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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 5,100,000+ views
Singer(s)
Hatsune Miku
Producer(s)
ryo(supercell) (music, lyrics)
huke (illustration, video)
Links
Niconico Broadcast / YouTube Broadcast (with subtitles)


AboutEdit

CharacterEdit

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Promotional flyer for the pilot.
Angel EmfrblAdded by Angel Emfrbl

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.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

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.[3]

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.

See Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)

On July 30, 2010, Crypton announced that the author officially permitted to post fan-art/fan-fictions using Black★Rock Shooter on Piapro.[4]

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.[5] 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.

BackgroundEdit

This song is featured in the Miku FES'09 Concert; also in the game Project DIVA f.

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.

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.

MediaEdit

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. 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.[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
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Author(s)
Category Promotional
Official Promotion Video
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Author(s)
Category Promotional

ProductsEdit

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Screenshot from the Black★Rock Shooter Anime pilot
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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

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

Succeeding versionsEdit

ブラック★ロックシューター 2M MIX
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Romaji/English Black★Rock Shooter 2M Mix
Featuring Hatsune Miku Append
Author(s) Ryo
Category 2M Mix

DerivativesEdit

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

Stowaway's Supercell Tribute ブラック★ロックシューター
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Featuring Hatsune Miku
Author(s) Minato(流星P)
Category Remix

Anomaro-P's 3DPV ブラック★ロックシューター
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Featuring Hatsune Miku
Author(s) Anomaro-P
Category Alternate 3DPV
Joe's 3DPV ブラック★ロックチューター
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Featuring Hatsune Miku
Author(s) Joe
Category Alternate 3DPV, Parody


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

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by HUKE
FiguStnd BRS BlackRockShooter Cannon
Black ★ Rock Shooter w/Rock Cannon
BRS profile pic
OVA version
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Parody mascot "Black★Rock Chuutaa" (or simply Chooter)
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Official noitaminA illustration.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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Sources

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