Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2012 to Dec 20, 2012
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisIn the blink of the mind's eye, Ryouta Sakamoto suddenly finds himself transported from playing the hit Btoom! video game to being stranded on a mysterious island, equipped with a day's worth of provisions, a bag of bombs, a strange crystal embedded in his left hand and a huge gaping hole in his memory. But it doesn't take long to figure out what's going on, especially after the first person Ryouta meets tries to kill him. Someone is attempting to recreate the ultra-violent Btoom! game in real life, and the island has been filled with an army of other unwilling players, each armed with one of the multiple variants of explosive weapons called BIM. Fortunately, Ryouta's an ace Btoom! player, but this insane version of the game has no reset switch or second lives, and there's only one way off the island: kill seven other people before they can kill you! Can Ryouta repurpose his game based skills fast enough to survive?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Btooom!
Characters & Voice Actors
In my effort to find animes that don't star some stupid little high school boy I decided to focus as much as I could on finding animes starring adults. My search didn't take that long surprisingly when I came across of a description "A 22 year old..." that my friend was how I discovered BTOOM!
I decided to give the anime a shot to see if I like it and ended up watching the whole thing in two days. :D Let me first talk about all the things I liked about it.
The story is about a guy who sits at home playing videos games all day, he's one of the top players in a game called BTOOM! Eventually he gets kidnapped and taken to an Island where he has to play the game to survive and win back his freedom. I immediately thought of myself and my Killzone 3 addiction. lol! So I can sort of relate to the main protagonist. I also love stories like "The Hunger Games" where people are forced to fight each other for their lives.
The Characters are a the biggest draw for me as they are all real people...or they feel like real people and not just a bunch of anime archetypes thrown together. The main character, Ryouta is just a regular guy who is very selfish and tends to think only about how things affect him. He's not some goody two shoes but he's not the devil as well. What was interesting to me more than anything was finding out that everyone on the Island was sent there by someone they know and we do get a glimpse into the reasons why some of the characters are there and with the others you can sort of see why, based on their actions, why someone would send them. In other words, some are more deserving of their spot there than others and with Ryouta, it's up to you to decide if he should really be there or not.
The next main character is Himiko/Emilia a highschool girl who also played the game somewhat and even married Ryouta in the game. When I first saw this character I rolled my eyes because I wanted to avoid the high school kid thing but I was wrong. This girl is as real as it can get and someone I found myself rooting for and relating to a great deal. I love how her character was handled in some of the situations she was in. She was almost raped twice and it made her grow mistrusting of men in general, something that I know a lot of women go through. She just did bounce back and become some sex kitten, nor was she a damsel. she fought to maintain her purity in a world where men were eager to take it away from her. Even if it meant sacrificing her own life.
Anyway, the characters, even the ones I didn't root for all had something about them that made me feel a certain way about them whether it was love, hate, disgust, etc.The anime did not pull its punches showing how horrible some of these characters are and for a story premise about how these people were chosen by someone "who wants them to disappear" that's how it should be. The story is filled with betrayals and so on that constantly remind you of why they are there.
I really enjoyed the slow development of the relationship between Ryouta and Himiko. He's not some stupid shy little boy and she's not some super bitch or super sickly sweet chick. They are just two people thrown into a nightmare and they are trying to survive.
Now what I didn't like about it:
First I was happy that Himiko was called a foreigner. she was a character with blond hair and blue eyes, it makes sense. Then later she calls herself Japanese?? I don't know many Japanese girls named Emilia or at least that's not a common Japanese name. Why can't she just be a foreigner living in Japan?
The anime suffers from not being longer than 12 episodes. I would have liked to know more about the other characters and what was going on with the people behind BTOOM and this island version of it. It sort of reminded me of "Cabin in the Woods" the way they were monitoring them all.
The anime did way too many 'That could have been messy" moments. For example: Himiko manages to toss a bomb off of her while the timer was at 1 sec. That is ridiculous considering the fact that we have seen other characters die from the same bomb type from a farther distance and I doubt she was able to throw it that far that fast in 1 sec. This also happens to the Ryouta a lot. Too many close calls takes away from the suspense of having them.
