Madhouse Makes TV Anime of Btooom! Survival Action Manga (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The anime studio Madhouse is producing a television anime adaptation of Junya Inoue's Btooom! manga. The story centers around Ryūta 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. In that moment, Ryūta comes to realize two things: one, his own life is in danger, and two, he is now in the world of Btooom!
First-time series director Kotono Watanabe (episode director on Chihayafuru, Aoi Bungaku Series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is helming the project, and Yousuke KURODA (Best Student Council, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Hellsing, High School of the Dead, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is writing the scripts. In addition to creating Btoom!, Inoue also created the Otogi Matsuri manga.
Update: The domain name btooom.com has been registered under the name of Flying Dog, the anime music label of Victor Entertainment (JVC Music).
The manga launched in Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch magazine in 2009 and then moved to its current home, Monthly Comic Bunch, in 2011. Shinchosha is publishing the eighth compiled book volume this month.
Update: The official website launched a preview page, confirming that the character designer is Takahiro Kishida (Baccano!, Durarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica).
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