Anime: BTOOOM! – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“How many times can you use the bomb?”

(Ryota checks his facebook)

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Action, Survival, MMO,  Age: 13+

Released: 4th October 2012– onwards

Ryota Sakamoto is one of the top players in the world in the MMO game Btoom! He’s spent his life trying to master this bomb-based game, and trying to get into a job at a games company.

Refusing to acknowledge his drudging life, and his nagging mother, Ryota’s only fulfillment is playing the game. That is, until he’s sucked into a tropical environment which looks suspiciously like the game…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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After losing his memories, Ryota finds himself in a remote tropical island, which looks to be nowhere near his home.

(“Being away from Twitter is enough reason to give up on life…”)

In his bag are a set of bombs, which turn out to be very real, and very lethal.

(“A countdown? Better keep this in my pocket…”)

Thinking that he’s finally spotted help coming his way, Ryota tries to flag down a man running towards him. It turns out that the psychotic man only wants to kill Ryota, and uses bombs to do so.

(The secret side of this show is cannibalism)

A grim hide and seek game begins, with Ryota gradually feeling his way through the island, with game rules that are sinisterly similar to BTOOOM.

Figuring out that the bombs work in the same way in the game, he gradually kills the man, and overcome with emotion at killing a human being.

(Killing you softly by moonlight)

Unsure of what to do, he grabs his resource of bombs, taking the spares left by the other man, and goes in search of people on the island. Gradually, he comes across a beautiful young girl beside a pond.

(Series Finale: All the boys died because the girl was too cute to kill…)

Overall, BTOOOM starts off with a very annoying main character. Ryota struggles to comprehend he’s in a game world. It’s half an hour of him gasping and running, and hiding.

He fumbles around, trying to think of any conclusion except for the gone-into-a-virtual world option. Okay, maybe that’s realistic, but it drags down the episode’s pacing. It feels like this episode builds and builds, only to stop short of revelation because time ran out.

The random girl who is bathing in the pond? The series really want to promote her as some sort of eye candy… I watched that with a grim face. It’s definitely not my thing.

Originally I thought that I would like this series, but with so much shoujou goodness this season, it’s going to be skipped. Plus, Sword Art is enough MMO adventure for me.

Rated – 3/5 Action packed and fast paced. Main character is a complainer.

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