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Koushun Takami

Author of Battle Royale

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Works by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale (1999) 4,250 copies
Battle Royale [2000 film] (2000) — Writer — 128 copies


2012 (24) action (79) adventure (27) alternate history (23) Asia (21) Battle Royale (61) comic (22) comics (47) dystopia (250) dystopian (102) fiction (363) gore (32) graphic novel (95) heart-wrenching (24) horror (246) Japan (190) Japanese (174) Japanese literature (33) manga (721) murder (48) novel (60) own (46) paperback (27) read (88) science fiction (206) seinen (54) series (38) speculative fiction (33) students (23) survival (80) teenagers (29) thriller (100) to-read (504) Tokyopop (54) translated (26) translation (49) unread (22) violence (98) YA (24) young adult (35)

Common Knowledge



Battle Royale question in Manga and Anime Addicts (February 2016)


This is a new spinoff series from battle Royale. It takes place 20 years later. The beginning is a little confusing. All you know is there are students in multiple classes, and class F is the worst. Each class is made up of multiple squads between five and six people. Originally Class is to clean up the island but after an earthquake, they’re all sent to a basement for their lesson. It’s while locked in this basement they find out that their goal is to kill everybody and only the survivor gets to win. What do they win? No idea. The beginning of the books a little shaky but when you get into the action and what’s going on, it moves rather quickly. If you liked battle Royale or Alice in Borderland, or Squid Game you might enjoy this book.… (more)
LibrarianRyan | 113 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
Wow, this was bad, really bad. It starts with the reason for this novel’s popularity: It consists of 98% pure violence porn: We get to witness how about 40 15-year-old classmates from junior high school brutally murder each other.

Actually, they’re more like slaughtering each other and through my reception of the text, I had the very unpleasant feeling of watching a violence-obsessed author act out his most revolting fantasies. Takami almost gleefully presents his sadistical ideas with excessive and gratuitous violence.

While I presume the novel is meant to be a commentary on societal pressures and the dehumanising effects of violence, I felt that the graphic descriptions of bloodshed and gore were used purely for shock value and did little to further the plot or develop the characters.

Speaking of which: The next percent is the characters displaying the character depth of a paramecium, a single-celled organism… Takami tries to give each of them a backstory but I struggled to keep track of them all and found that they blended together in my mind. The main characters, Shuya and Noriko, were somewhat more developed, but their “romance” felt forced and unconvincing. I never truly became invested in their story or cared about what happened to them.

I also found the writing style to be uneven and clunky at times. While some passages were well-written and evocative, most were either very simplistically or even awkwardly phrased.

The final 1% is made out of extremely naïve theories, e. g. “A bad person was simply born that way.” And that’s the maximum level of “critical thought” this novel reaches…

Despite not being the worst book I've ever come across, this revolting, violence-glorifying monstrosity still ranks among the top 5.

Zero stars out of five.

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philantrop | 113 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
Story: 4 / 10
Characters: 2
Setting: 5
Prose: 2

Maybe most translated, young adult books are bad. Anyway, definitely some of the worst writing I've come across. The story does get better as it goes on. Nevertheless, who really wants to read a story with 46 characters?
Absolutely do not read.
MXMLLN | 113 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Best book I have read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down!

trigger warnings/content warnings: explicit and violent accounts of death/injuries/torture. some rape mentions
cleverlettuce | 113 other reviews | Nov 6, 2023 |



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