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Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence in a dystopian world, it is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they brBattle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence in a dystopian world, it is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world. The first novel by small-town journalist Koushun Takami, it went on to become an even more notorious film by 70-year-old director Kinji Fukusaku....

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ISBN : 9781591823148
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Number of Pages : 210 Pages
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Battle Royale, Vol. 01 Reviews

  • Nina
    2019-07-13 05:01

    Let me start off by giving a tip for people who are looking into the Battle Royale franchise and doesn't know what media to go into first: Start with the novel, then watch the movie and then indulge yourself in the manga. My reasons? When you start with the novel, you'll begin with no visual aid. You don't have the characters in the movie and/or manga in your mind. It's only you and your imagination which makes things very fun. The story can be as tame or as graphic as you want it to be! Next, the movie. For me, I found the movie to be disappointing, but only because I read the novel first. But it was all good since I got to start the franchise with a clean mind. Lastly, you should read the manga. The drawings were very well done and added a lot to the story. Plus, the manga had its own little changes, which made things a little bit more exciting.Now for my review:If I had to choose between Battle Royale's novel, movie or manga, I would have to choose the manga. First off, the movie was bad. It had no theme and it was very messy. Then again, it would have been rather difficult to compress a 600-paged book into a feature length film. Next, we have the novel. The book was long, but length means more details. The book gave much emotional impact. Almost everyone their own back story- not just the main character. But I have to say that my favorite form of media for Battle Royale was the manga by Koushun Takami.The drawings were flawless. They were haunting, gory, creepy- everything that Battle Royale is. The drawings made the story come to life and made me feel like I was actually witnessing the events that took place. Takami added his own ideas into the manga that wasn't in the book. They worked PERFECTLY. I loved all additions that he did. Aside from changing the ending, though. The novel's ending was my favorite and I'm kind of sad to see that the movie and the manga did not follow through with it.I gave this manga 4 stars, which is higher than what I rated the book version of Battle Royale. You see, I think that the drawings really did work well for a long story such as this. While I was reading the book, there were times when I felt like it was too long and wanted to put the book on hold. It was different while reading the manga version. Sure, I still felt like the story was too long, but sooner or later, the next gory drawing would snap me out of my tiredness and I would want to continue reading. That was what worked. If they could remake Battle Royale's movie, they should follow this manga exactly the way that it is.First read: June 18 to 19, 2011Review written on: June 19, 2011Re-reread: May 5-7, 2013Re-read: July 7-8, 2017

  • Argona
    2019-07-21 05:06

    I read this manga and the novelization at the same time and I really liked this first volume of the Manga. It's quite amazing for a Manga. It's very graphic and gory, but you probably know what you are getting into when you decide to read a Manga like "Battle Royale". Comparing manga to the novel, some parts are different. Certain scenes and events are more dramatic or more romantic. I usually think nothing can come close to the original novel, whether it's a movie or a Manga, but this Manga is really quite good, builds the right atmosphere, the drawings are well-done and is as captivating as the actual novel with (so far) very few differences. It also helps with the visualization of events and characters. Considering the number of characters and their similar names, it made reading the novel easier for me. I haven't read the second volume yet and apparently the end of the manga is different than that of the novel. I am not sure how I feel about that since I have finished neither of them but so far, I like the little differences and extra scenes. After all, a Manga can't exactly be like a novel and mangaka has no choice but to improvise for character's inner thoughts, backgrounds and such. This is a deeply psychological, very gory and violent story that explores human's mind. The story concentrates on both ugliness of human world and the beauty of it. If there is darkness, blood and violence, there is also light, hope and humanity. This is a great Manga but make sure you get into it very prepared for what is going to hit you.

  • Emily May
    2019-07-11 06:19

    Ok, I'm not a massive manga fan and I bought this on a really random whim to find out what the fuss was about... and wow. Seriously, this is not a nice book by any means but it is incredible in a must-know-what-happens-next way. It's full of very graphic (well, it is manga) sex and violence, disturbing scenes of mental illness and a horrifying look at the depths of human depravity. But it also has hope against the odds, and friendship, and love.This is a series that spans many issues and will take the reader on a journey both around the island, but also deep inside the human mind. I can understand why some people wouldn't like this book, I find it hard to apply the word 'like' to it myself without sounding like a psychopath, but it's gripping and intriguing... you are never bored. Trust me, you should read it. But make sure you come prepared with a strong stomach.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-07-02 04:08

    Ever since I heard that some of the Eastern world (or manga-reading world) had accused Suzanne Collins of ripping off the immensely popular Battle Royale, I had it in my (long) list of books I wanted to read. Then, after years of languishing on that list... well, I never could quite get up the commitment to read it, since it is long, and well, I kind of felt I knew the point: Adults force kids to kill kids. And they do. But Takami also wrote the manga series based on his own book, so I felt a little justified in at least acquainting myself with the series in this way. And I did like it. It's set in a school and I am trying to read a lot of school-based manga for a class with a bunch of future teachers in it.The idea is that a mean teacher (and a representative of a totalitarian state) takes his ninth-grade students to an isolated island and gives them a map, food, and weapons. Forty-two of them. And they are to fight to the death until only one remains. The problem is that you get these lists of kids and descriptions of them you don't care about at the beginning, most of whom will die before you can actually care about them. A data dump. And it is not clear why they are doing this child killing. In Hunger Games you get to know Katniss and Peeta and a few others early on, you build the world a bit, before you are fully introduced to the cruel game. There's little or no world-building in the first volume of Battle Royale at all.It may come out in later volumes, but the point of it all isn't clear. I can imagine it is about a totalitarian state and its effects particularly on children, or teens. Or it's about how some capitalistic or otherwise cut-throat educational system (like Japan in fact has!) that can make students turn against each other. Winner take all world, surely. Kids raised on competition. But so far it's just a brutal dystopian killing story. But I give it three stars because I suspect my interpretation above drives it all, it's social commentary and not just {mere) horror.

