Bring it on, shitcan. I’m ready.
What woman will throw herself at Rentaro’s pants this week? Whose smiles will be protected? Find out in this exciting installment!
We open on a soldier spotting a Gastrea at night, a defensive garrison on fire, and little bug Gastrea ripping him apart to blood splatter.
…Well, damn. Go on.
So Rentaro has been roped into being an elementary school teacher.
Naturally, Seitenshi has nothing to do with her day except visit this school in rubble. I saw episodes of Mr. Rogers’ trips to the Land of Make Believe that didn’t challenge my suspension of disbelief as much.
Okay okay, she’s ACTUALLY here to see Rentaro since an emergency has cropped up. Which kind of brings into focus the inanity of having your top Promoter as a schoolmaster. Not ONE person wanted to do this besides Rentaro?
What? Go on. I dare you to say it. Say it. “But you can’t take a random person off the street, they wouldn’t be qualified…”
So a Class 4 has sprayed some Gastrea cum on one of the monoliths. The monolith will corrode in six days, or at least, it will be so damaged that it will cease to be functional. But the emergency construction of a replacement is nine days away.
Question, sensei. Did we never anticipate a monolith breaking or being damaged in this manner? Shouldn’t we have ONE in reserve? After all, it’s the -construction- Seitenshi emphasizes, not the logistics of moving it.
Either way, three days is too much, and the experts predict that Tokyo would be overrun by Gastrea in the three day window.
…Emphasizing even more why we should have a backup on hand. Or perhaps arranging a barrier as to have overlapping fields of barrier.
Though, there does seem to be a gathering of Gastrea outside the barrier waiting for the opening. It seems rather obvious some nefarious force is controlling the Gastrea. And Tokyo is going to sortie to take care of the problem, Rentaro given the job of assembling a squad of Civil Officers for the assault.
…Why? Can’t we just summon people in like we did with the Kagetane inci-ah fuck it.
Tina’s living with Rentaro and Enju now. Because reasons. How many minutes are we skipping here…six minutes of onii-san bullshit? Sounds right. Oh, in a moment of HILARIOUS misunderstanding, Kisara thinks Rentaro and Tina had sex and threatens to call the police.
…That’s actually just weird enough to hold my attention, that the Black Bullet universe has pedophilia laws.
So we learn that the chief politician opposing the “Let’s not murder the only children capable of fighting the fifty foot zombie bugs” act was murdered, supposedly by a Cursed Child. And conveniently, we meet a blind Cursed Child, whose story of how she was abandoned by her mother makes Rentaro wince with rage.
I know it’s morally repugnant, but at some point you need to get emotional armoring against the fact it HAPPENED. It’s like this huge shock to Rentaro each time, to the point that there must be some amnesia plot going on. Admittedly this is a pretty horrific case, that a girl was so shamed by her mother’s feelings towards her, that she burned out her eyes.
Also, it would have made way more sense for the moms to die in childbirth from complications. I never pull this card, ever, in fact I even defended it in Sakura Trick, but the idea that with 100% certainty the maternal instincts will be abandoned, entirely, is such man writing. I’m not saying they’d all be comfortable, I don’t even think it would be the majority, but some mother, SOMEWHERE, would try to live normally with her kid. This blanket attitude is actually the worst.
I mean on the one hand, having the parent(s) die would be one thing. And this is admittedly a good use of the “my mother abandoned me because she hated what I was”, you can’t PLAY the angle of tween girl driven to depressive self-mutilation if she never had anyone she really cared about. But the blanket statement that this is the natural conclusion of such relationships lessens the blow. I mean for us, the audience. Because we expect it. It’s just a convenient source of pathos for the girls to explain why they latch onto Rentaro so easily. Playing it the other ways, though, would make way more sense. Hey! If the moms all died, we could say it was her DAD who abandoned her! Thus giving her daddy-issues for Rentaro to exploit! That’s what we’re after, after all, right?
Of course, I don’t trust this girl for a second. First, look at that image. She hears commotion outside, and she turns to look. Second…SHE’S CARRYING A FUCKING SIGN! I do not care how good your handwriting is, you do not write up a begging sign like that if you are blind.
Anyway, we’re at Rentaro’s first recruit. And his Initiator thinks Rentaro is an immoral pervert.
…Am I more shocked over the pedophilia laws earlier, or that a Cursed Child DOESN’T want into Rentaro’s pants?
Ah but we get our answer. This pair won’t join Rentaro (they seem to be brother and sister) unless he and Tina can kick their ass. Which they do, and well…
Yes, lesbian lolis.
…Hmm? You want me to comment on it? Uh…’kay…that’s hot?
…I never said I was objective in my hate.
Honestly, I don’t know why this surprised me.
Well there you have it, we have our first team member! Yeah, this was a lot of filler. We could have very easily had Seitenshi summon the strongest remaining Officer pairs in the city (after that whole Kagetane killing a lot of the upper ranks) to her briefing, and had this little squabble there and then. But I guess we wouldn’t have had loli pathos, I can see the dilemma.