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A very short, semi spoiler filled review of episode 1 of BRS to follow. If you disagree with my opinion or just want to throw yours out there, send the group a note with your review; I might post it.

In short the BRS anime was average; maybe even below average, maybe above depends on your point of view.  I still think that most of voice actors are miscast, but that to be expected at this point. I was mildly surprised that they used the BRS song for the opening; I was totally expecting a new single to sell some CD's. I can't remember if there was any background music. The sound effects were adequate.

In terms of visuals, they were average between the drawn animation and the CG. In general if something is really good, it only serves to highlight the badness of something else. This is exactly the case here. The CG looks amazing; with dynamic camera angles and movement. While the drawn animation fails to serve anything up but bland angles, simple character models, and off model animation. Its certainly not the most horrible drawn animation I have seen, it leaves much to be desired. I also must admit I was so engrossed in the opening CG visuals that I didn't even bother to read the subs.

At this point, to most fans who have watched the OVA, there is no mystery at all in the story. The only thing that caught me off guard was the introduction of the macaroons cripple girl; congrats on mildly surprising me script writers. Other than that, the story and characters is so mild and bland, it almost puts me to sleep. The real problem with the story and characters is that everything is forced. Everyone is purposely given a personality to force the story to move from point A to B. I also want to mention that the anime is more of a reboot than a continuation of the OVA; therefore my previous points about how the OVA's story was incomplete is still valid.

As many of you remember, I complained extensively about the lack of connection between the "Huke World" and the Real world. Now the script writers have dumbed it down, making the huke world simply mirror the emotional conflicts in the real world. While the quick establishment of the relation between worlds was appreciated, did it have to be so simple and straight forward?

The story is taking more the form of a drama than an action show. However, the drama story isn't very interesting because its forced and bland. If they wanted an action drama, then they should have followed a format more like Angel Beats, where some drama is introduced at the beginning of each episode and through some action is resolved. Personally, I think that the story should have been more of a balance between drama and action. Spend 2-3 episodes at school introducing characters and the drama. Have Yumi be spirited away bu Dead Master, the embodiment of her negative feelings. Mato goes and becomes BRS somehow and goes on an adventure in the Huke world to save Yumi. Battles, conclusion, return to the real world, happy end. Seems like the most logical and obvious way to go but for reason explained later this can never be.

One thing that I found to be terribly inconsistent, is the counselor's advice. She says to Mato some Madoka stuff about how someone is always there fighting for you when you are emotionally hurt. She goes on to say that because someone is fighting for you, you should not be hurt or feel bad. While this serves to link the huke and real worlds together, it also serves to justify the cripple girl's (I honestly cannot remember her name) actions. Afterall she can hurt anyone she wants by giving them macaroons or whatever, but it doesn't matter because someone else is fighting that battle in the huke world. So everyone in the real world can be a jerk with no guilt, following the counselor's advice.

To wrap things up, the story cannot take place anywhere but in a high school setting. Why? Because this is not an anime for BRS fans or anime fans in general. This show is for moe obsessed otaku and causal people, maybe. We can clearly tell that the high school setting is there because it is the least common demonstrator, the cast is entirely female to maximize moe, and the story is bland beyond belief because it is not necessary. Everything about this show is done to the extreme minimum because they know that they can make money off of the moe otaku and causal viewers, while safely ignoring the core fanbase. While all shows exist to make money, you just don't feel any of the love and passion of the people who are creating it.

In conclusion the BRS anime is just an average show that exists to making money not as an artistic endeavor. This leads to boring characters and a boring story, which alienates the core fanbase and anime fans in general. While making improvements over the OVA, it takes several steps backward as well  culminating in a non satisfactory end product. While it is still too early to judge the show as a whole, I would have to say that BRS fans should check out the first episode, but be prepared to be disappointed.

Score: 7/10

EDIT: For all those wondering about the rather high score, the last time I gave the OVA a low score and everyone freaked out. Now everyone is freaking about the high score. I was only a bit harsh, maybe in even mild, in this review too. If I wanted to I could have meticulously picked through the episode; seriously this isn't even the tip of the iceberg. Sheesh, first I baby you guys and you complained and now that I am you still complain. I can't win. But on a brighter note, I am glad that more of you are accepting of my review this time.
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Chocorroles Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Episode 3 out, now we know why that woman gives terrible advice.

What a crazy bitch.
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Alicedaisymay Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
The manga is alot better, I was very dissappointed too, the manga keeps the "Huke World"
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kumage-mon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the only thing cool about BRS , in my opinion is the character design^^;,other than that,
meh...even madoka is better=_=
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mangagirl050 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Hmm, I think I'll write a review as well, since you might post them!
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Kimera-Kuiroaki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't seen the episode, but for what I know about the story and stuff, I agree with you u ù

Actually, I was dissappointed when I knew the anime would be OVA-related u ù

I hope the story turns out better :/
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MarioxPeach Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda like average animes...
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orix1357 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
herald_of_meridian from the BRS Wikia speaking.

