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Gunnm, Tome 01

(Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,564 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Aussi hybride que les cyborgs qu'il met en scène, Gunnm vaut le titre (souvent entendu pour Akira) d'œuvre somme. En neuf volumes, cette réédition (complétée d'inédits) narre les pérégrinations de Gally, mélange d'essence de femme et de technologie absolue au milieu du monde désaxé d'une décharge futuriste géante.
La série commence avec la découverte de ses restes par Dais
Paperback, 219 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Glénat (first published September 24th 1991)
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Jenni Anderson This series has some sexual themes and maybe a few nude moments, but very little, and not in the act of something sexual really. There is a lot of…moreThis series has some sexual themes and maybe a few nude moments, but very little, and not in the act of something sexual really. There is a lot of blood in some scenes, and very detailed body carnage. The main focus is on action and fighting for what's right, overcoming obstacles, and what it means to be human. The story can be very philosophical and empowering. Personally, I would let a group of mature 12-13+ kids read it, but some parents can be a bit more prudish. (less)
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Bentley ★

I know I'm not the only one who saw the trailer for the movie that will be coming out this year and knew I had to get my hands on the source material.

I'm totally a newbie to graphic novels and manga. Aside from a brief obsession with Sailor Moon when I was a teenager, I'm woefully unfamiliar with all anime and under-read in all areas of manga. Picking up the Deluxe edition of Battle Angel Alita was sort of a leap of faith for me, but having read the first volume tonight I'm hopeful that this wi
After reading a string of rotten books as of late, this, I'm happy to say (or is that relieved?) this was incredibly refreshing. The story was interesting, but different and very easy to follow. I loved the fact that the general tone was dark, and kind of creepy. Alita is a kick ass female with a range of abilities. The characters were developed well enough, and all were interesting in their own way. I loved the artwork as it really made the story come alive. I'm looking out for the next install ...more
Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)
This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I'm continuously amazed by the haul of old manga that pops up on Netgalley. These manga have fallen out of recent memory. I am so glad that the publisher's have given reviewers the opportunity to experience these groundbreaking pieces of art that enrich the cyberpunk and dystopian genres - especially in a reading environment where the same dystopian concept is reused and regurgitated with minor changes.

A man named Ido fin
Gianfranco Mancini

With the James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez dream-team live-action movie upcoming next year, I just thought it was time to read again this sci-fi manga classic, so I dared adventuring into my dusty attic filled with cobwebs, giant spiders and comics packed boxes, and I've took it down for first time in years...

Surprise, storyline of this early 90s manga aged much well with its cyborgs/humans cast of characters and deeply emotional atmosphere, but sometimes it seems just an excuse to throw at the rea
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Battle Angel Alita is the best manga I have read in my life (and I have read a lot). It has an amazing steampunk atmosphere, the artwork is very detailed, the attention to technology and the terminology they are using gives them an extra touch of realism, and the action scenes are epic and brutal.

Of course all that are just surface elements any shonentard could say to make even Black Clover to sound like a masterpiece, so let’s move to more substantial things. The protagonist is for me, by far t
AMY ♥pronounced AH-MEI♥ Magnet of Obese Cats
GUYS!!! Action-packed and Unique!
A pretty cool manga that doesn’t realize its full potential in this first volume.

A cybernetics doctor finds the remnants of a female cyborg in the scrapyard and decides to rebuild her. He manages to revive her but learns that she’s lost her memory. He names her Alita, after his deceased cat.


Alita, after seeming a little subservient and childlike at first, thankfully soon develops her own mind. Thus allowing for a nice dynamic between her and the Doc.

She also slowly remembers a few things of he
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I immediately hunted this down after seeing the trailer, and it did not disappoint! If you're looking for a dark manga, check this out immediately!
Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for an honest review*

Right, so - this is a futuristic world . . . . and um. hmms. I've no real idea what this world is. I don't even know if it takes place on earth. There's this junkyard the main male character lives in, and that the main female character was found in (without her memory). There's something floating in the sky that was called 'utopia', but beyond that I know nothing. Well, not nothing, obviously, not after reading this bo
L. McCoy
Well this book was certainly interesting though I had some issues with it for sure.