  • Murat
    2019-06-22 11:00

    Death Note dan sonra iyi bir manga okumamıştım. Okuyacağımı da zannetmiyordum. Taki Battle Royale a kadar. Çizimler, konu ve gerilim muazzam.

  • Ana Carolina Maciel
    2019-07-16 09:08

    This is not as special as I'd expected, I'm sorry but the comparison is inevitable and its successor (THG trilogy) is actually much better.

  • Fredrik
    2019-07-16 06:03

    Review ini adalah sekaligus untuk keseluruhan seri-nya yang kelar saya baca versi online manga-nya dalam waktu kurang dari 1 minggu. *lap keringet* :DPertama-tama, tentang buku ini: Setelah selesai membaca versi manga Battle Royale ini (saya belum baca novelnya, eniwei), harus saya akui kalau saya GAK PERCAYA Suzanne Collins SAMA SEKALI GAK PERNAH membaca/menonton novel/manga/film Battle Royale.Dude, terlalu banyak kemiripan secara konsep antara The Program (nama "game" yang ada di Battle Royale) dengan The Hunger Games (THG) itu sendiri.Bahkan, imo, gak hanya berakhir di buku pertama, melainkan sampai ke Catching Fire juga yang masih berkisah tentang permainan yang sama.Memang Tante Collins pastinya gak menulis sesuatu yang sama persis sih, berhubung ada hal-hal yang disamarkan. Namun kemiripan konsep itu jelas sekali keliatan.Opresi penguasa.Permainan bunuh-bunuhan.Peserta yang terpilih secara random.Jumlah kontestan yang seimbang untuk kedua gender.Pesertanya remaja.Reality TV show.Area permainan yang terisolasi.Bekal senjata.Zona-zona yang secara berkala menjadi berbahaya.Momen pengumuman peserta yang tewas.Satu pemenang.Harus ada pemenang yang selamat.Mantan pemenang yang harus bermain lagi untuk kedua kalinya.Err...Apa saya melupakan sesuatu?Intinya, konsep "game" dalam THG terlalu sulit untuk dibilang "kebetulan mirip" dengan "game" di Battle Royale (BR).Syukurlah Tante Collins adalah penulis yang bijak karena dia gak hanya sekedar menulis Battle Royale, namun dia memperkaya ceritanya dengan hal-hal lain di luar "game" yang sejujurnya gak banyak saya dapatkan dari hasil membaca Battle Royale saya (setidaknya yang versi manga).THG menyajikan latar belakang dunia yang lebih kaya dan keberadaan "game" yang lebih solid dalam kondisi setting-nya, meski THG lalu gak banyak menyelami karakter-karakter sampingan yang ada dalam "game".Namun kalau meniadakan semua itu, ditambah kemungkinan konsep "game" yang rip-off dari BR, sebenarnya THG ujung-ujungnya hanyalah novel YA standar yang menyajikan kisah cinta antara tokoh-tokoh utamanya...Well, untunglah kisah cintanya tergolong bagus banget buat standar YA. :)Balik lagi ke BR versi manga ini,seperti yang saya sebut di atas, kisah dalam Battle Royale semuanya hanya berpusat pada The Program atau "game" dan bagaimana para kontestannya berupaya menang atau sekedar selamat dengan mengandalkan berbagai cara.Aksi. Aksi. Gore. Seks. Drama. Aksi. Aksi. Gore. Seks.Yaaa... mungkin karena memang dalam media manga yang mementingkan aspek visual, maka penggambaran adegan adalah hal yang terpenting di sini (bukan pembangunan plot-nya, misalnya) sehingga manga BR dipenuhi dengan adegan gore super sadis tingkat tinggi, semacam otak berceceran ke mana-mana di tiap volume-nya, serta mengumbar seks dalam wujud payudara dan organ vital (yang disamarkan setara penerapan pixel pada film porno, xP) yang kerap muncul di sejumlah volume.Gak banyak pemikiran tentang hal-hal di luar atau selepas "game" bagi karakter-karakternya.Semua hanya berpusat pada "game" dan aksi-aksi bunuh-bunuhannya.Salah satu kelemahan manga ini juga adalah penggambaran banyak adegannya yang terlampau lebay.Misalnya, ilustrasi karakter-karakter yang super labil dan senantiasa menangis dalam taraf abnormal.Btw, rasanya hanya Kiriyama-lah satu-satunya kontestan yang gak pernah menitikkan air mata selama "game" @__@'.Juga karakterisasi yang terlalu sinetroniyah dalam wujud kedua tokoh utama yang bagai malaikat tanpa cela, gemar didera tanpa banyak melawan, dan hanya melampiaskan kesedihan dengan menangis, sedangkan para tokoh antagonisnya kerap muncul secara mendadak di waktu dan lokasi yang tepat untuk menguping/mengintip ala sinetron membuat tokoh-tokoh "baik" menderita, serta kenyataan kalau para "penjahat" ini sulit sekali mati atau jarang mendapatkan ganjaran atas perbuatannya, padahal hal yang sama gak berlaku buat para protagonis yang selalu jadi bulan-bulanan dari konsep sebab-akibat.Yeah, rite. -__-"Menjelang akhir, sepertinya juga ada kesan sengaja mau memanjang-manjangkan volume manga yang kelihatan cukup jelas dilakukan oleh sang mangaka dengan cara meng-copy-paste adegan-adegan yang sudah pernah muncul sampai berulang-ulang kali.Ini ngeselin banget.Namuuun... manga BR ini harus saya akui benar-benar sangat adiktif dan intens (seperti layaknya manga-manga bagus nan keren) yang pada akhirnya memang bikin gregetan sehingga kalau kita termasuk orang yang toleran, bisa menerima segala konsekuensi "negatif" di atas, akan sulit sekali menahan diri untuk gak membaca lanjutannya begitu satu volume selesai! xDAah... ada banyak hal keren dari serial manga BR ini!Sebut saja episode-episode yang menceritakan tentang "hardcore" Souma (apalagi ilustrasi dirinya yang diibaratkan boneka itu! wah, dua jempol!), lalu pastinya adegan "jleb" tingkat global yang terjadi (view spoiler)[pada Mimura (hide spoiler)] di Volume 07 (TT___TT), dan tentang tokoh terfavorit, Shogo Kawada, yang latar belakangnya diceritakan dengan apik dalam plot twist yang mantap banget di Volume 13. ^^Jadi overall, ini adalah serial manga yang keren terlepas dari ke-lebay-annya. :DPujian untuk konsep ceritanya mungkin harus diberikan ke penulis novelnya sendiri, Koushun Takami, yang mudah-mudahan saya berkesempatan membaca versi novelnya nanti.Pokoke keren dah!;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jennifer
    2019-07-16 10:08

