History Literature / BattleRoyale

6th Dec '16 2:01:51 AM Xtifr
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Originally a novel by Koushun Takami, '''''Battle Royale''''' was adapted into a live-action movie and a DoorStopper manga series (it has over ''3000 pages''). The plots of these adaptations have minor differences, but each feature the same general events. An [[ForeignRemake American remake]] was announced in 2006, but it has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for [[TooSoon obvious]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} reasons]].

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Originally a novel by Koushun Takami, '''''Battle Royale''''' ''Battle Royale'' was adapted into a live-action movie and a DoorStopper manga series (it has over ''3000 pages''). The plots of these adaptations have minor differences, but each feature the same general events. An [[ForeignRemake American remake]] was announced in 2006, but it has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for [[TooSoon obvious]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} reasons]].
3rd Nov '16 9:41:50 AM ThePest179
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* DrivenToSuicide: Happens to a few students who would rather die than fight. [[spoiler: Yuko Sakaki kills herself after accidentally poisoning one of her friends, which caused her other friends to turn on each other.]]
29th Oct '16 6:04:01 AM rufusluciusivan
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* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler:Hirono Shimizu]]'s manga death.

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[[spoiler:Hirono Shimizu]]'s manga death.


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* ADeathInTheLimelight: When a chapter suddenly switches to the point of view of a minor character, it's generally not good news for him/her...
29th Oct '16 12:50:11 AM rufusluciusivan
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* LetThemDieHappy: Mitsuko's big PetTheDog moment (only in the novel) also involves this. She lies to [[spoiler:her MoralityPet Yuichiro, who's dying]] by saying that his friend [[spoiler:Tadakatsu]] (whom she killed) ran away after accidentally shooting him, making him believe that he's still alive. She also doesn't reveal to him that she manipulated them all along and gives him a sincere kiss just before killing him instantly with a gun so that her face is his last vision. While the narration doesn't explicitly say it, she had no other reasons than this trope to act like that.
28th Oct '16 9:12:27 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: About a half of the main cast: [[ZenSurvivor Shogo Kawada]], [[TheCracker Shinji Mimura]], [[ImplacableMan Kazuo Kiriyama]] and [[MartialPacifist Hiroki Sugimura]], each in their own right. Among the girls, Mitsuko Souma and Takako Chigusa, who, at the point of the game that Niida found her, was the only girl without a gun or/and well-armed allies in the island. Still, trying to assault her was a ''bad'' idea.
26th Sep '16 12:58:24 PM Qicetrini
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* AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits: It's most apparent just after Noriko's dream sequence, where she tells Kawada how she was expected to just leave school, find a man, be a {{Housewife}} and live a normal, boring life. Now however, with all this, she realises that even if she does somehow survive (and remember that her protector, Shuya, is missing at this point) then nothing will ever be the same again.



* AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits: It's most apparent just after Noriko's dream sequence, where she tells Kawada how she was expected to just leave school, find a man, be a {{Housewife}} and live a normal, boring life. Now however, with all this, she realises that even if she does somehow survive (and remember that her protector, Shuya, is missing at this point) then nothing will ever be the same again.



* AllLovingHero: Shuya. Heck, the guy is so innocent and wonderful, he actually manages to convert and save the souls of several crazy / bad people by giving them emotional speeches (before [[KillEmAll they die]], of course).



* AllLovingHero: Shuya. Heck, the guy is so innocent and wonderful, he actually manages to convert and save the souls of several crazy / bad people by giving them emotional speeches (before [[KillEmAll they die]], of course).



* DecoyProtagonist: In the novel, Shinji is shown as being a near-perfect student in a clear attempt to not make it obvious that Shuya is. Thus, Shinji's [[spoiler:death in the middle of the book]] is a huge surprise, after which no attempt is made to hide Shuya's hero status. While this is a commendable idea in theory, it meant turning Shinji into a total Mary Sue. No surprise therefore that the idea was dropped for the film ([[spoiler:with Shinji's death becoming a climactic action sequence]]) and in fact the English translation of the book even has on its cover two silhouettes who are blatantly meant to be Shuya and Noriko).
** In the manga, Shuya spends a lot of time reassuring everyone that Shinji's going to come up with a plan to get them all off the island. [[spoiler:Finding his body is a big factor in Shuya's epic HeroicBSOD.]]



