"Griffen is an excellent choice to make the material live for the English-speaking audience, handling the teen dialects well and making the most of the dark humor. "
-- Chris Allen, Movie Poop Shoot "Based on the cult novel and live-action Japanese film of the same name, Royale hits all the manga bases (martial arts, creepy old men, panty shots) without being Sailor Moon silly... A- "
-- Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly "Battle Royale, for all its violence, is a dramatic and addictive story."
-- Alan David Doane - Comic Book Galaxy "Battle Royale is a very controversial series that is not for the squeamish or easily offended. It is a great series for those who appreciate the absurdity of it all and not take it too seriously. However be forewarned that this is a really disturbing series that gets worse and worse as it goes on. Quoting Keith Giffen, who did the English adaptations to Battle Royale, 'I had to call my lawyer to find out if it was even legal for me to look at this.' -- A"
-- Naota Nanadaba, The Ticker "Taguchi's straight-ahead storytelling and Giffen's superior adaptation make the gore easy to follow. The book's scenes of torture, implied rape and killing combine the horror and extreme violence of A Clockwork Orange with Lord of the Flies' exploration of human nature and depravity and aren't for the faint of heart."
-- Publishers Weekly "Battle Royale is full of sick thrills but is so plausibly plotted and well-written that it is impossible to dismiss it as just another stereotyped imitation of a bloody video game. It is frighteningly believable. 'Kill or be killed, Little Warriors!'"
-- Newtype Magazine "Feel like crossing the line, perhaps taking in something of such magnitude that the pages actually jump into your head? Look no further. Run, don't walk, to your nearest book dealer and feast your senses on Battle Royale..."
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