか? Kikoemasu ka?

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

どうして Doushite
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
止まってしまう Tomatte shimau
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

そうよ Sou yo
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
歌うの Utau no

DerivativesEdit

SeeU's Cover
Featuring SeeU
Author(s) Shanaa96 (cover), Sango312 (VSQ), Mamama (SeeU Model), Kakomiki (Black Rock Shooter Model)
Category Vocaloid Cover

8 persons Chorus + Vocaloid
Featuring Various Utaite and Hatsune Miku
Author(s) Various Utaite
Category NicoChorus

Anomaro-P's 3DPV
Featuring Hatsune Miku
Author(s) Anomaro-P
Category Alternate 3DPV
Joe's 3DPV
Featuring Hatsune Miku
Author(s) Joe
Category Alternate 3DPV, Parody


Other media appearancesEdit

ConcertsEdit

This song was performed at the Miku FES'09 Concert.

PublicationsEdit

Piano sheet music appeared in the ピアノソロ やさしくひける (Piano Solo Yasashiku Hikeru) 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.

There have also been 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.

AnimationEdit

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. It was release in Japan on July 24, 2010, and also broadcast online and subtitled in multiple languages.

In January 2012, an anime series aired in Noitamina's timeslot.[5] It had 8 episodes, and is a revamp of the original OVA.

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.[6] 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).[7][8]

Pilot trailer
Category Promotional
Official Promotion Video
Category Promotional

MerchandiseEdit

ScreenieBRS

Screenshot from the Black★Rock Shooter Anime pilot

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[9] 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

GamesEdit

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 Niconico 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.

Featured in the game(s)...
Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- f

TriviaEdit

  • 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.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Pixiv: ブラック★ロックシューター (Black★Rock Shooter)
  2. Black★Rock Shooter (Developments)
  3. Piapro 開発者 Blog, July 30, 2010
  4. Piapro About BRS
  5. Noitamina BRS Website
  6. Black★Rock Shooter Animation Official Site:Story
  7. Black★Rock Shooter Animation Official Site
  8. Kyouran Kyōdai blog: Black Rock Shooter delay
  9. Black★Rock Shooter Animation Official Site:Media

External linksEdit

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