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North American anime licensor Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday that it acquired MADHOUSE's BTOOOM! survival action television anime series. The anime will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow in 2013.
Junya Inoue's original manga centers around Sakamoto, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young man and a top-ranked player in the online combat game Btooom! One day, he wakes up on a tropical island without remembering how he got there. He sees a figure in the distance and asks for help. However, the figure responds by throwing something at Ryūta — a "BIM" bomb.
First-time series director Kotono Watanabe (episode director on Chihayafuru, Aoi Bungaku Series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is helming the project at the studio MADHOUSE, and Yousuke Kuroda (Best Student Council, Hayate the Combat Butler, Hellsing, Highschool of the Dead, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is writing the scripts. In addition to creating Btooom!, Inoue also created the Otogi Matsuri manga.
The anime will begin airing in Japan on Thursday.