    I thought I would like this more than I did. I've seen the movie, I just finished reading the novel yesterday, and so far the manga leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe I'd like it better in the original Japanese (time to start practicing my kanji again?).I don't like the way a lot of the characters are introduced (Shinji, for instance, doesn't come off very likeable). Shuya's flashbacks are annoying and detract from the story. I also don't like the changes they made to the Program Instructor. For one, they made him an over-the-top pervert. And they changed his infamous "No whispering!" line.Some of the changes not only seem unnecessary but also don't make much sense. In the manga, Yoshitoki didn't have a crush on Noriko, and even though Shuya now knows Yoshitoki didn't have a crush on her Shuya is going to protect Noriko with his life just because he used to think Yoshitoki had a crush on her. Wait, what? Yeah, don't bother trying to make sense of that; it's just stupid.And I love it when the Program Instructor (view spoiler)[gives away Megumi's hiding spot by calling her on her cellphone, but the manga changes that, too. Instead of taking the opportunity to be an amusingly heartless bastard, the Program Instructor wastes it by being a disgusting pig. It's disappointing to say the least. (hide spoiler)]Some of the character designs are great (Mitsuko, for instance), but some of them... aren't. However, the graphic violence is perfect; exactly what you'd expect of the Battle Royale manga.Okay, okay, I'm going to try to share my thoughts on the manga as a standalone story without comparing it to anything else. The pacing is poor, hindered a lot by the flashbacks. Most of the male character designs are ugly. The Program Instructor is a stupid pervert and not interesting at all. The reasons behind some of Shuya's actions make no sense. Much of the dialogue is awful, made worse by the poor inclusion of slang. I also don't like that the English adaptation turns the Program into a reality TV show.Oh, and Tokyopop's typography is terrible. Just terrible.

  • Sara
    2019-07-17 08:27

    Would have rated it higher, but it was very violent and graphic (didn't like those bits).Everyone says this is the orginal Hunger Games, but I sort of disagree. Yes, both books have a TV game show where the contestants fight to the death, but other than this there couldn't be more different. The Hunger Games were created to show that no one is safe from the governemnt, and to give the people in the Capitol some entertainment. However, there seems to be little glory in winning, losing or competeting at all in The Programme, and no pre-Games parades or interviews. And what's with the guy giving all the creepy sexual references? Why did he try to kill everyone in horrible ways before they had even begun the show? None of this happened in The Hunger Games, but I guess Suzanne Collins wanted to be able to rate her book Teen, or YA, or even Children's, not 18+ (I probably shouldn't even be reading it, lol).I've read a few other eviews, and everyone complains that it is too violent compared to the Hunger Games. That's because it's 10 times more realistic.I think that if a Programme/Hunger Games sort of show really happened, it would be more like Battle Royale. They wouldn't have a special ceromony to choose the candidates, they wouldn't get each of them to show off their talents (and otherwise) beforehand, they wouldn't have an arena made specially each year with its own unique parts. They would pick a school group at random, stick them in a classroom on an island that they'd kicked off all the residents of and shoot whoever tried to stop them.I'm kind of scared to read the next one, I've had to read this staggered over about two weeks to "recover" from every picture of a decomposing body or half dead guy shot in the face.