I really like this anime. I love the characters in it ad I really want to get to know more about them. When I finished the last episode I looked for a season 2 because there is just no way this anime is over. It pretty much finishes in the middle! However, sadly I read that it was one of the worst selling animes of 2012. *SMH* of course it is. Why am I not the least bit surprised that this anime was a poor seller. It isn't starring some idiotic high school boy who spends all day blushing at chicks and riding mechs. It isn't starring an equally annoying anime girl who is so sweet she might as well p*$$ maple syrup or a girl who is so emotionally devoid of life she might as well be a sockt puppet. Everybody's problems can't be solve by saying "Believe in me/us/him/her" Maybe it wasn't eechi enough for all the pervs. heaven forbid it shows a girl almost getting raped and gee golly whiz, not actually like it or sequel helplessly.
Oh well, I won't hold my breath for another season and considering where it stops off at you would probably be better off not even watching it. here is a manga though so I'll check it out.
NOTE: Although it’s not my first time writing a review, I’m still inexperienced with it (with this review being my first spoiler-free review), so please bear with me.
When I heard that Btooom! was going to get an anime adaptation, I got so excited about it, being a fan of the manga. Although I’m not a fan of it since the very first chapter, I could say that I’ve been a fan long before the news about its anime adaptation was announced, having read the manga for the first time when Chapter 13 was just released by the scanlators. The idea of people fighting and killing each other in an uninhabited place for survival might not be original (think Battle Royale), but having an in-game video game turned to a worst case scenario of a dog-eat-dog world feels fresh. So, how does the anime fare compared to the manga? Quite nice; in fact, it’s very good…although not without faults of its own.
Despite the anime’s length, it’s more or less faithful to the manga. It’s very accurate for a 12-episode anime covering the manga’s first 50 chapters (with the last few of them released in a monthly basis), not counting the credits portion of the 12th episode showing a portion of the 51st chapter. Because of that though, the anime has the action compressed in a single episode, with story arcs lasting for only a few episodes. And despite that, some filler parts were added, although for necessity, as the producers would need to air some material at the episode’s remaining minutes. Perhaps, if the adaptation was given 20+ episodes instead of 12, it would’ve explained the story (and the characters’ back stories) in more detail.
As for the art, well I can’t say anything bad about the art actually, as it’s quite close to the manga’s. Okay, maybe except the dye job that Ryouta got, with his hair turning to black from brown-black, but it’s nothing major. The graphic scenes in the manga (involving murder, rape, and of course, dead bodies) were considerably toned down in the anime, most likely to make it more TV-friendly. Not that I have anything against it, but I would find it better if they didn’t do a significant amount of content dilution. But then again, doing that would make the anime have more censored scenes than it already has (which is two scenes, throughout the series).
People who like similar anime to this would surely enjoy Btooom!, and the long-time fans would still enjoy the adaptation, if they don’t mind the content distillation. read more
There was a time, not too long ago, when the survival genre was almost entirely limited to the manga readers out there (or, Lost fans). As Gantz's anime highlighted with the way it was butchered by censors when it aired on TV with 5+ mins of content (going on memory) from a single ep being held back until its DVD release, the more brutal seinen titles out there would require the rarity of Hellsing Ultimate OVA treatment to avoid a CONSIDERABLE degree of censorship.
This all changed as, one by one, over the last few years more and more titles that common sense would've suggested would prove too troublesome to adapt for TV viewing slipped through the gaps. Highschool of the Dead is the most noteworthy in terms of gore/violence that's currently out and Shingeki will be making an unlikely anime debut next year; further testing the limits of what can be aired on TV.
The thing is, those type of titles aren't survival in the way I define them. For me, I picture survival to be more along the lines of Battle Royale's outline: humans forced to fight each other to the death, with plenty of psychological warfare fanning the flames. HotD and Shingeki are series about surviving post-apocalyptic battles with monsters, in the main, so they don't give me what I'm looking for.
BTOOOM! is is a tamer, FAR less gorey/sexual version of Battle Royale; aimed at a more shounen/younger audience and far more 'TVable'. And while Mirai Nikki isn't set on a deserted island and isn't well-written, it does offer the closest 'PvP' warfare experience to BTOOOM! anime has to offer. In both series, people have to kill other people until they're the only ones left, so the similarities are easy enough for anyone to spot.
...sooo, yeah: anime now has a good number of titles that could be tagged with 'survival'. Fate Zero's dialogue heavy approach can be thrown into the hat. Deadman Wonderland is, I suppose, also worth mention. And, to a lesser extent, Accel World (definitely not Sword Art and its disguised harem antics/setting shift, though). Times be good!
Both anime are survival death games. While Mirai Nikki lets players use personalized Future Diaries, Btooom! gives them specific types of bombs.
Mirai Nikki has supernatural elements while Btoom stays on real side.
