Sakomoto Ryouta finds out the hard way that games don’t translate well into reality.
The episode opens with a scene from Btooom, an internationally successful game in which the players use bombs rather than guns to eliminate each other and level up. Ryouta is an ace player from Japan who has managed to get his team to the tenth rank worldwide. As he’s jobless and idly waiting around for a video game company to hire him, the world of Btooom, where he is better than most people, acts a convenient form of escape. He even has a wife in there.
All seems well until Ryouta wakes up one day in a tropical forest, alone and with a satchel of little black squares that later turn out to be ‘timers’, one of the eight types of bombs used in Btooom. As the name suggests, timers are timed bombs which can be set to explode after ten seconds. There’s a green crystal embedded in the back of his wrist, again a feature from the game.
Ryouta wanders around, panicked and confused without knowing how he got there, and ends up being attacked by a man using ‘crackers’, another kind of bomb that explodes upon impact. Ryouta naturally has a hard time accepting that this stranger is trying to kill him and an even harder time accepting that he must kill or be killed. After some fruitless attempts at evasion, Ryouta figures out how to use his bombs and kills the other guy. He’s also clearly traumatized by the aftermath of his actions. Memories of how he ended up there begin to emerge as well.
The episode ends on a sexy note – because what’s better after explosions and forced murder than long legs and breasts – with Ryouta encountering a buxom blonde as she’s washing herself. I’m going to go ahead and assume that it’s his wife from the game. Because the OP and anime logic says so.
I actually really liked this episode despite one minor complaint. The exposition was handled nicely and did not go overboard at all. They also portrayed Ryouta’s difficulty in adjusting to his favorite game rendered real quite well. It doesn’t matter how great a player he is; there’s a stark difference between killing avatars in games and killing flesh and blood people. Unless you’re a total psycho, you won’t be able to do the latter so easily and this was made quite clear in the show. Ryouta’s struggles were very realistic. But that brings me to the aforementioned complaint. While he was struggling to gather his wits, he should have been dead thrice over. The nameless blond guy had an array of excellent opportunities to kill him and yet Ryouta survived many close calls without any serious injuries. I’m not all that pleased to see plot armor pop up in the very first episode.
I don’t really play games so I was wondering if it’s common for players to marry each other in the game?