Battle Royale, Vol. 1 Forty-two high school students are drugged and kidnapped to a remote island. Outfitted with explosive collars and the odd weapon, the young men and women… Battle Royale, Vol. 1 Forty-two high school students are drugged and kidnapped to a remote island. Outfitted with explosive collars and the odd weapon, the young men and women…
Book Review

BATTLE ROYALE, VOL. 1

EW's GRADE
A-

Forty-two high school students are drugged and kidnapped to a remote island. Outfitted with explosive collars and the odd weapon, the young men and women are forced to kill each other until only one remains -- and its all captured on camera for a popular reality game show. Based on the cult novel and live-action Japanese film of the same name, Royale hits all the manga bases (martial arts, creepy old men, panty shots) without being Sailor Moon silly. Be warned: The book is printed in true manga style, so you have to read right to left, back to front. It's a little weird, but worth the effort.

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints
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