History Literature / BattleRoyale

7th Feb '18 11:48:33 AM N.Harmonik
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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has an unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses 50 classes of high school students at random every year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.

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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has an a unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses 50 classes of high school students at random every year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.
3rd Dec '17 4:37:59 AM Gemser
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* DesertedIsland: The game takes place on a small and evacuated island where only the remains of civilization are found. Its circumference is about 10 km.



** SixthRangerTraitor - Yuko Sakaki

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** SixthRangerTraitor [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor - Yuko SakakiSakaki]]



* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[TagLine Could you kill your best friend?]]

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* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[TagLine Could ''"Could you kill your best friend?]]friend?"'' is the TagLine of the movie. Although Kiriyama and [[spoiler:Mitsuko]] accumulate the highest body count, there are many instances where best friends kill each other like [[spoiler:the lighthouse girls]] and [[spoiler:Mizuho/Kaori]].



* PrisonersDilemma: A major theme all around. While most of them want to cooperate and find a way to survive together, they know that in the minute the game has started they can't trust anyone anymore because anybody could be playing the game for winning and betray everyone (and Kiriyama and [[spoiler:Mitsuko]] absolutely do).



* VillainsNeverLie: Kamon boasts that he raped and murdered the head of Shuuya's orphanage, Ms. Ryoko to demoralize him. [[spoiler: In the final chapter, Shuya, spying on the orphanage, sees her alive and well. Kamon, apparently, was just being a {{Troll}}]]
* TheVoice: An extremely interesting case that makes a sub-plot stretching across both films more effective. In the first film, we don't see Shiori Kitano, the teacher's daughter, we only hear her voice on the phone. In the second film, she's a main character. What adds more to this is that Kitano (senior) sees Noriko as his surrogate daughter as Shiori hates him. Noriko and Shiori are played by real life sisters, Aki and Ai Maeda (respectively).



* AWinnerIsYou: A rare example outside of video games. The winner will get nothing in the film and nothing besides a small life-long pension and the the [[UndesirablePrize dictator's autograph]] in the novel.
** Shogo was the winner of the last (third to last in the film) year's program. It doesn't protect him fro being part of the program again.
** Mai is the winner of last year's program (in the film) but doesn't receive anything. She [[spoiler:joins Shuya's resistance]] in ''Requiem'':
** The winner of this year's program [[spoiler:is technically Shogo after faking the deaths of Shuya and Noriko but he dies on the boat shortly after the BigBad dies. Shuya and Noriko are legally dead now and have to go underground. They are back for ''Requiem''.]]



* VillainsNeverLie: Kamon boasts that he raped and murdered the head of Shuuya's orphanage, Ms. Ryoko to demoralize him. [[spoiler: In the final chapter, Shuya, spying on the orphanage, sees her alive and well. Kamon, apparently, was just being a {{Troll}}]]
* TheVoice: An extremely interesting case that makes a sub-plot stretching across both films more effective. In the first film, we don't see Shiori Kitano, the teacher's daughter, we only hear her voice on the phone. In the second film, she's a main character. What adds more to this is that Kitano (senior) sees Noriko as his surrogate daughter as Shiori hates him. Noriko and Shiori are played by real life sisters, Aki and Ai Maeda (respectively).
26th Nov '17 9:55:19 AM Gemser
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* BornLucky: Kazuo Kiriyama. Despite starting out with a paper fan in the movie, he ends up amassing the highest bodycount out of the whole class - with twelve - mostly by stealing the weapons of those he meets, including hand grenades, a bulletproof vest, a sword and his weapon of choice: his uzi/submachine gun. Of course, his luck runs out once his collar takes a bullet but, all that aside, the students he meets gives him a vast equipment advantage.
26th Nov '17 9:48:53 AM Gemser
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* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Only two students manage to escape The Program.]]
12th Oct '17 2:57:49 AM TightfistedRupicaprine
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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has an unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses one class of high school students at random every six months, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.

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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has an unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses one class 50 classes of high school students at random every six months, year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.
5th Oct '17 3:58:41 AM jormis29
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** Kinpatsu Sakamochi is a spoof of the character Kinpachi Sakamoto from the Japanese drama ''Year 3 Class B Kinpachi-sensei''. Also, the students in the book, manga and film are Year 3 Class B.

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** Kinpatsu Sakamochi is a spoof of the character Kinpachi Sakamoto from the Japanese drama ''Year ''[[Series/KinpachiSensei Year 3 Class B Kinpachi-sensei''.Kinpachi-sensei]]''. Also, the students in the book, manga and film are Year 3 Class B.
4th Oct '17 3:44:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* TheAce: Kiriyama, ''especially'' in the novel. He can apparently keep up with Shuya in basketball, mastered the violin better than Oda at a young age, can keep up with Hiroki in martial arts, and as the manga puts it; has an intuitive grasp on everything. He may be even better at all those activities since he has no drive to do anything, meaning he wasn't even trying.
** Possibly moreso in the manga, since he's able to master just about anything just by seeing it.