Main characters are incredibly dumb but Btooom!'s MC at least doesn't care about ethics that much which makes him more interesting.
Both Anime focus around a game that the members are competing against to win a prize. The problem... both games involve killing other people in order to win. The main characters of both Anime doesn't want to kill people either, which in itself is another problem.
Both shows involve intense survival games. In Mirai Nikki, players in the survival game use diaries that can somewhat accurately predict the future to be the last player alive. In Btooom, players use bombs to ensure that they survive. Btooom has more psychological elements to it, but they can both be considered psychological horror.
-Both animes are about receiving or meeting a third party to supply you with powers to fight in a survival game, and aim to defeat the opposing parties to win the game.
-Both contains romance, and is gorey
Both are survival games where a certain number of people have to fight against each other. While in Mirai Nikki a cellphone is used to guide the characters, in Btooom! it's used a radar located in the participants' hands.
Both involve survival where the players try to kill each other and both the winners are granted freedom.
Mirai Nikki & Btooom! have the real-life game to play . The male charaters at first are scaredy cats later on they become braver .
Although i haven't seen past ep 2 of Btooom, it turning out to be a 'survival of the fitness' type of anime - like Mirai Nikki. The first similarity i saw between the two anime were that each candidate are given objects and have to learn to use them to survive. In Mirai Nikki is was a future diary (in the form of a mobile phone or a scroll), in Btooom they are given a type of bomb. The similarities continue with the amount of bloodshed, explosives, stabbings and a deep history of the characters which has shaped them into the characters they are at the beginning of the anime.
It's all about survival and games in both of these series.
In Mirai Nikki and Btooom!, the theme of survival horror is present and there are the "players" who fights for their lives. The main protagonist meets a female protagonist who both happens to be gamers in the series.
There is violence. There is blood. There is emotions. There is drama. Then, at times, there seems to be a little hope..
also very bloody and gory with a lot of crazy characters
People compete against eachother in order to survive (or in this case to not get killed)
a lot of sick stuff and twisted stuff, just like in btooom!
These two anime are similar because the characters are in constant life or death situations and it's all about surviving until the very end.
same thing here, but instead of them not being in a game they played, in mirai nikki the game starts by a being who got bored and wanted to see it so he can be intertained.
Generic survival game anime.
If you enjoy the idea of multiple characters fighting to the death with the aid of an inanimate object as your tool, whether it's a bomb or a cell phone. This is your anime to watch ^^
Both series are about a survival game forced on the main character.
While you use cellphones in Mirai Nikki which predicts the future there are radars in the participants' hands which locates the enemy.
Both anime are about a Battle Royale where random people are chosen to kill each other. This is either to become the next God (Mirai Nikki), or to simply stay alive. (Btooom!) Both anime are very well put together and are interesting from start to finish. In any case there will be a lot of deaths, lots of exciting moments and blood will be flowing, no matter which of these anime you choose.
In both anime a survival game takes place and the main character starts being a coward and ends up risking his life for friends.
-Both tells about characters forced to killing each other.
-They have to kill another people, or theirselves will be in DANGER.
They are both very similar. They are about a game that makes the characters kill each other in order to survive in a realistic and unique way so i wouldn't say one of these is ripping off the other. They have a very similar vibe.
Tournament'Battle-royal style in both, And blood :DD.
And both are modern but unrealistic.
Mirai nikki has DIFFRENT-TYPES of Diaries that alters reality .
Btooom has DIFFRENT-TYPES of bombs that detonate in diffrent ways that alters the way people die...
Both have the thing which is survival of the fittest in this so called life or death situation game
- Both Need To Compete.
- Both Need To Kill Others To Survive.
- Characters From Both Anime Has Dark Past.
Both survival based, very good story lines and enjoyable characters. Btooom! is a must see if you have enjoyed Mirai Nikki.
almost same .. kill or die
Though Btooom! has bombs instead of supernatural phones that predict the future, like Mirai Nikki, they both revolve around survival as a theme and are about ordinary(ish) people that have to kill each other as per the rules of a game that the main protagonists are forced into playing.
Both main characters are socially withdrawn, reluctant to kill, and they fall in love with the lead girl (although you'll see that Himiko's and Yuno's personalities and roles are quite different).
Both also feature an interesting cast of characters ranging from cunning to crazy.
If you enjoyed either series, you will enjoy the other.
Both are about a guy that is forced to play a game risking his live together with other people. In order to leave this situation, they have to beat the game following the rules they were given.