  • earthy
    2019-06-20 08:00

    A gratuitously violent, needlessly panty-shot-filled manga version of the disturbingly amusing movie. The storyline of the movie remains--a class of ninth-graders in a distopian future Japan is forced to participate on a TV show called "The Program," for which they must hunt down and kill each other until only one "winner" remains. You'd think, what with the extra time to develop characters and pacing, this version would in some ways be more engaging than the movie; however, our hero Shuuya's background as a feel-good would-be rocker somehow makes him less likeable than his movie counterpart. The other characters' development does little to endear any of them to the reader, and the artwork is downright ugly and stereotypical in its design. The manga version reads more like the authors' license to depict tasteless violence and sex than the social commentary which was the backbone of the movie version.I read the first four volumes of the manga but am not particularly inspired to read more, although I'd still be curious to check out the book version. No matter what the format, something about the story is disturbingly compelling.

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-06-23 08:04

    Whoa... okay, this is certainly a promising start for something that can be truly awesome.This, from what I gather, is essentially like The Hunger Games, which I admittedly have zero interest in reading... but this first volume of Battle Royale was pretty awesome. I think the reason why I can dig it is because it IS in graphic format... so I can see all the blood, guts, gore, and all manner of other horrible, terrible things. Call me strange, but I love seeing horrific things. And friends, there is no lack of any of that in this first volume - murder, rape, blood, gore... you name it, it was probably present.The other thing that really intrigues about me this series is just seeing what the characters are going to do. In this sort of high stress situations, it is always so interest to see how people handle it. I find that in real life, we as humans often say "If I was in that situation, I'd NEVER do that" but the honest to gods truth about that is that you have no idea what you'd truly do. When your flight or fight responses are in high gear, you have no clue if you'd start murdering people blindly or not. No one knows until they've been put through it.So, in line with this, I am really curious to see how our main character Shuuya handles all this... will he stay strong, or will he break? CAN he defeat the system or will he come out victorious when he decides to play the systems game? I am really excited to read the rest of this series. I cannot wait to see what crazy stuff is going to go down!

  • Erik Herz
    2019-06-21 07:13

    Starting to read Battle Royale by Koshun Takami, there is a sense that you are approaching something more than a book and closer to an institution. Battle Royale has it's roots in a novel, which birthed two movies and two manga series, not to mention its obvious thematic successor, the very susccessful Hunger Game trilogy. There's obviously something very compelling about the story or themes that Battle Royale has brought to light.The quick plot overview is that 40 teenagers are gassed and sent to an island where they are contestants in the 'program,' a yearly game where the children are forced to battle each other until there is only one left alive. It's not an easy subject to handle, but Battle Royale deals with these life and death issues quite well.The book stumbles a bit at the start. There are a lot of characters that get introduced in a very short time. This is potentially harder for an English readers as they all have names that one is not used to seeing. Once the 'game' starts the story shifts gears, focuses on just a few characters and starts to flow. The images are incredibly graphic and convey a great deal of weight and tension. This is not violence for shock value, but rather a cold brutality that frightens both characters and the reader. Coupled with the inherent horror provided by the plot of the book, while quite good, is an uncomfortable experience.

  • Kruti
    2019-06-24 06:23

    It's 82° Fahrenheit outside, yet I have chills down my spine. This is definitely NOT for the faint hearted!! I've seen it compared to the likes of Hunger Games and although there are some similarities, do not be fooled! Hunger Games is PG rated compared to this. That ends with pretty flowers and rainbows. This...THIS is full on gore galore. It's shockingly frightening and awful...yet (I hate to admit) awesome. The story is disturbing but in a good way (if a disturbing story can ever be said to be good in any way). It's thought provoking. In the first Hunger Games, not one of the tributes ever considered banding together and fighting against the system. Here, there are some who are willing to do this but then it gets you to consider can you really trust anyone with your life in such a situation. Lot of it you just have to take on faith and hope it works out for the best but the question is would you be willing when the stakes are so high?I think the reason why Battle Royale is a compelling read is because you have absolute no idea who will win. In HG, it was sort of given that Katniss would survive and as a result you knew what to expect. A must read if you can handle all the graphic details.

  • Joni
    2019-07-08 07:19

    Primer tomo de quince para Battle Royale. Lo que podría verse como Lord of the flies pero mucho más violento. Japón no es más lo que fue, tan solo un archipiélago dominado por un feroz régimen militar. Como parte de un plan para demostrar las malas influencias norteamericanas se crea una suerte de reality. Al llegar al tercer año de la secundaria sin previo aviso el contingente entero en lo que creen es su viaje de egresados son llevados a una isla donde son obligados a matarse salvándose el último en quedar con vida. No sale nadie más. Si cada veinticuatro horas nadie muere, mediante un collar que llevan mueren todos. Tiene escenas muy crueles como es de esperar, muchos disfrutan matando y otros le buscan la vuelta para salir vivos como sea. Todos reciben un bolso con provisiones y un arma aleatoria. Hay muy pequeños flashbacks para contarnos algo del pasado de los alumnos,, que de los cuarenta y dos que arrancan un par mueren acá mismo.

  • Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)
    2019-07-20 06:05

    Still super disturbing to me eventhough this is my 2nd attempt at tackling this story. The story makes me angry and I am not sure if I'll continue reading the rest of the volumes. I just can't stomach unrestrained violence and too much gore. Just too much senseless killings for me. *shudder*The art isn't working for me too. I find the characters fugly. Eeks! >_<Story wise, it was pretty intense and original. So I would say, it's not the fault of the story that I dislike this, therefore I am not going to give it a low rating. I have to be fair. I am now wondering if I should have read the original novel instead of reading the manga first. I might read the novel someday I think. Just not now. 2nd September 2013:Reading this for She-Geeks Group Reading for month of September 2013 (Starts 1st Sept, ends 30th Sept 2013)

  • Niina
    2019-07-06 10:28

    Battle Royale mangaversiona. Ensimmäisessä osassa esitellään paljon hahmoja ja "The Program" -reality-tv-ohjelman säännöt. Lähitulevaisuuden Japaniin sijoittuvassa tarinassa yksi yhdeksäsluokka valitaan lottoarvonnalla joka kausi ohjelmaan, jonka pääperiaatteena on lähettää nuoret areenalle tappamaan toisiaan ja vain yksi voi selvitä voittajana. Tiesin kyllä, että Nälkäpeleissä oli paljon samaa kuin tässä, mutta yllätyksekseni yhtäläisyyksiä olikin aika paljon. Pitäisi joskus vielä lukea BR ihan romaaninakin.

