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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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I like it...
Its really really really good! I think anyone who enjoy violence and drama will like this mangá. I know i did. Its pretty amazing to read about how people would react in extreme situations like that... "what would i do?" you'll caught yourself thinking that. I get really mad about the "super powers" that appear near the end, that's so dragon ball z! Other thing that gets in my nerves is that stupid noriko who cant take care of herself... call me meanie, but i was hoping so much that she would die... lol Plus, the end was very poor and the art was ugly! But despite of that (dont worry, you can enjoy even thought all this stuff) its like a "must read" for the fans of dark, horror, psychological mangá.
Graphic, Gruesome and Gory. ^_^
Story/Plot 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". The problem with this set-up is that it almost completely removes the thought of getting attached to any characters because they usually end up the same way. However at least some of them are developed so well that you cannot help but get attached to them.
Artwork The artwork is great in depicting a disturbing amount of gore and violence that you'll feel sick to the stomach, because the one thing this manga is famous for is going over the top.
Final Thoughts Battle Royale is an excitingly, gut-wretching manga that will keep you on edge. It is really interesting how this manga was put together, as 15 Volumes, without the story feeling dragged out however the TokyoPop did mess it up a bit with their translations. BR is also one of the few manga out there that allow you to express so many emotions; from sadness, to frustration.
Unlike the similar manga "Gantz" BR has this lingering feeling of hopelessness that makes the story very depressing. With this really depressing story it can make Battle Royale less enjoyable to read but there's plenty of shocking moments and cliffhangers to keep you going. ^_^
After reading about 3/4ths of the manga, going over the original novel, and watching the Battle Royale movie, I can say that the manga stands a solid second place. It easily bypasses its movie counterpart, only because of its length... but really the obscure and ultimately excessive fanservice has ruined the face of this manga. Although it has nonetheless executed some very believable scenes, it falls short of what it could truly be.
... Last updated on March 28th, 2007, 6:51pm
It has a very unrealistic story that is very catchy. Its like a hide and seek where everyone is a seeker and a hider (someone who hides.. >.>) and they try to kill each other so they wont be killed in return. The plot is really intriguing and have you keep wondering about what will happen next... (well the general storyline is a bit predictable though). Overall, it won't waste your time.
Truly an intriguing page-turner. Let me preface my opinion by saying that I am partial to shoujo manga, but am open to anything that has a good storyline + great art and this is a prime example. The art here is truly unique and the story really takes you for a ride (in a good way)!
The book is better
I'm a BIG BIG BIG fan of the book and this manga is great to some point. The story is GREAT it is the only reason I can't give this manga under 8. The art is not good (maybe 3 or 4 characters are well drawn), too much background story I don't care, destroying Mitsuko character (she's my favorite in the book) and changing some characters death (why?)
It is gore HELLO the story is about a bunch of kid forced to kill each other. You should'nt just focus on the killing but the psychological aspect of the human nature. Anyway, my recommendation is to read the book, and for lazy ass who think 600 pages is too long, watch the movie!
This manga is either for you or not for you. It has really good characters but unless you can stand a diminishing character list and very adult themes i'ld say this is definitly not for you
Good . . but come on!
This manga is like heavy metal music. You are either WAY to into violence and messed up crap, or you find the heavy atmosphere entertaining, but can take it with a sense of humor. I say this meaning, this series is gory, sexual, and way over the top.
This manga is full of nudity, violence, blood and pieces of bodies... and sad stories of course. The story is somehow sick and sad. I just couldnt accept that they killed each other to get out of that crazy game when they r friends. Not only so, every students have a very sad and depressing story ( this is definitely the sadest class on earth... )
this disappointed me after all. At very first chapters, the character design "of the old day" made me sick like hell which marked my negative impression on the series. The review had absorbed me, though, not much of truth. It's that the story was absurd as suspected, ends up not moving, impressive and un predictable as expected. Two final survivals dont deserve it, they played not much for their life, just cluttering tears all around. More, characters' early backgounds are also immature, incomplete, false focus, not enough for me to "feel for them"...at least the artwork add up my critique! btw, I like the review and gotta a comment on it, "you can see no more than the 2 fluids blood and tear", no, it's 3 and scum counts!