「仮想花嫁」 (Kasou Hanayome)
This episode brought us the most intense battle of BTOOOM! so far. The intelligence of two gamers combined versus the physical strength of a former mercenary – who do you think will win? Odds would say that a mercenary stands a better chance, and perhaps that is true. But this game has many functions Masashi aren’t used to that the gamers are fairly familiar with. So to me, both sides had an equal chance at coming out of this battle alive. Fortunately, it wasn’t Masashi. As a former mercenary who enjoys torturing his victims, it’s easy to see why he was nominated for this challenge. He is certainly a man who has no morals left. Such a man doesn’t really have anything to lose in this game, and for him, it must be very easy to play it. Perhaps Masashi would’ve had a better chance at winning if he would simply follow his instinct as he did in the beginning instead of teaming up with Natsume, Kousuke’s former lawyer. Their teamwork was quite questionable. It’s easy to see that Natsume felt powerful while working with Masashi. His chances of survival were higher than they were when he was teamed up with Kousuke. Or perhaps he had simply gone insane… The team was probably the reason why Natsume managed to survive as long as he did, but for Masashi, it’s hard to see any benefits for him in this. Maybe he needed someone smart for the parts of the game he couldn’t handle, such as the BIMs, or anything requiring brains in general? Natsume would probably be of better help to Masashi if he would’ve been saner.
A team that is sane and had the brains (and a lot of luck) is Ryouta and Himiko’s team. It was painful to see Ryouta abandon Taira after all this time they’ve spent together, but that was probably the better option. Would he have stayed with Taira, Himiko would most likely be tortured to death by Masashi who might come after Ryouta later. By saving Himiko, he beat two other players and hopefully, he’ll be able to return to Taira before something bad happens. Taira who is badly injured from a venomous bite on his leg and recently had some fingers cut off is probably not able to move very well so radars won’t detect him that easily. So while Ryouta did something very saddening, it might’ve been the best choice.
It’s quite interesting though, that Ryouta wanted to save Himiko mainly because he believed she was his virtual wife from BTOOOM!. While that is true, it’s a fact that Himiko chose to hide from Ryouta which is quite reasonable. Himiko who hates her life sees the virtual game as an escape from reality. By keeping her relationship with Ryouta a virtual imagination, it can remain her dream. That doesn’t mean things can’t change. I really hope to see some romantic feelings develop between our main characters on this island. But there is hardly any room for romance when opponent after opponent shows up. Next week’s episode seems to feature some new characters, and some of them are girls. It’ll be nice to see some other females aside from Himiko!
Note: Special thanks to
my glomp victim Moomba who saved me today by doing all the caps and full-lengths for this post. He is the best!