This week, Asobimo launched their smart phone game BTOOOM! Online, based on the deadly paradise of Junya Inoue’s manga. The game’s announcement for iOS and Android came as a blow to fans who were hoping for a new anime, but all hope is not lost yet.
At an event held to hype the game the day before its February 28th release, game producer Masato Hayashi made a pledge to the attended. If BTOOOM! Online makes it into the top five domestic app sales ranking, he promised, a new season of the anime will be green-lit.
The game itself is a free-to-play “stealth bomber action” affair, in which six to eight players can take out their opponents, but with only bombs at their disposal. You’re armed with the same varieties of BIM bombs from the manga, as well as a few types original to the game. While keeping under cover and launching your attack before your target can see you, you’re assisted by voice talent from the anime, including Suzuko Mimori, Haruka Terui, Sora Tokui, Tomokazu Sugita, Takehito Koyasu and Ryota Osaka.
Inoue’s manga originally launched in Shinchosha’s Weekly Comic Bunch in 2009, before moving to Monthly Comic Bunch in 2011, and has been in its final arc since April 2014. The series is published in English by Yen Press, who released the 16th volume on February 21st. The Kotone Watanabe-directed anime adaptation was streamed by Crunchyroll as it aired in Japan in 2012, and they describe the anime’s story:
Sakamoto Ryota still has no job at age 22, and leads a rather dull life. But in the online game, BTOOOM!, he’s stronger and more highly respected than anyone else. However, the game he’s playing now is no longer virtual, but real. He’s been sent to a deserted island with only a BIM supply and no clue why he’s being coerced into fighting and killing. The players are now stuck in a real life version of BTOOOM!, not even knowing the reason why.