Hey everyone! Are you guys having a great day so far? For today’s review, we have BTOOOM! I finished watching the series in half a day since there are only 12 episodes. I seriously hope they make a second season!
BTOOOM falls under the genres that are most interesting to me – psychological, sci-fi, action, with just a hint of romance ＼（Ｔ∇Ｔ）／. It was released last fall 2012, about halfway when the episodes for Sword Art Online were airing. While it was received well by many anime fans, I think the fact that it has the same genre as SAO (same I’m-trapped-in-what-i-only-used-to-play plot) did not help in increasing its popularity. Include to the fact that Accel World and Code Breaker (both playing along the same genres) also were popular during the time of its airing.
Anyway, the plot reminds me more of Battle Royale than of SAO. In SAO, you are trapped and have to kill monsters to live. In Battle Royale however, you will be forced to kill people until you survive. Those who have also read or watched the Hunger Games might connect it to BTOOOM, except that killing in BTOOOM isn’t really for anyone’s honor but survival, so yup… it’s more like Battle Royale (highly recommend reading the book!).
BTOOOM is the story of Sakamoto Ryota, a NEET (people who are always in the online world, usually unemployed). In the real world, he is a nobody, and some people might probably say he’s a loser. However, in the online world, he is Japan’s no. 1 BTOOOM player. He is a big thing online and he has loads of friends there, and even married a girl named Himiko (who he will meet in person at BTOOOM survival mode). （＞ｙ＜）
One day, he opens his eyes and finds himself on an island. Besides his things, he also has a set of bombs and a crystal-like thing implanted in his left hand. After realizing that the bombs are real, he gets his first attack from another player. Although he did not originally plan to, he eventually kills the guy.
He meets a lot of interesting people in the game. Some became friends. Others are connected to him. Others pretended to be nice, but turned out to be really bad. One of the good guy he meets is Taira-san, from whom he learns that in order to survive in the game, an individual needs 8 chips (the crystal in his hand).
Many things happen even with just 12 episodes. I watched the first episode like months ago, and yet did not pick it up because I thought the concept was so similar to Battle Royale. I read the BR book about 3 times and watched the movie about 20 times already （￣ー￣） . It was different though because BR had students kill each other. In BTOOOM, you get all sorts of people, which make it really interesting.
Like I said, the story had a good story line. There were really nice ideas played around with too. As an English major (please excuse me :3), I went around digging for philosophical streams and symbolisms. They played with the ideas of women empowerment, abuse, law protection for minors, death, selfishness, self-worth, revenge, and majorly trust, betrayal and loyalty. BTOOOM created an atmosphere of trusting in humanity’s ability to be loyal. Basically, we can find here many of the moral values of human beings. Seriously guise, I think I can use this for philosophy classes or English classes where we have to discuss critical thinking. ＼（＠￣∇￣＠）／
While I like anime that is just feel-good and relaxing, anime with mind-blowing plots is pretty interesting too. It makes you imagine about life in general. I can honestly say that there were many times in this anime where I scream, "Stupid! Don't trust him!" or "I cannot kill him. He's too cute." 〈(゜。゜)
I am a sucker for graphics but somehow the amazing plot of BTOOOM allows me to overlook the graphics of this anime. Don't get me wrong. It has amazing graphics. It's just not for me (love Shoujo graphics.. soreeehh.. )
While the story line is interesting, there are moments that I find quit irritating. Mainly it involves Ryouta and his idea of the world. If he had been engaged in a video game where you kill other people, then why can he not for at least the entire season learn that humans would kill to survive. Until the very end, he has this faith in humanity thing going on. Why does he keep repeating the question, "how can people kill so easily?" They're not, baka! It's not easy for them, it's just they need to or they will suffer and die. ＜(。_。)＞
Anyway, that's just me. And it might be part of the character's complexes and stuff. Honestly guise, I cannot find any complaints on this one. It's that good. Oh wait. The ending is freaking annoying. Kinda like how Fairy Tail ended (temporarily) their series. I seriously am hoping for season 2.
Do not miss this anime. Totally worth your time. Half a day that is.. if you're obsessed.. like me. (●⌒∇⌒●)TRIVIA!!!!OMG. I totally love the opening and closing song. The opening is sung by Nano, who I have no idea who is, but is totally freaking amazing. I skip most songs when I watch anime and prefer listening to them on my tablet, but I seriously watch the opening credits!The ending song is Aozora and is sung by May'n. I love May'n! She's so cute. I want to put her in my pocket and take her home with me. Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ
The anime is directed by the same guy who directed Death Note. Talk about a totally psychotic-anime-obsessed man.
The manga is on-going. Created by Inoue Jun'ya.
The seiyuu for Sakamoto Ryouta is Kanata Hongo, who acted as Ryoma Echizen of Prince of Tennis for the live action, as well as many of the Dream Live concerts. I totally love POT! The seiyuu for Himiko (the girl) is Suzuki Mimori, the same seiyuu for Nanami in Kamisama Hajimemashita. MSP loves Kamisama Hajimemashita! Check out my review here.That's it for this review! Don’t forget to follow Mission Start Podcast on Twitter @MissionStartP
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