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Btooom!
Btooom! manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
ブトゥーム!
(Butūmu!)
Genre Action, survival[1]
Manga
Written by Junya Inoue
Published by Shinchosha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Comic Bunch (June 2009 – August 2010)
Monthly Comic @BUNCH
Original run June 19, 2009March 20, 2018
Volumes 26 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kotono Watanabe
Written by Yōsuke Kuroda
Music by Keiji Inai
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Hanabee
Original network Tokyo MX, AT-X, SUN, KBS, TVA, BS11
English network
Original run October 4, 2012December 20, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Manga
Btooom! U-18
Written by Yūya Kanzaki
Published by Shinchosha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic @BUNCH
Original run March 2018scheduled
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Btooom! (Japanese: ブトゥーム!, Hepburn: Butūmu!) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Junya Inoue. It has been serialized in Weekly Comic Bunch since 2009 and later in Monthly Comic Bunch, with chapters collected into 25 tankōbon volumes as of 2018. Btooom! follows the adventures of Ryōta Sakamoto, an unemployed and isolated young man who is one of the world's top players in the titular video game. After Ryōta is nominated to participate in the real-life version of the game, he becomes trapped inside it and meets his love interest Himiko, who was his in-game wife. With the help of their fellow players, Ryōta and Himiko must find a way to return to the real world.

An anime adaptation covering the first 50 chapters of the manga was produced by Madhouse and aired in Japan on Tokyo MX from October 4 to December 20, 2012 and was streamed with English subtitles by Crunchyroll.[2] The manga series was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Yen Press. The anime series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for an English-language release in North America.

Plot[edit]

Ryōta Sakamoto is an unemployed 22-year-old young man who lives with his mother Yukie. He is one of the world's top players of the combat video game called Btooom!.[3] One day, he awakes in what appears to be a tropical island, though he does not remember how or why he has been transported there. While wandering around, Ryōta sees someone and calls out for help. The stranger responds by throwing a bomb at him. Ryōta soon realizes that his life is in danger and that he has somehow been trapped in a real-life version of his favorite game. In the game Ryōta meets Himiko, who is another Btooom! player — and Ryōta's in-game wife.

As the series progress during Iida's investigation with the government agents like Matthew Percier, along with the help from Ryōta's step-father and step-uncle Hisanobu and Mitamura, it is revealed that Tyrannos Japan, the developer of Btoom! has been associated with the terrorist organization called Schwaritz Foundation, in attempt to use the players as their test subject to conquer entire world and getting rid of the evidence of their exposed crimes they are currently committing.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Ryōta Sakamoto (坂本 竜太, Sakamoto Ryōta)
Voiced by: Kanata Hongō (Japanese); Tyler Galindo (English)
Himiko (ヒミコ) / Emilia (エミリア, Emiria)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Himiko is a high school girl who is also Btooom! player and was Ryōta's in-game wife, though they did not notice this at first. Her real name is Emilia.

Opponents[edit]

Kōsuke Kira (吉良 康介, Kira Kōsuke)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese); Chelsea McCurdy (English)
Kōsuke Kira is one of the Btooom! players. He is believed to be a three-star player in the world of Btooom!.
Nobutaka Oda (織田 信隆, Oda Nobutaka)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese); Crash Buist (English)
Oda is portrayed to be one of the most dangerous Btooom! players.
Ken'ya Uesugi (上杉 謙也, Uesugi Ken'ya)
Ken'ya Uesugi is one of the Btooom! players.
Kaguya (輝夜, Kaguya)
Kaguya is one of the Btooom! players.
Masashi Miyamoto (宮本 雅志, Miyamoto Masashi)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese); Jovan Jackson (English)
Masashi was a Btooom! player and a war veteran.
Masahito Date (伊達 雅仁, Date Masahito)
Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
Masahito was a doctor who worked at the same hospital as Shiki Murasaki.
Kiyoshi Taira (平 清, Taira Kiyoshi)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)
Kiyoshi is one of the Btooom! players who speaks in the Kansai dialect.
Hidemi Kinoshita (木下 秀美, Kinoshita Hidemi)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Hidemi is a selfish and frivolous Btooom! player who joins forces with Nobutaka until he abandons her.
Yoshiaki Imagawa (今川 義昭, Imagawa Yoshiaki)
Voiced by: Tōru Nara (Japanese); Joshua Sheltz (English)
Yoshiaki was a Btooom! player, who was killed by Ryōta after trying to chase and corner him.[importance?]
Sōichi Natsume (夏目 壮一, Natsume Sōichi)
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (Japanese); Patrick Poole (English)
Sōichi has a large forehead and a fair amount of wrinkles.
Yoshihisa Kira (吉良 義久, Kira Yoshihisa)
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese); Christopher Ayres (English)
Yoshihisa was one of the Btooom! players and the father of Kōsuke Kira who he abused, only to be killed by his son.
Mitsuo Akechi (明智 光男, Akechi Mitsuo)
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski (English)

