BTOOOM! – 02
「血の女子高生」 (Chi no Joshikousei)
“The Bloodstained High School Girl”
It’s undeniable that Himiko (Mimori Suzuko) is the ideal girl to many people, especially those around her. She has the looks (as a foreigner, she stands out a lot), is a gamer, has a decent social life, and her neighbor is a popular guy from “Judgement Flash”, a rock band. There is no need to question why her friends look up to her. And even in BTOOOM! she manages to catch the attention of the best Japanese player (and virtually marrying him). Himiko’s life can easily be described as the ideal average life, and I can see why men take notice of her. Unfortunately, gaining too much attention can cause some trouble. In Himiko’s case it’s not just “some trouble”.
Today’s episode was disturbing. I can’t describe it with any other word but that one. As a fan of the manga, I knew this was coming, but still, seeing it animated with sounds made me cringe. Even though some parts were censored, just the thought of rape was enough to make me upset. I felt so sorry for Himiko who had been tricked by her neighbor – someone you think you should be able to trust. Whether her friends being raped was Himiko’s fault or not is a questionable topic but I can’t blame her friends for hating Himiko for it. They had every right in the world to be angry at her. While Himiko didn’t know that her neighbors would rape her friends, it’s only natural for them to vent out their anger at her. Himiko introduced them to the band, she left them to buy snacks – but it’s not her fault they were raped. Would she have stayed, she’d be a victim too. Still, her friends have been damaged for life so telling Himiko to disappear felt like a reasonable thing to say.
I do wonder if the disappearing offer where you name someone you wish to get rid of is connected to BTOOOM!… If that’s the case, Himiko’s friends have received a lot of money for throwing her into this survival game. Wanting Himiko to disappear from their lives makes sense to me, but I don’t think wishing her to die is fair. While some people in the game deserve some sort of punishment (no one deserves to be in the game though), I can’t say I think that applies to Himiko. She was blamed for something that wasn’t even her fault. I’d be very sad if she were to die near the end of this series (if she dies, I don’t expect her to do that before the ending because she is one of the main characters).
Himiko’s past is not a beautiful one. Rape is and will always be wrong. You’d think you’ve seen enough, but no, there was a rapist in BTOOOM! too and unfortunately, he had his eyes on Himiko who seems to be the only girl in the game so far (look at the opening sequence). It’s not hard to figure out that all participants in this game are social burdens or criminals. All of them have stained pasts. So in a way, this game seems like it’s made for entertainment, but it also has a political purpose such as punishing people – which reminds me of Deadman Wonderland! We still don’t know any rules of the game though, just the concept. Suitcases filled with food and water are distributed randomly through parachutes (like The Hunger Games), which makes me wonder if they’re used for keeping people alive or attracting players for death matches.
At least, the rapist is gone, so good riddance. However, knowing that Himiko loathes men won’t make things better for our protagonist who at the moment is right in front of her. I’m a bit surprised none of them noticed each other considering that they both are aware of the radars in their hands which seem to fall off when you die. But I guess it’s acceptable that they’re a bit slow and shocked considering how both of them just ran away from their first kills. For now, I guess Himiko is more lethal than anyone because she has four bags with different BIMs with her (unless she left them which wouldn’t be very clever), so run Ryouta, run!
- Just by looking at Miyamoto Masashi you can tell that he is dangerous.
- Why are Himiko’s skirt and tie so different from the other girls’? I assume those aren’t part of the school uniform.
- A third BIM type has showed up – defoliants!
- Even though the survival game is designed to be like BTOOOM!, I don’t think its participants are all familiar with the game itself. I just think the people responsible for this stole the concept of the game for punishing social burdens.
- I wonder what the teacher’s “crime” was.
- While Ryouta had a slow start with a lot of problems figuring everything out, Himiko is brilliant. I love strong female leads!
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