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Battle Royale, (Manga) Book 1 (1999)

by Koushun Takami, Masayuki Taguchi

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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 three 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.… (more)

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Filling in the back story of the novel “Battle Royale”, also by Koushun Takami, the manga explores the characters involved in the Program in greater detail, probing their individual motivations for choosing either to play and kill or not. While the story is familiar, the stark black and white artwork adds a whole new dimension. It's brilliantly gory even without being in color. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ( )
  bekkil1977 | Feb 10, 2018 |
En una realidad paralela, en la que Japón se ha convertido en un estado policial llamado Mayor República del Asia Oriental, cuarenta y dos alumnos de tercer grado del instituto Shiroiwa son sedados en el autobús en el que viajaban camino de una excursión cultural. Despiertan en una sala desconocida, con un collar metálico al cuello, convertidos en concursantes de los juegos Battle Royale. Ahora se encuentran en una isla abandonada, de la cual sólo saldrá el ganador, es decir, quien mate al resto de los concursantes. De no ser así, el collar que llevan explotará, y morirán todos. Una maravilla. Adictivo, trepidante. Con la dosis justa de sexo, violencia y filosofía. Quizá pierde un poco de fuerza al acercarse al final y quedar cada vez menos concursantes, pero el conjunto es genial. Este ha sido el primer manga que leo, y la elección no podía ser mejor. Incluso el propio autor consideró que el comic es mejor que la novela y la película porque le permitió desarrollar mejor los personajes y la situación a la que se enfrentaban.
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  L0r0 | Mar 22, 2015 |
Brilliantly violent and stylised, sticking true to it's manga routes without falling into the cookie-cutter trappings of the art and fully capturing the bloody atmosphere and terror of the story.

It's only weakness is a slightly messy plot and similar-looking characters, both problems caused by the sheer scale of the plot and cast. It's not Shoujomanga or high fantasy, but any fans of the male-orientated violence of action manga should easily enjoy this first volume.
  EMaree | Feb 11, 2014 |
The manga adaptation of the novel. Bloody good stuff. And the art is amazing with it's bloody detail. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | Jun 20, 2013 |
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. ( )
  emleemay | Mar 30, 2013 |
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