Back with the 5th episode of the Winter 2012 series, Black★Rock Shooter. I’m more convinced than ever that the counselor is conspiring against Mato and the girls, she came this close to choking her, for crying out loud. Yomi’s about to go off the deep end, supposedly Koha-sempai already has, and Yuu knows more about Black Rock Shooter that I would’ve ever guessed.
Yomi’s alternate is locked in epic, mortal combat with Black Rock Shooter, while Mato and Yuu struggle to make sense of her strange behavior. Though seemingly cheerful, she scares the rest of the class and has to leave school when she starts cutting her hair with craft scissors in art class. Yuu also finds that the bracelet Yomi made to match Mato’s was woven using Yomi’s own hair, and Yomi’s mother stands in awe at the shambles that her room now lies in.
Yuu (who I think was suspicious that the counselor had something to do with Yomi’s breakdown) goes to see Saya-sensei. She finds out that Saya’s “advice” seems to have driven Yomi to her actions, and now she’s become aloof as Mato can’t seem to find any trace of her. Even other students seem to have forgotten about her and Mato’s own memories of Yuu have grown hazy. Mato goes searching for Yuu as Black Rock Shooter and Yomi’s alternate begin the final showdown, one-on-one.
Mato and Yuu meet up at sunset, for some reason, probably more intricate than I can conceive, Yuu’s shadow has been non-existent this episode. Yuu reveals that her statement about the girls in that other world weren’t mere speculation. She has intimate knowledge of that world, and it’s connection to Mato’s. From her understanding, only by dying in that world does one become removed from the grief in this one. Too see for herself, Yuu takes Mato to that world, through Black Rock Shooter’s own eyes as she pushes the blade through Yomi’s alternate…
Mato refuses to accept that this is how it works, and I agree. Mato has to be the one to hold up her friends, to relieve their grief. But I’ll admit that it’s nice to see they’re attempting to logically explain the connections and relevances between the two worlds. Supposedly Kagari and Koha-sempai only overcame their grief after dying in that world. I think it has more to do with Saya’s workings than Black Rock Shooter’s. Mato saw the bird in the storybook as Yomi, but I think Mato is the better analogy. Desperately trying to rewrite the story so Yomi can have a happy ending, Mato is taking on the fears and emotions of others, burdening herself along the way. But coupled with the strength of the Black Rock Shooter, I think Mato has a few surprises in store…
Until next time,