「世界ランカー」 (Sekai Rankaa)
Everyone probably knows by now that this series is not a pretty one and its characters aren’t very likable. Every week, I prepare myself to face some sort of insanity so I won’t have to cringe while watching the show, but I still do it. Even though the anime is quite censored compared to the manga, just thinking about what’s going on is enough to make me feel uncomfortable. That doesn’t mean this show isn’t enjoyable. BTOOOM! tackles issues that we have in our society, so it’s not as if the characteristics of the people in this survival game make the series intolerable or surprising. In fact, I find this show quite refreshing because most of the characters are villains. The vulgarity we’ve seen, while being quite repugnant, has also been very exciting to watch.
Last week we saw Kousuke standing next to a dead body – which turned out to be his own father, Kira Yoshihisa (Egawa Hisao). The reason why the father was in the game is quite clear. The man abused his own son in different ways which lead to Kousuke becoming a psychopath. Unfortunately, this happens too often in our society. While inflicting fear may motivate someone to perform better, it will most likely, if not absolutely, damage the victim. In Kousuke’s case, the damage was severe. Being forced to obey his father because he feeds him might’ve been the reason why Kousuke started pick pocketing. Realizing that he had money now (and some sort of financial authority) turned him into the monster he once feared, except, Kousuke took the abusing to a whole new level by killing his victims and then raping their corpses. Kousuke’s crudeness is sick and twisted, but it’s a perfect example of what child abuse can do to a person. Even though he is liberated from his father, Kousuke is damaged for life and will probably not change, but having such a blood thirsty personality will be an advantage for him in this game, unless his opponent is Ryouta.
Kousuke who is a BTOOOM! player seems to have been underestimating the others on this island. Little did he know that he’d face the best ranked Japanese player. It was interesting to see how both of them made use of their gaming experience on the battle field. They seemed to have similar thoughts, but Ryouta is clever while Kousuke is simply offensive. I’m not sure how you observe things as if you were standing behind your own back in real life, but that strategy proved to be handy and now, Ryouta has earned him and Taira a case filled with food, and he also has taken all Kousuke’s BIM bags. So now, Ryouta has crackers, timers, and implosions. In the flashback, we saw Kousuke’s lawyer Natsume Soichi (Futamata Issei), trying to figure out how others’ BIMs worked. He said that players can’t use others’ BIMs which makes no sense. There aren’t enough BIMs in the bags, so obviously, players must use their victim’s weapons. Natsume probably couldn’t figure out how to use the implosion BIM. Hopefully, Ryouta will find it handy.
As the pacifist Ryouta is, he was kind enough to leave a snack for Kousuke. It’s a naïve thing to do on an island where kindness will get you nowhere, but at least, Ryouta, unlike many others on this island, has a heart. If he ever returns home, I hope he can show his mother some of his better sides. But that might be impossible to do because she is probably the one who nominated him for this game. Next week, Taira and Ryouta will run into Himiko. She knows how people end up here so hopefully, she will fill in all the gaps for Ryouta and perhaps team up with him and Taira. But let’s not forget that she hates males… Trouble ahoy!
- Taira, while dragging Ryouta down, proved to be useful by taking a chip!
- If you use your sonar too much, people will notice where you are, but mastering other players’ sonar techniques can make you invisible. Ryouta is a ninja!
- Are the frogs edible? We saw some people fishing earlier in the show… Hmm, so technically, you don’t have to fight for the fancy food.
- Hungry? Have a Snackies!
- One of the crime investigators who appeared earlier in this episode, was voiced by Sugiyama Noriaki.
- I think Sawashiro Miyuki did a flawless job voicing Kousuke.
- Full-length shots: 11, 14, 24, 25, 33, 36
Note: Special thanks to
my glomp victim Moomba who did all the caps and full-lengths for this post. He is the best!