Btooom!

Vol: 25; Ch: 117
2009 - 2018
4.168 out of 5 from 1,654 votes
Rank #2,484
Btooom!

22-year-old Ryouta is an unemployed good-for-nothing who spends his days living at home and playing Btooom, a wildly popular online game that's sold over three million copies worldwide. Alongside other teammates, Ryouta battles it out with others using powerful bombs and sonar that can reveal hidden enemies, and his dedication has earned him the title of Japan's top player. But soon, Ryouta's pastime becomes a terrifying reality, as he and many others are dropped onto a tropical island and forced to play Btooom – but this time for real. Now, he and the rest must fight to the death by whatever means necessary, as the only way to win this deadly game is by killing seven of the other players.

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Airotia
7.5

Spoiler free version: Plot slightly predictable in places, main character development (you know, hero syndrome) and relationships are formulaic, but overall it's pretty good for character backstories and as a survival story. If you like violence and explosions, and I mean really like explosions, and perhaps like strategy and character development, you should read it. If you balk at the sight of blood, guts, or graphic rape, huge trigger warning -- this is not for you. Btooom! has a formula that many of us have probably seen before. There is a game, game becomes real life, person who played game is main character and plays the 'real life' version of the game. This, combined with a Battle Royale-esque fighting/combat scenario (there is a good reason it's the top, gives us a slightly predictable notion of the character(s) who are going to come out on top - a.k.a., Main Character and Main Character's girlfriend... at least as far as the manga shows. Needless to say, you don't get exactly nervous when the manga taunts you with the idea that Ryouta Sakamato (aforementioned main character) may or may not have died. Story: 32 people are transported onto an island, and are given explosives called BIMs and chips implanted into their hands. Their goal? Collect seven other chips and, with their eight chips, they can call a helicopter to escpae the island. The 'twist' is that,  in order to remove said chips, the person has to be dead (or the hand the chip is implanted must be removed from the body, either works). The main character, Ryouta, is a top-ranker and a debugger for the online game Btooom! that the real-life game is based off of, and it is because of this knowledge and previous stragizing that he is able to play the game as successfully and cleverly as he does. Immediately, he becomes friends with an older man named Taira and eventually befriends a girl named Himiko who oddly resembles his Btooom! girlfriend (five guesses as to whether or not she is, in fact, Himiko from the game). The story follows Ryouta, his want to save as many people as possible from the island, his fear of killing, and the day-to-day survival of their little group. Along the way, they meet others on the islands, blah blah blah, some people try to murder them, blah blah blah, fourteen-year-old kid is creepy as shit, blah blah blah, explosions and boom boom motherfuckers. Art: The character design is pretty standard, but the scenery is FREAKING GORGEOUS OKAY. All the leaf details and pretty pretty forests that kind of remind me of Vietnam War documentaries. Maybe that has to do with the explosions combined with the heavy foiliage, but I like the art well enough. It's not shockingly amazing, but it's either good or good enough, depending on what you look at. Characters: If there is a major thing that kept me reading Btooom!, it would have been the characters. It's revealed that the people sent to the island are only sent there if they done fucked up in some form or fashion. People in what I'll call the real world, the non-Btoom!-ified world, send the gaming corporation names of the people that "don't deserve to live." Some of the best character development comes from showing characters that seem to demand either spite or sympathy, and showing these backstories to explain their characterization. These backstories serve as motivation for each character that is important enough to get one, and flesh out the characters on the whole. Even the main character isn't spared from a backstory that villianizes him a little -- only of the first things you see is the verbal abuse of his mother, and that he punched his stepfather over them trying to seperate him from his online game. Some characters are victims and don't deserve their fate, and some characters deserve their fate a million times over. The backstories connect the characters to their personality and their motivations in-game, making for more complex characters with very real fears, anxieties, and worries. On top of the, you know, bit where they're scared shittless that they're going to die. 'cause that's a big part of it, too. Overall: Overall, I'm torn between a 7 and an 8. It depends on the endgame of the manga, where they go with the ending and the characters, how they handle the company that sent them all to the island, the epilogue to the manga. So far, it seems to be heading in an interesting direction. Since I'm rating it as it is now, I'm going to give it a 7.5, based on the character development and the great survival plotline. I'd suggest it to anyone that likes action, explosions, and character development. There are a few parts of the manga that are really dramatic and most of the characters are extremely human, something that should be respected in an action manga like this. There are dramatic moments that show the bonds between the people in the island and give good looks into the psyche of each of the characters involved, and some of the storylines are outright horrific to imagine or poignant when the significance of the moment is explained. Plus they don't skimp on the intestines. Bless them for the fact that they don't tease us with the stupid gore by just having it off-screen and showing character reacts (except in one or two places that are done so for dramatic placement, y'know). You make something about explosions, you best show body parts strewn about a forest. And they deliver, without making it a manga wherein you see organs every other page. They keep it at the right amount of gore and ecchi so that it's not every-fucking-where, but you appreciate it when it is. Yay for appropriate amounts of blood n' boobs!Note: Also includes implications of vagina.

PharuanUndearth
7.3

Does Battle Royale ring any bells, but to be honest I've never read the mangas nor watched the anime but i did read the original book in '08 and watched the LA movie within the last 5 years, this is the exact same plot as the book. Damn near exact with slight variations very slight. As in all ages are here not just confined to high schoolers but most are pretty close, ~70% of people are high school/college age(14-23). "Oh, I don't want to play can't we get along/Kill others or you'll die" is also included. Boyfriend/Girlfriend let's join forces and live; predictable. This predictability detracts not only from the story but also any real character development, but what saves that development is the interaction between the characters and their age differences. The art style is pretty modern so that in itself is pretty good there's enough Gore, blood, and nudity to satiate those who are into that stuff(:-D). I hate to sound like I'm droning on and on but again it is exactly like Battle Royale there's pretty much the same things going on and on and on with people fighting people over stupid shit and also there's a sexual aspect brought on by some women trying to use their feminine charms to try and get themselves into a better position but this doesn't work. ~SPOILERS~ As of now(10/30/17) 89 chapters have been translated and released. The MC has failed in his first attempt to try and leave the island, his friends have all been injured and a few have died. It seems that the "overseers" of the game have decided to pull out all the stops to try and prevent anything like that from happening again. I don't buy the selling point of this being a "New Criminal Justice System" at all it doesn't seem real and it doesn't seem like it'll actually be accepted by the public. I can't really give you a thorough analysis on the manga mainly for the reason that it's not complete, again like I've mentioned before I don't really like reviewing things that aren't complete as it doesn't give you a sense of closure nor does it give you an actual review. Is it worth a read; yes; is it worth the multiple read; well that's up to your own personal preferences for me, no, but to each their own. .

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