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Madoka-lite meets Miku
on 1 May 2015
At just eight episodes, there's a joyful breeziness to Black Rock Shooter's action that ensures it never out-stays its welcome - it powers through its plot points, working through the various colour-coded girls that form the core of its premise.
Flipping between the teen drama of the real world to the action-heavy 'fantasy' sequences, we get treated to a ghoulishly dark tale of mental trauma - featuring both an abusive goth-loli and a school counsellor that's most certainly more than she seems.
With a striking CGI-heavy visual style that holds its own surprisingly well, it's a shame in a way that BRS has remained subtitle-only, as it would no doubt have picked up a bigger audience with a dub. With a cracking Hatsune Miku-sung opening song too, for fans of the likes of Madoka Magica, Arpeggio of Blue Steel or psychological drama, this is definitely worth a watch.