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Btooom! episode 1 – BTOOOBS!

I’m rather amused that the name BTOOOM! somehow got passed the marketing department for the creation of this big budget team deathmatch FPB (First Person Bomber). It’s like making a medieval archery game and calling it THWANG! Or a first person shooter and calling it BOOM HEADSHOT! Or a game about skydiving and calling it AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!

BTOOOOOOOOM is about this manchild who is really good at this FPB. He is then transported to one of the many abandoned islands Japan has to use as convenient dumping grounds for discarded plots, where he is forced to partake in a deathmatch that is exactly like the one in the game he plays. Except people die for real!!!

What the show is actually about is frustrated mothers of manchild reaching breaking point with their offspring not getting a job so they get the government to send them to an island to take part in a Battle Royale. It’s a little bit more than just “omg this is just like a game so cool”, so it’s already a step ahead of Sword Art Online. It’s interesting to compare how Battle Royale treats this subject compared to BTOOOOOOOOOOOM, and compared to The Hunger Games as well for good measure.

Battle Royale comes as part of the government not understanding why youths these days are so out of control, so in a desperate attempt to cull them and treat them respect, they send them to an island to kill each other. In The Hunger Games (for reference, I’ve only seen the movie), the government believes that sending the youths from these colonies will prevent them from rising up. Give them this one glimmer of hope to reach their citadel as a ‘reward’ while simultaneously placing the blame on them for the position in the first place. Both are about beating the collective fighting spirit of these youths by forcing them against each other.

BTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM is a bit different in that the intent of the game is not to force these NEETs against each other to prevent them from teaming up. But it’s still about forcing them to learn. You have to be of some use to society. If you won’t do this, instead we’ll put you to our own use. Our own use just so happens to be play-testing what real life people would react to in the scenario of their game so they can improve their game, but hey, in the crazy world of KAPLOWIE! that makes perfect sense.

So props for it having a bit more depth to it than these sorts of terrible pulpy shows usually has. At the moment though, I’m rather less thrilled by the pulp part. I get why the main character had to be useless at throwing bombs. It’s to show that his expertise in this game were going to be useless to him in the real world. Although he then proceeded to use some clever tactics her learned from the game to beat his opponent, so maybe being a NEET wasn’t so useless after all. So the whole scene was not only kinda boring, but also rendered pointless anyway.  Also, he’s a 22 year old bachelor. Where do you think he gained that ‘strong throwing arm’ from, eh?

Speaking of inappropriate attitudes to sex, the gender politics in EXPLOSHUN aren’t quite top of the class. When they showed the silhouettes of the characters in the opening, it was interesting how the men all had various body shapes but all the girls were slim and attractive. It’s clearly because the best female BTOOOOOBS players were only able to reach the top by distracting male gamers with their pheromones because everyone knows girls aren’t actually good at games. Or is it because girl gamers are ugly and the only reason they play games is in order to get close to men so they can have sex? I’ve forgotten which bizarre men’s rights narrative I was supposed to be mocking.

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11 Comments

  1. hint
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    That opponent is bad at throwing rocks or he’s just bad at aiming. He couldn’t hit someone still.

  2. Posted October 7, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    This first episode was crap. Accel World started off better. The visuals were drab (except for the one scene that featured the Btoob player at the end). The scene where the main character has to figure out how to use a bomb that is “just like” the ones he uses in the game was predictable, which can be forgiven, but it was also unexciting, which is not forgivable.

  3. Adrian
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Man, the action was stupid…

  4. Chipp12
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    > It’s clearly because the best female BTOOOOOBS players were only able to reach the top by distracting male gamers with their pheromones because everyone knows girls aren’t actually good at games. Or is it because girl gamers are ugly and the only reason they play games is in order to get close to men so they can have sex? I’ve forgotten which bizarre men’s rights narrative I was supposed to be mocking.

    Or maybe it doesn’t have to be only the game players. The one who attacked our main character wasn’t BTOOOM! player, right?

  5. lmm
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I would totally buy an FPS called “Boom! Headshot!”

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted October 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      Where only headshots do damage.

  6. Kiseki
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Aww man… Why did nano have to sing the OP to this.

  7. eternia
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    It’s so ridiculous that he took that long to figure out that they are time bombs. Even if I don’t play these kind of games often, it’s so obvious.

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted October 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, that was dumb. Hey, there’s this box with a button, and when I press it, the number 10 shows up, and every second the number decreases by 1, and the box beeps. And then I threw the box away when the number reached 2, and then it exploded 2 seconds later.

      Well, no idea what this is!

  8. Thrashy
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    In re: to your first paragraph: They’re developing a medieval swordfighting game called “CLANG.”

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      That sounds kinda cool. I don’t really pay attention to kickstarter projects, but seems like they have their head screwed on.

      Oh and speaking of kickstarted, expect a post about that Yuasa Kickheart thing sometime in the future

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