Wait, what?
"The story is taking more the form of a drama than an action show."
This is the same formula used in the OVA.

...
Come to think of it, there was a time when people hate the OVA.
Things do change.
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Jedi-Prankster Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
watched it! it was so epic! :D
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faerimagic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
When the counselor dished out that advice, I was like, "Wut. Somebody is feeling my pain and hurt for me?"

Let's face it, you won't hear that in the real world.

The story pacing also kinda annoyed me just a little bit.

In fact, I'd have to say the best part of the episode was Kagari. OvO I like her lines.

"Yumi has Pink! Kagari has Red! ^-^" *turns to Mato* "You can have the dirty colors. T_T"

Now that, right there, is an original line.
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Timid-Appleton Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I actually agree with this one this time. I would have been okay if they didn't rush too much, and continued on with the OVA. I love miku, but the opening vocals were NOT as good as I had hoped. Further on in the song, it got better, but the beginning was slightly disappointing.
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Nikki-Kuznetsov Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It wasn't great, wasn't horrible like you said.
I am curious to see where this is going though..
Apart from the reboot of the theme song, supercell also performed the insert song "Bokura no Ashi Ato" which is also the ending theme for Guilty Crown I beleive :) Pretty sure that was my favourite part haha
I felt like I wanted to feel the girl's pain, but I think they rushed into things and are kinda skipping through things to fast to give any real depth to anything at the moment..
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PuzzleChu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
wow reading this is really disappointing..
its a shame when a good idea with so much potential falls to greed..
well thats what fanfictions are for :)
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Riczilla364 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I need to see it to see if its true.
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joselingering Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist
I was disappointed from the moment I saw the trailer :c
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starfire-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I actually was extremely excited after i saw the OVA, but the first episode left me disappointed :'c
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PuzzleChu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
*pat pat* thar thar. we feel your pain =u=;
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RiflingSniper Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This has nothing to do with the review whatsoever, but your last note XDDD

ANYWAY

to be honest I kinda agree with ya, but as you said, it's barely even the tip of the iceberg, so it's to early to actually judge. Who knows? It might improve as more is shown.
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matimoo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I actually really liked it. Sure, the animation wasn't as good as the OVA, but it was decent, I think, story wise, we need to give the series a chance to show some more before we start bashing it's flaws :)
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waraulol Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say we gotta wait for more episodes to find out. =P

But in general, 7/10 sounds fair, although from your review, I thought you gotta give it 6/10. And yes, this anime is just a typical mahou shoujo anime, plot-wise, except with gritty designs, badass weapons and supreme animation. =P
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ProjectXRisingXStar Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why the hell did you give it a 7/10?

From your review that would be a 4/10 (5 BEING THE MAX)
Unless, your one of the moe otakus in question.

As for the episode. Sucked. Who the hell cares about highschoolers making friends?(FOR THE 700TH TIME!)
There are enough anime like that. Should have just been about BRS and all the other huke girls.

...I also wanted BRS to have a cute moetastic voice.
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PuzzleChu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
i didnt really see the anime yet ( and based on this reiew i may not want to until curiosity gets the best of me >3< ) , but to make a note i kinda liked brs voice in the ova.
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ProjectXRisingXStar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah it was good, but in the anime she doesn't even grunt.

I'd say wait till there is 3 episodes out then watch all 3 to get a solid opinion. Or stop at 2 if you get fed up.
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PuzzleChu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
ff rly? then agian i dont think she talked until the near-end of the movie ;>>

hmmm alright thanks. >3< hope it doesnt scare me away before it gets good.
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ProjectXRisingXStar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You and me both.

And she says her name like RIGHT at the end of the OVA.
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PuzzleChu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
ikr isnt that ridiculous xDD

speaking of which the ova kinda confused me.

while i was a little disappointed, the movie made me think that the.. (ugh forgot the word) the world brs and DM was in was suppose to be figuritive.
But then BRS and ( agian the name escapes me)that girl meet face to face in the end.
though now im just waiting for a part two, im still like 'whuuuuuut >-<'
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ProjectXRisingXStar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Meh, you might as well just move on dude. I highly doubt the "story" from the OVA will be continued.

The anime *coughgarbage* is an alternate telling of the OVA. Meaning what happened in the OVA isn't related,in the slightest, to the anime.
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PuzzleChu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
sigh.. as i said before its a shame when idea that had so much potential, espcially considering its origins, falls hand to bad production..

hopefully the show gets better. :iconihateitplz:
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xNekoPockyx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Agreeing with most. The animation well actually the bland art style for the real world kinda got annoying. I don't like Mato's new look at all. They should have stuck with the OVA designs instead trying to reboot the OVA. Now their doing this whole, " BRS is Mato's emotions" or some play off like that. Wasn't BRS, Mato in a way well Mato is to be BRS if we take up from the OVA. Another thing is their once again sticking with the whole "back and forth between worlds". It kinda gets confusing. Did Huke even take part in any of this?
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Chocorroles Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
We have the action storylines focusing on BRS in the Game and manga already, frankly I like how they are making three different storylines out of the same character. I found it entertaining but sadly I can see people comparing it to Madoka.

