Good to know our hero won’t let something small like high-voltage shocks to his head drag him down!
|I have to admit that I probably shouldn’t have typed BTOOOM! in all caps as the title, but it’s too late. I’ve done it for 2 posts now and if I change it now then the flow will be ruined. Besides, isn’t this the sort of title that you scream at the top of your lungs anyway? Anything spoken in your outdoor voice deserves capslock…Wait, I’m not the only one who says the name of this anime like I’m actually mimicking the noise an explosion makes (complete with accurate volume levels)…am I?|
The preview showed Ryouta hooking up with a fat guy (…not like that) and I took that to mean we’d get a lot of lengthy explanations and discussion. We did. A good chunk of it was fairly repetitive, since it was already explained in Himiko’s episode. We already knew about the food parachutes and that this was a survival game people were forced into against their free will. That much was boring. However, it was good to finally learn the rules of the game and see the guy in charge of everything, even we don’t really know his exact affiliation to Ryouta and BTOOOM!. I had assumed that the only way off the island would be to kill every other player. From watching the OP, I estimated that there wouldn’t be too many people on the island, so this would be a relatively reasonable request given the situation. The new rules don’t really change that much, but it’s good to know them all the same.
Apparently, society really isn’t shy about naming people they hate…and they hate a whole bunch of people. A large crowd is booted off a plane and sent hurtling downwards to a deserted island with the objective to kill 7 people. They must collect the green radar chips from other players, which only fall off once the person’s heart stops. Trying to gouge one out with a sharp rock probably isn’t going to work (for some reason) so the only way is to kill your target. Of course, scavenging for dropped chips is an option but it’s highly unlikely to come across a body that hasn’t been looted. The only chip someone might find is the one Ryouta left behind in episode one. He couldn’t have taken it without knowing it’s useful, right? Unless he’s got the brain of a magpie and just looks for shiny objects. The bottom line is that the only way out is to kill people and rummage through the remains of their body for these chips. This makes it possible for there to be several winners, as long as no one decides to be a huge dick and collect over 8 chips.
“This in-flight movie sucks!”
There’s still ample motivation for people to choose the killing strategy, and play along with the game. People like Ryouta may decide it’s a good idea to play it safe and just survive, but I don’t think the game creators will be very happy with that. I think they’re monitoring the island so they know who has 8 chips, and exactly what the players are up to. If everyone just formed a truce and survived indefinitely on the parachute drops, I think they’d step in and do something to force them to fight. The “just survive” method rarely works in a man-made arena where the entire purpose is to create chaos and reward bloodshed. Ryouta will probably be forced back to his old method of killing people in due time. When that time comes, his union with Kiyoshi Taira may come to an end.
Ryouta has the advantage of being skilled at BTOOOM! and the technical knowledge of using bombs, but Kiyoshi is a surprising force in the strategizing department. Initially, I thought he’d be dead in a second if he split up from Ryouta and went off on his own. His very existence screams “comedic relief character”, but he may actually act like a bumbling fool just to make himself appear less threatening. Despite how nice he seems, I found myself doubting all of his actions once Ryouta pointed out how smart he was. Did he stay behind because he wanted Ryouta to get the food first to scout for traps? Or is he really just so out of shape that he can’t go faster than jogging speed? We know he’s clever, but I want to know if he’s conniving. It’s easier to kill someone by stabbing them in the back than attacking from head on, after all.
Anyways, it looks like we’ll see a whole slew of different approaches to surviving in this hellish place. The guy who planted the mine (I guess it’s activated by either motion or pressure) seems to be the type who will diligently kill people, collect chips, and get off the island without a shred of remorse. It’s just business. The kid we see at the end of the episode looks like a real nutjob who takes pleasure in killing and actually thinks the game is fun. He’s more likely to go over the 8 chip limit, and just try to have as much fun as he can since there are no police to stop his murderous rampage. I’m more curious about him, because he sounds so ridiculously over the top that I’m not even sure he’s going to be believable. Did you guys see the preview? He sounds like a parody of psychopathic characters. I actually laughed because I thought his “It’s okay because I was abused!” line was a joke. It turns out…that it wasn’t a joke. Oh BTOOOM!, it really is all or nothing with you, isn’t it?
Bonus Food Supplies:Show ▼
We’re pretty much coasting along here at the same level here. The show hasn’t gotten better or worse – it’s consistently mediocre. Eh. On one hand, a lot of what happened this week felt redundant. We know how the food drops work. It’s almost a given that players will kill each other to get to that food and being the first one there isn’t going to automatically secure it for yourself. Ryouta really has no clue about how people think. This isn’t like a game where you’re only fighting when you see your opponent. You are constantly in a fight, and could be attacked at any time. Anything is fair game here. I really didn’t need to see him be all shocked like it was a huge revelation, when it’s something he should have realized with just a nominal amount of thinking.
The new stuff that finally explains all the holes in Ryouta’s memory is good though. He desperately needed to be filled in so that he could be on equal footing with the other players. The only thing left is who the hell put them in this place. How could a game company get those kinds of funds and why would they want to do this? It’s all too fishy for me to make any predictions without it sounding like I’m talking out of my ass. All I know is that someone involved in BTOOOM! has a hand in this. It could be the creators or a top player. I doubt Himiko and Ryouta are the only players involved in this mess, especially if the game is so wildly popular. Next week seems more like an action-packed episode, so these questions will most likely have to be put on hold for now.
Preview: A charming little murder machine named Kousuke Kira in introduced to us. His hobbies include killing, explaining how he thinks he’s a badass, and…killing. Anything with killing.