What's it about?
A guy finds a scrappy robot with AI and after some repairs are done it turns out the robot is really powerful and good at fighting so she decides to become a warrior bot.

The story is very interesting.
The art... I wasn't too sure at first but now I can say I definitely like it.
The action scenes are very exciting and well done.
The characters are interesting. The main character (Alita) is a reall
Luke Bongers

4.5* For the series.

It took the first few arcs to get my bearings about where the story was going early on - I was worried that it was stagnating! But no, it just got better and better up until the end and I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading. The illustrations were simply gorgeous, characters memorable and the story was emotionally gripping and pleasantly unpredictable. Plenty of classic sci-fi ideas come into play but were all skilfully handled. I'd recommend this manga to anyone who enjoys sc
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I read most of this series back when Viz first published it in the traditional western comic book form in the 1990s, and I've had these collected editions on my shelf for years, but I'm only just rereading it for the first time. (I figured I'd refresh my memory before the new movie comes out.) This has some very nice art, though it's a little hard to "read" at times in this reduced size. There isn't much to the story apart from Alita's revival and her ongoing battle with the notorious brain-eati ...more
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: Battle Angel Alita tells the story of an amnesiac female cyborg named Alita. Alita's head and upper torso are found in a state of suspended animation by cybermedic/bounty hunter Daisuke Ido while he is searching for useful scrap. After giving her a new body, Alita begins to learn how to live in the Scrapyard, the home of the poor and out-of-luck, who live in the shadow of the floating city of Tiphares, where the rich live. Although she has no memory, Alita soon realize
Tim Chang
easily in the top 5 sci-fi manga series of all time (along w/ Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, and Macross/Robotech) -- techno-punk at its best, featuring over-the-top cybernetic martial arts and gorgeously intricate artwork
James Adams
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sf
A fun, violent take on Cyberpunk. I'm revisiting this series, in part, because of the upcoming film (the trailers have been awesome, and I love me some Robert Rodriguez), but also to see if it holds up for me, as it has been almost twenty years since I first picked this up.
The writing is kinda meh; the plot is really just an excuse for fight scenes, the world (in this first volume) is barely sketched out, and the dialog is mostly serviceable but veers wildly from awful to pretty good from panel
Wayne McCoy
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Battle Angel Alita, Volume 1: Rusty Angel' by Yukito Kishiro seems like a timely release with an upcoming movie coming out. It's also a really good read.

Daisuke Ido likes looking for cyborg parts in the junk heaps. When he finds the head of a cyborg, he rebuilds her into Alita. Alita has little memory of who she was before, but she knows she must fight. After a crushing defeat, she is rebuilt into an even fiercer weapon and goes out to get revenge on the scary Makaku.

It's definitely a classic s
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
Awesome just awesome, now only if the movie matches the manga. Battle Angel Alita is a story of a girl/robot who is found in a junkyard with only her head remaining and she is found by a mechanic who lives in the yard. We don't know who she is and she doesn't remember her history but her mind is of someone who's a fighter and in this first issue she gets to fight a maggot robot monster who takes over other bodies and eat brains for fun and food. So yeah so far so good and time to watch the trail ...more
Fiction State Of Mind
Coyer Birthday Bash

This is a well known Manga that I decided to read this summer. It has a futuristic feel and has a lot of scintific elements surrounding cyborgs. When what appears to be a cyborg doctor finds Alita's torso in a junkyard. He sees her worth instantly. Alita has no memory of who she is and when she gets suspicious about how her rescuer is getting her body parts she follows him and reveals unknown fighting skills. This volume does a good job setting up the story and their is a huge
Future Slayer Girl

I will admit I saw the movie first, but the manga didn't disappoint or distract from that enjoyment . If anything, it amplified it. Amazing series!
David Dalton
My only problem was learning how to read Manga style. Okay, you go to the left to turn pages. But then do read from the bottom up or from the upper left down to the lower right ?