* DecoyProtagonist: In the novel, Shinji is shown as being a near-perfect student in a clear attempt to not make it obvious that Shuya is. Thus, Shinji's [[spoiler:death in the middle of the book]] is a huge surprise, after which no attempt is made to hide Shuya's hero status. While this is a commendable idea in theory, it meant turning Shinji into a total Mary Sue. No surprise therefore that the idea was dropped for the film ([[spoiler:with Shinji's death becoming a climactic action sequence]]) and in fact the English translation of the book even has on its cover two silhouettes who are blatantly meant to be Shuya and Noriko).
** In the manga, Shuya spends a lot of time reassuring everyone that Shinji's going to come up with a plan to get them all off the island. [[spoiler:Finding his body is a big factor in Shuya's epic HeroicBSOD.]]



* GottaKillThemAll: To win the Program.



* GottaKillThemAll: To win the Program.



* HandWave: The film largely handwaves the premise, which is extremely flawed, by vaguely explaining it in 30 seconds of a 2 hour film and then never touching politics again.



* HandWave: The film largely handwaves the premise, which is extremely flawed, by vaguely explaining it in 30 seconds of a 2 hour film and then never touching politics again.



* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Lampshaded in the YMMV English translation of the manga: in the beginning of the car chase, when Shogo kicks away the windshield so he doesn't have to "dodge flying glass", he hands Shuuya his Uzi, recommending him to not "go all Marvin in Pulp Fiction" with the weapon.



* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Lampshaded in the YMMV English translation of the manga: in the beginning of the car chase, when Shogo kicks away the windshield so he doesn't have to "dodge flying glass", he hands Shuuya his Uzi, recommending him to not "go all Marvin in Pulp Fiction" with the weapon.
* ImplacableMan: Kazuo Kiriyama. In all three versions, he just keeps coming...and he can't be reasoned with.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Mai in the sequel, with her explosive-laden ''doll''.



* ImplacableMan: Kazuo Kiriyama. In all three versions, he just keeps coming...and he can't be reasoned with.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Mai in the sequel, with her explosive-laden ''doll''.



* SplitPersonality: Mitsuko basically has two sides to her. One is a child desperate for love, the other is a deranged, cynical killer.



* SplitPersonality: Mitsuko basically has two sides to her. One is a child desperate for love, the other is a deranged, cynical killer.



* {{Tsundere}}: Chigusa, by Sugimura's account. [[DefrostingIceQueen She's more the original version, though, where as you get to know her she warms up considerably.]]


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* {{Tsundere}}: Chigusa, by Sugimura's account. [[DefrostingIceQueen She's more the original version, though, where as you get to know her she warms up considerably.]]
26th Sep '16 12:43:17 PM Qicetrini
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* FingerLickingPoison: [[spoiler: Yuka]] dies by grabbing a sample of a dish meant for [[spoiler:Shuya]].



* FingerLickingPoison: [[spoiler: Yuka]] dies by grabbing a sample of a dish meant for someone else.
26th Sep '16 12:21:28 PM Qicetrini
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Shuya and Noriko have survived, meaning the Program has failed for the first time ever, and Kawada has found peace at last, but everyone else is dead, including Kitano, and they're doomed to live the rest of their lives as fugitives. And while The Program has failed, they didn't completely ''stop'' it from happening again... so it's likely that, in six months, another class will be chosen and submitted to it. And again and again.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Shuya and Noriko have survived, meaning the Program has failed for the first time ever, and Kawada Shogo has found peace at last, but everyone else is dead, including Kitano, and they're doomed to live the rest of their lives as fugitives. And while The Program has failed, they didn't completely ''stop'' it from happening again... so it's likely that, in six months, another class will be chosen and submitted to it. And again and again.]]



* CombatPragmatist: Kiriyama, Mitsuko, and a few other students are this.

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* CombatPragmatist: Kiriyama, Kazuo, Mitsuko, and a few other students are this.



** [[spoiler: It appears that Kawada had made it out of the Program and would escape with Shuya and Norkio... until he dies of a gunshot wound Kiriyama gave him in the arena.]]

