Story: The plot of this story is fine, as well as the direction it's headed in. You are stuck on an island and forced to participate in a game, to get out the only way is to kill - using bombs. Ryouta ends up with companions and promises that they are all going to get out alive, but it is easier said than done. Then there's the romantic interest (here comes the fan service) and paranoia sets in. Simple right? Nope. As great as it sounds, there are too many unrealistic elements of this series that calls for some cringing. First, the sonar - the little green gem attached to your hand that supposedly sends signals to your brain showing you some kind of image of moving figures... How the hell is that possible? If the show is set in the future, then it is understandable, but the fact that Ryouta is still playing his Xbox proves that it's not. Second, I am incredibly shocked to see that Ryouta, who shuts himself in his room playing Btooom! all day long is even fit enough to perform acts only truly well-trained people are able to achieve. Heck, he can roll, slide, run long distances and jump out of explosions unscathed, not even appearing to be suffering. Even if he is the top player of Btooom! in Japan, I doubt he is able to put to use his 'skills' in real life. The differences are too extreme. Third, no matter how wealthy this organisation is, why would they want to do such a silly thing? They are set in modern day Japan, not a dark futuristic setting where the world is coming apart. If they profit is what they want, why not invest in something else? I highly doubt the profits this real life survival game is able to bring.
Animation: Is it just me or does the art seems a little too rigid at times. Could have better attention to facial details and character proportions. I felt they made the in-game scenes look better than the ones in real life and the consistency will be much appreciated.
Sound: I remember hearing crickets, water flowing and lizards hissing. The OP wasn't too bad. Basically it will get you through the show.
Characters: The characters showcase all kinds of emotions throughout their horrible time on the island. Paranoia being number one, anger, sadness and happiness to realise you haven't been abandoned or that someone actually cares. They all have some kind of sad sob story but I found it ridiculous on the part of the main character's (Ryouta and Himiko) ultimate source of suffering - their family and friends. Is their source of hatred and resentment towards the two main characters so pathetic such that they resort to writing their name on a piece of paper that claims to get rid of them? If it was meant as a joke, that's fine, but seeing how depressed these people were half the time shows how desperate they were.
Overall: 6.4/10, despite my unhappiness with most of this series, I find it a nice change of gloom and gore (they use bombs! not guns or swords, bombs!) Fans of survival and Himiko (booooobs), you're welcome.
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