  • Werehare
    2019-07-03 04:59

    1/10[Recensione per l'intera serie]Credo che avvicinarmi all'universo di Battle Royale proprio dal manga non sia stata un'idea brillante: mi si dice che il romanzo è molto bello, o comunque godibile senza troppe pretese, mentre questa serie è tra le più indegne porcate che mi siano mai capitate in mano, al di sotto delle mie più fosche previsioni. Innanzitutto, i disegni sono orripilanti: un miscuglio raffazzonato di stile orientale e occidentale che arriva dritto dagli anni settanta, per di più super deformato e con proporzioni a) assurde, b) che cambiano da tavola a tavola. Si sprecano i primi piani dei nostri eroi con gli occhioni luccicanti su uno sfondo floreale e glitteroso, roba che neanche Lady Oscar nei suoi momenti peggiori.La trama si basa su un'idea interessante, ma degenera fin dalle prime battute in un'orgia di sangue e violenza; se “Hunger Games” ha il problema opposto, ovvero il promettere una crudezza e una violenza che poi non si vedono praticamente mai, “Battle Royale” è una sequenza ininterrotta di sbudellamenti e sparatorie e stupri e coltellate e fontane di sangue durante la quale l'esile spunto della trama deve essere ripreso più e più volte, casomai ce ne fossimo dimenticati tra una decapitazione e l'altra. Le moraline premasticate cacciate giù per la gola del lettore a forza abbondano, e verso il finale comincia a essere chiaro dove si andrà a parare: dopo due colpi di scena telefonati e un picco di lirismo da melodramma sudamericano (vi dico solo: apparizioni di amici morti che in pose plastiche indicano la retta via all'eroe, sfortunatamente dimenticandosi di corredarla dei relativi numeri del lotto), la vicenda si conclude con un prevedibile happy ending.I personaggi sono sicuramente il problema più grosso. Intanto, la demarcazione tra uomini e donne è netta: le donne sono, in linea di massima, dolci e abneganti, avverse alla violenza e bisognose di protezione, abili nel leggere nel cuore delle persone e nell'andare d'accordo tra di loro, naturalmente profumate, disposte a subire ogni tipo di abuso in nome dell'amore, attente a fare ikebana per “attrarre il tipo giusto di ragazzi”, prone all'isteria sotto stress, a pensare col cuore e non con il cervello, facili alle lacrime e rapide all'adorazione del maschio alfa che le prende sotto la sua ala. Quando non si prendono cura l'una dell'altra, si prendono cura dei ragazzi cucinando e curando il campo o esortano i compagni alla non-violenza. A questa categoria appartiene la protagonista femminile, che spicca sulle altre per la sua abilità da manic pixie dream girl nel comporre discorsetti motivazionali, e la cui abilità è mantenersi dolce e positiva anche nelle situazioni peggiori; il suo momento di gloria è quando fa da scudo umano all'eroe. La kattiva è invece una troia psicopatica e manipolatrice, che ovviamente è così a causa di traumi sessuali regressi; ma ci sono anche un paio di altre ragazze violente, anche loro a causa di traumi che le hanno fatte uscire di testa: la morale della storia è che le assassine psicopatiche “saranno sempre vittime” (sic) agli occhi del lettore, non importa quante cose orrende facciano. L'eccezione notevole (che conferma la regola) è la migliore amica di uno dei protagonisti, una ragazza intelligente, dura e determinata che non si fa spaventare neanche da uno stupratore armato – contro il quale ovviamente perde con ignominia in dieci secondi e tira le cuoia, nonostante la forza d'animo infusale dal ricordo delle parole del suo bff. Abbondano le donne nei frigoriferi, lo slut shaming, scenette “la vagina o la vita”.Con gli uomini è tutto un altro discorso: gli eroi della situazione sono tutti maschi alfa bellocci e trp ribelli contro le ingiustizie del sistema, proni alla brOTP e alla lacrimuccia virile anche se “un maschio non deve piangere” ma deve “comportarsi da uomo” (cit.), altruisti come missione di vita, refrattari ad uccidere le donne non importa quanto pericolose e psicopatiche, ammirevoli nella loro passionalità, più forti e più resistenti delle ragazze di default e violenti solo in quanto ragazzi. I ragazzi infatti, a differenza delle ragazze, spesso sono kattivi per scelta deliberata; ma se piccoletti, sono più sentimentali ed emotivi e capiscono meglio il prossimo. Ah, e se un ragazzo ti tocca il culo ma si ferma lì allora va bene, è un complimento.Il protagonista è un Gary Stue la cui moralità adamantina lo spinge a rifiutarsi di uccidere chicchessia; molto convenientemente, il suo bff viene fatto fuori da terzi e anche un altro aggressore si ammazza da solo, risparmiandogli il lavoro sporco. Il suo momento di gloria è quando si getta in slow motion dinanzi all'amico per incassare il proiettile a lui destinato (sì, ANCHE lui). Tra i co-protagonisti abbiamo anche un artista marziale, il quale a un certo punto sviluppa dei poteri sovrannaturali (?) che non verranno mai spiegati, ma forniscono dell'ottimo materiale scenografico per un combattimento interminabile. Tra i personaggi di contorno, una pazza visionaria iperreligiosa e un nutrito contingente di persone perfettamente normali che, da un minuto all'altro, perdono completamente la brocca e si riducono a macchine di morte sbavanti.

