[Manga] Tenkuu Shinpan: Why the Battle Royale Genre Can Still Be Fresh

Richard Connell, in “The Most Dangerous Game,” declared that the ideal animal to hunt “must have courage, cunning, and above all, it must be able to reason.” In other words, a human. This thinking resonates throughout human history and across all cultures, giving us Roman gladiators, Battle Royale and The Hunger Games.  In the past decade, Japanese media especially has been over-saturated with dystopian horror stories depicting people forced into “play or die situations”–Gantz, Mirai Nikki, Doubt, Deadman Wonderland, Btooom, Sword Art Online, etc. Tenkuu Shinpan, a new entrant on an old scene, is another example.

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