When I clicked play on my first episode of Black Bullet, I got goosebumps. From the unmistakable tribute in the opening soundtrack, to the Black Varanium walls protecting the last of humanity from certain extinction, the whole thing was reminiscent of Shingeki no Kyoujin (Attack on Titan).
But although the themes are similar – a dying human populace taking refuge from titanic predators within huge walls – Black Bullet is no Shingeki. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great anime, certainly one of my favourites this season, but it lacks the powerful twists and turns that made Shingeki so great.
Of course, nothing is ever as good as the first time, and it would take quite a lot to top Shingeki regardless. So taking Shingeki out of the picture, it’s easy to see that Black Bullet has the potential to be epic in its own right. If only every episode didn’t remind me of the greatness that is Shingeki no Kyoujin before it kicked off…