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Battle Royale, Vol. 01

(Battle Royale #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,363 ratings  ·  235 reviews
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 br ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published May 13th 2003 by TokyoPop (first published May 1st 2000)
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Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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, t ...more
Emily May
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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 ta
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
David Schaafsma
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-school
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 li ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
i really liked this, the story is dark and brutal. there were parts that made me laugh, surprisingly.i liked the flashbacks some of the characters had. i hope the characters get more fleshed out in the next volumes. so far i like Mitsuko Souma, she looks like a badass and has the mind set to win this game.
i love the art, it's very graphic and gory ,a bit disturbing if you're not expecting it, but it makes the story feel more realistic.
Ana Carolina Maciel
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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.

Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Battle Royale, fans of violent manga
Shelves: manga
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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 competet
Miss Ryoko
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, adult
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
Erik Herz
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: someone who's not faint hearted
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 b
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Horror and gore aficionados
Recommended to Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn) by: She-Geeks GR Group

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 a
Michael Sorbello
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy hell, I wasn’t expecting this. I’ve read my fair share of death-game novels and comics, but this is on a whole new level of brutal. This makes the Hunger Games look like paradise.

In the very short amount of time the villain has had to shine so far, he has managed to make himself incredibly disgusting and killable. He’s so extremely vile and offensive that you almost want to like him just for how insanely unpredictable he is. His love for death and psychological torture is like a child’s lo
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I read the novel in april so this is gonna be fuuuuun.
Despair Speaking
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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 compari
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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 Answer
Good--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.

The 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 eve
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2011
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 b
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 sto
Aurora Dimitre
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2014
The best thing about the manga is that it doesn't hold back anything. Both the novel and the movie are intense and eesh at 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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mature audiences
Shelves: reviewed
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, bu
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ehsan seratin
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 kn ...more
Loveliest Evaris
I thought this would be overrated and old-timey and just plain bad, but oh my God, it flipping WASN'T. It was AMAZING. Simply AMAZING.

Battling but with a purpose and intelligence, a whole horde of characters that all managed to be unique in their own way, believable reactions, ghastly faces, frighteningly accurate wounds and trauma... God.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Disturbinginly familiar. I came here after the rumors that The Hunger Games copies this manga series.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lord of the Flies meets the Running Man. Much better than Hunger Games.
Scott Roberts
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: battle-royale
The book cover looks nice.
Aaron Camm
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read the Battle Royale manga 10 years ago but did not have the necessary employment to fund the expensive volumes. Flash forward to 2015, and the price had only increased as the series became rarer and out of print. I eventually managed to obtain a complete set in good condition on eBay, but was the long wait worth it? Not only is this is the first manga series I will review, but it is also the first I have read, and as such, the format took quite some getting used to. Despite being ...more
Eric Stodolnik
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found Vol. 1 of this Manga version of Battle Royale at Half Price Books, and since I've already read the novel and loved it, I new I'd at the very least enjoy this manga version.

The mangaization of the novel is done very well and very true to the original novel, and the artwork is just absolutely beautiful. The detail in the drawings and the shading and halftone work is just stunning from page to page. Full of gripping scenes and unforgettable imagery.

Its really cool to get to see a fully fl
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Koushun Takami (高見 広春 Takami Kōshun) is the author of the novel Battle Royale, originally published in Japanese, and later translated into English by Yuji Oniki and published by Viz Media and, later, in an expanded edition by Haika Soru, a division of Viz Media.

Takami was born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture near Osaka and grew up in the Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku. After graduating from Osaka Un

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