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Battle Angel Alita Vol. 1

(Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  6,595 ratings  ·  365 reviews
In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation r ...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published May 24th 2017 by Kodansha Comics (first published December 15th 1990)
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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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I quite enjoyed it but one little thing. Loved the graphics!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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
[Shai] Bibliophage
Battle Angel Alita is indeed a remarkable and spectacular manga classic that will delight manga readers of all ages. If you are a fan of dystopian or robot theme stories, never miss the chance to check out this graphic novel.
Battle Angel Alita
I'm quite certain that you will also anticipate what is Alita's next adventure and how will she defeat her enemies. This first volume of the manga series is jampacked with action scenes that will amuse everyone, and I can't wait to get a chance to see the second installme
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
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
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♥Queen Of The Fat Cats♥


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The movie is amazing guys. Really it is. Best movie I've seen in years and I watch movies in the theater every week. It's so different and unique. Don't miss it at the movies with 3d a
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
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 a mind of her own. Thus allowing for a nice dynamic between her and the Doc.

She also slowly remembers a few things
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 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For full thoughts on the movie adaptation, checkout out this episode of the podcast!

I watched the movie and then of course turned to the source material. It was amazing to be how many frames were directly adapted for the screen. While the movie was muddled in a way that the manga streamlines, the manga by definition was not as good as capturing the action of the story. Some of the art was muddled to me, and it was difficult who was where and doing what, particularly in the fight scenes. That all
Victor The Reader
The fantastic start of Alita’s story is full of intense cyber action and drama as the title character, who know very little of her past after she gets a new life, she discovers the many wonders and dangers of the scrapyard she calls home (Grade: A).
Future Slayer Girl
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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!
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

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ในหนังชืออลิตา มีเรืองราวความเปนมาวาเปนชือเกาของลูกสาวอิโดะ
ในเลมฉบับแปลไทย ชือกัลลี ไมมีสตอรีใดๆ อยากใหชือนีกชือนี😆
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Lauren Stoolfire
Earlier this month I saw Alita: Battle Angel at the movie theater and it was pretty cool to see on the big screen. The visuals are sleek and the world-building that we get is quite interesting, but there was so much more I wanted to know. That's why I decided to try the original manga to see how they compare. Now that I've read the first volume of the manga, I think I can say that I think I enjoyed the movie adaptation a little more in the long run. Most of that is because I felt like I was miss ...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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, manga
Great art and a badass heroine! Not really my genre for manga though and I found the amount of action sometimes hard to understand from the images.
Ist ja irgendwie nett, dass es eine Liste mit der Erklärung der japanischen Soundeffekte gibt - aber was nützt mit die Aussprache, wenn ich die Bedeutung nicht auch erklärt bekomme?
James Adams
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Tvrtko Balić
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
If you are looking for a really fun cyberpunk manga, I would recommend this book. Alita is too much of a Mary Sue, but the plot is handled well enough. Also, it is extremely cheesy, but that can be a good or a bad thing (I'd say it lands on the good side). I was thinking about giving a three star rating, it seemed to fit perfectly a fun story and a great introduction to the characters and the world, but one that is also flawed and unclear of where it is going. But then the extra chapters at the ...more
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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
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, manga, seinen
Este fue probablemente el primer manga que lei en mi vida, en esa edición tipo grapas de Planeta allá por el año 1615, así que la objetividad se va a ir al tacho y probablemente tengan todos los tomos 5 estrellas.

Aprovechando que está la peli, vamos a proceder a la relectura (y a leer el final por primera vez, porque el amigo que me lo prestaba no lo tenía).

No hace falta decir que este es un clásico, que los dibujos son espectaculares y que la trama es lo mejor del mundo, ¿No? A eso le vamos a
James Halski
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition lighthouse in the storm

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