Battle Royale, Volume 1

Battle Royale, Volume 1

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by Koushun Takami, Masayuki Taguchi
     
 
The sun is setting on the first day of The Program, and the students of Class B are in for one hell of a night. With the failure of their initial plan to take down The Program, Shinji Mimura and Yutaka Sato are putting their backup plan in motion. Having located all the supplies necessary to create a bomb, the pair are all set to deliver their package right where it

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The sun is setting on the first day of The Program, and the students of Class B are in for one hell of a night. With the failure of their initial plan to take down The Program, Shinji Mimura and Yutaka Sato are putting their backup plan in motion. Having located all the supplies necessary to create a bomb, the pair are all set to deliver their package right where it will do the most damage: the "school" which serves as The Program control center. But with the school in a permanent danger zone, will it be their bomb that detonates first... or the explosive collars locked around their necks?

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Publishers Weekly
This manga adaptation of the popular and controversial Japanese film offers back stories before plunging into brutality and gore. Forty-two ninth graders embark on what they think is a graduation camping trip. Unbeknownst to them, they've been taken to the practically deserted island of Okishima to serve as the next contestants on The Program, a state-sponsored reality tv show. The show's premise is simple, if terrifying: within three days the participants must kill each other until only one student remains. But there's a twist: the students have been fitted with high-tech collars that track their vital signs. If central command detects no one has been killed within 24 hours, it will detonate the explosive bomb collars and kill them all. Each student receives supplies and sets off. Survival of the fittest becomes the greatest equalizer, since the teens are from all walks of life: the loner, the spoiled rich kid, the class clown, the daughter of a high-ranking official and even a few orphans. As protagonist Suuya struggles to protect himself and his romantic interest, others try to outwit and kill one another. Friendships and allegiances come into question and reveal duplicity, betrayal, loyalty, cowardice and insanity. Taguchi's straight-ahead storytelling and Giffen's superior adaptation make the gore easy to follow. The book's scenes of torture, implied rape and killing combine the horror and extreme violence of A Clockwork Orange with Lord of the Flies' exploration of human nature and depravity and aren't for the faint of heart. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591823148
Publisher:
TOKYOPOP
Publication date:
04/29/2003
Series:
Battle Royale Series, #1
Edition description:
Not appropriate for children
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.39(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Battle Royale, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truely one of the most remarkable manga's I have ever read, true, the artwork is not all that great (In my opinion) But the story and the plot makes you want more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best manga novels ever created. Not for children or people with weak stomachs
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been so gun-ho about a manga until I read this series. I read the book, I saw the movie, and I needed to read the manga. The manga is just absolutely beautiful! BEAUTIFUL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best mangas that i have ever read. I couldnt put it down i would read it over and over again, that is until I left It on a plane when i was going to colorado. anyway it is a must read if your a fan of violent manga
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the deepest stories of life and death. While you start the seris off at number one you will learn about the program. This is a great manga and anyone should read it if you can get past the extreame gore and sexual content. REMEMBER NOT A KID MANGA!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was told about this manga series by an employee of a store who knew what he was talking about. So, I decided to take his word for it and buy it. I was hooked within the first couple pages. Anyone who reads this will definately enjoy it very much. It will become your favorite very soon. The rating is correct though, it's not for anyone very young, or with weak stomaches.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. only for people who enjoy action, adventure, and lots of violence. any manga reader would like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on chance I was always a big action manga fan I usually bought Cowboy Bebop, B@stard, and other such action stories then I saw this book and remembered that my freind highly recommended this book so I picked it up and bought it, all I can say is this story will draw you in and hook you for life once you've read the first like me you wont be able to wait for the next volume, although the rateing is deffinetly correct, this story is most deffinetly not for kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They changed far too much from the original novel. Some of the basic character personalities are different, and the artistic style left some to be desired by me. Also be forewarned that the layout from the original Japanese manga has not been changed. Everything must be read backwards. I don't understand where the get the 'Reality TV' connection from the novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this comic was an excellent choice for a action comic fan. It had great character introductions and a great plot. Although I would not reccommend this book for a reader with a weak stomache. It also leaves you wanting more. I would encourage all manga readers to read this comic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so disgusting! I can't figure out why anyone would want to read the manga. I read this because the back sounded good but I didn't realize that the graphics would be so graphic. The illustrator was obsessed with gore and blood and sexual content. I felt that the brutal murders could have been left at least partially to the imagination and the masturbation comment was totally unnecessary. There should be a lower rating than poor.