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Battle Royale

Unread postby edikat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:53 am

Just saw this film and was enthralled... it is probably (although need time to absorb it) one of the best films I have ever seen... what a fantastic film.

Googling "Battle Royale" I see it is available in Manga... it's a word have seen a lot without understanding much about it... but reading the wiki entry I realize how big the manga scene is.

Can anybody recommend some classic "introductory" Manga that I can purchase to explore this culture further? Are there any real classics?

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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby robespierre » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:18 pm

it might be worth pointing out that in literary usage, the phrase is pronounced "battle royal". not royale with cheese.
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:21 pm

You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup? Mayonnaise. I've seen 'em do it, man. They f*ckin' drown 'em in that sh*t.
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby smj » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:41 pm

Ed: I couldn't possibly tell you where to start, manga was never my primary thing but was always in the ambient. I've noticed that every regular bookstore I've been in for the past ~5 years in the States has at least a small section for manga/graphic novels. Some used book stores carry them, and the closest one to my house will refer any inquiries to a game/comic shop up the road. Hopefully something in that gives you an idea of where you could get your hands on the "genuine article" locally.

I believe a *lot* changes when this stuff jumps the ocean, but I'll leave that to the folks who've spent time there or read them in the original.

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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby hamei » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:06 am

ClassicHasClass wrote:You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup? Mayonnaise. I've seen 'em do it, man. They f*ckin' drown 'em in that sh*t.

In China they put sugar on tomato slices instead of salt. If the tomatoes are cold it's not as bad as it sounds. The first time I said, "Pass the salt, please ?" everyone looked at me like I was ready for the brain hospital.

Sugar on popcorn, too. Then they claim that fast-food is bad for you ...
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Unread postby jan-jaap » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:59 am

ClassicHasClass wrote:You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup? Mayonnaise. I've seen 'em do it, man. They f*ckin' drown 'em in that sh*t.

I recognize the quote, but man you make my mouth water :D
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:41 am

Sugar on popcorn, too. Then they claim that fast-food is bad for you ...


But that's just, essentially, kettle corn, isn't it? (Though I'd argue that's even worse than salty buttery popcorn.)

I recognize the quote, but man you make my mouth water :D


Some areas of the USA have something called fry sauce, which is roughly mayonnaise and ketchup mixed in equal parts. I rather prefer it to regular old ketchup, and I've found just plain mayo with my fries is pretty damn good too. :)
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby porter » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:26 pm

ClassicHasClass wrote:You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup? Mayonnaise. I've seen 'em do it, man. They f*ckin' drown 'em in that sh*t.


Shouldn't that be Hollandaise? :)
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby guardian452 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:53 pm

no, they are better with mayo. people around here look at you funny but it's worth it. Surprised, I couldn't find orange mayo last time I was over there. :lol:

(you could argue the average french fry over there is a lot better than what you will find here, tho arby's and chik-fil-a will give them a run for their money)



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Unread postby jan-jaap » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:50 pm

guardian452 wrote:Surprised, I couldn't find orange mayo last time I was over there. :lol:

That must have been around Queensday (now Kingsday), or during a soccer world championship. Then the whole country turns orange :)
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby duck » Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:46 am

If I may diverge from the food discussion, there's also the gray area of online fan translated manga.
The publishers apparenly don't care about it because their target is only japan. But do support the mangaka making these awesome works by buying their work if you are able.

Up here it's practically impossible, the only decent source I know is in sweden (the famous science fiction bokhandeln)
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby edikat » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:49 pm

I'm British not American.. but got the name from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royale_(film)

Even the film poster states "Royale" :)

However many thanks for the suggestions..

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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby smj » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:36 pm

duck wrote:If I may diverge from the food discussion

They were just using food as a vehicle for Pulp Fiction quotes. Much as people use french fries/pommes frites/frieten as a vehicle for salt and ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.

duck wrote:Up here it's practically impossible, the only decent source I know is in sweden (the famous science fiction bokhandeln)

For a brief moment I hoped this might have been a real-world inspiration for the movie Astrópía, but it looks very serious in comparison - which that movie definitely is not... (Not to mention being off by ~2,000 km).


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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby duck » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:45 am

smj wrote:They were just using food as a vehicle for Pulp Fiction quotes. Much as people use french fries/pommes frites/frieten as a vehicle for salt and ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.

Well it did morph into mayonnaise-tastes-good after that.
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duck wrote:science fiction bokhandeln

For a brief moment I hoped this might have been a real-world inspiration for the movie Astrópía, but it looks very serious in comparison - which that movie definitely is not... (Not to mention being off by ~2,000 km).


I'm not sure how you made that connection, but the movie looks somewhat interesting...
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Re: Battle Royale

Unread postby smj » Thu May 01, 2014 5:16 pm

duck wrote:I'm not sure how you made that connection, but the movie looks somewhat interesting...

The movie is very silly, but fun in a low-budget way. As for making the connection - probably requires large quantities of beer and having no memory at all of where the movie was set...
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