Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (Literantado’s Book Review)

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Detail

Book Title: Battle Royale
Author: Koushun Takami
Language written in: Japanese (Originally)
Translated by: Yuji Oniki
Genre: Dystopia
Publisher: Ohta Publishing
Publication Date: April 1999
Published in English: February 2003
Media Type: Paperback only
Pages: 616
ISBN: 4872334523

Where to Buy? :

@ National Bookstore – for only 389.00php. (Philippines)
(i bought it October 13, 2008)
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What Is Battle Royale?

Set in Republic of Great East Asia or fictional Japan under strict military providence, Battle Royale is a program exercise every year to some sort of discipline for student. It is a program, a game, a game crazy as hell.

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The Battle Royale Rules:

  • The program will choose a school randomly.
  • Number of participating (force participation) students are 42
    • Consist of 21 boys and 21 girls to total.
  • The Program will be set on an isolated island not known by participants.
  • On the island, in every couple of hours, there will be an announcement of danger zones on the map.
    • If they happen that they are on the danger zone, the collar on their neck will explode.
  • battle-royale-map

  • Each participant will have a collar on their neck. It is an exploding collar called Guadalcanal (so that in times of cheating, it’ll explode).
  • If in 24 hours of no killings, all collars will explode, so every student of the game must kill each one of them until only 1 will survive.

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The Outline, Guess Who Will Win (Plot)

The Third Year Class B, Shiroiwa Junior High School will be having a school trip. While on the ride way to their destination, they were asleep cause by a sleeping gas. Clueless and innocent, they were entered forcibly to the program. In the time they have awakened, they were led by the instructor named Kinpatsu Sakamochi with a satanic grin, telling them about the program of their own Government.

Shuya Nanahara seeks to avenge his best friend (his best friend protested for them on why they are force to enter the program and shot killed). Shuya tandem with Noriko Nakagawa and later they were accompanied by Shogo Kawada which has a mysterious personality to trust.

Prime villains were Mitsuko Souma and Kazuo Kiriyama and some other hostile student not to mention their name.

On the other side, good side of the team – Shinji Mimura, assisted by his best friend Yutaka Seto plans an escape.

What would be the end of this? Who will won this hellish game?

Read it before you watch the controversial film. Originally, the book was controversial in the first place.

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Trivia

The novel Battle Royale was completed after Takami left the news company. It was rejected in the final round of the literary competition for which it was intended, owing to its controversial content. It went on to become a bestseller when finally released in 1999, and a year later, was made into a manga and a feature film.

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What Can I Say?

I first heard Battle Royale by my friends. They’re discussing about the story base on the film. I perceive it cruel and a violent film while hearing their discussions. “OA sila mag-kuwento”. I research about Battle Royale and found out that it was base on a Japanese novel written by Koushun Takami, good thing, it got an English translation of the book translated by Yuji Oniki ^_^.

The story of Battle Royale (Novel) is great, more unique than other violent thrilling genres. Every student killed in the Novel makes you not wait for another chapter of killings of “who’s next”.

After reading the book, the devil inside me want the Battle Royale game for REAL.

Har-har-har (laugh of a devil).

I prefer to read the book first before I watch the film version because I might not appreciate the film without knowing the original story. As might of you know, many of the film adaptation which is base from the book don’t follow the real storyline instead of it or sometimes excluding the part of the original story or worst they’re changing the angle to shorten the time of production.

So, there is reason for you to read the book first.

More about Battle Royale?


Otakore Literantadodist, Literantado

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7 Tugon

  1. waaaah. okay na naman to. hakhak!
    apir!
    mabasa nga…
    at mapanood na rin… hakhak!

    gustong-gusto ko yung mga ganyan eh…

  2. ^ Umasa ka pa at mag-po-post pa ako ng iba pang rebyu ng mga “worth-reading books”. Mga kontrobersiyal na aklat na wala pa sa inyong kabatiran na “mayroon palang ganito”. Yaong mga aklat na hindi nakaka-sawa basahin.

    ^_^ Salamat at sana’y rumami pa ang gumusto magbasa.

  3. Wahhlaa nmn oh..ano to?

    di ko alam yang book na yan..kainis…hahaha

    maganda ba yan?

    matry ngang basahin..(kung meron book)

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    Otakore Literantadodist : NAG-KUMENTO KA PA! (hindi ganito ang feedback ng may-akda sa ibang viewers, sa kanya lamang ito ^ )

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  4. after 10 years… nifeature mo na dn tong BR sa iyong blog… Nice . Nice!! pag patuloy mo lang (author’s name) ang pagpopost ng ganitong TOPIC!! siguradong mag maghihiT pag ganito… hehehe.. AJA!!

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Salamat, ‘lam mo bang kayo nila (blank) yung tinutukoy ko sa blog-entry na ito na “OA magkuwento”. Ang OA ninyo e, kaya napa-bili ako ng librong ito sanhi ng aking curiosity sa pagka-OA ninyo mag-kuwento! Pero, all in all, satisfied ako dahil maganda at brutal ang istorya sa libro.

    ^_^ , salamat sa pagbisita, kahit wala kayong sariling blog.

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  5. ayos ah. may alam ka bang libro na parang ikaw ung gumaganap na bida sa istorya.
    may nakita kasi akong ganun kaso di ko alam kung maganda.
    sabhn mo na lang ako ah.
    salamat.
    🙂

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Meron akong nabasa at napahiram na libro sa akin dati, ng aking pinsan.

    “Terror on the Titanic” (Choose Your Own Adventure) by R.A. Montgomery. Isang aklat na puwedeng mamili ng “path” at ikaw ang huhubog sa kung ano ang kalalabasan ng kuwento.

    Sa pagbabasa nito, may partikular na pahina na tatanungin ka kung anong “plot” ang gusto mo.

    Halimbawa (translated in tagalog), may gan’tong tipikal na tanong dun –

    “Tatalon ka ba ng barko” o “hahalikan mo ang ka-love-team mo?”

    Pipili ka sa kung ano ang magiging kahihinatnan mo, tapos, kapag nakapili ka na :

    Kung “Tatalon ka ng barko” go to page 666.
    At kung “hahalikan mo ang ka-love-team mo” go to page 69.

    Papatalunin ka sa iba’t-ibang pahina hanggat maguluhimanan ka. Hindi maganda para sa isang nobela ang ganiyang libro, kaya di masyadong bumebenta. Nakakairita lamang. ^_^

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  6. TO: Pepe McKunat

    Meron pa palang isa. Ito ay ang RPG Book. RPG Book – kung saan grupo kayong mag-lalaro nito, at isang Master (o Dungeon Master sa mas kilalang tawag) ang mag-ma-manage sa kwento ninyong grupo. Bale, may mga papel kayong hawak dito sa RPG Book, pi-fill-up-an ninyo sa papel na iyon ang mga “attributes” na parang nag-lalaro ka ng RPG Video Game.

    Yung sikat na RPG Book na kilala is yung “Dungeons and Dragons” by Wizards. Ngayon may miniature na kasama na yang librong iyan. Dati nakapag-laro ako ng RPG Book, pero iba title. Yung title niya “Vampire: Masquerade”, pinatay kagad ako sa istorya ng Master (yung pinsan ko), nakulitan sa akin dahil 10 years old pa lang ako nun.

    Matagal na iyan. Hindi ito nalalaro ng walang kaibigan. Grupo kasi iyan e. ^_^

  7. matanong lang po, saang national book store branch niyo po nabili yang battle royale? thanks. :))

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Sa National Bookstore, SM Mall Of Asia Branch po.

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