BTOOOM! – 03
It’s hard to survive in this dog eat dog situation when something simple such as lunch can be a death trap. One way to change the odds of survival is teaming up with another player, which is exactly what Ryouta has done today. Whether or not that was a clever thing to do remains in question.
Everything is falling into place now that Taira Kiyoshi (Ookawa Tooru) has been introduced, because he kindly explained the rules of the games to the amnesic Ryouta (and us). A group of approximately thirty people were kidnapped and transferred to an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. All of them have been given a bag containing eight BIMs of a certain type. Every player has gone through a chip implantation (in their hands). The only way to get away from this island, i.e. clearing the game, is to collect seven chips from other players (eight if you include your own), but you can’t get the chips off without killing the players. Ryouta’s lack of memory was caused by a shot from an electroshock weapon to his head.
It’s no secret that the participants in this game are considered to be social burdens, or scum, but I saw children on that plane. That makes me wonder if these people really are “evil” or not. A child is capable of committing a crime, that is true, but that only makes me wonder what kind of upbringing the child had… And it’s quite obvious that the people behind this game don’t choose their victims randomly. That submission form from the previous episode is most likely the method that is used for gathering people. While I don’t know what the victims have gone through, or what the criteria is for being selected, I find it surprising that someone can nominate a child.
But there is one case that does make sense though. Around the end of the episode, after the ending theme, a new character was introduced. Meet Kira Kousuke (Sawashiro Miyuki), a child who appears to have been abused all his life and has now, turned the hatred he felt from that into a killing instinct (this was said in the preview). Watching his apathetic face while he was standing next to his victim makes it obvious that he probably isn’t new to killing, so he being nominated doesn’t surprise me. Maybe the other children did something bad too? Or maybe they’re just unwanted children? It’s hard to say, and I doubt we’ll find out because they’re probably side characters.
Taira being nominated is also quite questionable for now, but on the other hand, we don’t really know him that well yet. So far, I like him. It’s nice to see Ryouta making friends with older people, or partnering up, in case it’s too early to call them ‘friends’. There is a lot of doubt between the two of them though, but what can you do? So far Taira has been a great asset when it comes to information. He is quite funny so hopefully, he’ll bring us moments to laugh at in this cruel and brutal anime. But for now, we’ll probably see the duo struggle for a meal.
There is no doubt that this game was meant for entertainment. The way the informant presented the rules was truly rude and didn’t feel formal at all, and food being used as bait to drag out the hungry players to the same place is definitely going to make the game more enjoyable for whoever that created this game. I wonder if BIMs will be distributed in a similar fashion later on when players run out of explosives, which is bound to happen. Using red parachutes isn’t subtle at all, so the lunches are easy to spot, but Ryouta doesn’t seem to have luck on his side. The first lunch was snatched by Oda Nobutaka (Nakamura Yuuichi), who planted a BIM near the case to trap the first person trying to grab it. Nobutaka is unquestionably dangerous, probably one of the most dangerous ones in the game. He is quick, sneaky, and looks strong. Our pacifist duo won’t stand a chance against him. Maybe if they teamed up with Himiko…
Speaking of her, I’m slightly surprised she didn’t attack Ryouta before running away. While I know she only killed the man from the previous episode because he tried to rape her, I thought her hatred for men would make her throw a BIM to at least assure that she can run without being followed. I’m a bit sad that she ran away so early because as it seems now, she won’t appear again so soon, and if she does, it seems to be for very brief moments. Next week’s episode will focus on the Kousuke, the crazy kid. While I’m enjoying BTOOOM! very much, I don’t look forward to the characters’ background stories. This is not a beautiful anime. Almost all characters have pasts that make me cringe, especially Kousuke’s because it involves child abuse. But at the same time, I’m glad that there is a character like him to make an example of how much damage child abuse causes.
BTOOOM! may be a quite simple and straightforward anime, but it’s a thought provoking one, and also a very entertaining show that has me hooked. I am pleased with what I’ve seen so far, so what’s left to see, pardon the pun, will hopefully be a blast!
- Kira Kousuke reminded me of Gasai Yuno from Mirai Nikki.
- The suitcase survived the explosion… What the heck is that made of?
- What happens if you try to swim away from the island?
- You need seven chips to win, so, what if you just cut off seven hands without killing people?
- That girl was going to die anyway even if there wouldn’t have been a trap there. Yelling like she did will only alert the people nearby.
- If you only need seven chips to survive, does that mean that there can be multiple winners?
- Taira and Ryouta just ran down the cliffs? How does that work? I don’t even…
- Hongou Kanata needs to practice screaming!
- Ryouta lost a chip in the first episode. I wonder if someone picked it up.
- Full-length shots: 11, 15, 22, 24, 31, 35