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* TheAce: Kiriyama, ''especially'' in the novel. He can apparently keep up with Shuya in basketball, mastered the violin better than Oda at a young age, can keep up with Hiroki in martial arts, and as the manga puts it; has an intuitive grasp on everything. He may be even better at all those activities since he has no drive to do anything, meaning he wasn't even trying.
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trying. Possibly moreso in the manga, since he's able to master just about anything just by seeing it.



* AdultFear: The plot revolves around a middle school class being sent on a deserted island and forced to kill each other. And there's nothing you could really do about it, as well; two of the adult characters protested against it in the book and manga, resulting in one getting brutally killed and the other getting raped to silence her. Yikes.

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
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The plot revolves around a middle school class being sent on a deserted island and forced to kill each other. And there's nothing you could really do about it, as well; two of the adult characters protested against it in the book and manga, resulting in one getting brutally killed and the other getting raped to silence her. Yikes.



* AffectionateParody: The name "Takako Chigusa", which is a shout out to women's ProfessionalWrestling. The classroom scene in all versions, and the evil instructor Kinpatsu Sakamochi's name is a parody of the heroic teacher Kinpachi Sensei. Naturally this will be lost on Western viewers, hence the occasional misinterpretation of the classroom scene in the film as {{Narm}}.

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* AffectionateParody: The name "Takako Chigusa", which is a shout out to women's ProfessionalWrestling. The classroom scene in all versions, and the evil instructor Kinpatsu Sakamochi's name is a parody of the heroic teacher Kinpachi Sensei.Sensei from the [[Series/KinpachiSensei series of the same name]]. Naturally this will be lost on Western viewers, hence the occasional misinterpretation of the classroom scene in the film as {{Narm}}.



* ArtisticAge: A lot of the characters in the manga do not even remotely resemble people in their 20's, let alone junior high school students. Shogo Kawada with his beard is the most unrealistically adult-looking character, while Yutaka Seto (who is about one or two years younger) looks like he's ten.
** And the hyper-sexualized manga version of Mitsuko looks and acts like she's in her 20s.

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* ArtisticAge: A lot of the characters in the manga do not even remotely resemble people in their 20's, let alone junior high school students. Shogo Kawada with his beard is the most unrealistically adult-looking character, while Yutaka Seto (who is about one or two years younger) looks like he's ten.
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ten. And the hyper-sexualized manga version of Mitsuko looks and acts like she's in her 20s.
26th Sep '17 1:24:06 PM NeptuneX33
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** [[http://content.internetvideoarchive.com/content/photos/7641/935323_008.jpg You mean this?]]

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** [[http://content.internetvideoarchive.com/content/photos/7641/935323_008.jpg You mean this?]]This one.]]
20th Aug '17 2:54:36 AM TightfistedRupicaprine
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** Type 4 also occurs with Utsumi, Shuya and Noriko, as Utsumi secretly has feelings for Shuya which she tries to tell him (when he's barely conscious though so not the best time) but appears to realise he doesn't see her the same way. Admittedly we don't know for sure where she would have gone with her feelings given [[spoiler: she and her friends massacre each other moments after their conversation]]

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** Type 4 also occurs with Utsumi, Shuya and Noriko, as Utsumi secretly has feelings for Shuya which she tries to tell him (when he's barely conscious though so not the best time) but appears to realise he doesn't see her the same way.time). Admittedly we don't know for sure where she would have gone with her feelings given [[spoiler: she and her friends massacre each other moments after their conversation]]
13th Aug '17 12:40:48 AM RufusShinra
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** Kinpatsu Sakamochi was a sadistic rapist who often cracked jokes at the expense of the students that died in the Program, and gleefully relishing in the Program pushing scared kids into murdering each other. Kitano, his counterpart from the film, while still no saint, is shown to be much more sympathetic - working a job where the students had zero respect for him (one even ''maims'' him), under the heel of a fascist government in the throes of an economic crash, with a family that ignores him at best (and, at worst, a daughter who outright hates him. He even [[spoiler: tried to make sure Noriko won]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was the only student that showed respect for him.]]

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** Kinpatsu Sakamochi was a sadistic rapist who often cracked jokes at the expense of the students that died in the Program, and gleefully relishing in the Program pushing scared kids into murdering each other. Kitano, his counterpart from the film, while still no saint, is shown to be much more sympathetic - working a job where the students had zero respect for him (one even ''maims'' him), under the heel of a fascist government in the throes of an economic crash, with a family that ignores him at best (and, at worst, a daughter who outright hates him.him). He even [[spoiler: tried to make sure Noriko won]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was the only student that showed respect for him.]]
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