Battle Royale
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Battle Royale

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Japanese: バトル・ロワイアル
English: Battle Royale
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 119
Status: Finished
Published: 2000 to 2005
Genres: Action Action, Suspense Suspense
Themes: Gore Gore, Psychological Psychological, Survival Survival
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Taguchi, Masayuki (Art), Takami, Koushun (Story)


Score: 7.871 (scored by 3156131,561 users)
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Ranked: #10702
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Popularity: #210
Members: 71,594
Favorites: 2,930


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Every year, a class is randomly chosen to be placed in a deserted area where they are forced to kill each other in order to survive. Initially believing to be on a graduation trip, Shuuya Nanahara and the rest of Shiroiwa Junior High's Class B find that they have been chosen to participate in this game of life and death known as The Program.

Waking up to the realization that they have been quarantined on an island, the 42 students discover they have been fitted with metal collars which will detonate if certain conditions are not met. In order to obtain freedom, they must slaughter everyone else by whatever means necessary, and the last one standing is deemed the winner. As each member of the class heads down their own path, Shuuya makes it his goal to get off the island without playing the game in order to put an end to this madness once and for all.

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Battle Royale is an adaptation of Koushun Takami's novel of the same name which was published in April 1999 (and later published in English by VIZ Media). The novel was adapted into a live-action film the following year and became one of Japan's highest grossing films, though it was condemned by the National Diet.

The series was published in English by Tokyopop from May 13, 2003 to April 11, 2006. The Tokyopop version was extensively rewritten by Keith Giffen which eventually led to contradictions and plot holes in the later volumes. Tokyopop rereleased the series in 5 omnibus volumes under the name Battle Royale: Ultimate Edition from October 16, 2007 to February 10, 2009. It was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by Conrad from November 2006 to November 2011 and in Polish by Waneko since March 2012 to March 4, 2015.

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Oct 23, 2007
A Psychological, Action, Thriller that will take you on the most extreme thrill ride you can imagine. But be warned, you must be 18.

Battle Royale is basically about survival of the fittest, where kids have to duke it out with each other in a sort of "last man standing game". This interesting plot brings forth a great deal intensity and emotional turmoil, of which you have never seen. It’s also surprising how long and in-depth the story is, even though it only covers a short time-frame. The problem with this set-up is that it almost completely removes the thought of getting attached to any characters ...
May 12, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Bad, so bad. In the beggining you feel that a good atmosphere is about to grow, for it's a good manga that you are reading. But, in meantime, you get a lot of cliches and characters so dumb that make you angry with them.

It's tremendously wrong how the characters have a justice sensor that always they have to do the right thing, even if this will kill them. So many times the main character struggles to decide wheter he kill someone or not, and because of this struggle so many things happen in a bad way.

Other thing, the pure cliche that is to put the ...
Sep 3, 2011
I have to say that I started this series with a recommendation. I was talking with a friend that how I loved "Berserk" and "Gantz" (manga of course). Then he said that there is manga called "battle royale" that I should check it out. After reading the summary of it I was very enthusiastic. However nothing goes as smooth as it begins.

Story starts very promising but then it lose its pace. It always interrupted by pathetic flash backs. There is always a struggle between naive goodness and realistic evil. They tried to create an athmosphere ...

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