Btooom! Episode 7 – Virtual Bride

Summary:

Sakamoto Ryouta and team are attacked by a couple of other players.

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Review:

Look at that, what a lovely wedding. Unfortunately, the bride doesn’t want to meet her man in real life. It seems that Himiko thinks the ‘purity’ of their love will be better preserved if it’s confined to the world of Btooom. You know, she’s really fixated on the concept of purity.

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Review: Mnemosyne

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Anime: Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi / Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne

Studio: Xebec

Episodes: 6

Original Run: Feb 4, 2008 to Jul 7, 2008

Genres: Action, Horror, Romance

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Btooom! Episode 6 – Night of Sacrifice

Summary:

Sakamoto Ryouta and team struggle to fight off bloodthirsty lizards.

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Review:

The title sounds ominous but the episode itself isn’t too bad. At least no one dies.

The giant lizards from last episode, which are indeed komodo dragons, decide that they’re not too opposed to a humanitarian diet and take a bit out of Taira’s leg. Forget bombs, these things are the true menace. I, for one, would freak the fuck out if huge lizards tried make dinner out of me. It’d be like Jurassic Park except without the dubious honor of being eaten by an extinct creature.

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Btooom! Episode 5 – Attack

Summary:

Sakamoto Ryouta and Himiko end up joining forces. Stun guns are involved.

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Review:

We’re back with Taira and Ryouta where they’re enjoying the food Ryouta acquired. Despite a bonding moment, it seems neither of them fully trusts each other yet since Ryouta is keeping the nature of his new bombs from Taira and Taira is keeping the chips he collected from Ryouta. They then see a body washing down the river, which turns out to be the guy who tried to rape Himiko. We now have a body, folks. His death is confirmed. Good.

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Btooom! Episode 4 – Best in the World

Summary:

Sakamoto Ryouta faces off against another experienced Btooom! player.

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Review:

The initial portion of this episode gives us some background about Kira Kosuke, the blood-splattered kid from the last episode. Kosuke ran away from his abusive father. He started doing minor crimes but soon progressed into killing and raping. In that order. Let that sink in. Also, he’s fourteen.

Btooom seems determined to have a very fucked up cast.

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Dysfunction Junction: Characters and Relationships in Durarara!!

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You know those stories, whether in anime or any other medium, where people are moved and softened, even reformed, by the power of love. Stories where even the archvillain has some pet-the-dog moments, stories where the human capacity to love is portrayed as this great and amazing thing – we’ve all seen them. It’s a popular trope that can be excellent when done well.

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Btooom! Episode 3 – Survival

Summary:

Sakamoto Ryouta makes a new friend. Also, food is serious business.

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Review:

Episode 3 marks the stage where I’m starting to really get into this anime.

Continuing from the ends of the previous two episodes, Himiko flees from Ryouta who notices the food she’s carrying and tries to follow. He’s figured out how to use the embedded gem pretty well, mostly thanks to his extensive Btooom experience. But instead of Himiko, he finds a man who was trying to take a dump in peace. I think this anime just took scared shitless to a very literal level.

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