One of the more hotly anticipated shows of the fall 2012 season is definitely Madhouse’s BTOOOM!, which adapts the survival action manga by Junya Inoue. It’s also the latest Sentai Filmworks licensing announcement. Sentai plans for the show to land soon digitally through select outlets, with a home video release to follow in 2013.
BTOOOM! is directed by Kotono Watanabe, who previously worked on shows such as Chihayafuruand Aoi Bungaku. Yousuke Kuroda (High School of the Dead, Hellsing Ultimate) provides the scripts, and Takahiro Kishida (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Armored War Goddess) handles character designs.
The synopsis, via Sentai’s press release:
In the blink of the mind’s eye, Ryota Sakamoto suddenly finds himself transported from playing the hit BTOOOM! video game to being stranded on a mysterious island, equipped with a day’s worth of provisions, a bag of bombs, a strange crystal embedded in his left hand and a huge gaping hole in his memory. But it doesn’t take long to figure out what’s going on, especially after the first person Ryota meets tries to kill him. SOMEONE is attempting to recreate the ultra-violent BTOOOM! game in real life, and the island has been filled with an army of other unwilling players, each armed with one of the multiple variants of explosive weapons called BIM. Fortunately, Ryota’s an ace BTOOOM! player, but this insane version of the game has no reset switch or second lives, and there’s only one way off the island: kill seven other people before they can kill you! Can Ryota repurpose his game based skills fast enough to survive? The action is ultra-violent, ultra-graphic and ultra-lethal as the ultimate blood sport is unleashed in BTOOOM!