on 9 April 2016
The Battle Royale Manga series has been really great up to this point. My comment here isn't a review of the story or the printing though...
I just wanted to point out that i have purchased every other book in the series for between £5-10. I don't know why, but 13 seems to be a bit special, as every seller wants £30 minimum for it. Is it rare? Well, there are currently 18 used and new, so it's not really a rarity.
What's happened here is someone has put a copy up for a high price, and any new sellers then want to try to sell theirs at around that price. Suddenly all copies are highly priced, for no reason - the item is neither rare, nor in a higher demand than the other volumes. Irritating. (this happens a lot on sites like discogs too) I guess i'll have to wait it out to see if anyone wants to sell theirs at a rational price before i can find out the ending. :(
on 11 April 2006
I'm writing this using my mum's account since I don't have one of my own, however...I absolutly love the film have all the manga novels, the American version of the novel and two battle royale t-shirts (Izumi Kanai and Yoshitoki Kuninobu).I am rather obssesed with it, but in my opinion it's the best thing ever!!Novel seven is one of my favourites of the manga because: there is an intense storyline line showing how pathetic some people can be;a big explosion;and of course Shinji Mimura and Kazuo Kiriyama...what else needs to be said?If you've seen the film, I totally recommend reading the manga because the story goes into more depth with the characters and can evoke many different emotions, plus the artwork is stunning!It's worth the read.
on 5 May 2005
I've read the book and seen the film. This manga however is absolutely engrossing. Well written and gripping, it is both exciting and emotional. You empathise with certain characters, pity some and dislike others. No character feels like they were written in just to provide an interesting death.
The manga is not afraid to explore different ground storywise from the book or film it yet stays true to the original work. We see so much more of each characters inner pscyche laid bare, what makes them tick, what motivates them. It is thoroughly absorbing and works on so many levels. This is a seminal work and one that is not to be missed. I can't praise this highly enough.
on 27 March 2004
I love Battle Royale...love love love it. Excluding the clothing (I could never wear a t-shirt that said "could you kill your best friend?" because my best friend is already worried enough about my obsession)I probably own all paraphernilia that has to do with it. Now obviously since volume 7 isn't out yet I haven't read it...but in general the manga version of battle royale is pretty awesome. Except...I happen to be probably one of only a few female fans of the notorious story and unfortunately the mangas just don't appeal to me as much as they should for that very reason. I mean how many panty shots, or Mitsuko sex scenes, or even rape scenes does there have to be? There aren't nearly as many as there are in the actual novel. I like to think I don't get grossed out easily, and I've seen some pretty messed up stuff (like brutal Aisan movies) in my life but as an 18 year old girl, the idea I get from those scenes is that whoever worked with Koushun Takami to do the graphic novels must have been a dirty old man that enjoyed doing those drawings a little to much. They're so raw and well...graphic (no surprise there...it's a graphic novel!). Buuut despite all those things I like how the mangas elaborate more on the students' pasts and I think it helps clarify alot of things, especially in the movie. However I seriously suggest you read the novel (try to ignore all the bad translations or even in some cases the lack of) before the mangas because the mangas are almost completely different from the movie and they will be more understandable if you do. Nonetheless...all the graphic novels (volume 6 is my favorite) are well worth it.
on 1 May 2005
To anyone reading these reviews, this is not the actual Battle Royale book as some previous reviews are making it out to be, it is the 13th installment to the Battle Royale manga editions. Don't get me wrong, the book is a great thing, along with the film and yes along with all the manga, i just wanted to clarify the 'low-down' so to speak. Also, although i have rated it with 5 stars, i have not read it yet, i just put in 5 because i needed to give it some form of rating, although i presume it will be life changing along with all of the other Battle Royale manga.
on 23 June 2004
Vol. 7 is a great example of the BR manga at it's best, great art and great story telling, You actually feel sorry for poor Keita and the interaction between Mimura and Yutaka is pure brilliance, and as usual You get a much better glimpse into the minds of each character then in the original novel.
And the big showdown between Mimura and Kiriyama is briliant and VERY brutul.
MORE, MORE, MORE.