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Old 2012-10-05, 11:14   Link #181
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^thanks cause i was watching the claimed episode 1 and it didnt make sense at all.
Even though this is L i hope someone will pick this up again, i will support this when it comes to US but i cant stop reading the manga or the anime now for me knowing there is still more coming.
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Old 2012-10-05, 11:30   Link #182
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I read a bit of the manga months ago, didn't know this was gonna get an anime.

That being said, don't see myself following this for more than 1-2 episodes. Just a generic survival/battle royale situation that seems to be actually fairly commonplace as far as small manga titles go.

Doesn't help even if there's more good stuff to come, it probably has about the most boring 1st episode that aired so far this season.
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Old 2012-10-05, 12:07   Link #183
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I can't say I'm sold yet. I've never been a big fan of these survival type anime, since they tend to be too fast paced and kill characters left and right without developing them properly first. They're more about shock value than anything else. This episode didn't lead me to think this show will handle it any differently. On top of that, the main character was pretty unlikable.

I'll give it a few more episode to see if it improves, otherwise I'll probably drop it for another anime (why are there so many anime on thursdays/fridays?).
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Old 2012-10-05, 12:35   Link #184
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Sakamoto really enjoys playing that game.
It was his life, well, until things suddenly changed.
In the middle of nowhere, a priceless chance.
To play for real... boy, was he surprised.
Will give this one a try.
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Old 2012-10-05, 13:34   Link #185
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The problem is, we're thrown into this situation where the MC's being attacked by a raging psychopath, and I have no reason to root for him. He may grow later, but I need some reason to want him to survive now, and the show didn't give it to me. I'm just supposed to do it because he's been anointed as the MC.

Compare to Kaiji and Welcome to the NHK which have similar type characters but actually manage to make them sympathetic right from the start.
I disagree about there being "no reason to root for him". Yes, the MC isn't the easiest person to sympathize with and I wince at the way he treats his mother or refuses to get a job. However he's still an innocent person being tossed into this deadly game for some unknown purpose and being chased by a lunatic that wants him dead. That's sufficient reason for me to want him to survive, just not as much as if he was more likable. Especially when it's clear that he is hesitant to take another life and it disturbed him when he was forced too. That's something most people can sympathize with too.

But perhaps it's a matter of degrees and what type of characters really rub you the wrong way? I can imagine myself not caring about a MC if they really pushed my buttons, but this isn't one of them.
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Old 2012-10-05, 13:46   Link #186
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I thought the sound direction in this first episode was quite delicious. Might check ep2 out.
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Old 2012-10-05, 15:14   Link #187
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I remember reading the manga long ago (or at least jumping trough the chapters, so that I would leave the reading for the future).
Won't spoil the future content about new characters and team. However I might as well follow this anime and read the manga again.
Considering that manga had run for quite some time already, I don't think they will animate all the chapters right? Not to mention that its still on going as far as I remember.
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Old 2012-10-05, 15:40   Link #188
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I just can't believe the MC managed to survive all those bombs that were inches from his face with little to no injury. Yeah I'm guessing this story isn't going to be particularly well thought out and is going for cheap shock value entertainment but these are just first impressions. It was reasonably okay and I am interested in seeing where this'll go.
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Old 2012-10-05, 17:51   Link #189
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An interesting start to the series. That first antagonist must be the worst player possible. He kept missing, over and over, on an easy target. You knew he wasn't going to survive.

As for the MC, it looks like the bump to the head caused amnesia, which is so common in action stories, it's not even funny. The getting caught and stuck on a parachute and thrown into an unknown forest to fight instantly made me think of Predators (2010). Let's see where this story heads, as it seems like allies are going to made. We still don't even know what the rules and goals of this "game" is yet.
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Old 2012-10-05, 18:33   Link #190
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I don't remember if this has been mentioned, but did anyone else get the feeling that the mother knew something was going to happen to the MC when he left the house? I wouldn't be surprised to learn that she was originally reached out for help in dealing with her son and unwittingly made a deal with the devil that could result in the MC's death.

