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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 over 11 years ago
v.15 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
c.113-115 by Illuminati-Manga over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (1052 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.86 / 10.0
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October 31st 2017, 1:42pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Champion (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (15 Volumes - Complete / 5 Volumes = Ultimate Edition - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #515 increased(+122)
Monthly Pos #901 increased(+38)
3 Month Pos #1155 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #1157 decreased(-64)
Year Pos #1146 decreased(-44)

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Battle Royale over 5 years ago
Battle Royale vs Hunger Games over 5 years ago
Most attractive character in BR over 7 years ago
what would you do over 7 years ago
1st Battle Royale Film to Get 3D Conversion over 7 years ago

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Interpretation of Human Nature   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by yongzhi93
November 1st, 2011, 11:25am
I swear what I've learnt from this is that -some- humans are fundamentally bloodthirsty, insane savages and there's nothing to be done about it.

The violence and gore was repulsive at first. But what put me off the most was really the director, soldiers and all the unnamed members of the state apparatus that organized and took joy in preparing such a program. Lord of the Flies serialized much. It was purely disgusting.

On the plot itself, I can see why Shogo comes out the most popular, and I admit I do respect that guy a lot. Undoubtedly, though, my favourite character is Mimura. There're too many unrealistic, whiny and selfish characters to disillusion me about my own race, and Mimura really perhaps is the closest to a real good bastard we get. He's smart, he tries to do good but he isn't stupid enough to trust assholes who'd sell him out in a heartbeat. He's willing to take along people who're not much better than deadweight and even cause trouble (flashlight, losing the trigger). He's honest. Good job retaining your sanity and wits without either becoming a crazy killer or weeping at every other corpse you see, I say.

I think the plot was well-developed and ended nicely. I understand and accept that it gets pretty unrealistic at times - in fact, bloody hell, I doubt anyone would be able to even move after getting their fingers cut or shot in the arm or leg; we'd all be screaming in pain. Yet the battles can prolong. But it's a manga so I am quite willing to take it with a pinch of salt.

The underlying thematic texture, the carefully interwoven backstories and the individuality of every character conforming to an unexpected Hell was well done. And we readers are left to ponder for ourselves, at the end of it, which of those 42 students we would ourselves have been, were we thrown bodily into Battle Royale.
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I liked it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by prettykitty20034
August 22nd, 2009, 6:52am
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.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jenangelx3
January 19th, 2008, 12:00am
Ok, after giving myself time to adjust, I really love this manga. I love this series! It's thrilling and psychological. It draws you in and won't let you go! Though lots of scenes freaked me out cause of it's gore, it's a really great manga

... Last updated on December 17th, 2009, 8:21pm
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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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Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by Hell_Clues
May 15th, 2012, 3:46am
It's been awhile(years) since a manga has captured me as much as this one. The speed at which I read it sped up and up. Even though I was able to put it down earlier, by the halfway point I just had to finish it.

I think the gore is appropriate and it isn't ridiculous either(not over the top). Someone complains about the lack of rape but all the murdering got in the way, obviously Souma was deadly, and 5 of the girls formed a militia(later 6). Combine that with the large land that everyone is running around with... wait why am I bothering explaining. You see why it doesn't happen in the manga. A few moments bend crediblity but there is no ki attack, Sugimura(the martial artist) says its just the wind and he's just playing it up, and the manga plays it up too. What you see him do is just a push attack. Also Souma was all about using her sexuality as a weapon, and the only other thing that comes to mind is the crazy girl who went around in her underwear, so I can't agree with the sentiment that it's oversexualized.

Honestly despite the bends of credibility I can't say this manga has any flaws in what it tries to do. Obviously the story could have had a darker ending but it was about fighting what this government was trying to do, take away everything from them(plus not everything has to be 1984). So it isn't flawed but it is what it is.

The story jumps around to different characters, some time only for a chapter. But there are a couple of characters that are given much more attention, and a small core group. You can split these into three groups, with about five stand out good guys. I really liked all their stories, though Sugimura was one I really related too, his battle and story were a highlight for me(But there's half a dozen or more stand out scenes for me). Basically I'm sure any reader will find one of these guys very likeable. I also randomly liked Hirono and some of the lesser characters that didn't get much screen time, perhaps because of the designs, and art, which I liked as well.