Other characters[edit]

Shiki Murasaki (村崎 志紀, Murasaki Shiki)
Voiced by: Rica Fukami (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe (English)
A player from the previous round of Btooom!, a year and a half prior to the start of the series and a former associate of Masahito.
Isamu Kondō (近藤 勇, Kondō Isamu)
Voiced by: Yasumichi Kushida (Japanese); Parke Fech (English)
Kondō is one of the Btooom! players who constantly spoke his mind and argued with Masashi Miyamoto.
Misako Hōjō (北条 美沙子, Hōjō Misako)
Voiced by: Mai Tōdō (Japanese); Brittany Deans (English)
Misako was a Btooom! player. She was killed by Nobutaka Oda.[importance?]
Tsuneaki Iida (飯田 恒明, Iida Tsuneaki)
Voiced by: Junpei Asashina (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
A former senpai of Ryōta's who works in Tyrannos Japan.
Yukie Sakamoto (坂本 幸恵, Sakamoto Yukie)
Voiced by: Ayumi Kida (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Ryōta's mother.[importance?]
Hisanobu Sakamoto (坂本 久信, Sakamoto Hisanobu)
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese); Jay Hickman (English)
Ryōta's stepfather.[importance?]
Yoshioka (吉岡)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Iwasaki (Japanese); Johnny De La Cerda (English)
A young man Himiko knew and trusted. He was part of a band and convinced Himiko to introduce her friends to them.
Miho (ミホ)
Voiced by: Shiori Mikami (Japanese); Margaret McDonald (English)
Formerly the best friend of Himiko.
Arisa (アリサ)
Voiced by: Noriko Ueda (Japanese); Rachel Logue (English)
Formerly a friend of Himiko.
Yuki (ユキ)
Voiced by: Yukiyo Fujii (Japanese); Brittany Deans (English)
Formerly a friend of Himiko.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Junya Inoue began publishing Btooom! in Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch in 2009. In 2011 the manga was moved to the new Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine, which launched on January 21, 2011, after Weekly Comic Bunch ceased publication on August 27, 2010.[4][5][6] It was announced in the May 2014 issue of Monthly Comic @ Bunch, released on March 20, that the manga would enter its final arc in the June issue, released on April 21, 2014.[7] Inoue revealed on Twitter that the series will end with the release of its 26th volume,[8] publishing its final chapter in the May issue of Bunch in March 2018.[9] In an unusual twist, the author is also planning on making his finale special by having two unique endings, providing "the dark" and "the light" versions of its ending, so that the readers will be able to choose what protagonist Ryota Sakamoto will do at a pivotal point in the manga’s story.[10]

The series is published in tankōbon form by Shinchosha,[4] and has been licensed for release in North America by Yen Press, who began releasing it in spring 2013.[11]

Season 2[edit]

With the BTOOOM! manga ending in 2018, a new BTOOOM! manga spinoff called BTOOOM! U-18 was announced in February 2018.[10] The manga spinoff will be written by Yuya Kanzaki, who is known for Ouroboros and Impossibility Defense (Funouhan).[12] The name U-18 could potentially mean a real-world reference to a German submarine that was sold back in 2011. The new manga will be a prequel or prologue to the main story and will launch in the same magazine issue that features the original manga’s light ending.[12][10]

Volume list[edit]

