We’ve had a great deal of flashbacks in the previous episodes so it was nice to see one which centers on present time (the other ones did too, but not as much). Taira and Ryouta’s bond is now stronger and they seem to be able to trust each other which is great. While Taira may be a disadvantage in this game because of his physical condition, he is an amusing character who is growing. It feels weird to use the word “heartwarming” in a post about BTOOOM!, but that’s what their friendship feels like to me. Ryouta could easily leave Taira to make his battle more undemanding, but he chose to be dragged down by bringing Taira with him in hope of escaping from the island. It may be a naïve thing to do, but very moving in a brutal show like this one.
Our duo is now a trio but bringing Himiko into the team was not an easy thing to do. The girl is strong, straightforward, and quite stubborn. It was quite interesting to see Ryouta dodging Himiko’s stun gun several times. He doesn’t look like a person with a lot combat experience. Perhaps it’s just a reflex but still, he was very impressive, however, he was probably only lucky. The food case’s conductivity was his rescue. When Ryouta’s perverted mind showed up after he knocked out Himiko, I felt slightly angry at him. While it’s natural to feel attraction and curiosity around a beautiful girl, it’s very weird to do what Ryouta did. His feelings came off as quite indecent to me because they were so out of place. Luckily, Ryouta had some sanity left and stopped before things went wrong. Still, it surprises me that he’d try to do something like peeping beneath the skirt of a girl who repeatedly has expressed her hate for men.
So now, Himiko is finally a part of the main team which gives Ryouta a great amount of BIMs. Aside from the upgrades, there were a lot of revelations in this episode. While we, the viewers, already knew how people ended up on the island, our protagonist didn’t. At last, Ryouta can see what he did to his mother and how it affected her. His mother has every right to be fed up with her son, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to send him to a survival game. I wonder if Ryouta’s mother tried any kind of therapy before making this harsh decision. While she is the reason he is stuck, it’s easy to see that she still cares for him. She probably signed that paper without thinking when she was depressed. Seeing her suicide attempt was truly sad, and I really hope Ryouta makes it back home so they can be together again. Ryouta is finally realizing his mistakes, and his mother regrets sending her son away. Ryouta still has a home to return to where he can redeem himself. But first he must survive the explosive survival game, which not only features deadly bombs, but also lethal animals. The giant lizards do not seem friendly. Taira has an injured leg and Himiko is still affected from the stun gun shot. Things are not looking good for Ryouta!
tl;dr: @MadStereoman – #BTOOOM ep 5: Food, action, revelations, and giant lizards! There’s a lot going on in today’s episode.
- I wish the cup ramen we have over here had lids like the ones in this episode.
- Is there any system for how you nominate people? If so, how does it work?
- Where did Himiko find the stun gun?
- So Tyrannos Japan distributed coffee but not mugs? Hmm…
- Let the shipping begin!
- I spot a new BIM type in the preview.
- Ryouta is obviously making a run for it from the lizards, but would Kousuke do the same?
- Himiko’s aim is bad for sure. Didn’t Ryouta teach his wife some tricks?
- Full-length shots: 14, 17, 35