Noir meets reality

Battle Royale – Koushun Takami & Masayuki Taguchi (Laurie Dix)

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(Note: Due to the fact that my copy of this comic is hardback, I did not want to break the spine so this scan is a little blurry in the middle.)

Battle Royale adheres more closely to the style most commonly associated with Manga, Anime and Japanimation.

The illustrations are highly detailed, finely shaded and the story itself is incredibly violent. Manga such as this is often associated with intense graphic violence and unrealistic blood splatter, as shown here. The illustrations also adhere to a particular style, with large eyes and lots of texture across everything in the images.

I do not think that this style would lend itself to a Noir, as the subtlety required would be completely lost. Japanese cartoons are not renowned for their subtlety.

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