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‘Btooom! U-18’ Manga Ends

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As revealed way back in 2014, Junya Inoue’s manga series BTOOOM! was going to end as it moved into its final arc as serialized in Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine. That series drew to a close back in 2018 after getting underway in 2009 and having a single anime season produced for it. While the series did come to a close, a sequel series kicked off later that year with BTOOOM! U-18 which has been ongoing since. That series has now wrapped up with its final chapter today and the sixth and final volume is now set for a March 9th, 2023 debut.

Yen Press released the original series manga in North America while Sentai Filmworks released the TV series on DVD and Blu-ray in bilingual form. The sequel series was not picked up for release.

Series concept: In the blink of the mind’s eye, Ryouta 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 Ryouta 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, Ryouta’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 Ryouta repurpose his game based skills fast enough to survive?

[Source: ANN]


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