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From Tokyopop: In the future, random Jr. High School classes are chosen to compete in a game called Battle Royale. The rules: only one student can survive after 3 days on an island or else they all perish. Weapons are handed out and each student is sent out into the field alone and unprepared for the horror that awaits them. The classmates turn upon themselves in a battle for survival, treaties are made and broken, and former friends become foes as the relentless countdown continues. Amid the betrayals and rising body count, two classmates confess their love for each other and swear to survive this deadly game together.
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not completely thought-through, yet entertaining
First I'm gonna say that it's overall a good and entertaining manga, mostly due to the story and the characters that are well done. For a manga that tries to be realistic, many situations weren't that well thought-through, while others were done brilliantly. Some characters were brilliant while others were lacking. I don't want to go into detail for the not so thought-through situations, since it would require too much text to explain how the specified situations came to be, so I'm gonna list only a few things that I remember: (finished 3 days ago) Again, note that I write that in the assumption that the manga tries to be realistic. If you don't think so, stop reading.
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Noriko gets shot in her lower leg with a gun that easily put a hole in someones head, yet only receives minor injury and can even use the leg in the days after (minus the time it gets infected). I'm no medicine student but I''ve gotta call serious bullshit there. The muscle would be at least partially torn and muscles don't regenerate in half of a day. For the shot see chapter 3 page 8, no graze shot or anything, direct hit.
I doubt you'd survive a major bomb explosion unscathed if you hide in a shabby old truck, especially not if said truck lands straight on the driver's cabin after flying a good 20 metres through the air.
Again with muscles, towards the end, before Kiriyama goes on to the final showdown, he prepares for it. That includes fixing his index finger by cutting himself open and shortening a muscle in his upper arm and duct-taping it. Again, I'm no med student but sounds like bullshit. Especially when I can't even feel the slightest contraption in my upper arm when I'm moving my index finger. Maybe I'm a mutant.
I'm not gonna even get started on the whole KI thing when Kiriyama battles the guy with the staff who tries to protect his chick.
Also, the human psyche is unpredictable, but I think that, considering the situation, a lot more rape would happen. They are 15. But I guess you can't show much more in a non hentai manga.
If you've read this all and think "nitpicking prat" you deserve to have wasted your time since I warned you before.
... Last updated on February 25th, 2011, 10:26pm
Yes she was the lolita/blackwidow stereotype, but the switching between Mitsu the bombshell and Mitsu the broken doll was absolute genius. And yes, YES, it was fucked up. It was all fucked up, but it remained brilliant regardless of that. Sad to say Shu and Nori are my least favorite characters because I'm not sure you can retain that much goodness, that much sanity without any action at all. Mim did it the right way I think, the way it had to be done. He found a target. But I never really bought into Shu who wouldn't have survived the first hour without Kawada, as he said. They couldn't have picked a class with more problems, seriously, but the writing was good. And the art... the art...
As for the art, well ... the gore does get a bit over the top, which threw me out of it a time or two, but on the flip side it just wouldn't be BR without the gore, so you take those moments were there's too much spit/semen/blood/tears and roll with it. The tears was really what tossed me. They cried too damn much. I really expected more shock and less boohooing, but what do I know. I've never been in that situation myself.
Battle Royale is one of my favorite stories, but the manga version totally screws it up. It glorifies the violence and over-sexualizes the situation, entirely removing the philosophy and genuine horror found in the original work (and to some degree, the film).
If you want this story, go read the book.
Not for me but wanted to see ending
Honestly dis manga damn. So much horror and i can't really sai i enjoyed it. But i kept on reading, even skipped a few chapters to just see the ending.
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so ironic dat the two people that hardly did anything, dat didn't kill survived. All thanks to Kawada. Really felt sad when he died.
