||GIRLS # 11
of all the characters in "Battle Royale", Mitsuko
Souma can be seen as the most tragic. However, the tragedy
that follows Mitsuko may not be evident upon first viewing.
In her first scene, it is immediately established through
her chat with Megumi and her slow suspicious tone of voice
that Mitsuko cannot be trusted. In fact, from the moment
she points that flashlight in her face and gives that evil,
conniving smile the audience should be clued in on her forthcoming
is what she's immediately dubbed as. Mitsuko has 6 kills
in the movie: she slits Megumi's throat; shoots her supposed
friend Hirono in the back; shoots a fleeing Chigusa many
times; slaughters Hatagami and Takaguchi; and lastly kills
Kotohiki in without batting an eyelid. She's basically the
female version of Kiriyama, right? Wrong.
know a lot of people who have been confused by Mitsuko's
dying words: "I just didn't want to be a loser anymore".
In fact, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little confused
by it during my first time. Those of you who've seen the
Special Version, or read the Novel or Manga have much more
of an insight into this quote.
comes from a dysfunctional family. Her mother is a gambling
alcoholic who pimped Mitsuko to men from an early age. In
fact, up until the "Battle Royale" Mitsuko herself
was still a prostitute. She had also began pimping other
girls from her class. Because of this, she had no respect
whatsoever from her classmates. She had been the outsider
for her whole life. Never involved with the others from
her class, always an outcast.... always a loser.
had seen the "BR" as a way of proving that she
could be more than what the others thought of her. The "game"
provided her with an excuse to be the one in charge. It
gave her the power she had yearned for years. She wanted
to prove that she wasn't a loser.
as Kiriyama is a cold-blooded, robotic, Terminator-esque
killing machine, Mitsuko has a conscience. She has had a
scarred and deeply disturbing past and one which, through
extreme circumstances like a "Battle Royale" gave
her the chance to finally prove herself.