The series has been collected into twenty-four tankōbon volumes as of September 2017.[13] Nineteen volumes have been republished in English, with the twentieth due to be published in February 2018.[14] The final chapter will release on March 20, 2018, and Volume 26 will be out in July, 2018.[3]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 9, 2009[15] ISBN 978-4-10-771516-6 February 26, 2013[16] ISBN 978-0-316-23267-8
2 January 9, 2010[17] ISBN 978-4-10-771537-1 May 28, 2013[18] ISBN 978-0-316-24534-0
3 May 8, 2010[19] ISBN 978-4-10-771563-0 August 20, 2013[20] ISBN 978-0-316-24535-7
4 October 9, 2010[21] ISBN 978-4-10-771593-7 November 19, 2013[22] ISBN 978-0-316-24536-4
5 June 9, 2011[23] ISBN 978-4-10-771622-4 February 18, 2014[24] ISBN 978-0-316-24542-5
6 September 9, 2011[25] ISBN 978-4-10-771633-0 May 27, 2014[26] ISBN 978-0-316-24543-2
7 January 7, 2012[27] ISBN 978-4-10-771647-7 August 26, 2014[28] ISBN 978-0-316-24544-9
8 June 8, 2012[29] ISBN 978-4-10-771665-1 November 18, 2014[30] ISBN 978-0-316-33623-9
9 September 7, 2012[31] ISBN 978-4-10-771680-4 February 24, 2015[32] ISBN 978-0-316-33625-3
10 January 9, 2013[33] ISBN 978-4-10-771693-4 May 19, 2015[34] ISBN 978-0-316-38047-8
11 May 9, 2013[35] ISBN 978-4-10-771708-5 August 18, 2015[36] ISBN 978-0-316-25885-2
12 September 9, 2013[37] ISBN 978-4-10-771718-4 November 17, 2015[38] ISBN 978-0-316-33957-5
13 January 9, 2014[39] ISBN 978-4-10-771733-7 February 23, 2016[40] ISBN 978-0-316-33966-7
14 May 9, 2014[41] ISBN 978-4-10-771746-7 July 26, 2016[42] ISBN 978-0-316-27059-5
15 September 9, 2014[43] ISBN 978-4-10-771773-3 November 22, 2016[44] ISBN 978-0-316-50281-8
16 January 9, 2015[45] ISBN 978-4-10-771794-8 February 21, 2017[46] ISBN 978-0-316-50283-2
17 May 9, 2015[47] ISBN 978-4-10-771819-8 May 23, 2017[48] ISBN 978-0-316-50285-6
18 September 9, 2015[49] ISBN 978-4-10-771843-3 August 22, 2017[50] ISBN 978-0-316-50287-0
19 January 9, 2016[51] ISBN 978-4-10-771871-6 November 28, 2017[52] ISBN 978-0-316-41278-0
20 May 9, 2016[53] ISBN 978-4-10-771895-2 February 27, 2018[54] ISBN 978-0-316-52058-4
21 September 9, 2016[55] ISBN 978-4-10-771918-8 May 22, 2018[56] ISBN 978-0-316-52061-4
22 January 7, 2017[57] ISBN 978-4-10-771949-2 August 21, 2018[58] ISBN 978-0-316-52065-2
23 May 9, 2017[59] ISBN 978-4-10-771980-5
24 September 8, 2017[60] ISBN 978-4-10-772011-5

Anime[edit]

In June 2012, it was announced that the manga will be adapted into an anime television series by Madhouse, director Kotono Watanabe, and scriptwriter Yōsuke Kuroda.[4][10] The 12-episode series premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX from October 4 to December 20, 2012 and was streamed with English subtitles by Crunchyroll in North America, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and South Africa.[2] The anime has been licensed for a 2013 home video release by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[1] The opening theme song is "No pain, No game" by Nano and the closing theme song is "Aozora" (アオゾラ) by May'n. The anime covers the first 50 chapters of the manga (up to Volume 9), which is still ongoing.

Game[edit]

In late February 2017 the BTOOOM! game produced by Masato Hayashi was launched and immediately shot to the top of the charts for free game apps. Despite early success, the game stayed in Japan’s top five only for several weeks, and by April 2017 Goboiano reported that the app had “fallen below the top 50”.[61] The game was last updated in July 2017 and never received an English port for Android and iOS/iPhone.[10]

Reception[edit]

Theron Martin from ANN reviewed the first few episodes by making comparisons with Sword Art Online which has similar plot theme but differs in style and takes a "darker, grittier, and entirely more visceral approach" as well as displaying combat "ingenuity" rather than SAO's "powermongering approach". Despite the similarities, Btooom! has fairly typical weaponry that produces "a novel twist which dramatically shapes the strategic moves of the players in interesting ways" and the character choices that sway the audience's impressions of them. Overall, he praised the consistency of thrilling action scenes, the efforts on developing the protagonist and its effective dramatic, intense moments.[62]

Even though the anime series became popular internationally, the BTOOOM! Blu-ray/DVD discs only sold 338 copies in Japan.[10][63]

References[edit]

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  39. ^ "BTOOOM! 13巻". Shinchosha (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 14, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
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