Damn. So many dead. Its quite sad. Wouldn't want to read mangas like these again, definetly not for me.
first of all i have to come clean... i am no sadist and i no that i am also a normal person...and psychologically me think i am normal!! and for the record...i am not a dude and i am not of legal age...and just gotta say the people who said that this nothing but a gore feast...well you people are all wusses to the core!! i mean its pure genius!!
okay gotta say one thing i love it as in seriously love it!! i am normally a shoujo- loving girl but after seeing this and everybody says that its all gore to the core...me thinks no!! now i just gotta know how to put the spoiler thingys in here...and let the real commenting begin!!
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well first of all what draw me in was the art...the very picture of shuuya...up there...and that made me think is this thing really that disgusting cause you know...the boy looks good...anyways about the art...the eyes are popping out and also the brains are splashing about <also the drool and other body fluids that seriously aint pretty>...but it aint that gross if you think about it...thats what really is inside of our bodies...why get scared of the things inside me and you?? anyways for what its worth the story is pure genius i mean it was tapping the fragility of both the human mind and body...also the characters...they are so real...everybody!! and the girls i love them...yes even mitsuko...i like her...i mean she has her glitches and she a bitch slasho whore but her story it touched me!! one of my favorites is also takako...the girl didnt go down without a fight!! go girl power!! okay moving on to the boys side...mimura...oh mimura...my favorite character...i mean the guys a genius!! but not a twisted one like kiriyama!! he could have done it...i like his principle..yeah keep it frosty!! god which brings it to the kiriyama...i know the guy's a wacko for a reason...im going to miss his poker face...but sometimes he is just so annoying i mean i was near thinking that the guy is supernatural!! okay about the main character...the guy is a breath of fresh air... shuuya has real beliefs...i mean that became the main point of this thing how far your beliefs and morals can take you against fear, madness and all the goddamn guns pointed at you...also kawada totally worth mentioning...this guy...couldnt have made it without him...he was...i dont know...comic relief...just relief..the guys a savior!! anyways...i just love it!! the other ones...i hafta say i love it and i dont know why but this one i gotta say that i love it out of all this things worth!!
the violence and the perversion of everything didnt dragged my morals down but actually gave me life lessons i mean yeah really! i am not that much fond of tragedies but this one takes it home!!! really a page turner!! oh and another description comes to mind...THIS ONE IS EXQUISITELY EXPLICIT!!!
... Last updated on October 5th, 2009, 4:29am
never read this, but i saw the movie
i dont know if i ever want to read this, becuz the movie was already enough for me, im betting this will be the goryiest thing ever, since mangas usually can extend to greater heights in creepy ways of killing than a movie...
I liked it.
This manga is a bit of a gore-fest. It doesn't bother me, but I can see it really bothered some others judging by the comments. In any case, I found the plot interesting and thought provoking. I thought the large cast of characters was managed well, I was able to get a distinct impression of each of them even with little screen time. The art helped greatly in this too, as each of them had a very unique looked that further helped to set them apart from each other. Whether you liked the style or not, the art was well done, rendering everything from the island setting to a rotting corpse in minute detail. I quite liked Battle Royale, but I'd only recommend it to those who like dark stories and aren't bothered by gore.
sorry for such a long review
Well, first I'd like to say that I really think I shouldn't recommend this, even though I liked it, so that people won't come after me waving sticks. Which is why I didn't put a rating in it. Second, I really try to refrain from commenting on other people's reviews, but I kind of had to say something to the idea that people who think that the nudity was worse than the gore are no better than murderers. I can see where you're coming from, but I think you went a little overboard. Okay, now that I've blabbered on for a bit, I'll talk about the comic. Battle Royale really has some nasty gore, [eyeballs everywhere, entrails hanging out] but what disturbed me more was the rape. Maybe it's just me, but I've got a really hard time dealing with rape, more than any amount of violence. After reading reviews, I decided to skip the third volume all together, because of that. The gore, though realy nasty, was not as bad as I had exspected. The scariest thing I thought about the deaths was the expressions. Masayuki Taguchi is really good at expresseions, and the faces of the dead and dying are no exception. They are the kind of images that stay implanted in you're brain for a long time. The artwork though, especially the scenery, is some of the best ever. Koushun Takami said that Masayuki Taguchi's artwork was "directly decended from Osamu Tezuka's", and I can really see the similarities. What made me want to read this comic was the story though. The idea of it is so horrifying and crazy and Lord of the Flies times 20. The premise is really a unique and facinating idea. I thought the Keith Griffen adaption did a good job with the dark humor, and generally it was good, but some of the time it was hard to figure out what everybody was saying because he made it super slangy. But all in all, I think if you're determined to read Battle Royale, you should make sure you're ready, because it's really disturbing. This is really taking the Lord of the Flies-esqe psychological genre to the extreme.
