Synopses & Reviews
A random class of 9th graders have been chosen for the 'program.' They must now kill each other until the final winner is decided. In protest, it's up to Shuuya to gather a group to fight back and deliver a counter-punch to the government that ruined their lives. But they must be careful, for there are those among them who have decided to try to 'win' this cruel game.
About the Author
Koushun Takami's first novel, Battle Royale, was a finalist for the Kadokawa Mystery Novel Prize and was then published in 1999. Takami went on to pen the manga of the same name, collaborating with artist Masayuki Taguchi for over 8 volumes. The book and manga have been adapted into a movie by director Kinji Fukasaku which has spawned a legion of fans.
Inthe future, random Jr. High School classes are chosen to compete in a
game called Battle Royale. The rules: only one student can survive
after 3 days on an island or else they all perish. Weapons are handed
out and each student is sent out into the field alone and unprepared
for the horror that awaits them. The classmates turn upon themselves in
a battle for survival, treaties are made and broken, and former friends
become foes as the relentless countdown continues. Amid the betrayals
and rising body count, two classmates confess their love for each other
and swear to survive this deadly game together.
Based on the live-action feature film that became a cause celebre and polarized much of Japan.