There are some highs, noble deaths, ignoble deaths. This isn't an experience that's defined by the end. The journey is really what's important. Is it commentary while delivering what it rages against? Is it just an action movie that isn't as stupid as people think they are? Whatever, it's enjoyable.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2012, 3:49am
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great expect....   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by o0James0o
July 22nd, 2008, 4:40pm
its great overall... the story and everything... is just awesome... expect for the art.... god damn i hate the look of the main characters.... they look like shit.... that pisses me off whenever i start readin the story... the girl is especially ugly and that guy is just...... have a face that pisses me off..... god damn would be awesome if they change how the main characters looks.....
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Battle Royale- Okay...   
Rating: N/A
by xxLOVE
January 21st, 2008, 8:50pm
I think it was a little too violent and too much gore for my liking, kind of made my stomach churn. Though it was pretty good but the guts and intestines bursting out after a cut was...disturbing.
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Nice and gory   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Juneau
May 25th, 2007, 11:08am
If you can handle the way the characters are drawn, it's a good read.

Edit: Ok, I just finished it and the ending is amazing. At first i didn't like the art, I'm not sure if I just got used to the style or it got better, but by the end of the manga some of the pages were extremely well done and really showed the character's emotions. One drawback is the occasional block of writing filling a whole chapter, and a bit of repetition, but the action scenes more than make up for it.

... Last updated on May 26th, 2007, 5:22pm
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Good adaptation from the novel, even though overly sexualized   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
December 12th, 2013, 8:49pm
I just recently completed the novel and since I was in that Battle Royale mood, I re-read a few scenes from the manga and picked up from where I left off.

My recommendation: read the novel if you can.

The manga overall is a good adaptation in that it did capture the world building and the mood of the novel. However, I still think that it was overly sexualized. Gore, I can handle, because it's part of the subject of the novel, kids killing each other. The gore facilitates the shock. The sex is however unjustified. Seriously, the artist drew the male sex organ big across one page. Gosh, I was so relieved I was not reading that part in public.

In the book, Mitsuko did not rape that anime guy. But in the manga, for some weird reason, the mangaka decided to do that.

My complaint about the creepy faces of side characters remains. I get that there are "ugly" characters but that doesn't mean most of them should look creepy.

Changes from the novel that I liked:

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- Sugimura found his girl and was able to had some time with her before he died. I really liked how the mangaka drew their dying scene. The graphic effect was amazing. I was impressed.

- Hirono had that hallucination of joining the main trio before drowning. This change was very good: right when you thought she survived, it turned out she didn't. It made an impact on me.

- Except for Mitsuko's background, I liked all the ways the mangaka extended all characters' backgrounds based on the novel. The extensions stayed true to the spirit of the novel. The changes were "canon" in that sense; you feel like you got more information about the characters by reading the manga, not conflicting information.

My old review from 2012:

Subject: Overly sexualized and unnecessary gore with creepy faces

This manga overly-sexualizes the whole thing. It is so nasty how the artist drew girls, specifically girl body. After an absolutely disgusting sex scene (I can't believe they drew this. Not because I'm against sex scenes but sex just makes this whole story so shallow and mushy. Battle Royale deserves better.) and because the character I cared about the most
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died in an earlier volume, I gave up.

Most of the characters (especially male ones) who are not primary characters have weird faces. Creepy and disgusting faces. It's like the creator wants us to not form an emotional connection to those characters. It's blatant manipulation so we only care about the main characters. The back stories of some of the side characters are interesting but the faces are just so... Ugh. Add that with the sex and gore portrayed in this manga. Instead of a great psychological thriller like the novel, the manga adaptation comes short as a whole.

To its credits, the manga did portray the main characters's stories very well. My favorite characters were Shinji Mimura and Shogo Kawada. I was so devastated when
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Shinji Mimura died.

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2015, 4:08pm
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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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