In October 2012, we got the first season of Btooom! anime series. It’s been more than a decade and fans are still waiting for season 2. Here’s everything you need to know about Btooom Season 2.
Produced by Madhouse and directed by Kotono Watanabe, Btooom is based on a manga series of the same name written by Junya Inoue. There are currently 26 tankabon volumes.
The first season had 12 episodes that ran from October 14, 2012, to December 20, 2012. The survival, action anime quickly became popular among the fans in the West, but was not as famous as other similar anime in Japan.
Here’s everything we know so far regarding season 2 of Btooom!
Will there be Btooom Season 2? Canceled or Renewed
Unfortunately, Btooom Season 2 is canceled. It has been approximately 10 years since season 1 of the show premiered and it has not been renewed for another season.
The anime was based on the manga of the same name, so source material was not an issue. Even though fans loved the story and the anime is rated highly on sites like IMDB, or MyAnimeList, it did not perform well in terms of revenue.
Nonetheless, fans are still waiting for season 2 of Btooom! as you can see from social media platforms like Twitter and various fan pages.
— karliz ♡ (@Kissmesenseiii) June 29, 2020
Revenue is among multiple factors that determine whether the show will get renewed for another season or not.
Even though Btooom! is quite popular among the fans with high ratings and reviews, it is still not enough for production houses to renew the series, because of budget issues.
To finish the story, you can read Btooom! Volume 26 Dark Reality version or read Btooom! Volume 26 Light Friendship version depending upon your taste. If you want to pick your ending, you can read both versions and compare.
Btooom Season 2 Release Date | Why is it Canceled
Unfortunately, there is no Btooom season 2 release date as the show is canceled.
The source material was not an issue because the first season only covered 50 chapters of the manga, which is about 9 volumes. If you want to continue the story from there, you can read BTOOOM! manga Volume 10.
The final arc of the manga ended in March 2018 with a total of 26 volumes. After the manga ended, Hiroki Ito wrote a Btooom Spinoff called Btooom! U-18 in February 2018. The new manga is the prequel to the main story.
In 2017, the BTOOOM! game was also launched by Masato Hayashi and it immediately shot to the top of the free games chart. However, the fame was short-lived, as the game only stayed in Japan’s top 5 for a few weeks, after falling to the top 50 list.
The last update received of the Btooom! game was in 2017, and it still does not have an English port for iOS and Android devices.
I believe one of the major reasons behind the cancellation of the show and its bad reception is that due to similarity in the story, viewers compared Btooom! with Sword Art Online. Some viewers praised the show for its gritty visuals, while others call it the cheaper version of SWO with typical weapons and characters.
Btooom Reviews and Ratings
BTOOOM! has always been compared to Sword Art Online due to the similar plot and theme – but is darker, and gritty. Even though the anime became quite popular internationally, in Japan, BTOOOM! only sold 338 DVDs in Japan.
On MyAnimeList, Btooom has a high audience score of 7.31 and a popularity ranking of #174. Most critics have praised the anime, especially its characters who are based on real people and not anime archetypes.
— Roronoa || Karan 🌿 (@db_gmng) October 8, 2021
I also checked IMDB, and the show has a rating of 7.1/ 10 with good reviews. Some fans have called Btooom “Sword Art Online for adults” because it’s gorier and brutal. The main character isn’t any super-human and is a normal guy.
Enjoyed and loved it; I wish we could have got an S2 because this anime deserves it. The animation was good, the story was quite intriguing and unique and the characters were well written. An unusual plot that deserved more episodes🥺; I recommend it🙌 pic.twitter.com/E73wqC6EhQ
— Asporter_in_disguise (@moon_hellsing) November 28, 2021
What is Btooom About
Btooom! is an anime series based on manga of the same name. Btooom! is a popular multiplayer online game where players are required to use strategy to eliminate each other using limited weapons – bombs, and a sonar system to detect other players.
Ryota Sakamoto is a 22-year-old young man who is one of the top players of the video game Btooom!
One day Ryota finds himself stranded on an island with a pouch of bombs and a computer chip in his hand. He soon finds out that he has entered into the game and has to play Btooom! for real – now losing means death.
Here is the trailer of the first season of Btooom!
Where to Watch Btooom Anime Online
Btooom! is available to watch on Crunchyroll and Netflix in some countries. If the show returns for a second season or a spinoff series, we can expect it to come on Crunchyroll as well.
If you are a Netflix subscriber, you can easily watch Btooom on the platform. However, for now, it is only streaming on Netflix in France, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland.
Due to licensing restrictions, you will not be able to find the anime series on Netflix anywhere. Luckily, to watch Btooom on Netflix all you need is a VPN app.
A virtual private network will reroute your internet traffic passing it through a server location of your choice. To watch Btooom, you can connect to a server in France and unblock the French Netflix library where the show is currently streaming.
Btooom season 2 is not happening anytime soon, but if we get a spin-off series or an OVA episode, we can expect the following characters to make a comeback:
Ryōta Sakamoto (坂本 竜太) – Kanta Hongo
Ryota is the main character, who is forced to play the game and now must safeguard against all the opponents in the game who are trying to kill him.
Himiko (ヒミコ) – Suzuko Mimori
Himiko is a high school girl who’s Ryota’s wife in the game. She’s the daughter of the main antagonist of the series, Lord Longer Schwartz.
|Kōsuke Kira||Miyuki Sawashiro|
|Nobutaka Oda||Yuichi Nakamura|
|Masashi Miyamoto||Takaya Kuroda|
|Masahito Date||Ken Narita|
|Kiyoshi Taira||Toru Okawa|
|Hidemi Kinoshita||Yoko Hikasa|
|Yoshihisa Kira||Hisao Egawa|
|Shiki Murasaki||Rica Fukami|
|Isamu Kondō||Yasumichi Kushida|
Btooom season 2 is canceled, and the chances of its renewal are close to none. Even though we don’t have any official confirmation from the production company regarding the cancellation, judging from the numbers and overall reception, we will not be getting another season for a while now.
Whoever is saying that we will get another season in 2023, let’s get the facts straight, as the possibility of a new season is close to zero. There has been no announcements from Madhouse Studio.
This is what we all know about the second season of Btooom! For more updates stay tuned as this blog will bring you all the news regarding renewal or a spin-off series in the future.