  • Despair Speaking
    2019-06-23 12:19

    I'm trying to get my feelings and thoughts in order right now. I finally decided to check Battle Royale out to see what makes it so amazing and I think I've read far enough to be able to make a review. I'm not yet finished but having reached Chapter 40, I believe I now have the right to share my thoughts. But before I continue...Warning: gory scenes are a given, swear words come out ever so often, and there are scenes definitely not for children!We-ell, I don't see what's the big deal of comparing this with the Hunger Games. Sure, there are similarities. Young people being pitted to kill each other by the government. Only one winner is accepted and they'll be rewarded. Psychological warfare mixed in with physical warfare. Insanity in all sides. Random areas turn into danger zones. Love blooms out of nowhere. But other than those few points, they're as different as night and day. Why do people keep accusing Suzanne Collins of stealing an idea? I mean, hello, it's nothing really new! The concept has been reproduced so many times! There are loads of manga that came after Battle Royale but before the Hunger Games, but you don't see that much people accusing the mangakas for it! Seriously?In Battle Royale, an entire class of students are randomly picked every year to kill each other until there's only one survivor. Unfortunately, for that year, the chosen class was Shuuya's. Shuuya is a wannabe rock star who doesn't want to fight. He hates the idea of killing and desperately looks for a way to team up with his other classmates and work together to get out of the situation. But too bad for him not many share his view and he happened to have two extremely dangerous individuals in his class (one is a genius without any feelings due to a childhood accident and one is a manipulative whore with a split personality). And those who do share his view are dying faster than he could press the trigger (he's really slow, by the way, being such a peace-loving guy and all). So he's basically just recruited Noriko, his love interest, and Kawada, an extremely unlucky guy (you'll find out why) but a skilled player nonetheless. Will they truly find a way to survive without turning on each other?Honestly? I do not like Shuuya and Noriko at all. I actually wished he and Noriko would just die already. They're stealing the manga time of the more decent, less stupid, and maybe even cool characters. I'm sorry, but it's the truth.They're boring. They have no common sense. They refuse to see the truth and do what they want, putting Kawada, the only one I like among the main characters, in danger. Damn it! Shuuya keeps going off somewhere, loud (he yells almost all the time... I'm amazed he's not dead yet... but I suppose this is one of those mangas where the main characters are immortal or insanely lucky) and impatient. Kawada suggests they wait for nightfall to look for freakin' medicine but Shuuya can't wait because she's in pain (not that much, just the same pain you'd feel if you have fever). He goes off and Kawada has to save them. Again.Just die already, damn itKawada's girlfriend is also thick, quick to assume, and easily swayed by emotions. Yeah, he's an unlucky guy. He always manages to get stuck with losers and he has that other reason I can't tell lest I give up an important point (view spoiler)[ it's his second time being in a class that's chosen for this killing thing(hide spoiler)]. If it weren't for Kiriyama, I would have stopped reading already! (Yes, Shuuya was that sickening!) I'm just waiting for more epic scenes where he kills people. Hooray~Human bowling ballsNo, it's not Shuuya. Die idiot bitches.Epic Kiriyama~Okay, fine. I also wanted to know what happens to the other interesting characters, like the kung-fu dude, hacker dude, and crazy whore. So yeah. Although I've stopped for now, I promise to pick it up again soon. Maybe after summer school ends. So I rate it 3.0 (despite not having finished it but listen to my reasons first). It's awesome, I like the idea and the portrayal but I hate the main characters and I have a feeling I still will (I've been told Shuuya does not change... yeah...). And so I am caught in the middle. That's why... 3!!!I recommend this for those into the genre...?And... I'm in TEAM KIRIYAMA!!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alex
    2019-06-28 12:05

