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Strength
Strength H Artwork
Name in Japanese ストレングス
Romaji Translation Sutorengusu
Appears in Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)

Black★Rock Shooter (anime)

Personal Info
Gender Female
Classification Otherself

Strength (ストレングス or STR) is part of the supporting cast of the Black★Rock Shooter (OVA) and the Black★Rock Shooter 2012 anime. She is the "other self" of Yuu Koutari.

AppearanceEdit

Original ConceptEdit

Like Geshumaru, Strength uses mechanized weaponry. Her arms are made up of two huge mechanical arms called "Ogre Arm". She has a robotic tail with a vertebrae-like design that can move freely and her feet are metal stilts. She has a black hood with white flames on it and white ribbons at the base of her tail and knee highs. She has brown eyes, dark tan skin, and short white hair as well.

Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)Edit

Strength's appearance in the OVA is nearly identical to how she appeared in her original concept. Unlike in huke's artwork, however, in the OVA, Strength's eyes are hazel (with the circular pattern akin to all "other selves") instead of white. The reason for this change is unknown, but it is very likely done to give a connection point to Yuu, as she is the only other character with hazel eyes and eyes are used as a connection point for "other selves".

Black★Rock Shooter (2012)Edit

In the 2012 anime, Strength has some notable changes from her OVA appearance and her original concept. The most notable of these changes would be her eyes, which are now bright orange instead of hazel/white. Also, as presented in episode 7, in the story that Yuu/strength begins to tell, STR originally had white eyes, but when she started "feeling emotions", her eyes turned to the orange color. Other changes include the white flame pattern on her hood; the pattern is more "wild", and her hood has a white zipper. Her fist symbol on the left of her dress is not present anymore. Her tail is larger and scorpion-like. Her suit is now more of a dress with a white rim, and her black kneehighs are now white. There are also black flames on her arms at the base of where she wears her Ogre Arms. Her Ogre arms are in a different design now.

PlotEdit

Black★Rock Shooter (OVA)Edit

She is shown approaching Black★Rock Shooter and Dead Master in their battle (but in a different part of the Otherworld), while at the same time Yuu's feelings of being "left out" grow darker. She appeared to be standing at the edge of a cliff with her twitching tail. Then she appeared to jump off. She was given one of the shortest parts, along with Black Gold Saw.

Black★Rock Shooter (2012)Edit

She is first introduced in Episode 4, in which she is seen dragging the beheaded Chariot behind her, and then throwing the body off of a cliff, after which the red eyes of Black★Gold Saw start appearing in the sky.

Later, while dreaming Mato briefly sees Strength standing in the same area where she was before, but does not take much notice because the scene quickly changes.

After the fight between Black★Gold Saw and Insane Black★Rock Shooter, Strength saves Black★Gold Saw and, demonstrating the ability to manipulate the Otherworld, transports them all to another region and moves Black★Gold saw away for her own protection. She then fights Insane Black★Rock Shooter, using the immense strength of her Ogre Arms and her reality-altering abilites to gain the upper hand in the battle. She manages to crush Insane Black★Rock Shooter against a wall and then swings both of her fists down on her.

However, Insane Black★Rock Shooter again gains the upper hand. Strength fights back using machine guns and gatling guns in her Ogre Arms, but is again overpowered. She then seems to go insane and seems to enjoy getting hurt; she even activates all of the Insane Cannon Lance's vulcans at once to injure herself. The world they are fighting in is consumed by fire and "Strength" reveals herself to be the real Yuu, and Strength is the Yuu that Mato befriended. She then activates two more Ogre Arms on her back and easily beats Insane Black★Rock Shooter, throwing her onto a ledge. Meanwhile, the real Strength reveals how the two came to switch places to Mato. Also, while she was telling her story, there was a scene where she was possibly found fighting Death Scythe.

Upon Insane Black★Rock Shooter's defeat and the other selves' individual worlds merging, a dying Strength comforts Yuu by expressing her confidence in the latter's ability to adapt to life in the real world while revealing how every other self loves their respective human counterparts so much that they are willing to fight and die for them without second thought. Strength also conveys her gratitude to Mato for showing her the beauty of friendship and the real world, with her body completely shatters and disperses in a shower of colours shortly after.

In the post-credits scene of the anime's final episode, Strength is shown to have re-formed in the Other World and resigned herself to once again resume her eternal fight there. Upon sensing the presence of another person, she turns around and assumes a combat-ready stance, only to realize that Black★Rock Shooter is also in the vicinity. However, instead of fighting her as she did prior to the switch with Yuu, Strength lowers her Ogre Arms and allows the slightest hint of a smile to show on her face, seemingly implying that she no longer regards Black★Rock Shooter as an enemy.

AbilitiesEdit

Strength's main weapon is the Ogre Arm. This pair of mechanised arms allow her to punch her opponents with great strength (enough to knock Insane Black★Rock Shooter several yards and into various objects) and break open the floor of the other world to access new areas. Despite her seemingly heavy weaponry, Strength is fast enough to beat down Insane Black★Rock Shooter and evade her attacks. Strength can also change her arms to become machine guns or gatling guns, which have an extremely high rate of fire. She can also deploy at least two more arms from her back. Strength also shows the ability to alter the other world, similar to Black★Gold Saw. A good example of this is during her fight with iBRS; she teleports and switches places with a large block to strike iBRS from behind.

Her secondary weapon is her mechanical tail, which she uses when her arms are preoccupied. The tail can extend a short distance and is powerful enough to break Insane Black★Rock Shooter's Insane Blade Claw.

TriviaEdit

  • She is one of the only characters to face B★RS/iBRS in a fight and win, which was due to Mato holding B★RS/iBRS back. Black★Gold Saw also survived BRS's wrath, but only because Strength saved her.
  • In Episode 7, it is revealed the original Yuu Koutari switched places with the original Strength. The former was Saya's childhood friend, and the latter became Mato's friend. It is also revealed the Strength fighting Insane Black★Rock Shooter was actually Yuu, and the Yuu in the real world was actually Strength.
  • Strength is the only other self shown to be capable of dialogue. This may be because she is not really Strength and actually Yuu in Strength's body.
  • Strength claims to be Yuu's "soul", indicating the girls "other selves" are connected to their souls.
  • She is the only otherself in the anime that does not wear high heels, or footwear that allows her to appear taller. Because of this , she looks shorter than the others. Her actual height is about 158cm.

GalleryEdit

Other self
Black★Rock ShooterBlack★Gold SawDead MasterStrengthChariot

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