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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?

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Battle Royale by Rashid
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (1046 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 #606 increased(+10)
Monthly Pos #885 increased(+146)
3 Month Pos #1133 decreased(-106)
6 Month Pos #1069 increased(+47)

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On 925 wish lists
On 2507 completed lists
On 154 unfinished lists
On 333 custom lists

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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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Actually Pretty Good   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by sandman1008
May 12th, 2008, 10:37am
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).
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Battle Royale   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yappa
March 17th, 2007, 5:38pm
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.
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battle royal   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
October 11th, 2005, 10:09pm
it is awsome i love this comic gir wot validate my acount
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Kratos330
February 10th, 2009, 4:51pm
I can't see why people put so high ratings. I agree it was good, but the characters... why are they SO soft, although it may seem reasonable that they are soft but in a setting like that, how can you survive acting like a real human? It was deep and made me think a lot but it was mostly anger from the thoughts of being able to save everyone. I was turned off fast by the constant violence as well, and the insane characters were never really interesting.

If your into random killing, and characters who can't draw you in well, have fun. IMO The 3 guys who are into escaping are probably the MOST annoying characters I have ever seen.
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Pure Violence   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jack_T
October 5th, 2008, 12:36am
if you just feel like reading something graphic and gory, this is it. no plot or story really just an entire class killing each other off.

this was my first introduction to seinen and ever since I've only been looking for seinen series to read.

re-readability is low, everytime i try to read it again i often just skip the protagonists long drawn out speeches about how people are genuinely good and i go to the main antagonist destroying everyone.
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too sad for words   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lorie
November 16th, 2008, 5:36am
I really liked this manga. The violence didn't really bother me, nor did the gore, but the nudity and sex in it did. I often had to stomach it or skip it. The storyline is way depressing and so is the story. Plus my favourite character died. . . Regardless, this manga actually made me think about a lot of things. Its not, in my opinion, just about blood and violence, I feel there was much more to it than that. The characters personal stories just made the whole ending more poignant.
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Not for me but wanted to see ending   
Rating: N/A
by John21
December 15th, 2009, 4:09am
Honestly dis manga damn. So much horror and i can't really sai i enjoyed it. But i kept on reading, even skipped a few chapters to just see the ending.
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so ironic dat the two people that hardly did anything, dat didn't kill survived. All thanks to Kawada. Really felt sad when he died.
Damn. So many dead. Its quite sad. Wouldn't want to read mangas like these again, definetly not for me.
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great manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blaznazn22
April 18th, 2009, 1:15am
Its a manga that will really suck you in. I really love survival manga and even though it wasn't completely realistic, underneath the exagerated gore, it explores human nature and does a pretty decent job at it. The gore kind of gets funny at times since even a small bullet shot at a person results in his brains falling out. I mean cmonn lol. The main protagonist is a bit of a homo with his altruistic beliefs and trying to save everyone. What a jackass. Its kind of sad that some of the best characters had to die, but it didnt make the manga any worse
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never read this, but i saw the movie   
Rating: N/A
by Lightning Hiro
September 7th, 2009, 3:39pm
i dont know if i ever want to read this, becuz the movie was already enough for me, im betting this will be the goryiest thing ever, since mangas usually can extend to greater heights in creepy ways of killing than a movie...
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yoyosama
August 26th, 2008, 12:10am
How could I label this horribly gory manga refreshing? Well, after reading stories where all of the characters become mary-sues and magically get themselves out of situations where death should be inescapable, that's how this is refreshing. Because if someone is in a tricky situation, they usually just die. That's why it's so different from other manga. No mary-sues running around. I wouldn't recommend it to those who are faint of heart, but really this stuff just doesn't phase me like it should. Really great series though, I'm hoping to finish it soon. The art is kind of bad though.

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