Ryouta Sakamoto is unemployed and lives with his mother, his only real achievement being that he is Japan’s top player of the popular online video game, “Btooom!” However, his peaceful life is about to change when he finds himself stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, with a small, green crystal embedded in his left hand and no memory of how he got there. To his shock, someone has decided to recreate the game he is so fond of in real life, with the stakes being life or death. Armed with a bag full of unique bombs known as “BIM,” the players are tasked with killing seven of their fellow participants to obtain their green crystals, used as proof of their victory, in order to return home. Initially condemning any form of violence, Ryouta is forced to fight when he realizes that many of the other players are not as welcoming as they may seem. Teaming up with Himiko, a fellow Btooom! player who turns out to be his in-game wife, they attempt to get off of the island together, slowly coming closer and closer to the truth behind this contest of death. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
Turns out how I thought it would unfortunately… The ending just sort of… ended.
This was of course due to there not being enough source material to go off of, so hopefully when there is more manga, there will in turn be more anime.
At the end of it all, Btooom! Is a series that will probably not turn any heads or really change the way we fundamentally view anime as a medium. It will, however, be a good and enjoyable series for those who prefer their anime with a bit more grit, violence, gore and mature themes to them.
While I had seen the first episode of this series when it was simulcast, it didn’t grab me enough to carry on. Watching it in marathon form here, I definitely liked it a whole lot. The opening episode sets the foundation well with Sakamoto and the game itself, but it shifts gears well in the second by focusing on Himiko, making her just as realized a character as him rather than a supporting player. From there it sprawls outward with the various characters and stories and the fights that go on and it all keeps a good and rather brisk pace. There are stupid moments and characters act stupidly, but there’s something to be said for the reality that a lot of people would actually crash and panic in a situation like this for awhile. Madhouse has adapted the show well by all accounts and it’s seeded strongly enough to do more as well, which at the end of this set I’m actually a lot more interested in than I would have expected. BTOOOM! may be a weird sounding title, but it’s an addictive one to say. And it’s a good bit of fun to watch as well in this well put together and appealing collection.
CTRL Geek Pod
Btooom! is a thrilling anime that has done Jun’ya Inoue’s manga series justice. Although there is a sense of conclusion to this anime, the ending’s cliffhanger fuels many questions and mysteries to be uncovered. We personally believe Btooom! is under-appreciated by the public, and deserves recognition where it deserves. Hopefully, Btooom! gets a second season or spin-off series in the near future.
One thing that this show loves to explore is the darker side of human nature, and when it starts playing with that it goes into some pretty interesting directions. All of this isn’t enough to make it stand among the better series of the season, but for what it did it did well.
World Of Anime Girl
This anime is definitely a show I would recommend you to watch. It is catchy, interesting, and enjoyable to watch. It is rich in action and all that psychological stuff makes you very curious. What I have to say about this anime is that it honestly looks like a mix of Hunger Games and Sword Art Online, but it is not bad.
It is rich in background stories but doesn’t leave plot holes at all. I loved it, I think you will too, so give it a try.
Overall Btooom! is well worth watching. Survival shows have been done a lot, but the motivations behind why everyone came to the island and are approaching their new surroundings the way they are make this show better than I initially anticipated.
Adult, brutal and dark (although a little restrained on the gore factor) this psychological thriller stands up to the big boys of the genre.
Overall, BTOOOM! was a very entertaining show with a cool concept, and for the most part pulled it off really well. With a few tone/character issues, and nonexistent conclusion this anime was held back from being truly great. But despite these complaints I had a damn good time with it, and would recommend it. It was worth the watch, and I’m glad I gave it a shot!
“Btooom!” perfectly captures the survival game feel and throws us into an unfamiliar setting that has a lot of potential. The first season ended on a great note and I honestly cannot wait to see more, as they expand on more of the characters and hopefully clear up a lot of the stuff that we don’t know. This show genuinely, and I cannot wait to see more.
My Anime List
I really like this anime. I love the characters in it ad I really want to get to know more about them. When I finished the last episode I looked for a season 2 because there is just no way this anime is over. It pretty much finishes in the middle! However, sadly I read that it was one of the worst selling animes of 2012. *SMH* of course it is. Why am I not the least bit surprised that this anime was a poor seller. It isn’t starring some idiotic high school boy who spends all day blushing at chicks and riding mechs. It isn’t starring an equally annoying anime girl who is so sweet she might as well p*$$ maple syrup or a girl who is so emotionally devoid of life she might as well be a sockt puppet. Everybody’s problems can’t be solve by saying “Believe in me/us/him/her” Maybe it wasn’t eechi enough for all the pervs. heaven forbid it shows a girl almost getting raped and gee golly whiz, not actually like it or sequel helplessly.
BTOOOM! takes a common survival game path and amps things up with plenty of explosives. While the series’ characters can be hard to like or even get behind and the main storyline only really moves in the background as Sakamoto and Himiko try to survive, it tries to make up for it with some impressive action sequences and tense moments as viewers feel concerned about the only characters they really have a choice to care about before the release ends just as the plot begins to advance.
The problem though is that firstly, the anime ended without any resolution or anything, it just ended in mid way. Secondly, even the 12 episodes felt cramped up. So many characters could have been fleshed out more.
The Otaku Judge
I can’t quite bring myself to give it four stars, as I have seen other shows handle the plotline of “strangers being forced to kill each other” a little better. It was also disappointing to see episode twelve finish on a non-ending, which teases a potential second season. I’m uncertain if a season two will ever be green lit though, so fans may have to bring out their reading specs to see how the story continues in the ongoing manga. Ironically the anime about bombs ends up going out on a whimper instead of a bang.
A truly explosive anime.
When I started watching Btooom! I was just so glad that its so bloody. After few episode I came to think that maybe the episodes were too short. The bomb fights were amazing. I liked how every character is very different. It surprised me how soft Sakamoto was even with the fact that he’s the strongest player. I wasn’t wrong about the episodes being too short and 12 episodes aren’t enough for such a great story. I hope for a second season and I’ll totally read the manga. It was that great.
The show is entertaining in a pulpy sort of way. But I wouldn’t call it good by any means. The show itself, just like the characters in it, is running away from reality. It strives so hard to entertain that it ends up with nothing to say. It’s a repeated sequence of betrayals, deaths, explosions, and rape. Which doesn’t exactly bring it to the top of the list of shows I’d like to watch. To add insult to injury, the show doesn’t even reach the story’s ending.
Watch this anime if you love dark, action-packed settings and have no need for closure. Otherwise it’s probably worth your while investing your time elsewhere.