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Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 3: Killing Angel Paperback – May 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Battle Angel Alita (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (May 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591162742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591162742
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When he was only seventeen, Yukito Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan's Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular VIZ Media series Aqua Knight, Ashen Victor, and Battle Angel Alita, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When he was only seventeen, Yukito Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan's Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular VIZ Media series Aqua Knight, Ashen Victor, and Battle Angel Alita, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "arxane" on November 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Since "Killing Angel" and "Angel of Victory" are considered a two-part story, this review will be about both of them.
The third volume in "Battle Angel Alita", "Killing Angel", continues Yukito Kishiro's engaging and engrossing story about Alita, the cyborg who has no memories of her past yet memory of a powerful fighting technique. After the tragic events in "Tears of an Angel", Alita runs away to become a contestant in the terrible sport of motorball. Ido, heartbroken by her leaving him, is determined to get her back.
This story seems good on paper, but unfortunately, Kishiro made the story drawn out in the third volume. The first few parts of "Killing Angel" were excellent, but the next stream of parts could've been done in a shorter amount of time and space. That's not to say that "Killing Angel" isn't good, but parts of it could've had their pace quickened a little. In a way, however, this volume can be seen as the prelude to the much better fourth volume, "Angel of Victory".
"Angel of Victory" can also probably be seen as drawn out, but it's far less obvious. The story in this volume still deals with Alita's motorball obsession, but parts of the story return the plot to the main point of the first two volumes: Alita searching for her past. While "Killing Angel" and "Angel of Victory" are a two-part series, I see "Angel of Victory" as the better of the two because of its return to the reason why we fell in love with "Battle Angel Alita" in the first place.
All in all, these two volumes make a good continuation of the first two volumes, but they are sadly a step down in storytelling quality. Maybe if "Killing Angel" and "Angel of Victory" had been made into a single volume, they would've been seen in a better light. But that's not to say that the light of these two volumes is dim...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bebbet_2k on February 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
It is difficult to imagine how someone can get over the loss of a loved one. Some remember the good times to help cheer themselves up; some bury themselves in their work to try and forget about the pain; some simply grieve. Alita on the other hand decides to enter the most deadly sport ever devised!
Not only in a bid to numb the pain of her loss, but also to try and unlock some of the secrets of her past Alita leaves her old life with Ido behind and becomes a compettitor in a deadly race in which 13 people fight it out to be the first to cross the finish line with the Motorball (and hopefully all of their limbs).
The third book in the Alita series lacks alot of the depth of its predecessors, but it is still packed full of action, thrills and beautifull illustration. And don't worry, the lack of depth is made up for in the conclusion of this TWO PART volume (Angel of Victory) making this a splendid addition to the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
In this, the third volume in the series, Alita has left Doc Ido's care in the emotional backlash from the death of Hugo. Doc has begun a quest to find the beautiful cyborg that has distracted him completely from his regular business. As a result the series opens with Doc wandering the streets, only finding that Alita has become a motorball player. This is a vicious competitive game, reminiscent of Rollerball, which at first seems completely unlike the Alita of 'Tears of an Angel.'
At first, as we read about Alita's determined climb through the ranks, we believe that this change is an expression of Alita's anger and pain over the death of her friend. But gradually it becomes clear that this is a quest for self. When Alita is using the secrets of 'panzer kunst,' the cyborg battle art, there are moments when she almost remembers her true identity. And there is no shortage of violent, beautifully choreographed battle scenes as Alita chased the elusive motorball.
Her need for battles that stretch her to the fullest will eventually drive her to challenge the undisputed best of the motorballers, Jashugan. Jashugan is hardly a villain, but a disciplined use of 'chi.' His willingness to treat Alita seriously foils Doc Ido's plans to use Jashugan bring Alita to what he believes are her 'senses.' Instead she becomes even more embroiled in the excitement of the game not that conquering Jashugan has become a goal.
On the surface, this manga would appear to be one of the 'beautiful but deadly female superhero' genre. But Yukito Kishiro persists in surprising us with new facets of Alita's personality, a delightful supporting cast, and antagonists of the stature of Jashugan. One can sense that bigger issues are in play and that Alita's future still contains many unexpected twists.
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By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
After the deah of her love, Hugo, Alita decides to leave the Scrapyard and Ido behind her. Of course Ido cannot live with out his "daughter", and sets out to find her. He finds himself saving a girl named Shumira. Shumira in turn, helps him find Alita. Alita is now in a type of game that involves battling others, which is what she lives for. Alita seems to be at home and Ido gets jealous. He wants to bring Alita home, but doesn't know how.
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