Where volume one introduced the basic story and concept behind this series, volume two has brought in some more of the key figures in the story and given readers more of a backstory.
Chapter Seven starts this volume and introduces the character of Kousuke Kira. From what is portrayed of his character I think it’s safe to assume Kira is Btooom’s equivalent of Kiriyama in Battle Royale. Although the title of chapter seven refers to Kira as ‘The Boy’, I can’t help but to feel ‘The Sociopath’ would be a far better title. Through his back story we learn that Kira was abused by his father so much that it eventually drove him to the point where he murdered and raped three women. Did I mention that he’s only fourteen? Accompanying the Young Kira is his father, Yoshihisa Kira, and their lawyer, Souichi Natsume.
Meanwhile, Sakamoto and his wounded companion, Kiyoshi Taira, continue their search for a supply crate, leading them straight to Kira. A battle ensures between Sakamoto and Kira, eventually culminating in Kira’s defeat. In the end Sakamoto spares Kira’s life, leaving him tied to a tree with no BIM or supplies.
Sakamoto and Taira barely have time to eat their instant ramen before they hear another explosion nearby. Following investigation they spot a dead body floating in the river and another, partially rotted body, next to a tree. The volume ends with Sakamoto once again coming face-to-face with the unknown, and heavily armed, schoolgirl from the first volume.
The battle scene between Sakamoto and Kira is fantastic. The illustrations are brilliant. And the story is just straight out addictive. I’m looking forward to reading on and luckily I already have volumes 3 and 4 bought, so I can.
Kill list – up to volume 2:
Yoshiaki Imagawa – Killed by Ryouta Sakamoto
Misako Houjou – Killed by unknown character
Yoshihisa Kira – Killed by Kousuke Kira
2 unknown characters – Unknown killer