If you like seeing things blow up, this is the show for you.
BTOOOM! centres around the life of Sakamoto Ryouta (Hongou Kanata), a 22-year old NEET who does nothing but play the online game "BTOOOM!", where the only weapons available to use are bombs of different sorts. In the blink of the mind's eye, Ryouta suddenly finds himself transported from the online game to being stranded on a mysterious island, equipped with a day's worth of provisions, a bag full of bombs, and a crystal embedded in his left hand, as well as a huge gaping hole in his memory. Little did he know that he was about to begin the most treacherous journey of his life.
I must admit, I actually kind of liked this first episode. We got a little taste of what to expect, along with an introduction of the basis of the show. One thing's for sure, lots of things are going to be blown up, so if that's your thing, by all means, this is the show that simply can't be missed. I tend to prefer shows with a little more meat on the bones, and unfortunately, BTOOOM! fails to deliver. The animation is standard-fare, nothing more and nothing less than the typical medium-budget show. The audio is appropriate, but once again, nothing too special. There hasn't been much in terms of character introductions, so that's definitely one point that's hard to point any fingers at as of this moment. One thing that I'll be keeping an eye on is the character growth Ryouta will go through. There is currently a lot of room for the main male lead to develop, since he's essentially been portrayed as starting from zero in the new world, so lots of things to learn and experience for him as a character.
The idea of being transported into a video game is a theme that has been used very much as of late. I wouldn't say it's being overused, since most shows are unique enough that nothing really seems to correlate with one another, which is great. I'm not too sure where BTOOOM! will fall in, considering the recent influx of fantastic shows in the same genre which, in my opinion, certainly have more of a story than anything BTOOOM! currently has to offer.
Speaking of other shows of the same genre, in Sword Art Online we see arguably one of the best anime couples in the history of anime couples. Judging by the opening sequence of BTOOOM!, it seems like this show will also have its fair share of romance, considering Ryouta is in fact married in the online version of BTOOOM! to a rather seemingly beautiful girl, who is our main female lead. This is a show that definitely has potential, so I'll be watching closely to see where everything develops.
Possibility of watching: 4/5
Possibility of blogging: 1/5
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