Btooom! is real, but the mechanics are like games.
SAO is virtual reality.
Both become imprison in game like reality.
Pretty much the same story of two fated people that meet in a game, then later in RL, but Btooom is more mature
Both main characters found themselves trapped in a game that involves a life or death situation.
Both main guys met a hot babe in the game and developed a relationship.
Both involves a situation where alliances will be formed.
In one anime the game is set in somewhat a medieval period type of MMORPG game, while in the other anime it is a real time life or death game.
One anime has intense ecchi, while the other has not.
Btooom! has a very similar concept - people playing a game in real life, putting their lives at stake. The difference is, however, that Btooom! actually succeeds at this. It is what Sword Art Online could've - or maybe should've - been.
Hackneyed 'survival game' shows that ultimately fall flat, most notably in the areas of characterization and plot. Both feature an awful romantic duo as the holier-than-thou protagonists. The romance in each of these shows is cloying and cheesy.
How isn't it? Both follow the story of a male protagonist being forced to play a game with much higher stakes then originally expected!
They both have a "Complete Romance" element, and both show issues on morality and desensitization to violence!
while btoom is more on the gory side, they're both stuck in a game they cannot get out of unless they beat it
Both are about a guy who games and gets actually thrown into the game one day with their lives on the line.
I like to refer Btooom! as "Bomb" Art Online sometimes.
Both deal with an online game where the human life is at stake. Only difference is that in Btooom, it becomes reality, whereas in SAO, the players' minds are stuck in the game itself.
Both are about players who have been put into a world where they once enjoyed gaming in.
Btooom is more brutal, realistic, and much, much darker while SAO is very light-hearted and more in a fantasy genre.
- Same in 'game', but SAO is real game (Virtual RPG) and Btooom! tells about game in REAL WORLD.
- Thriller. in SAO, they need to get to 100th floor to finish the game and return to reality.
in Btooom!, they need to get 7 chips to get back to their own home.
Both series have the Main Character play a video game
Main Characters are also forced to play against their will
Main Characters are good at the game (possibly the best)
1.Both of the main character both start out on top, they both have awareness of their power.
2. The situation is a game, where you can die, even tho SAO is virtual and Btooom! Is not.
3. The main character finds love, in a messed up situation
Reality turns into a virtual world
Both have similar male protagonist who want to escape
Btooom however has much more gore, plus the female protagonist is on par with Asuna
Both have an interesting plot which is unpredictable
Art style is similar
The same concept of a real life game world. But Btooom! is more intense and aimed at a more mature audience. No magic and leveling up and stuff. The characters are not trapped in a game world but rather on an island in the real world where they are forced to survive based on the concept of a popular video game in the anime.
In one note: It's one of those game world real world dimension shifting anime but one that takes place only in the real world, and is aimed at a more mature audience with blood and gore and smart tactics.
they both have a game that can kill you but btooom is real life
Both male protagonists are forced to play a survival game. There they meet the female protagonist and develop a romantic relationship with each other.
Both anime have a good amount of quality action scenes. (Though Btooom! was more bloodier.)
Both same as they force to play the game risking their lives to survive and finish it according to the rules that was given .
Hot Leading lady
SAO = Asuna
Btooom! = Himeko
Both anime are featured in a game.
SAO is more of the fantasy and action type while Btooom is more of the psychological and horror type.
In both anime the main character is sent into a game which is a live or die situation, both of them meet a heroine inside of the game, and both are amazing. The only difference is that in SAO, they have to work together and in Btooom, they have to kill each other in order to complete the game.
- main characters are stuck in a death game where they are fighting for their lives
- romance with a cute girl, both are "ingame married" with her
- main character is one of the best players of the game
-Both are games that take place in reality, the possiblity of dieing within the game.
-Main Characters are pros at the game.
-Romance aspects, however SAO features more.
'World's Greatest Gamer' has to play his favorite mmo IRL
1.Both are about games.
2.Both main character is forced to play the game.
3.Main character meets a girl and is in love with them
Both anime are about a guy who wants to survive in the game.
Btooom is a favourite of mine, i love how the characters revert to the baser instinct to fight for survival and a way out of the deadly game. SOA is based around the same principle of people playing for their lives and future
Opening Theme#1: "No pain, No game" by Nano (eps 1-11)
#2: "Exist (エグジスト)" by Nano (ep 12)
Ending Theme#1: "Aozora (アオゾラ)" by May'n (eps 1-11)
#2: "No pain, No game" by Nano (ep 12)
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