Btooom!

Btooom! is an anime series based on Jun’ya Inoue’s manga of the same name. The storey begins after the release of the massively multiplayer online game Btooom! Players in the game must use stealth and strategy to eliminate each other using the only weapons available to them—a sonar ability to detect nearby players and bombs. Ryota Sakamoto awakens one day to find himself stranded on a tropical island, clutching a pouch full of bombs and a computer chip in his hand. He soon discovers that he has been entered into a competition in which he must play Btooom! for real—and failure means death.

Btooom! Anime Synopsis

Ryouta Sakamoto is unemployed and lives with his mother; his only real accomplishment is that he is Japan’s best player of the popular online video game Btooom! His peaceful life is about to change when he finds himself stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, clutching a small green crystal in his left hand and having no memory of how he got there. To his surprise, someone has decided to recreate the game he enjoys in real life, with the stakes being life or death.

The players are tasked with killing seven of their fellow participants and stealing their green crystals in order to return home, armed with a bag full of unique bombs known as “BIM.” Despite his initial opposition to any form of violence, Ryouta is forced to fight when he realises that many of the other players are not as friendly as they appear. Together with Himiko, a fellow Btooom! player, they attempt to escape the island, getting closer and closer to the truth behind this death match.

Btooom!

Btooom! Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 7.1/10
  • Genres – Action, Sci-fi, Seinen, Psychological
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 12
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Oct 4, 2012 to Dec 20, 2012
  • Premiered – Fall 2012
  • Duration – 24 min. per episode
  • Rating – R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Btooom! Anime Characters

Btooom! Anime Main characters

Ryōta Sakamoto

Ryota is a hikikomori who was forced to participate in the game after his mother agreed.

Himiko

Himiko is a high school girl who also plays Btooom! and was Ryota’s in-game wife, though they were unaware of this at first. Her given name is Emilia, and she is the biological daughter of Lord Longer Schwart, the series’ main antagonist and leader of the Schwart Foundation.

Btooom! Anime Opponents

Kōsuke Kira

Kosuke Kira is a member of the Btooom! team. In the world of Btooom!, he is thought to be a three-star player. He was playing the game with his father and attorney until he killed his own father. He was arrested as a yangire for rape and multiple murder. He received a light sentence.

Nobutaka Oda

Oda is portrayed as one of Btooom! most dangerous players. He was Ryota’s high school friend until a recent incident caused them to be expelled.

Kaguya

Kaguya is one of the Btooom! players.

Masashi Miyamoto

Masashi was a war veteran and a Btooom! player. He dislikes using his BIM and instead prefers to use his knife. Dies after being blown up with Natsume’s BIM and subjected to a corrosive BIM.

Masahito Date

Masahito was a doctor who shared Shiki Murasaki’s hospital. While on the island, he blamed her for his failure and played on her emotions.

Btooom! Anime Other characters

Shiki Murasaki

A former associate of Masahito and a player from the previous round of Btooom!, a year and a half prior to the start of the series. She had lost her arm and was living on the outskirts of the island.

Yoshioka

Himiko knew and trusted this young man. He was in a band and persuaded Himiko to introduce her friends to them while rapping them.

Matthew Percier

A government agent who assists Ryota in uncovering the dark secret behind Tyrannos Japan’s Btooom! “beta test,” after which he leads an operation to rescue him and the remaining Btooom! survivors on behalf of Iida and Hisanobu.

Btooom! Anime Media

Manga

In 2009, Junya Inoue began publishing Btooom! in Shinchosha’s Weekly Comic Bunch. After Weekly Comic Bunch ceased publication on August 27, 2010, the manga was moved to the new Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine, which debuted on January 21, 2011. It was announced in the March 20 issue of Monthly Comic @ Bunch that the manga would enter its final arc in the June issue, which would be released on April 21, 2014. Inoue announced on Twitter that the series will conclude with the release of its 26th volume, with the final chapter appearing in the May issue of Bunch in March 2018. In an unusual twist, the author provided two distinct endings, “the dark” and “the light,” so that readers could choose what protagonist Ryota Sakamoto would do at a pivotal point in the manga’s storey.

Anime

Madhouse, director Kotono Watanabe, and scriptwriter Ysuke Kuroda announced in June 2012 that the manga would be adapted into an anime television series. From October 4 to December 20, 2012, the 12-episode series aired on Tokyo MX in Japan, and Crunchyroll streamed it with English subtitles in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Sentai Filmworks in North America has licenced the anime for a 2013 home video release. The opening theme song is Nano’s “No Pain, No Game,” and the closing theme song is May’n’s “Aozora.” The manga’s first 50 chapters are covered in the anime (up to Volume 9).

Btooom! Anime Reception

Theron Martin of ANN reviewed the first few episodes by comparing them to Sword Art Online, which has a similar plot theme but a “darker, grittier, and entirely more visceral approach” as well as displaying combat “ingenuity” rather than SAO’s “powermongering approach.” Despite the similarities, Btooom! has fairly standard weaponry that produces “a novel twist which dramatically shapes the strategic moves of the players in interesting ways,” as well as character choices that influence the audience’s perceptions of them. Overall, he praised the film’s thrilling action sequences, efforts to develop the protagonist, and effective dramatic, intense moments.

Despite the popularity of the anime series on a global scale, the BTOOOM! Blu-ray/DVD discs only sold 338 copies in Japan.

Btooom! Anime Epidodes

Start
Aired: Oct 4, 2012 (JST)

The Bloodstained High School Girl
Aired: Oct 11, 2012 (JST)

Survival
Aired: Oct 18, 2012 (JST)

Best in the World
Aired: Oct 25, 2012 (JST)

Attack
Aired: Nov 1, 2012 (JST)

Night of Sacrifice
Aired: Nov 8, 2012 (JST)

Virtual Bride
Aired: Nov 15, 2012 (JST)

White Ghost
Aired: Nov 22, 2012 (JST)

The Strongest Player
Aired: Nov 29, 2012 (JST)

High Level
Aired: Dec 6, 2012 (JST)

Revival
Aired: Dec 13, 2012 (JST)

Bonds
Aired: Dec 20, 2012 (JST)

People Also Ask

Who got raped in Btooom!?

Himiko’s former close friend was Miho. After being raped by Seichiro Yoshioka and his band, she and Arisa nominated (propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or an honour or award) Himiko to participate in the real-life Btooom!

Who is the protagonist of Btooom!?

Ryota Sakamoto is the main character in the Btooom! series. He is a Btooom! game elite player who has been nominated by Yukie Sakamoto to participate in the real-life Btooom!

What is the ending of Btooom!?

It also has two separate endings on Chapter 121, one good and one bad. In the happy ending, Ryoka survives and plans a marriage with Himiko, whereas in the sad ending, Ryoka dies in order for Himiko and the remaining players to survive the game.

How many episodes does Btooom! have?

12

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Source – Wikipedia

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