    Some notes and impressions (subject to revision as I continue through the series).Note: I actually read the "Ultimate" edition which contained the first 3 volumes.Short AnswerGood--if not terribly original--action, seinen manga if you skim the numerous flashbacks.Note: I'm going to read the novel and see what the differences are.OriginalityThe themes and story ideas raised in this book are not terribly original. Lord of the Flies dealt with the total loss of civilized behavior among children even younger than the children in this story. Running Man (a 70s? movie) was about a gladiator game show very loosely based on Stephen King's The Running Man.ArtProfessional, detailed and realistic--not artsy. It is action-oriented and doesn't build atmosphere with dramatic two-page landscape shots.StoryEven though the flashbacks were interesting in the beginning, they become repetitive and by vol. 5, I'm quite tired of hearing about the main MC's idealistic background. They are also so numerous that the pacing is terribly slow.Takami misses a chance to make the story more interesting(view spoiler)[ when he kills off Mim before he's able to attack the HQ (hide spoiler)], which happens in a completely unrealistic way(view spoiler)[ (Kiriyama survives a point-blank bomb explosion) (hide spoiler)]. It was almost enough to make me lem the series.The pace of death is regular. unrelenting, and ruthless. Some of my favorite characters get killed right as they triumph.World:It is no coincidence that Takami chose the name, Republic of Greater East Asia (大東亜共和国), as the name of his fictitious authoritarian country. The name of this country happens to have the same first 4 characters as the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (大東亞共榮圏), which was the name given to the geo-political region that fascist Japan aspired to during WWII.America is viewed from afar as representative of freedom--at least for now. Rock 'n roll from America is banned and American girls are to be envied ("at least American girls must be suffering the boredom of baseball just as we do" [paraphrase] says one of the girls in the cheerleading squad). Perhaps Japan wasn't defeated in WWII and there was some kind of peace accord.CharacterizationThe characters are believable and behave consistently.Suspension of Disbelief:If I ignore the fact that the writer stated that these characters are 9th graders and instead I believe that they are 17- or 18-year-olds--or even 16--then I'm back on solid ground. And that is acceptable because this story is metaphorical. It might even be allegorical: the idealist, the veteran, the naive, the heartless, the revolutionary, the animal, the blindly faithful, the ruthless, the double suicide. And it sure runs the gamut of its allegorical character types through the wringer.10 June Update: Finished vol.4.9 August Update: Finished vol.7.

  • jess
    2019-07-03 04:18

    I read this because I'm so obsessed with The Hunger Games and I heard that this was basically the same story in graphic novel form. Sure enough The Hunger Games has many similarities to this book. Since I’ve already read a similar story, a lot of the suspense is lacking for me. It turns out that I actually rely on the characterization & world-building of The Hunger Games, and I feel that is kind of lacking here. Can I talk about this book without talking about the Hunger Games? E-Gads. The basic premise: A class of 9th graders goes on a class field trip - which Surprise! turns out to be a death match. Of 42 students, there can only be 1 winner. There are terrible rules to prevent things like solidarity (24 hours without a kill and all of the collars explode at once) and yes, of course the death match is broadcast to the nation as a form of entertainment. This is only the first volume, so I haven't finished the story. I'm not sure if I will get the other volumes from the library. Since there are 42 unwilling contestants and the story is a graphic novel, there’s not much opportunity to get to know more than 2 or 3 of the characters. The lived experience would be confusing and terrifying, but at least the kids all know each other. As the reader, without intimate knowledge of the classmates, I often felt lost. The story telling is rapid-fire, and disorienting. There is a body count, even though most of the contestants haven’t even made it out onto the island yet. The situation is scary. It brings up a lot of questions about the people in your intimate environment who might kill you, if they could or if they had to, and how people you know might respond to the stress, paranoia and fear of a “competition” like that. Shudder. One note: my teen reader, who is a mature & uncensored reader and reads every graphic novel that crosses the threshold of our house, told me that we shouldn't read the rest of the volumes in this series because he was uncomfortable with the explicit, disturbing representations of sexual violence. So, if you're looking for a story to share with the kids after you read the Hunger Games together, steer clear! I think there is also a (written, not graphic) novel version of Battle Royale, which I might check out at some point. But I would probably refrain from offering it to my teen.

  • Isabel
    2019-07-07 11:25

    119 manga chapters in about 3 days is definitely a new record for me! This was an awesome manga, the premise is simple: the government picks a random 9th grade class, sends them to an unknown location and force them to kill each other while they broadcast it to the whole country. I thought we were gonna get an inside on "WHY THE FUCK would you send a bunch of 9th graders to kill each other? Ratings? Money?" but at the end I think it wasn't really needed, it spoke for itself.Sometimes I would stop at certain pages to enjoy the details of the drawings (which are absolutely gorgeous), kudos to the artist for that, yes... However! Almost none of all 42 9th graders looked like they were 15 years old, I mean Kawada was 17 maybe but HELL, he looked like he was 22! Shuuya, another protagonist, looked like a 17 year old at least. You may think "Oh, what's the difference?" Well, on your teenage years even two years can make a big difference. Point is: not even once I could look at the characters and think they were less than 17 years old. Up to a certain degree I can understand why a lot of people didn't like it... The sexual and gore scenes are a big part of the manga, and you can't deny that a lot of deaths were ridiculous and exaggerated. Despite of that, it was enjoyable to me. Maybe because I've been reading manga and watching anime for a long, long time... also, did I just developed a liking for gore? Don't know! The final comments on the last pages made me think a lot: "Did you enjoy their deaths? If all those people died, it's because YOU were watching". Eek, gave me the chills. Anyway, I enjoyed this very much, it qualifies as one of my favorite manga series now, and I'll soon be reading the original novel so... I'm excited!

  • Ricardo Santos
    2019-07-13 07:58

    Depois de ler os 15 volumes deste mangá já clássico, posso dizer que o investimento de tempo e de grana valeram a pena. A obra satisfaz mais do que decepciona. É uma narrativa longa, mas que desperdiça poucas páginas com material ruim. Os elementos que de fato prendem o leitor são o desenvolvimento dos personagens, por meio de vários pontos de vistas e flashbacks, e o suspense, cheio de reviravoltas e ganchos muito eficientes. O casamento entre ilustrações e texto é impressionante, principalmente, nas cenas de ação, numa dinâmica de cinema, quadro a quadro, podendo se estender por páginas e páginas até uma conclusão impactante. Muitos podem reconhecer uma estrutura narrativa semelhante a de séries como Lost. Além do tom distópico de batalha até a morte entre adolescentes dos romances e filmes de Jogos Vorazes. Mas Battle Royale veio antes de tudo isso. Foi publicado no Japão, no início dos anos 2000, e baseado num romance escrito pelo roteirista do mangá, nos anos 90. A decepção fica por conta do machismo que sexualiza e coloca em segundo plano várias personagens femininas, até as mais fortes física e emocionalmente. E o melodrama típico de muitas produções da cultura pop japonesa, um romantismo bem conservador. Apesar desses problemas, Battle Royale é uma das mais incríveis narrativas de suspense que já li.

