We’ve just concluded the Tina Sprout arc of the series and a new threat has been detected. There isn’t too much I have to say about it since it’s just another Gastrea attack. The Gastrea being the main antagonist feels rather lackluster since they don’t have any personality for us to understand them better. Perhaps there’s more to them aside from being space creatures sent to destroy humanity (conspiracy theories). Until more gets revealed though, I’m finding it difficult to have an interest or any real feeling of threat from them.
While Enju and the other cursed children are still shunned from society, Rentarou finds a place for them. He’s always wanted them to feel like they were normal children. As a result, he’s set up his own class to let them experience what it’s like to go to school. While society’s given up on them, Rentarou refuses to allow that to happen. Up until now, we’ve seen how rough it is in the outer district. However, seeing the children so full of life was reassuring.
It was nice to see how Tina’s life made a complete turn around. Prior to meeting Rentarou, she never really got a chance to interact with others. She was a weapon created by Ayn Rand with the purpose of being an assassin. She now has a “family” and friends and is living a completely different life. She’s experienced what it’s like to be completely alone in the world. Due to that, she’s extremely grateful for everything that Rentarou has done and still continues to do for her.
While they’re at the mall, we get a reminder that things haven’t completely changed for the cursed children. While Tina, Enju and the others are experiencing a somewhat normal life, there are still many others out there who live harsh lives. The beggar girl destroyed her eyes at such a young age because everyone feared her. She wasn’t able to accept herself for who she was because of how others treated her. Even though this is a fictional piece of work, it’s still depressing to see a child who wants nothing more but to be accepted.
Rentarou continues on his mission of recruiting members for his squad. While the Katagiri’s were smug, their relationship was somewhat similar to Rentarou’s and Enju’s. Tamaki isn’t as stubborn and cold-hearted as Shougen was which goes to show that not all promoters treat their initiators like tools. I always find it interesting to see what other duo’s are capable of and seeing more of their abilities. We have yet to see any initiators of the same class though which makes me wonder if it’s even possible.
Overall, I thought this was one of the better episodes of the season. Not too much happened with the story but we got some character development for Tina. I also really liked the slower pacing since it made the depressing moments and the comedic scenes much more impactful.
You can watch Black Bullet episode 8 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions, free users have to wait a week after the original airing)