And lastly, I don't know why everyone is surprised at the story being cliché when the main character has always been a cliché herself, and one of the most disliked ones: Underaged extremely moe little girl who fights with giant weapons almost naked, and expressionless also BLACK AND WHITE = DARK AND EDGY + checkered background and chains to make everything even more dark and edgy so it's totally not moe. No offense to Huke's artwork but it's true.
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hiikou Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I dont like how they changed it into a mirror of emotions like they said. It's called Black Rock Shooter not Mato Kuroi... your idea is MUCH better for the undetermined storyline for BRS
( Highschool life presented> Mato and Yomi become friends > conflicts in friendship > disappearance> then Mato > Becomes BRS > Battles > Saves Yomi> Resolution > Back to life ) or even DROPPING THE REAL LIFE and making it all about BRS's world, since she's the titular character:iconfacepalmplz:.

I can live with it, but I want a really good plot for BRS someday. Hopefully it progresses well in later episodes?
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MadHatterMika Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if they would just make it in a world like the game is, it would be so much better! Have it like the original Huke settings; A 'post apoclyptic' -type of world, and the have the BRS team and other Huke girls fight for whatever a director could think of. I really don't care for Mato or Yomi or any of the slice of life stuff going on, I really was just waiting for the BRS world scenes to come back on.
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The OVA was very good, i find the anime really boring and done pretty bad. Especially the 3-D animation, that i find totally useless and bad looking.
I was interested in "BRS" for BRS itself, i don't really care of highschool-girls that offend eachother, an anime based just on BRS dimension would be better in my opinion.
But yeah, let's just sit and wait, it's just episode 1, right?
However i prefer "BRS" the game, the story is amazing and interesting and the gameplay pretty simple but funny ;)
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sucker1999 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I was more excited for the time she went to the future to fight Aliens.

Seriously, Halo with little girls, and it works better than this. o.o
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Maiumaora Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it deserved far less than a 7 out of ten...
I'd give it a three, but only because the artwork is pretty. There were literally no other redeeming factors that I could see. The characters were boring and forgettable, and I don't know about anyone else, but the characters make the series for me. The fact that there is no connection between the characters and their "alters" turned me off altogether.

I'm going to have to quit this group, I am no longer a fan of BRS.
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, man! BRS isn't the anime!
Really i don't want to annoy you=(
but i think that the anime isn't BRS's symbol, BRS is BRS, the half-naked girl in black cloak with a blue flame in his left eye and armed of super-tcnologic-cannon of massive destruction and katana. A symbol of action a non-talking character that fight for some reason and you don't even no "why?" XD
But if you want to quit is fine=)
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Maiumaora Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't even like it anymore after this.
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I see T^T
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Ninja-Artist-Zero Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda expected it to be exactly like you said,"Mato goes and becomes BRS somehow and goes on an adventure in the Huke world to save Yumi. Battles, conclusion, return to the real world, happy end." But ... its disappointing ... when I saw ep one ... its early but I feel it wont end well *sigh*
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Clampy-TFA Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand your review, but not agree with it.
Not all.

You may watch a lot of anime to says that drawings or animation or watever sucks. For me, the animation, style and 3D scenes were perfect and fits really well to contrast real world and other world.

But I agree a lot for the lack of connection between the two worlds. But it's a 8 episode anime ! It was the first, you don't know what is coming next !!

For me, the only thing I didn't like was Mato's hair, and new DM's design. After, I love all the other things in this episode ! For the background music, really, open your ears, because it's one of the most interesting things in this episode. The intro scene, the joyful real life scenes with soft musics, and the wonderful and creepy doll world music when BRS discover it before getting attack by Chariot.

SOOOOO !! I can't wait the next episodes, and hope to an emotional anime full of action scenes ! :iconexcitedlaplz:
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Raffian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Quite a negative review for 7/10.
Being a not so moe otaku, I find this a little bland as well...oh well, still gonna watch all of it.
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shibaprince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing review!! I agree, its was okay, but not what I had expected... l: there could have been more to it... but who knows, they could change that hopefully...
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Armor-of-Fire Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah, i didn't think the brs anime would be as good as everyone expected it to be
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Poppy664 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
The story is taking more the form of a drama than an action show. However, the drama story isn't very interesting because its forced and bland.

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But I think the score was about a 5 out of 10

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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, highscoolers...WHO CARES???I want action:yawn:
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Poppy664 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I still want a story, but a GOOD one.
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe focusing on BRS world^^
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Poppy664 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Wel, I think it should be half and half. The slice of life part of the story has a big influence on the brs world.
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, but it's kinda pointless and boring the slice of life part -.-
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Poppy664 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
XD That's kind of the whole point of BRS though. Especially in the OVA there was more slice of life than action scenes so I kinda expected that :P
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, but i kinda liked the OVA =O
First episode was somehow really boring >.>
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