Battle Royale: Angel's Border

Battle Royale: Angel's Border

by Koushun Takami, Mioko Ohnishi, Youhei Oguma
     
 

The Program is a brutal military experiment that pits junior high students against each other every year in a brutal battle to the death. Most of the students from Shiroiwa Junior High scatter as soon as they reach the remote island where they must participate in the latest round of the Program. But Yukie Utsumi and five of her friends lock themselves in the

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Overview

The Program is a brutal military experiment that pits junior high students against each other every year in a brutal battle to the death. Most of the students from Shiroiwa Junior High scatter as soon as they reach the remote island where they must participate in the latest round of the Program. But Yukie Utsumi and five of her friends lock themselves in the lighthouse, clinging to a desperate hope of survival. They all trust each other, but they also know that only one can survive the Battle Royale… A graphic novel side story of the bestselling novel Battle Royale

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 10 Up—Two short stories expand the inner lives and past histories of characters originally appearing in the Japanese novel Battle Royale (Viz, 1999). Haruka, on watch with class representative Yukie, attempts to come to terms with her hidden romantic feelings for her classmate with whom she is supposed to be fighting to the death, and Chisato remembers a past encounter with popular cool kid Shinji that revealed a talent for deception and hidden depths. These short episodes expand upon characters dispatched over a few chapters late in the original source, creating motivation for the actions that ultimately caused their respective deaths in the Program. Initially considered exploitative by critics, Takami's cult novel spawned manga and film adaptations and is even considered by some to be a thematic prototype for Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" series. Despite the work's controversial violence, these vignettes focus instead on the ties that bind students who are instructed to ignore those human connections. The artwork, appropriately, has an emotive, romantic quality. Very little graphic content is depicted here, with the most intense sequences being effective portrayals of how the Program psychologically wounded its contestants.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421571683
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
06/17/2014
Series:
Battle Royale: Angel's Border Series
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
723,025
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Koushun Takami was born in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka and grew up in Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku, where he currently resides. After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence program. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for the prefectural news company Shikoku Shihnbun, reporting on various fields including politics, police reports, and economics. Although he has an English teaching certificate, he has yet to visit the United States. Battle Royale, completed after Takami left the news company, was rejected in the final round of a literary competition sponsored by a major publisher due to the critical controversy it provoked among jury members. With its publication in Japan in 1999, though, Battle Royale received widespread support, particularly from young readers, and became a bestseller. In 2000, Battle Royale was serialized as a comic and made into a feature film.Mr. Takami is currently working on his second novel.

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