Where did you go?
A major complaint people have with this OVA is the fact that it skipped between the real “slice-of-life” world and the action-packed “Black Rock Shooter” world during the whole story. Basically, people who watched it were confused and didn’t get it because things weren’t taking place chronologically to begin with.
Unlike others, it was clear to me that they weren’t going to spoon-feed me the plot. Instead, I let it all piece together as I watched the film. It certainly felt like this OVA was aiming to do just that. Why do Black Rock Shooter and the Death Master look like Mato and Yomi? What do their battles have to do with the drifting friendship between these two girls? All the answers slowly came together as I watched.
At the same time, I took in the gorgeous animation and sound work, enjoying the high production values and the artistic side of this animation. The other dimension made me feel as if I was watching Toki o Kakeru Shōjo again.
Not to mention, the checkered backgrounds were yum!
Everyone knows how it feels when your best friend seemingly leaves you out in favor of another person, surely? It’s not exactly an original idea for a story, but just because it wasn’t original doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Admittedly, the story that we’re given in this OVA lacked any in-depth explanations, but it was all written to fit into fifty minutes of animation. You thought a fifty minute OVA was going to be a masterpiece? I’ve learned to stop giving myself up to hype, and other people should do so too. Or else you’ll start watching something that isn’t even bad and feel immensely disappointed for nothing.
Besides, any Trope Savvy individual would realize all of the Sequel Hooks they slipped into this OVA. You’d be blind if you didn’t notice. Surely, there’s more to come. All the unanswered plot threads and the way this OVA ended makes it obvious that there’s going to be some type of sequel.
And frankly, I wouldn’t mind revisiting this beautiful world a couple of more times. 😛 I loved how they slipped in an instrumental version of the Black★Rock Shooter song during BRS and Mato’s fusion.