Battle Royale
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For the novel, please go to Keita Iijima (Novel). For the manga, please go to Keita Iijima (Manga).

Keita Iijima (飯島 敬太, Iijima Keita) is a minor character in Battle Royale.

Backstory

Nothing about Keita's past was shown other than that he was on the class basketball team; he had a nervous habit of laughing at inappropriate times.

Friends and Enemies[]

Keita was friends with Shinji Mimura, Shuya Nanahara, and Yutaka Seto.

Before the Program[]

Before Kitano resigned, Class B decided to take a day off and skip school, Keita included; he participated in the basketball game against Class A which Class B won. Keita decided to go on the class trip; while on the bus, he most likely chatted with his friends. Keita fell asleep after breathing in a sleeping drug that was pumped into the bus and was transported to an island and fitted with an explosive collar.

Keita, along with the rest of the class, woke up in a classroom on the island; confused by the presence of Shogo Kawada and Kazuo Kiriyama, he rushed over to the windows and watched a helicopter land next to the school. Keita was shocked to see that Kitano had returned. When Kitano asked the students if they knew about the BR Act law, Keita kept silent, obviously knowing the law but afraid to say it aloud. When Kitano described what the students would have to do during the program, Keita laughed hysterically; when Kitano demanded to know what's so funny, Keita went silent. Keita was horrified upon seeing Masao Hayashida's dead body. When Fumiyo Fujiyoshi was killed, Keita panicked and ran towards the door trying to escape before running towards the back of the room when the soldiers began firing. When Yoshitoki Kuninobu's collar gets activated, Keita runs around the room trying to evade him.

When his name is called, Keita grabs his school bag and runs to the front of the room; when he catches his supply bag, he turns to face his classmates and shakes his bag before running out of the school.

During the Program

Keita teams up with Shinji and Yutaka. He aids Shinji in his plans to blow up the school by helping Yutaka gather the ingredients and create the bombs while Shinji works on infecting the computers. When Shinji asks him and Yutaka if they would rather go through with his plan to escape or kill each other here and now, they both choose to help Shinji. Towards the end of the program, their plan is derailed when Kazuo Kiriyama comes across the group as they load the bombs into a truck to drive to the school. Initially mistaking Kazuo for Shuya, Yutaka calls out to him and is fatally shot. After a brief and unsuccessful gunfight, Keita is also shot by Kazuo. Before dying, Keita laughs and repeats Shinji's promise from before that they would all survive and return home together.

Etymology[]

  • The name Keita means "respect, honor" (敬) (kei) and "big, great" (太) (ta)
  • Keita's surname Iijima means "meal, rice" (飯) (ii) and "island" (島) (jima)

Trivia[]

  • This is the only version where Keita is allied with Shinji and Yutaka; in the novel and manga, Shinji rejects his request to team up with them, and when he continues to plead to join, Shinji fatally shoots him.
  • This is the only version of Keita that's still friends with Shinji; in the novel, Keita didn't help Shinji when he was getting mugged because he was afraid, while in the manga he didn't help Shinji out of spite after losing a bet.
  • This is the only version of Keita to be killed by Kazuo.
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