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Battle Royale (2003) - vol. 01
Tokyopop Manga (Tokyopop)

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Keith Ian Giffen
Tomo Iwo
Takako Maeda
Koushun Takami

Masayuki Taguchi

Masayuki Taguchi

(Story is monochromatic)

Anna Kernbaum

Mark Paniccia

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Masayuki Taguchi

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Cover Date: May 2003
Cover Price: US $ 9.99

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Manga; 216 pages

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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.

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Battle Royale (2003) Ultimate Edition vol. 01

Takako Maeda and Tomo Iwo are credited with translation. Keith Giffen rewrote/adapted the translation.

It's interesting to note that the name of the "teacher" who acts as supervisor to The Program changes in each incarnation of the story. In the film, he is known as Kitano, in the manga, his name is given as Yonemi Kamon, and in the novel, his name is Kinpatsu Sakamochi.

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Yoshio Akamatsu
Takako Chigusa
Megumi Etou
Fumiyo Fujiyoshi
Tadakatsu Hatagami
Keita Iijima
Mizuho Inada
Yonemi Kamon
Izumi Kanai
Shogo Kawada
Kazuo Kiriyama
Yukiko Kitano
Kayoko Kotohiki
Yoshitoki Kuninobu
Yoji Kuramoto
Hiroshi Kuronaga
Yumiko Kusaka
Chisato Matsui
Shinji Mimura
Kaori Minami
Kyoichi Motobuchi
Mr. Hayashida
Ms. Ryoko
  Noriko Nakagawa
Yuka Nakagawa
Shuuya Nanahara
Kazushi Niida
Satomi Noda
Mitsuru Numai
Toshinori Oda
Sakura Ogawai
Tatsumichi Ooki
Yuko Sakaki
Ryuhei Sasagawa
Yutaka Sato
Hirono Shimizu
Mitsuko Souma
Hiroki Sugimura
Yuichiro Takiguchi (Battle Royale)
Haruka Tanizawa
Mayumi Tendo
Sho Tsukioka
Yukio Utsumi
Yoshimi Yahagi
Kazuhiko Yamamoto

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