March 18, 2012
When I first knew and saw Battle Royale, I saw it as a movie adaptation, which was a pretty damn awesome movie. After watching the movie, I found the actual manga for it. I knew I had to read it. Battle Royale was originally a novel written by Koushun Takami in 1999, and it was soon adapted into a film in 2000 followed by the manga.
The concept of this manga is really f**ked up… I mean who would think of such things? Killing everyone in your class in a game of survival of the fittest.
Anyway, the story is that in a parallel dimensional world of Japan, under some f**ked up form of government regulation to control fear and paranoia upon the citizens. Every year under the disguise of a high school trip, high school students are sent to a remote island and are given a survival kit with tools/weapons given at random as well as being briefed with rules and instructions…. instructions on how to stay alive. The students are ordered to fight to the death or its their lives, and they are monitored by a metal collar, which are fixed onto them when they were gased on the bus during the trip. The collar monitors their locations and if they breach forbidden zones, the collar will explode blowing their heads off.
This manga is very violent, gory, and contains lots of sex scenes. But I have to say, as F**KED up as it is, it is a truly enjoyable read! CHECK IT OUT!
*One picture in the gallery is from the movie! I do recommend you to check out the movie too!!
Story by Koushun Takami
Illustrated by Masayuk Taguchi
Genre: Seinen, Gore, Romance, Thriller
Released Date: 2000 ~ 2006
Over all: 8.5/10
See you all next week Ciao~
Fat Jenga signing out!