A survival action thriller story similar to Gantz (minus the horror) where participants are placed in a “game” where they are required to accomplish a certain objective before they are allowed to leave. The restriction here unlike Gantz where the players were bound by the Gantz sphere, is the fact that the island is the battleground for the game. That setting makes Btooom! seem even more similar to the story of Battle Royale, where students were sent to an island and placed in a game of “last man standing” requiring the students to kill each other until only one student is left surviving. The “game” of Btooom which the competitors are playing see them utilise bombs which are provided for them to defeat other contestants and collect the “IC chips” left behind. The exact purpose of the game remains a mystery but the objective of the game is to collect a total of eight IC chips.
A world filled with magic suddenly thrust into one without magic; an interesting setting to start the story off on. It’s obvious there is something that happened before all the magic ie “Blue Air”, in the world disappeared and the main focus of the story currently is finding out why “Blue Air” in the first place disappeared. The mystery of that and the existence of a boy who is still able to use magic drives the story. The RPG setting works well with the story and while it is generic with the main character finding companions to help him on his journey, the mystery of the disappearing magic drives that generic air into something quite interesting and entertaining.
Well that was certainly enjoyable seeing Sting and Rogue get a beating by Gajeel and Natsu, even more so when all the higher level attacks they tried on Natsu and Gajeel were backhanded into ineffectiveness. The extra long chapter was amazing, so good having those extra pages to read, especially for this battle. Interesting end though, Dragon Force huh? Is it really THE Dragon Force we seen take down Jellal and Zero, or is some waterdowned version slightly more powerful than the Second Generation Dragon Force? Well will be interesting to see just how powerful Sting and Rogue’s Dragon Force is.
How unexpected, that Devil Fruit apple appearing did confuse me initially, but it really is the Sara Sara no Mi, Model: Axolotl Devil Fruit right? It is obvious that with Caesar Clown once being an assistant to Doctor Vegapunk, he has intimate knowledge about the Devil Fruits, so him having knowledge about how Devil Fruits are “reborn” is expected. Still Smiley dying and having his Devil Fruit ability attach itself to a nearby apple is surprising and weird =/.
So a crack did appear on Tobi’s mask! A shame I missed that on my initial read of the previous chapter but I did pick up on it when I re-read the chapter. Had a feeling it was Kakashi’s chakra-infused kunai that caused the crack rather than Naruto’s attack but wow, how awesome was it that Kakashi was able to analyse such a development so thoroughly and come up with a theory that proved effective against Tobi. Had a feeling that Kakashi’s Kamui and Tobi’s space-time migration jutsu were connected, so excited to see what’s going to happen now.