It’s basicaly Sword Art Online…

No Spoilers!

Btooom! is a anime that is definitely interesting and fun to watch, but experienced anime audiences can obviously tell where they got a majority of their inspiration from but this isn’t a bad thing.

Anime Description

Ryouta Sakamoto suddenly finds himself transported from playing the hit Btooom! video game to being stranded on a mysterious island, equipped with a day’s worth of provisions, a bag of bombs and a strange crystal embedded in his left hand and a huge gaping hole in his memory. Click here to read more.

Short Answer Is YES, It’s Worth It!

Like usual, we like to be blunt near the start of all our review articles just for people who don’t like to read that much. Btooom uses action and psychological themes impeccably while showcasing a tiny bit of romance for that oomph we all love.

“It’s sort of like Hunger Games and Sword Art Online had a baby.”

Btooom! is an acquired taste, it’s either you love it or you hate it. It has the survivability aspect of Hunger Games combined with the “game” like theme of Sword Art Online. Resources are constantly scarce for the anime’s characters and they are constantly fighting to the dead till the last one standing can be named. The romance feels similar to Sword Art Online and the “noob” like feel is sort of like Sword Art Online.

“Characters are sub par”

Btooom! could seriously work on their characters backstories so their audiences can feel some sort of attraction towards the characters. They kill off characters quite a bit and it’d be amazing if there was some sort of emotional connection between the character and the viewers. Though it isn’t all that bad, the main characters Ryouta and Himiko blend perfectly as the main cast. You’ll see what we mean if you watch it.

Insanity is a common occurrence.

Btooom! has a rather dark atmosphere.

The romance between is the two main characters is not without struggles…


Btooom! is an anime that knows how to effectively use their topic to bring their audiences on a tense and intriguing journey without going off the path with filler episodes too often. The animation is nothing special but meets modern standards. The characters could use better development by explaining back stories more in depth. Overall, it’s worth the watch but remember it may not be for you. If you love franchises such as Hunger Games and Sword Art Online then this may meet your tastes. Btooom! receives a 7.5/10.

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Charles Monaghan is one of the three original founders on OtakuNZ. In Charles's free time, he loves to play games, watch Korean dramas and obviously anime!