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Battle Royale (Novel)  
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Description
From Viz:
In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are forced to fight to the death! L to R (Western Style). Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan--where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller--Battle Royale is a Lord of the Fliesfor the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.

Type
Novel

Related Series
Battle Royale (Alternate Story)

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume 1999 (Complete)
2 Volumes 2002 (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (49 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 18th 2016, 8:32am PST


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Year
1999

Original Publisher
Gentosha (2002)
Ohta Shuppan (1999)

Serialized In (magazine)
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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #806 increased(+338)
Monthly Pos #2532 increased(+26)
3 Month Pos #4062 increased(+231)
6 Month Pos #4513 increased(+1400)

List Stats
On 14 reading lists
On 76 wish lists
On 97 completed lists
On 3 unfinished lists
On 39 custom lists

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awesome novel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nanner
April 19th, 2014, 6:04pm
this is one of my favorite japanese novels (along with kafka by the shore which is a totally different genre). the characters are well written and the story about 'successful fascism' rings somewhat frightening in our own time and place. its worth reading alone for the rather spot on political statement it makes. there is alot more depth to the characters and some of the personalities are very different from the movie and the manga. the death game is the same, but theres more gore and general unpleasantness around so many unstable personalities. well worth the read as long as you have a strong stomach.
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