Battle Royale is a novel written by Japanese by Japanese author Koushun Tamaki. It was first published in Japan in April 1999, and it is one of Japan's best-selling and most controversial novels.

It is recommened for ages 14- 27

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Plot OverviewEdit

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Battle Royale Cover

Battle Royale takes place in an alterante timeline, according to the book's prologue, Japan is a police state, known as the Republic of Greater East Asia. From time to time, fifty randomly selected classes of secondary school students are forced to take arms against one another until one student in each class remains. The program was created, supposedly, as a form of miltary research, though the outcome of each battle is publiczied on local television. A character discovers that the program is not an experiment at all, but a means of terrorizing the population. In theory, after seeing much atrocities, the people will become paranoid and divided, preventing an organizied rebellion.

Under the guise of a 'study trip' a group of students from Shiroiwa Junior High School, a Junior High School operated by the fictional town of Shiroiwa, are coralled onto a bus and gassed, only to be awaken in a school on an isolated, evacuated, wearing metal collars, around their necks. After explaining about the rules of the program, the students are issued survival packs (along with a random weapon or tool) and sent out to an island one by one. While most of the students recieve guns and knives, some students accquire relatively usless items like bommerangs, some common dartboard darts, and a fork. In some cases, instead of a weapon, the student recieves a tool. Hiroki Sugimura finds a radar that tracks nearby students, and Toshinori recieves a bulletproof vest.

To make sure the students obey the rules and kill each other the metal collars around their necks track their positions and explode if they linger in a "Forbidden Zone" or attempt to remove their collars. The Forbidden Zones are randomly chosen areas of the map that increase in number as time goes on re-scuplting and shirnking the battlefield and forcing students to move around. The collars sercetly transmit sound back to the organizers of the game, allowing them to hear the students' conversations, root out their escape plans, and log their activites.

The students are also given a time limit, if the twenty-four hours pass without someone being killed, then all of the collars will be detonated simultaneously and their will be no winner. It is metioned that only 0.5% of the Programs end this fashion. The game last seventy-two hours, if their is no winner, then all of the collars will explode.

Student ListEdit

Boys Number Name Girls Number Name
Boys 1 Yoshio Akamastu Girls 1 Mizuho Inada
Boys 2 Keita Iijima Girls 2 Yukie Utsumi
Boys 3 Tatsumichi Oki Girls 3 Megumi Eto
Boys 4 Toshinori Oda Girls 4 Sakura Ogawa
Boys 5 Shogo Kawanda Girls 5 Izumi Kanai
Boys 6 Kazuo Kiriyama Girls 6 Yukiko Kitano
Boys 7 Yoshitoki Koninobu Girls 7 Yumiko Kusaka
Boys 8 Yoji Kuramato Girls 8 Kayoko Kotohiki
Boys 9 Hishori Kuronaga Girls 9 Yuko Sakaki
Boys 10 Ryuhei Sasagawa Girls 10 Hirono Simizu
Boys 11 Hiroki Sugimara Girls 11 Mistuko Souma
Boys 12 Yutaka Seto Girls 12 Haruka Tanizawa
Boys 13 Yuichiro Takiguchi Girls 13 Takako Chigusa
Boys 14 Sho Tsukioka Girls 14 Mayumi Tendo
Boys 15 Shuya Nanahara Girls 15 Noriko Nakagawa
Boys 16 Kazushi Niida Girls 16 Yuka Nakagawa
Boys 17 Mitsuru Numai Girls 17 Satomi Noda
Boys 18 Tadakatsu Hatagami Girls 18 Fumiyo Fujiyoshi
Boys 19 Shinji Mimura Girls 19 Chisato Matsui
Boys 20 Kyoichi Motobuchi Girls 20 Kaorai Minami
Boys 21 Kazuhiko Yamamto Girls 21 Yoshimi Yahagi

Weapon ListEdit

Student Number Weapon Student Number Weapon
1 Boy Crossbow 1 Girl Knife
2 Boy Kitchen Knife 2 Girl Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum Revolver
3 Boy Hand Axe 3 Girl Stun Gun
4 Boy Kevlar Vest 4 Girl N/A
5 Boy Franchi SPAS-12 Semi-Automatic Shotgun 5 Girl Two Hand Grenades
6 Boy Harisen (Paper Fan) 6 Girl Megaphone
7 Boy N/A 7 Girl Wakizashi (Sword)
8 Boy Rope 8 Girl SIG-Sauer P226 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol
9 Boy Dagger 9 Girl Potassium Cyanide
10 Boy Nunchaku 10 Girl Colt M1911 . 45 Semi- Automatic Pistol
11 Boy Collar-Tracking Device 11 Girl Kama (Sickle)
12 Boy Fork 12 Girl Browing Hi-Power Semi Automatic Pistol
13 Boy Machete 13 Girl Switch Blade
14 Boy Nunchaku 14 Girl Boxing Gloves
15 Boy Potlid 15 Girl Binoculars
16 Boy Coat Hanger 16 Girl Micro Uzi 9mm Machine Gun
17 Boy Colt Python .357 Revolver 17 Girl M870 Pump-Action Shotgun
18 Boy Baseball Bat 18 Girl N/A
19 Boy Beretta M92F 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol 19 Girl

Wather PPK 7.65 9mm Pistol

20 Boy Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum Revolver 20 Girl Pickaxe
21 Boy Cloth Headband 21 Girl

Plastic Hammer