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** [[spoiler: It appears that Kawada Shogo had made it out of the Program and would escape with Shuya and Norkio... until he dies of a gunshot wound Kiriyama Kazuo gave him in the arena.]]



* KatanasAreJustBetter: Used in the film, where Kiriyama uses it against Oda. When the target is wearing a bullet proof vest, an Uzi isn't of much use (in the novel, he simply shoots Oda in the face). [[TooDumbToLive Such a pity he had to tell his assailant what had saved his life...]] Technically of course it isn't a katana, but a Wakizashi, but the principle still applies.

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: Used in the film, where Kiriyama Kazuo uses it against Oda. When the target is wearing a bullet proof vest, an Uzi isn't of much use (in the novel, he simply shoots Oda in the face). [[TooDumbToLive Such a pity he had to tell his assailant what had saved his life...]] Technically of course it isn't a katana, but a Wakizashi, but the principle still applies.



* NewTransferStudent: Both Kiriyama and Kawada are this in the film.

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* NewTransferStudent: Both Kiriyama and Kawada Shogo are this in the film.



** While [[spoiler:driving a car]], Kawada hands Shuya a gun, asking him not to go [[Film/PulpFiction Marvin]] [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace on him]]. In the [[FanNickname Giffenized]] [[{{Macekre}} version]], that is.

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** While [[spoiler:driving a car]], Kawada Shogo hands Shuya a gun, asking him not to go [[Film/PulpFiction Marvin]] [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace on him]]. In the [[FanNickname Giffenized]] [[{{Macekre}} version]], that is.



* SupportingLeader: Kawada is this to Shuya and Noriko, especially in the film. Consider that he's the one with the dark and brooding past, he's the one with a grudge against the Program, and he's the one who knows how to stop it. He does it deliberately though, because he's not interested in his own survival, just wanting revenge and to understand what happened with Keiko. He's happy to let the others take the credit. Consider just how much Shuya and Noriko would actually accomplish (answer: nothing) without Shogo's help and you'll see how he fits.

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* SupportingLeader: Kawada Shogo is this to Shuya and Noriko, especially in the film. Consider that he's the one with the dark and brooding past, he's the one with a grudge against the Program, and he's the one who knows how to stop it. He does it deliberately though, because he's not interested in his own survival, just wanting revenge and to understand what happened with Keiko. He's happy to let the others take the credit. Consider just how much Shuya and Noriko would actually accomplish (answer: nothing) without Shogo's help and you'll see how he fits.



** Toshinori Oda in the film only, who is shot with an Uzi by Kiriyama but survives because of his awesome BulletProofVest. A fact he screams at the top of his voice the second he realises he's still alive. Cue Kiriyama leaping off a small building beside him, wakizashi in hand.
** He's less obviously stupid in the book and manga, but still pretty stupid--in the manga, he fakes a death rattle so Kiriyama will come close to him and check if he's dead, allowing Oda to stab him with his hidden kitchen knife. [[spoiler: Kiriyama doesn't fall for this moronic ruse]].

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** Toshinori Oda in the film only, who is shot with an Uzi by Kiriyama Kazuo but survives because of his awesome BulletProofVest. A fact he screams at the top of his voice the second he realises he's still alive. Cue Kiriyama Kazuo leaping off a small building beside him, wakizashi in hand.
** He's less obviously stupid in the book and manga, but still pretty stupid--in the manga, he fakes a death rattle so Kiriyama Kazuo will come close to him and check if he's dead, allowing Oda to stab him with his hidden kitchen knife. [[spoiler: Kiriyama Kazuo doesn't fall for this moronic ruse]].
24th Sep '16 2:04:27 PM nombretomado
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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Many of the subtitling attempts at the film version tend to localise very badly. ({{Channel 4}} and the producers of the Korean Starmax version, here's looking at you!)

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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Many of the subtitling attempts at the film version tend to localise very badly. ({{Channel 4}} (Creator/Channel4 and the producers of the Korean Starmax version, here's looking at you!)
11th Sep '16 7:43:35 AM rafi
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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.



* LuckyBastard: 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.
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