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Battle Royale

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English: Battle Royale
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 119
Status: Finished
Published: 2000 to 2005
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Horror Horror
Themes: Gore Gore, Psychological Psychological, Survival Survival
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Taguchi, Masayuki (Art), Takami, Koushun (Story)

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Score: 7.901 (scored by 3006130,061 users)
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Ranked: #9132
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Popularity: #194
Members: 67,475
Favorites: 2,902

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Preliminary Spoiler
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 10, 2008
A few years ago I saw a god-awful movie called Battle Royale, I discussed the movie with a friend and he said: Well if you hate the movie that much but liked the concept why don’t you read the original source material. This came as a shock to me at that time, I had no idea that the movie was based on a novel. I never got my hands on the novel so I decided to buy the manga.

I was astonished with the artwork in Volume 1, I kept staring at certain panels trying to figure out how much work they put into this. I ...
Aug 27, 2014
'Kill or be killed. This is how this fucking game works'.

It's more violent than your Tokyo Ghoul and much more emotional than Attack on Titan. This, ladies and gentlemen is 'Battle Royale' - an original story featuring a very gruesome gladiator fight imposed by the government act, between innocent teenagers on a deserted island. One thing is for sure - Battle Royale encapsulates trust, betrayal, love, insanity, gore, fear, anxiety, despair for survival and most importantly, hope into this incredible 15 volume manga that is just incomparable with the movie.

For most of you out there, who've seen the Battle Royale movie and are ...
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 ...
Feb 21, 2009
It had to be a bit rubbish. That's what I always thought to myself when I saw Battle Royale mentioned. I assumed this because it doesn't have an anime adaptation. What I didn't know back then was the reason for this -- I thought it was because the series wasn't that interesting. I never suspected it was because what's included in the story is so extreme that it would have to be butchered to make the jump from manga to anime. There's just no way a series that involves someone getting raped whilst dying by a psychotic girl, with flashbacks to her being abused by ...
Oct 15, 2009
Frightening, gruesome, startling and at the same time passonate, heart-felt and generally thoght provoking. A story about growing up in a harsh environment, while still hanging on to one's beliefs. Rarely does a manga contain such power as to make the reader feel so many emotions in a single volume. Battle Royale is one of those rare manga.

Jul 15, 2008
Battle Royale is the manga adaption of the Japanese novel. Writhe by Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi the story follows a class in a alternative future that are forced to a Battle Royale.

Story.
The Stroy takes place in an alternate timeline - Japan is a police state, known as the Republic of Greater East Asia . Under the guise of a "study trip," a group of students from Shiroiwa Junior High Schoo in the fictional town of Shiroiwa are gassed on a bus. They awaken in a school on an isolated, evacuated island southwest of Shodoshima, in also Kagawa Prefecture. They learn that they ...
Jun 16, 2014
This is mostly intended as an in detail recommendation rather then a review. Battle Royale was amazing. I read the book a while ago, and now I just finished the manga, and I still felt just as into it and just as emotional and on edge reading the manga, as I did reading the book (As In, even though I knew what would happen).

Note: if you read the Battle Royale plot summary you will find it is VERY similar to that of hunger games, but Battle Royale came out a lot earlier (2008 hunger games and 1999 Battle Royale) Honestly I liked both the ...
Mar 19, 2010
Dismiss every knowledge of human rights and watch what happens to a world where the most deadly game is played. And it is only played because there are people who are willing to watch, either to bet on it or to amuse themselves.

This manga shows a possible future and explores every terrible part of it while developing the characters as they are pulled into a game where no one is really a winner.

Story carries this concept well. Firstly, the characters are introduced as they are going about their high school life only to suddenly be, while going on a trip, put to sleep and ...
Feb 6, 2013
Battle Royale is set in an alternate universe, in which Japan is an authoritarian state which hosts an event each year known as 'The Program', also named 'The Battle Royale Act'. Each year, a random class of students are selected to fight to the death in a merciless battle for survival. Only one will survive.

The story revolves around the students struggles in the game, mostly Shuya Nanahara, a very likeable, popular and innocent student, who struggles to come to terms with the game, believing that there is a way out and that he can save everyone. Unfortunately, he soon discovers the emotional trauma which the ...
Apr 1, 2008
Preliminary (47/119 chp)
I've not completely read Battle Royale yet because I love saving my money up. From what I have read so far though, it's a very impressive manga.

I've seen the film and that is partly the reason I'm reading the manga. The manga unlike the film shows you every death of each character and also goes far further into details about all the characters and their back stories.

