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Battle Royale  
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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.

Note: An English-language release of the collected volumes, published in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom by Tokyopop, was extensively rewritten by Keith Giffen, whose script does not completely follow the original manga. This adaptation makes several changes to the plot. Most notably claiming "the program" is a reality TV show and changing the time that the story is set in by almost 10 years, both of which are contradicted in later volumes.


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Associated Names
Королевская битва

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 v2 by Manga-Sketchbook (3591d ago)
v.15 by Manga-Sketchbook (3591d ago)
c.113-115 by Illuminati-Manga (3600d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (978 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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March 24th 2015, 12:35pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Champion (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (15 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #650 increased(+98)
Monthly Pos #900 increased(+61)
3 Month Pos #981 decreased(-15)
6 Month Pos #960 decreased(-52)

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On 536 reading lists
On 852 wish lists
On 2343 completed lists
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Battle Royale 1268 days, 4 hours, 1 minutes ago
Battle Royale vs Hunger Games 1397 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes ago
Most attractive character in BR 2064 days, 10 hours, 47 minutes ago
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1st Battle Royale Film to Get 3D Conversion 2069 days, 20 hours, 16 minutes ago

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I like it...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by miku_yamada
March 3rd, 2009, 9:58pm
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. biggrin
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Graphic, Gruesome and Gory. ^_^   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by Master_M2K
November 8th, 2007, 6:07pm
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.

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. ^_^
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Worthless Fanservice   
Rating: N/A
by llbloodll
March 28th, 2007, 6:51pm
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
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by anime_lover122488
December 13th, 2006, 8:30pm
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.
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Rating: N/A
by pokie
July 23rd, 2006, 11:11pm
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)!
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No Empathy   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by JapanRocks
February 10th, 2016, 4:09pm
This manga is great. Lots of gore and stupidity that just kept me coming back. With its reputation that should come as no surprise. If you're looking for gore look no further. Just one problem, it did nothing for me besides being cheap gore porn.

Maybe the book does the characterization better, I don't know I haven't read it yet. All I know is that everyone was dying and besides one or two people, I didn't care one bit. If you sympathize with characters easily( and I do mean easily) you might even cry reading this. If you can care about characters but they have to work for your love, like me, then forget about liking anyone in this. Why? Cause they are all either moronic beyond belief or psychotic(and not the fun kind, the kind that you just want dead already). Wanna see the epitome of stupidity and bad decision making? Read this manga to see a good show.

Also if you're not a fan of excessive backstory and authors trying to make insane killers somehow sympathetic right before they die then don't even touch the book. However if you're looking for some cheap thrills go for it.
The art is pretty disgusting at times and everyone has huge watery eyes like you just killed their dog, but it's a story where most people don't stay alive long enough for it to matter what they look like. You'll forget all about them by the next page anyway.

Tl;dr : Read for the gore/horror, the psychological aspects don't come through too well unless you're a REALLY empathetic person.
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Manga Version   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Grey-Haze
August 18th, 2014, 11:58pm
Having read the book before this all I could think of was the differences. In the manga the characters have all these back stories, battles and emotions that were not presented in the book. I donít know why the manga went so off course with the deaths.

As I was reading this I began to think "So the artist cared about the main charaters but when it came to drawing the not so important characters he was like, F*** it just make sure it has eyes, a nose and a mouth.

I got used to the gore because I expected it in a graphic, violent story. I couldnít really get over the Mitsuko thing though. Yeah she used her sexuality in book, but nowhere near as much (and as how) as in the manga

I know the manga isnít supposed to be exactly like the book, but it just added a lot of scenes that did not make the manga better (or sense in some cases), and took away from some of the characters. It wasnít a bad read though

... Last updated on August 19th, 2014, 12:02am
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A classic of the Survival genre   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by moonmystery
February 12th, 2014, 10:14pm
This stuff is pretty intense, and definitely targeted toward adult males..... So when I first read this back as a young and relatively innocent eighth grade girl, this utterly disgusted me. Now four years later, I still find the portrayal of lots of things disgusting, but, I can somewhat "ignore" it for the story......

Well, for the most part, a lot of the psychology involved was very realistic, and while the physical portrayals of many characters were grotesque/ugly/gross, I was able to see the inner workings of human nature (not necessarily in a good light).

Sadly, all my favorite characters died. I cried quite a bit over them too... sad

... Last updated on February 12th, 2014, 10:17pm
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Pretty good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ward94
July 30th, 2014, 6:58am
The reason I've read this was because some claimed that the hunger games series was based on it. Whatever it is I think I became a fan of Battle Royale as well. Obviously the story is amazing. I liked the fact that we had glimpses of all the characters lives, It made it easier to relate. I also like how every thing is discussed in details like their feelings, and their relationships like how they connect to each other, after all they are classmates.

the author had to be genius to write such a masterpiece. I mean, all of the events are well planed. moreover it was easy to understand the actions of the characters and kinda forgive them, even the evil ones! Well in the end kiriyama (I think bigrazz) was my favorite and his past was the most incredible. Shyuua on the other hand I didn't like much, even though he was supposed to be the lead. I think he is absolutely reckless and unreliable which makes him somewhat a burden on kawada, he is trying to be the goody-goody but people keep hurting and dying because of him! even the good ones.

On the down side I think there are some pretty sick characters! I mean even if they were exposed to such a danger I doubt people get this mental, but what would I know.The art is detailed I give it that, its obvious that great effort was put into it. but I think it goes a little too overboard sometimes, especially with the violence. So i don't recommend this to young or sensitive readers.
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The book is better   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by clampies
April 22nd, 2013, 1:28pm
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!
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