seriously some people here need to really stop whining about this manga, if you dont like it move on to something else. me? i personally really liked it, it always made me want to read the next chapter. i had to force myself to stop reading at 2 in the morning. but while i did really like most of the manga, to me the violence was kinda to over the top, eyes going everywhere, and the fact that the kids sold each other out so easily, and went absolutely nuts, really annoyed me. im in high school and im pretty sure no one there would sell eachother out so easily, you'd have to be really spoiled.
finally some of you people should stop blaming the artist for making an inhumane manga, its better than some crappy cliche romance
... Last updated on July 4th, 2009, 5:11am
My two cents
I rather liked Battle Royale, I do however understand a lot of peoples complaints about it. The art for one thing, it's nor my favorite style, too western looking for japanese kids to be honest, but you can't really argue that it is not well drawn. I think that the caricature look of it I liked on the other hand, for the same reason I enjoyed a lot of the slightly super human stunts, especially by Kiriyama, and to some extent the gore as well. I'll tell you this, I'm not a genral gore fan, most of the time and a lot of the time here as well I just find it disgusting and unecessary. But what is the feeling of this manga? I think the caricatures, the gross out factor and the supernatural aspects just brings you there. How much more horrible wouldn't a bullet to the face of a person standing right next to you rather than a picture of it be?
As for the story I rather enjoyed it as well, and to be honest rather than a story it is about characters, and how these characters react to this extreme situation. The backstories I think makes the chracters come alive, they are not just another kill, another messy death, they are made into people with interests, feelings (well most of them) and friends. Which of course is what makes this manga so disturbing, and don't get me wrong, I do think it is. And I'm certain it was meant to be as well.
As for how realistic the peple and their backstories were, I think most of the chracters in were very realistic, what you have to realize is that all these people are put in a very extreme situation, it is made very clear to them that it really is kill or be killed by seeing some of their class mates killed right in front of them. And two, they come from a very different society, I don't think it was made as clear by the manga as it was by the novel, but it takes place in a very different present (one which I always imagined is the result from world war two ending differently) where "the program" has existed for 60 years and the nation is at war or something similar to the cold war at the very least. And there is only 2 people that are really activily killing, most do it in self defence, out of extreme fear for their own lives or out of insanity, which I think is entierly plausible given the circumstances. In the end, I wouldn't say I could relate to but clearly understand most of the characters in the plot, though some may be the protagonist or antagonist a bit too much to the core, but once again I think it sort of brings, if not them, but their action alive, it can really make you feel what the others around them must feel towards them.
This being said, I have not given this a perfect grade, for several reasons, the manga and the novel along with it was pulp litterature, it was an easy read, while still making you think, which is always a good thing. Some times I think the violence took too big a part over shadowing the chracters afflicted by it. A plot hole here and there. But my main issue with the manga was the, what seemed to be almost constant, nudity. Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude rather too far in the other direction, but I just didn't feel it belonged there, and many times it just felt stupid, really stupid.
But I still really liked it, in my opinion it has a lot of believable chracters which i could really feel for, and a lot of suspense and very original writing in some scenes made for an exciting read even though it kind of messed me up emotionally for some time after reading it.