First Impression: BTOOOM!


Synopsis: In the blink of the mind’s eye, Ryouta Sakamoto suddenly finds himself transported from playing the hit Btoom! video game to being stranded on a mysterious island, equipped with a day’s worth of provisions, a bag of bombs, a strange crystal embedded in his left hand and a huge gaping hole in his memory. But it doesn’t take long to figure out what’s going on, especially after the first person Ryouta meets tries to kill him. Someone is attempting to recreate the ultra-violent Btoom! game in real life, and the island has been filled with an army of other unwilling players, each armed with one of the multiple variants of explosive weapons called BIM. Fortunately, Ryouta’s an ace Btoom! player, but this insane version of the game has no reset switch or second lives, and there’s only one way off the island: kill seven other people before they can kill you! Can Ryouta repurpose his game based skills fast enough to survive?

First Impression: I’ve been wanting to read this for so long and just when I’m about to, the anime comes out. If you’re a fan of Battle Royale and Sword Art Online, you’ll definitely like this.

BTOOOM is a game where players fight one another using only bombs. Very interesting method, especially when we’re so use to games where you have to use guns. There were times when I was wondering why no one was sniping one another, but then they revealed the bombs and I was sold.

Sakamoto is one of the top players, but one day he finds himself on an island with bombs and someone trying to kill him. He has to play the game, only this time it’s in real life and once you die, you die for real.
The scene when he kills the guy and see his body parts in the water is shocking. I feel for him being in this situation. I wonder what brought him to the island. Did the participants agree to do, or were they kidnapped? Is this being streamed? If so that’s sick, but then what does it mean for us who are watching the show? Ah, morals being questioned.

One of the things I hope this show does is show the seriousness of the situation. They did a really great job with the first episode, but I wonder if it will be like this throughout the series? I was a bit disappointed with SAO, because it seemed like the terror of being trapped in the game world where if you die, you die in real life wasn’t as intense as the first episode made it seem. Since BTOOOM is taking place in the real world then I’m going to assume that the intensity should remain, but you never know.

The only down point would be the art. It’s good, but nothing too amazing. I don’t like Sakamoto at the moment, only because he’s a jerk to his mom. I don’t like people who don’t appreciate their parents. He’ll come around though, I mean he doesn’t really have a choice. Being that close to death tends to get people to change whether they want to or not.

Overall, I’m quite excited to see what’s going to happen.

To play or not to play: When we first see Sakamoto, he’s playing BTOOOM in his room…in the dark. Is this normal? I’m a gamer myself, but would never play something in the dark. My brother, on the other hand, does. Is this normal? Doesn’t it hurt your eyes after awhile?


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