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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)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews
Battle Royale by Rashid
Battle Royale by xombiemonkey

14 topics, 166 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (1051 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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 #565 increased(+13)
Monthly Pos #940 decreased(-39)
3 Month Pos #1144 increased(+3)
6 Month Pos #1154 decreased(-61)
Year Pos #1127 decreased(-25)

List Stats
On 575 reading lists
On 927 wish lists
On 2524 completed lists
On 156 unfinished lists
On 334 custom lists

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Forum Posts
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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Too Much   
Rating: N/A
by Keel
May 12th, 2009, 1:57am
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
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Good . . but come on!   
Rating: N/A
by leprechaundata
March 16th, 2009, 9:06am
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.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by imt0203
August 12th, 2008, 12:28pm
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... )
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somewhat disappointed   
Rating: 5.3 / 10.0
by mastertek
August 27th, 2007, 2:29am
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" 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!

... Last updated on August 27th, 2007, 2:32am
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Fast paced   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Unileg
September 10th, 2007, 4:28pm
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
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I don't usually lean towards this kind of manga...   
Rating: N/A
by torrentchan
June 15th, 2007, 6:10am
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.
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It isnt that good.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by 2H
November 9th, 2006, 12:45pm
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.
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very enjoyable   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 8th, 2011, 3:58am
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.
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Battle Royale Review   
Rating: N/A
by Michael
March 9th, 2006, 2:22am
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.
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Stop whining   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by numb3rs
July 4th, 2009, 5:10am
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
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