It has begun. You know that an anime has really made a big splash when the imitators start showing up, and I've now come across a first example of this in regards to last year's smash hit, ATTACK ON TITAN. The new imitator is BLACK BULLET, and the show announces its intentions to homage Titan right from the opening measures of the opening theme song, complete with Big Epic Chorus Chanting right out of the AOT opening.
The basic idea is that these bug-things called Gastrea showed up ten years ago, and aside from all the destruction they cause in general as Giant Insect Monsters, they also infect human victims, who then turn into more Gastrea monsters themselves shortly afterwards.
Conventional weapons don't work on gastrea, because of their rapid bodily regeneration, but a mystery element called "varanium" is these monster's achilles' heel, as damage done with it to a monster won't regenerate. Thus, the main hero has a gun with varanium ammo, the eponymous "black bullet". We also find out at the end of the first episode that the city is surrounded by a ring of giant Varanium monoliths, which seem to keep most (but not all) Gastrea away -- could the AoT comparison be any more obvious at this point?
However, in addition to varanium, humanity has another trick up its sleeve -- the "cursed children". Normally the gastrea virus is passed through body fluids, bites and such, but there are occasions where if a pregnant woman ingests matter contaminated by the virus orally (a splash of contaminated blood getting in her mouth, perhaps), the child will be born with a very slow-spreading version of the virus that can be contained with medication, gives the child superhuman powers, and will also have glowing red eyes when they use said powers. These children are always female, and are paired with a handler (who is armed with the varanium bullets) whose job is to make sure the cursed child stays under control -- and I suspect that since the virus is "slow spreading", it's the keeper's job to eventually kill the child before the virus gets to the point of transforming her into a full-on gastrea monster.
So, it's Attack On Titan in modern day Japan, with cute loli-con girls with superpowers as the anti-monster countermeasure. A little less on the heavy despair and horror of AoT, with a deliberate attempt to inject some comic relief here and there, but still plenty of material to be horrifying with when you think about it.
Overall... not bad. I will probably watch at least another episode or two of it.