The story you should know from the synopsis and what a great idea for a story. Such a nice difference from the average stories out there, boy likes girl, love triangle, you know the drill.

The art is fantastic ...
Apr 13, 2012
With all the recent hubbaloo about the Hunger Games and it's similarities to Battle Royale, I felt my need to re-read the manga growing. It's been an interesting experience going back and re-discovering the series and I'm surprised about my feelings towards it now.

Battle Royale takes place in a totalitarian Japan, where the government's #1 tv show is the Program. The Program consists of kidnapping a random class of high school students, dropping them in a secure location, arming them, and then encouraging them to kill one another. Last man standing is the winner!
This year, we've got a varied and diverse class, but our main ...
Mar 15, 2010
i like shojo mangas. most of the mangas that i read are without blood and these kind of staff. my brother has something like 400 mangas and one of is battle royale. at first, i didnt like the drawing at all, but later on i started to read it for real and, what can i say? this thing is brilliant!!!
i love everything in it!
i love the blood the drawing, the story..
now:
art: amazing. its so detailed that i dont understand how the hell do they do it.
lets say, that if a bullet goes into someone's skall- you can see it comes in and blows the ...
Aug 29, 2009
Probably this is one of my most favorite manga I ever read. Battle Royale will take you to the edge of your seat with its breath taking storyline. If you like action, drama, romance, martial arts, horror,pscyho killer, tragedy, high-school life, ecchi, name it for sure Battle royale will give you what you want. With detail characterization of every protagonist you will surely love how they bring them into life. How can you face adversary if you dont know who play the game? Will you ever trust anyone specially if your life is at stake? Battle Royale at is best!
Jun 13, 2017
How will I be able to read any other manga after this masterpiece?
You ever eat something so good that any food you put in your mouth starts being tasteless? This is Battle Royale for you.
This is a classic. It should go down in history books.
You think I'm exaggerating? You think I'm biased?
Read it, dive in it, explore it for yourself.
I'm still in awe of how complex this work of art is, how well made it is, how ruthless and fearless.
This is a story about a Program, where 42 students are kidnapped in an island and it doesn't end until only one of ...
Nov 29, 2012
''From now on it's kill or be killed, play or not play.''

Battle Royale is one of those mangas you'll either love or hate. A manga that relies heavily on a combination psychological horror, gore and eroticism with an encompassive theme of man's diverse nature. Is it possible to pull a worthwhile experience out of this? Well, certainly.

Story 8/10:

The setup of BR's story isn't very complex, nor too original. In a totalitarian version of Japan, a random 9th grade class is picked each year to kill each other in a remote location. Winner takes all, only one survives. The whole ''Program'', as it is called, is ...
May 8, 2009
One thing that can be noticed in battle royale is the relatively lifelike characters. the anatomy of each figure (with exception to the eyes) is relatively close and detailed to that of the human figure. However it retains its manga-like style in keeping with the simple lines. heavy inking and shading gives the manga a sense of suspense and accuity.

As far as the storyline goes. It is quite abnormal. It begins with the main battle and throughout the battle you learn of everyone's past lives which catches the reader by surprise. It is quite psychotic too.

The characters themselves have great depth. While not going ...
Dec 17, 2018
it was good when shinji was the main character. but
SPOILERS:


he dies midway, and replaced by mr elvis wanna be cry baby. holy shit worst protagonist every seen. at one point it took him 10 chapters to shoot some one with the constant monologues.

and then there is kiriyama who is literally kid batman fucking invincible plot armor. written to be used as a whim to take down everyone who is a trouble for the protagonist. since the author doesn't want him to actually get to kill anyone lmao.
horrible story elements destroys suspension of belief in the middle somehow they start jumping like ninjas and ...
May 18, 2020
The 42 students in Class B of the 1st year of high school at the Shiroiwa school are drawn to "THE PROGRAM" - a battle to the death between students, financed and transmitted by the dictatorship of the Republic of Greater East Asia.

Isolated on an island, armed, and restrained by an explosive necklace, classmates suddenly become enemies where only 1 must survive. Even if it means abandoning your friendships, humanity and hope.

In this unhealthy scenario, BATTLE ROYALE's narrative explores traumas, enmities, bullying and unrequited love in the past of his characters, justifying his actions in the present.

The fat man who was mocked by his colleagues ...
Oct 6, 2012
I read the novel first which may be the reason that the manga version disappointed me so much in the art. The novel was gruel-some and let you see inside people who thought they were going to die at any second but the manga was to light and had a sense of hope which ruined it for me. I didnt get the sense of pain and horror i got when reading the novel plus they didnt release the second manga in english which makes me hate my incomplete set