Battle Royale [Ultimate Edition] (GN 1 of 5)
Title: Battle Royale [Ultimate Edition]
Volume: GN 1 / 5
Release date: 2007-10-16
Suggested retail price: $24.99
Age rating: 17+
Contains the chilling first three volumes of the manga series in one blood-soaked volume.
A ninth-grade class of 42 students is marooned on an island and forced to kill or be killed in a government-sanctioned, televised game called The Program. The rules: after three days, only one student can remain alive or they all die. Weapons are handed out and each student is sent out into the field alone - unprepared for the horror that awaits them.
Many classmates quickly turn on each other in this twisted battle for survival, but amid the betrayals and rising body count, new friendships are forged and existing love gives new meaning to the phrase, "till death do us part."
New foreword from writer Koushun Takami
New color cover art from manga-ka Masayuki Taguchi
Unpublished character sketches from manga-ka Masayuki Taguchi
Color pages including covers from the first three volumes
Weapons details by Eliot R. Brown (Punisher's Armory)
"Second Opinion" on characters' injuries from an E.R. physician
"On the Couch" character psychiatric evaluation from a psychologist
Story by Koshun Takami and art by Masayuki Taguchi.
(added on 2007-07-06, modified on 2007-07-06)
- Reviewed by Casey Brienza (April 27, 2009)
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