  • Aurora Dimitre
    2019-07-18 06:09

    The best thing about the manga is that it doesn't hold back anything. Both the novel and the movie are intense andeeshat times, but the manga takes it to another level altogether. There's even a little 'parental warning' label on the front, because of a) the gore and b) Mitsuko Souma.One of the best things about the manga is, because it's like a fifteen volume series, it can take the characters and flesh them out a little bit more. The novel did a good job of it, but it's already pretty long and giving extensive backstories to forty-some characters would be a little excessive. The same thing with the movie - it did what it could. But the manga can doso much moreand I'm excited to see more backstory. The only one that we really got in this was some with Kuninobu and Nanahara, as well as a few panels with Akamatsu, but I am excited for volumes to come. Also, manga-verse Shinji Mimura is my favorite Mimura. He's so over-the-top and justgreat .(view spoiler)[ And, of course, Niida shows to be an absolute... well, Niida. His personality is one of the few things I liked better in the movie because God the kid's...(hide spoiler)]Overall, I am excited to continue collecting and reading this manga series!

  • Anonomanga
    2019-07-21 08:06

    Oh, I really liked this.For so many reasons I feel that I shouldn't have, but I really, really did.The premise has been looked at more than once--whether or not this was the first to propose the idea I do not know--but it cannot be denied that Battle Royale has seriously got something.The story is very dark, very bloody, and very edgy. Expect to be disturbed at least a little. I'd like to highlight the rating again: mature. And for good reasons.Not only is it explicit with gore and brutality, but there is fanservice on an even more detestable level than usual. These are things to look past if you're looking for a meaningful manga that touches on social tyranny, morals, and how easily human loyalty can break when faced with death and adversity. The only thing I did not love was the art. It bothered me more than a little. It has a type of art that you can't easily get comfortable with. Despite what minor faults I found with it I'm totally reading more and would suggest it to anyone who admires battle-related comic books.

  • Natalie
    2019-07-18 10:15

    Heard about this story after reading "The Hunger Games," but that was almost a year ago. When I saw the manga at Half Price Books, I got excited, but I had no idea how riveting, violent and thought provoking this story would be. I hate to compare this to the Hunger Games, but if I have to, I'd say it is the Hunger Games' concept turned up times 10! It's awesome...frightening, but awesome. As far as The Hunger Games go, my initial assessment is that the main difference between the two lies in the pov and a factor of hope. In The Hunger Games, we get Katnis' pov and we know who we want to win. We know Katnis should survive, so there is hope that she will be amazing, but in Battle Royale, it seems like all of these kids are doomed. It seems hopeless, which is what I think makes it such a page turner.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-24 05:03

    I really wish people would stop comparing BR to The Hinger Games! Can I just say that? By comparing the two we get a lot of "can't believe how gory and disturbing BR was, Hunger Games wasn't like that!" To anyone who thought this was way to graphic and can't handle the violence and disturbed nature of it hasn't read a lot of Japanese horror, that's how they do it. They're twisted. If you don't like it, don't read it. That being said, I love how twistedly disturbed the Japanese are and I couldn't put this series down! I loved the novel I even loved the movie which was a little cheesy but that's usually the point with movies like this. Weak stomached? Expecting hunger games? Don't read it! Ready for awesomeness, great artwork and storyline? Read the novel watch the movie then get lost in the manga :)

  • Ehsan seratin
    2019-06-29 10:02

    I have read this manga many years ago. I forgot it till the THG series occurred and I just realized I have read something similar before. I was a very young boy when I firstly read it and was ashamed to say how much I liked Battle royale, but now that I have found it and going to re-read it, I proudly say that I like this series, even though it is so gore and full of violence (some times unnecessary scenes), but it doesn't stuck in a straight and boring plot line of find and kill, or hide. We know all characters in the series very well and I like the subplots and also the art of this manga series very much.First read: I don't remember, maybe 2008Re-read: 4-6 January, 2017

  • Taruia
    2019-07-16 09:17

    Having read the novel (and not overly interested in watching the film) I was keen to have a look at the Manga. I am not disappointed. The drawing is very well done, the moody and atmospheric scenes were nicely depicted. I am keen to see how the Manga looks at scenes that stick in my head form the novel including the lighthouse and the final scenes. I have read the Hunger Games (but, again, no intention to watch the film) and I am glad that they are very different - Battle Royale is very good (so far) and the Hunger Games (all three books) were rubbish.

  • René Herrera
    2019-07-03 10:20

    No tengo experiencias con los comics así que no sabía cuando darle. Le di 3 porque solo es una introducción a la historia: nos muestra como son los protagonistas antes de ser seleccionados para "El Programa". #TeamMitsukoSeguiré leyendo estos comics y espero leer el libro pronto.

  • Alexandra
    2019-07-16 12:07

    Disturbinginly familiar. I came here after the rumors that The Hunger Games copies this manga series.