Black Rock Shooter is finally set to arrive in the U.S., hitting the PlayStation Network next Tuesday, April 23, for $19.99. Anime-infused shooting action on the PlayStation Portable? Check!

NIS Amrica’s Chris King made the announcement official over on the PlayStation Blog, saying that the only way to get the two-year-old PSP game in the States will be through PSN. It’s taken quite a while to port this action shooter for American audiences, so hopefully the game will turn out to be worth the wait.

According to King, Black Rock Shooter actually began as a simple character illustration by artist Ryohei Fuke. From there, the character inspired the creation of a song, a video animation and, eventually, it got its own anime. The next logical step was a video game, which arrived on the PSP in Japan back in 2011.

“The year is 2031 AD, the Earth has been ruthlessly assaulted by alien forces. Nineteen years of nonstop battle now threatens the very existence of humanity,” said King. “The last hope for human survival is Black Rock Shooter, a heroine created solely to save planet Earth—she is the ultimate battle android.”

When BRS awakens, however, humanity has dwindled to just 12 individuals that she must protect. You’ll do this in-game by exploring a desolated earth and fighting off countless alien baddis. There’s also a bunch of equipment, attacks and skills to unlock, as well as additional sidequests and mini-games to keep you busy outside of the main storyline.

Look for Black Rock Shooter to finally make its way to U.S. PSPs next week for just 20 bucks.

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