You and sickVisionz keep blowing me away with your analysis. I should step up my game.
I remember Mike20's profile image.
For Btooom!, I feel bad for the mother. I see guys throw away their lives for video games. They'll be working at fast food restaurants and then playing games at home. The anime makes reality look like crap, but living the game can be a double edged sword. The thrill is there at the cost of your life.
Ryouta was whiny, but he'll man up not like some wimpy ass characters I seen, cough Shu Ouma. If he's like Light, then I have high expectations for him.