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->''If you don't want to die, then point your finger at an animal that you think committed a worse crime than you.''

Following the same principles as ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'', ''Judge'' is a horror manga written by Tonogai Yoshiki.

Hiro is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who once had a secret crush on his childhood friend Hikari... except she was already dating his older brother Atsuya. One day, Hiro manipulated Atsuya's schedule so that he would have a chance to confess his feelings, a decision that had grave consequences when Atsuya is killed in a freak hit-and-run.

Two years later, Hiro is attacked by an unknown assailant and wakes up in a barren cell, his hands tied and a grotesque mask covering his face. He soon discovers that he, along with eight others, have been [[LockedInARoom trapped within a ruined courthouse]] and forced to play a game called "Judge". All nine players are guilty of some grievous sin in their past, and [[TenLittleMurderVictims every twelve hours they must vote to execute one of their own until only four remain]].

Will the players find a way to work together until an escape route is found? Who can be trusted in a game where a single vote can be the difference between life and death? And just who or what is responsible for setting up this twisted game in the first place?

A [[http://japanverse.com/2013/05/judge-manga-to-get-live-action-movie-adaptation-this-fall/ live-action film]] adaptation was released on November 2013. You can check out the first trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoOYmYet6Fc here]].

!!This manga provides examples of:

* AxCrazy: Ryuhei. At first he just seems to be a jerk, but as time goes on he becomes more and more malicious.
* CreepyDoll
* [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Does This Remind You Of Anything?]]: ''Film/{{Saw}}'', anyone?
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Kazu.]]
* [[EducationMama Education Papa]]: Hayato Takizawa has one of these.
* {{Expy}}: Rina Okamoto seems to be one of [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Rise Kujikawa]].
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Hiro's attempt to confess to Hikari leads to[[spoiler: his brother Atsuya dying... and the creation of the game Judge.]]
* HairRaisingHare: Hiro's mask.
* {{Hikikomori}}: Nobuyuki.
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini: Hikari. Averted with Hiro.]]
* KilledOffForReal: So far [[spoiler:Atsuya, the pig male, Nobuyuki (the bear), Kazu (the male cat), Ryuhei (the horse), Asami (the female cat), Miku (the female pig), Hayato (the lion), his father and Hiro.]]
* LoveConfession: One led to Hikari realizing how much she cared about Atsuya. [[spoiler: Hiro wanted to give one to Hikari, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]].]]
* MalevolentMaskedMen: See the picture above.
* {{Meganekko}}: Miku Sanada.
* MsFanservice: Asami.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:If Ryuhei hadn't voted for Nobuyuki during the first Judgement, and had instead voted for himself like Hiro had originally planned (in order to force a nine-way tie), then every "tied" player would have had to kill each other until only one remained]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Hiro lying to his brother, [[spoiler:which leads to him getting run over by a truck]].
* ObliviousToLove: Hikari doesn't seem to pick up on just ''who'' Hiro keeps alluding to liking...
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* PromotionToParent: Atsuya, to Hiro.
* SevenDeadlySins:
** Lion: Pride
** Rabbit: Envy
** Cat: Lust
** Bear: Sloth
** Pig: Gluttony
** Fox: Greed
** Horse: Wrath
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Hayato.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend
* [[spoiler: VillainProtagonist: Hiro is one of the two masterminds behind the game.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Hiro.