Battle Royale, Volume 2by Koushun Takami
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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Just noticed that most of these reviews are more for the novel 'Battle Royale,' which the manga (graphic novels) were based on. I agree -- the novel is really one of the best thrillers ever written. Even though it's not necessary, I definitely recommend reading the novel first however, and enjoying the story in your mind's eye before having it all played out for you in illustrations. That said, these manga adaptions are awesome in themselves, superbly drawn, with actually better translations of dialogue than the novel. The art itself is unflinching in the portrayal of the extreme graphic violence -- which is good, because any less just wouldn't have worked. I can't wait for the next volume to come out. Buy the novel and the graphic novels!