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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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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!
Not for the weak-hearted. This series is full of intense action sequences and sex, narrated by its emotionally distraught characters (who could blame them). The art is realistic and bold; never too afraid to be grotesque or gratuitous. Despite manifold attractions, the simple concept of Darwinism in this novel/manga is what really stands out. Through the program and its characters, we experience the fear, betrayal, trust, and will to survive. Some people may not find the characters credible, but I thought they were fulfilling enough to successfully depict the reactions of one driven to the depths of human limits. It's a modern Lord of the Flies and definitely worth the read.
... Last updated on September 11th, 2007, 9:59pm
I don't usually lean towards this kind of manga...
but heck, battle royale really captures the character's emotion, fear, courage, and in the end some face their twisted fate of their moment. If you like thrilling manga, then i suggest Battle Royale.
It isnt that good.
Hmm yeah it has gore and blood, but its so-so. Crappy story, basicly its about people's pasts, but still couldnt really feel with the characters. So I didnt really care about them. Its just gore and blood nothin more.
i love the expressive art where every pore and every bead of spit are beautifully and grotesquely rendered. the characters are delightful variable mix of shit ass crazy and just barely sane. their actions and their thinking lies between condamnable and commendable, but enjoyable all the same. i gleefully wait for the next axe to drop, for the next bullet to be shot - and feel sad and teary all the same when a good character dies.
the only irksome thing is the whiny, teary, weak main male character, who dont do anything - and somehow made it alive. but oh well.
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
Battle Royale Review
Sex, Violence, and Mayhem. My kind of book to sit down and read. Art is beautiful and grotesque at the same time. Plots have some cool twists. If you've seen the movies, you'll get more of the same except with more blood and more sex.
it is awsome i love this comic gir wot validate my acount
Actually Pretty Good
Now, obviously this manga is very violent and perhaps too violent for the weak of heart, but if you're like me and can't get phased by manga violence (already read Ichi the Killer and still no effect) then you can sit through this manga and actually enjoy (not really enjoy, but you get what I mean) the story.
To put it out there, yes, it really messed up what these kids have to go through, and if you're chivalrous like me, it can become painful watching the number of women (more like girls) who die. Still, it just adds to the tragic factor of this story (I'm surprised it isn't under the tragedy genre). And for those who like action, it can get pretty actiony (especially on one of the later showdowns).
Probably the one thing that annoyed me a little (other than the main antagonist and the number of dead girls) is the ending or rather the ending fight. It kind of seemed to drag on a bit. What could have been concluded in 1 chapter ended up dragging on for 3-4 chapters, IIRC. That's only enough to maybe drop my rating by .5, but when there's the amount of violence there is in this manga (especially the number of dead girls), it can become overbearing. So, even though the violence didn't phase me, I still thought that the amount of violence took away from the quality of the story.
Overall, definitely give it a shot. If you can stomach almost non-stop killing, then you can definitely find the quality in the story, and the story is very good (but on the tragic side).
The art makes this manga stand out from the pack. The student relationships weren't believable though, since we didn't get to know them very well before the battle royale. If the author had devoted a couple of volumes to the genre of school life/romance (suzuka, school rumble, something like that) and then had them duke it out to the death, I would have cared about the characters more--in fact, it would have been awesome.