Battle royale is an extremely popular video game in Japan. The game was first released in Japan in 1995, and has since become a global phenomenon. In the US, the series was adapted from the manga by Neil Moritz and Roy Lee.
This anime has been viewed more than 70 million times on YouTube. Aside from anime, it’s also available in English. While the manga version focuses on the Battle Royale video game, there are many other popular battle royale games based on the game.
Whether you like the action or the wacky twists, this genre is sure to have something for you. And since you can watch the entire series in just a few hours, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check it out!
Bokurano is an excellent choice when you’re looking to feel depressed! It’s a bizarre game where children pilot mechas to defend the Earth from alien invasion.
Indeed, the Battle Royale Anime and manga aren’t the same, and the manga is much sadder.
Mangaka: Mohiro Kitoh
Quick synopsis: In the summer camp, fifteen children find a computer network and electrical equipment concealed in an underground Grotto.
The person who owns this machine is Kokopelli, who is said to be a programmer developing a game that includes a massive robot protecting Earth against 15 alien invaders.
Kokopelli asks the kids whether they’d like to try the game. Most children agree and sign a consent form without realizing that they’re about to go into the dark side.
10. Fate/Stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
The story follows Shirou as he wrestles with his ideological beliefs and the challenges of fighting the Holy Grail War. Unlike Fate/Zero, Unlimited Blade Works blends a compelling story with amazing action scenes.
Episodes: 26 + 1 OVA
Quick synopsis: Shirou Emiya is a magus drawn in the 5th Holy Grail War. After the summoning of Saber, the mage, he ends up joining a temporary group with his former classmate Rin Tohsaka as well as Archer.
But, Emiya finds himself the victim of the hatred of Archer, whose motives are unknown even to his Archer’s master.
9. Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland ditches blood-powered warriors into deadly battles and weird games for fun. People who are fascinated by the Battle Royale’s world must switch to manga to read the remainder of the story.
Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA
Quick synopsis: Ganta was highly enjoying a regular time at school with buddies as the bloody “Red Man” massacres his entire class.
Although Ganta may be innocent, he is found guilty of a crime and is sentenced to life in Deadman Wonderland. The private prison disguises itself as a theme park and holds “Carnival Corpse” battles for the wealthy donors’ entertainment.
8. Magical Girl Raising Project (Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku)
A disturbing Battle Royale Anime entry into the “dark magical girl” genre, which features 12 beautiful girls competing in a deadly battle. Do not get too in love with anyone!
Quick synopsis: “Magical Girl Raising Project’ is a well-known social game that gives players a one-in-ten chance to become magical girls.
When N-City has reached twelve magical ladies, the moderator will call for a bloody competition to cut the number of girls in half. Every week, the girl with the lowest Magical Candies score is gonna die or be killed during combat.
Btooom! is a B-grade schlock show with an amazing duo of Ryouta and Himiko. The main flaw is the shorter episode length, which means viewers must change to manga once the credits have ended.
Quick synopsis: Ryouta has the age of 22 and is a NEET who sneezes off his mother. Instead of searching for employment or going to school, the young man plays Btooom! He has also become one of the top players.
One morning, he wakes up on a tropical island carrying an entire bag of real-world versions of the Btooom! Bombs.
After initial shock and meeting with fellow Btooom! Player Himiko, the two discover they’ve received a “nomination” to play a real-life version of the famous video game.
6. Danganronpa: The Animation + Danganronpa 3 Future / Despair Arcs
A zany cast, a pleasing art direction, and a murder-mystery angle have made Danganronpa an instant fan favorite with Battle Royale Anime and visual novelists.
Quick synopsis: Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite school. Only the students who have special abilities can get an admission. The school’s entrance ceremony is interrupted by the Monokuma principal of the institution, “principal,” and a psychotic bear.
All 15 of them are enslaved until they participate in an espionage game. One of them has to successfully murder a fellow classmate and be able to escape in the event of a trial, or else the person who committed the crime faces being executed. The game continues until one survivor is left.
5. Death Parade
Death Parade offers a novel approach to the genre. The recently deceased are playing a game to win the chance of reincarnation or have their souls rebuked to eternity.
Quick synopsis: If someone dies, they’re taken to a bar without any memory of their life before. They play a “Death Game” in the bar and are evaluated by a judge.
The game slowly exposes the player’s secrets and actions until their death, at which point it is determined if they will be revived or sent to infinity.
The lovers of feuding clans of ninjas are plunged into a bloody battle royale to gain the respect of the next Shogun. Consider it the bloodier version of Romeo and Juliet Battle Royale Anime.
Quick synopsis: The heirs of the and Iga Clan, Oboro, and Kouga Clan, Gennosuke, have been in love with each other. They hope their upcoming union brings peace and harmony to their families, and the mixing of their bloodlines can reverse the unnatural genetic harm to their relatives.
But, they’re selected to represent their clans in the coming battle. As the fight gets more intense, the duo realizes that they’ll face each other in combat.
Gantz is a film that combines extreme gore and sexuality with a brutal perspective on humanity. Ultimately, it’s about humans killing aliens to secure their freedom. On another level, it could be considered the futility of the human condition.
Quick synopsis: Bizarre Gantz world Gantz is set in a world where the end of life isn’t always a matter of death. Some people play an unproductive death game that can lead to extremely horrible scenes while studying the fragile human psychological state.
The story unfolds around Kei Kurono, an 18-year-old man who becomes involved in this game of death. The character, skills of obedience, loyalty, and the will to live will be put to the test.
2. The Future Diary (Mirai Nikki)
The Future Diary may have an unsatisfactory storyline. However, the Battle Royale Anime makes up for it by providing an incredibly enjoyable cast, thrilling fight scenes, and a slew of twists that keep the viewer guessing.
Episodes: 26 + 1 OVA
Quick synopsis: Yukiteru Amano spends time writing down his thoughts on his phone and talking to his imaginary buddies, Deus Ex Machina and Murmur. Deus is revealed as the god of time and space, giving Yukiteru a “Random Diary.”
The device displays the future in the eyes of Yukiteru, and he has to use it to win a battle royale against 11 people who have a similar diary.
Fate/Zero is among anime’s most well-known death games that combine dramatic narrative with stylized action scenes.
Quick synopsis: Announcing the 4th Holy Grail War is set to start, and the Einzbern family won’t take another loss. In a desperate decision, they decide to include the revered magus hunter Kiritsugu Emiya in their ranks and to have him as a representative of their family during the war.
Kiritsugu is caught between the love for his loved ones and the determination to destroy anything that could threaten peace. He is confident in violent situations; his biggest threat could come from the legendary priest Kirei Kotomine.
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