Story wise there was a lot of manga type action. Thought I would get ready for the Battle Angel movie next year. Comixology Unlimited has like 9 Volumes in this series. Already have the 2nd volume ready to go. Battle Angel Alita, Volume 02 Tears of an Angel by Yukito Kishiro
I got this graphic novel from Net Galley in trade for an honest review

This review is also posted in my blog :

I love manga ever since in junior high but I’ve never read manga with the science fiction or robotic (mecha) style. Well, I’m not too interested with mecha because they usually have exaggerated body parts which I don’t quite like. This is the first manga I’ve reviewed and I like the story. I was intrigued when I first watch the movie trailer of “Al
Nate D
Feb 09, 2013 marked it as read-in-2013  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, japan
I have to wonder who curates comics for the Bowdoin College library, where, if you've been following my recent reading, I've been semi-snowed in (well, into my hometown of Brunswick, Maine, but it's walking distance) for a few days. The whole comics selection made up of only a couple shelves of one dimly lit bookcase, and yet, there's an entire nine-volume run of this particular manga tucked in there. Which was pretty great as I've heard this talked up in a couple very different places. And so r ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yolanda Sfetsos
That's definitely NOT what I was expecting.

After I enjoyed the trailer for the upcoming movie, I noticed this manga was available on Amazon Prime and decided to borrow it.

Today I sat down and read it on our tablet. Firstly, I'm not a big fan of the manga format so it took me a while to get into the swing of things. Secondly, the story moves WAY too fast. So fast I thought I was missing stuff. 😳

Anyway, about the story: Ido finds Alita in a scrapyard and decides to fix her by finding her a new bod
Mayank Agarwal
Loved the manga, great story, visuals and pacing, finished reading the series in one go. There is never a dull moment, all the arcs are interesting and added to the story. Haven’t seen so much of meaningful character development as we see for Alita the Battle Angel, also all the side characters are solid having some meaning to the story flow and are not there just as filler. The world making is excellent with the dystopia, futuristic cyber punk theme. The action sequences and the philosophical s ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Such a good old-school manga! Reading this directly after Blame! probably impacts on my opinion, but since they're both sci-fi works, I would have drawn comparisons anyway. And honestly, Battle Angel Alita delivers more cyborg action, artistic satisfaction, and entertainment in general. I loved the detailed drawings and recognizable character designs! It's perhaps not the most meaningful of stories, but retro enough (god, that was the early 90s) to induce severe nostalgia.

*I received a digital
Andrea Lorenz
I haven't read hardly any manga but I have seen a fair amount of anime. To me, this would have worked better as a tv show, rather than a manga. There was a LOT of action scenes, some where I found it difficult to tell what was happening, and a little story. I was hoping that there would be more story - maybe in subsequent volumes - who was Alita? Where did she come from? That sort of thing. But no. Oh well. A nice light read.
Mars Dorian
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic cyberpunk thriller with minimal dialogue, beautifully drawn action sequences and an oppressive atmosphere.

Reminds me of the Japanese version of Terminator / Alien -- a dystopian world without states but financial interests and cyborgs WITHOUT Austrian accents.

I devoured the book in one sitting and look forward to reading the next one.

If you like Manga and sci-fi, give this classic a shot.

Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Empieza bien, ambientación y personales interesantes, pero el final se diluye en una de estas luchas eternas que ya sabes cómo van a acabar y no aportan mucho. Si alguna vez caen en mis manos los siguientes volúmenes de manera gratuita los leeré, pero tampoco creo que me preocupe en buscarlos.
I enjoyed this pretty well. I found it in KU. It's about cyborgs and has a futuristic type theme. I was interested and wouldn't mind seeing where the story goes.
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  • Battle Angel Alita, Volume 02: Tears of an Angel
  • Battle Angel Alita, Volume 03: Killing Angel
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