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Battle Angel Alita

(Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,517 ratings  ·  533 reviews
Yukito Kishiro blurs the lines between human and machine in the sci-fi/action adventure Battle Angel Alita.

Daisuke Ido, a talented cybernetic doctor, finds the head of a cyborg in a junk heap. When he rebuilds her body, Alita's only clue to her past surfaces-her deadly fighting instincts! And now she is determine to find out the truth about who she once was...
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 6th 1995 by VIZ Media LLC (first published December 15th 1990)
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Jenni 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 blo…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 ★
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

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 install
ⒶH-ℳℰⒾ ♔♚♛Queen Of The Fat Cats♛♚♔


Even better THE ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL the movie is based on it's

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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
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
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 thing
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
David S Meanderings)
Review for both Volume 1 and 2

4.5 stars.

After rewatching the Alita: Battle Angel movie recently and remembering how much I love it, I knew I wanted to finally check out the manga that inspired it. I really loved this story that was darker and more twisted than the movie.

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the art in this manga. I tend to struggle feeling invested in the action in manga because it is hard for me to follow and fill in the blanks between panels. However, I thought that the
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
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
L. McCoy
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to L. by: Keith
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
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 19, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Himanshu Karmacharya
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi, manga
3.5/5 stars

Battle Angel Alita takes place in a dystopian cyberpunk world, where Ido, a cybernetics doctor finds a broken and amnesiac cyborg in a junkyard, who he names Alita, and rebuilds her.

The characters are yet to be fleshed out, and the villain of this arc feels very superficial so far, but the plot, action and overall setting keeps the readers intrigued. The manga is also gorgeously drawn, so detailed and beautiful.

A must read for fans of sci-fi and cyberpunk.
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
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will not stand by, in the presence of little reviews for this manga! So I am a massive fan of the new Alita Battle Angel film, as it's easily my favourite film of this year so far! So I'd thought I'd give the manga the movie is based on, a read and see if it's any good.

First off I will say that the artwork is amazing and so well drawn! Some of the panels were even recreated directly in the movie which just makes me love it even more. And like the film, the action scenes are fantastic! In othe
Carol Flores
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Trigger warning: graphic and violent scenes. This should be read only by +18.

I have mixed emotions about this, so I’m gonna try to explain myself:

First of all, it’s impossible not to compare the manga with the movie directed by Robert Rodriguez because it was the bomb when it came out and it still one of my fav movies from 2019.

That being said, I think both of them complement each other, because if I were only to read the manga, I think I wouldn’t even like the story at all. Please be aware
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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).
I read this for the purpose of a reading challenge. I picked it because I watched the movie a while back and actually enjoyed it. But in this format it just wasn't for me at all.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sf, manga
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
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
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first part of this graphic novel, I found it very engaging and interesting, despite being a bit predictable. Maybe it was just the trailer I have seen so many times (didn't actually see the movie but might after this).

The second part was a bit more of a shell without a proper soul and good purpose, a bit more like a straight forward thriller.

The art was very pretty, I wish there would be more coloured pages.
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.
Tvrtko Balić
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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