Spoiler for ep 2 preview:
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Old 2012-10-05, 21:39   Link #191
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This has the potential to really take off, especially here overseas since MADHOUSE has a great relationship with western media. For american folks, I could really see something like this getting a dub and airing on G4 or Spike TV.
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Old 2012-10-05, 21:48   Link #192
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I don't remember if this has been mentioned, but did anyone else get the feeling that the mother knew something was going to happen to the MC when he left the house? I wouldn't be surprised to learn that she was originally reached out for help in dealing with her son and unwittingly made a deal with the devil that could result in the MC's death.
Same here. I think I know what scene you're referring to, not to mention her odd behaviour and facial expression. It's like she either knows what's going to happen later on, or she has been contemplating on comitting suicide or doing some harm to her son. She just has that look and vibe during that scene.
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Old 2012-10-05, 22:22   Link #193
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I feel rather simpathy towards Ryouta, but at the same time despise him for trashing his own mother that cares very much for him. It seems this series have the same vibe as Mirai Nikki or Gantz, where innocent people get thrown into the middle of chaos and put in death or life situation where they should kill each other.

P.S. Does anyone notices that character design of Ryouta kinda reminiscence of Kira from Death Note?
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Old 2012-10-05, 22:35   Link #194
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Episode 1:
This has the potential to really take off, especially here overseas since MADHOUSE has a great relationship with western media. For american folks, I could really see something like this getting a dub and airing on G4 or Spike TV.
Manga is licensed already. Which is a sad thing for me as it will take quite a lot of time for official trans to catch up to translated 50 chapters. And here I wanted to read it again just to learn that scanlators dropped it around 2 months ago because of the license ^^.
I just wonder how the anime will deal with some *issues* about the past of some players. Obviously they didn't volunteer to get on that island.
In MC case its most likely his already freaky mother. Throwing a controller at such person wasn't the nicest and smartest idea, especially when you freeload for 2 years playing a game and hopping to get into game company.

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P.S. Does anyone notices that character design of Ryouta kinda reminiscence of Kira from Death Note?
Just like the blonde heroine reminds you of many shows. Obviously character designs will be reused.
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Old 2012-10-06, 00:25   Link #195
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wow..... awesome OP
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Old 2012-10-06, 00:29   Link #196
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Anyone else reminded of Light Yagami from that opening face-shot of his staring at the screen?



Just for reference:
Spoiler for Light Yagami:
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Old 2012-10-06, 03:51   Link #197
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Well this does seem like some crazy/twisted punishment. But who the heck would spend the resources to replicate these bombs (and weird gems) from the game just to punish people who's crimes are at the level of being jerks to their parents? Yeah I know the 'crimes' are bound to vary in terms of extremes, but this just seems weird. Frankly I wouldn't blame the mom too much for this. Guy freeloading for years hoping for a job that clearly isn't going to be extended to him. Of course with the ranking of his team he could just go pro gamer and make some money that way .

Either way I feel the challenge of this series is going to be finding a character who I can root for. I mean will support the lead in not dying, since he's not a terrible human being.
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Old 2012-10-06, 03:54   Link #198
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I won't say that its amazing but decent so far. It follows most of the manga from what I remember in the first episode but I can't shake this feeling of doubt and that I'll regret watching it. Luckily it finished much sooner before I had any reasons to bicker about it.

The Company behind Btoom! makes everyone looks like they're cracked up on something, at least they got that image right.

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Old 2012-10-06, 04:18   Link #199
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I'm always up for death and despair.

And, while I'm always more than willing to suspend disbelief for a work of fiction, what was a pretty well directed first episode was really ruined by how utterly stupid our protagonist was concerning the countdown timer. Especially seeing as he obviously understood it was a countdown timer when he first played with them.

But, death! Angst! I can overlook an author who I can predict is going to try so hard to deliver faux drama that he/she is unable to realize how such drama contradicts acts within his/her writing for plenty of good 'ol carnage and depression.
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Old 2012-10-06, 05:44   Link #200
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Sure is hard to root for someone who's obviously too dumb to live, it takes him three tries to figure out how the bomb works?! Come on. His VA isn't helping matters either.
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