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Battle Angel Alita, Volume 1: Rusty Angel

by Yukito Kishiro

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Series: Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm (1)

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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Read this in Japanese ( ' Gun Dream ' ) ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
I'm sure by my avatar you can see how much I love this series. This volume was my first introduction to manga, eight or nine years ago. Every time I read this series, I'm struck by Kishiro's amazing attention to detail--all the side references, the expressions, the world that he creates... ( )
  idyllwild | Jun 25, 2010 |
A cybernetician in a dystopian future finds a 300 year old cyborg head on the massive rubbish pile beneath the floating city of the elites. The brain is still alive and he reactivates the girl, cobbles together a new body for her and names her Alita (Gally in the Japanese) after a dead pet.

And Gally begins her journey to recover her memory and her identity. This plays out as the drama of adolescence: finding herself, first love, rebellion against parents: but hidden in her past and her memory are powerful battle techniques. What was she?

The story plays out over nine volumes, covers many additional plots including a mad scientist, rollerball-like sports, hyperviolent battes -- just about every manga trope you could ask for -- and finally, the shocking secret of the elites' city, and a mystical revelation. ( )
  nillacat | Oct 13, 2007 |
I've become a very different creature. It's over ten years now since I discovered this brutal, wonderful creation in a Tower Records store in Berkeley, California. I was an undergraduate then, formless and pink and 1500 miles from my nuclear family. Now I'm a scientist and a husband. Everything's evolved, like Pachelbel's Canon; some themes have come to the fore, some have faded away. It would be disingenuous to say that this manga was the source of all, but it has been a seed crystal for me. It will be for you, too.

This, then, is the story of a female burned of everything: her name, her identity, her history, left only as a cybernetic head in a dystopian scrapyard. Her savior, a doctor named "Ido", gives her a name--"Alita"--a body and a home. But her identity comes to her through the "Panzer Kunst", a martial art she retains in her mind. Is it a clue? Merely a suggestion? Or Pandora's Box? Over the course of the saga, Alita must decide, and decide again, what Panzer Kunst means to her sense of self and vice versa.

Kishiro-sensei is a provocative artist and a strong--if occasionally didactic--storyteller. But it is the characters, again and again, that carry Battle Angel Alita. We learn about ourselves through our identification with them. If you grow as I have, then Kishiro--and with him, Alita--have succeded. Your winds rest on your shoulders now. Read and learn to fly. ( )
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Bell, SterlingTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burke, FredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Daisuke Ido, a cybernetic doctor, rebuilds a cyborg he found in a junk heap, but the machine's deadly fighting instincts cause Daisuke some serious problems.

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