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Battle Royale Volume 5: v. 5 [Paperback]

Masayuki Taguchi , Koushun Takami
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6 Jan 2004 Battle Royale (Book 5)
After their initial plan to take down The Program fails, Shinji Mimura and Yutaka Sato put their backup plan in motion. Having located all the supplies necessary to put together a crude 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. The only problem is that the school is in a permanent danger zone. Shinji believes he's found a way around this. Or more specifically, above this. Meanwhile, Sho Tsukioka has never been what you would call a "normal" 9th grader. Flamboyantly gay, and damn proud of it, he believes the key to surviving The Program is to tail its likely winner, Kazuo. Kazuo, however, may have other plans. Finally, in what may be the most blackly comic Battle Royale vignette yet, Hiro Shimizu has seen her best friend turn on her, her other best friend murdered, and has now taken a bullet herself. While her wound may not be lethal, her bad luck, it would appear, just might be.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (6 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591823188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591823186
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 15.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as the prior mangas 15 Jan 2004
This is probably the most emotional manga so far in the series, chronicling the journeys of the protagonist Shuuya, one of Kazuo's ex gang-members Tsukioka and the struggles of Hirono, Shinji and Yukata. This is in my opinion the most violent yet, but this shouldn't put you off the deep story that's revealed. You especially grow to like Sho Tsukioka and smile at his ridiculous campness and stupid hairdo.
Emotions are clearly displayed on the characters faces. Nothing is left to the imagination. The book feels raw and leaves you thinking about it. That in my opinion, makes it an exellent manga.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Progression 8 Feb 2005
By Robert D. Williams - Published on
If you are reading this, then I assume you have read all of, if not most of, the mangas released prior to Vol. 5. That having been said, I shall continue. This book focuses primarily on the plans and relationship between the basketball star Shinji Mimura and his incompetant sidekick, Yutaka Sato. By this point, there is far less mindless violence than the first few mangas, and much more in depth character development, which takes the series to an entirely new level.

We also get to see even more background on Shuuya, making him more and more realistic and likeable.

Perhaps most importantly (in my opinion, anyways) is the continued upward scale of how hardcore Kazuo Kiriyama is, and what an important role in the story he really will have (Those fans of the movie and novel know exactly what I mean)

Overall, I am impressed with the progression of the manga and shall continue to read them until the last one is released (if it hasn't already, I just finished Vol. 7) and can't wait to see what other noteable plot changes occur.
4.0 out of 5 stars WE'RE NOT ALONE.....OR ARE WE? 22 Aug 2005
By Sesho - Published on
In the aftermath of their failed plan to hack into the Program's computer system, we learn through flashback the origin of Shinji and Yutaka's odd couple friendship. Meanwhile, Shuuya and Noriko continue to try to convince Shogo Kawada that it's worth his while to help them find other allies in the surviving members of their homeroom, despite the danger. And then there's the wholesome tale of Sho Tsukioka, the drag-queen hustler and blackmailer who is on the trail of the Program's most dangerous player, Kazuo.

Battle Royale continues the tale of heartrending tragedy and death and hope that started in Volume 1. While the story of Tsukioka was a little too hard to take due to its lewdness, I don't see anything wrong with a little depravity here and there. Royale succeeds admirably at creating suspense and empathy for the main characters. Beneath all the murder, there is a little glimmer of hope in that people like Shuyaa still have faith that some of his fellow classmates do not want to be a part of this madness.
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