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Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 1: Rusty Angel Paperback – July 6, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (July 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569310033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In the first volume of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita, Daisuke Ido discovers a badly damaged cyborg in the trash heap beneath the floating city of Tiphares, which he rebuilds and names Alita. She has no memory of her previous life, but when she is drawn into a battle with the monster Makaku, Alita realizes that she must uncover the dark secrets of her past.

Kishiro's story is much more than a science-fiction adventure. Woven into the violent, roller-coaster plot is a strand of philosophical speculation. Battle Angel Alita takes us to a world where technology blurs the boundaries between human and machine, begging the question "What makes us who we are?"

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.

More 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.

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The art is superb but the story is where it's really great.
Michael G Theemling
I think anybody that reads this book will understand what it feels to live in a bleak world full of terrible things that you just can't understand.
Collector
Yukito Kishiro's art is graphic and finely detailed, there is a tremendous amount of action, with plots that are full of unique twists.
Marc Ruby™

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are several manga series that enjoy popularity in the US, but have never completely broken through to best-seller status here. We seem to be too much influenced by the availability of a corresponding anime film or series. With manga like 'Battle Angel Alita,' this is a particular shame since I think the comic would make a perfect transition to automation. Yukito Kishiro's art is graphic and finely detailed, there is a tremendous amount of action, with plots that are full of unique twists.
The story opens with Ido Daisake, part time hunter-warrior, part time humble repairman, pawing through piles of technological super junk for robot parts. Unexpectedly, he finds the head and torso of an attractive cyborg and sets out to rebuild her. After some work collecting what he needs, Alita (named for his dead cat) is up, about, and in trouble. Alita, it turns out, has surprising battle skills, and sets out to become a hunter-warrior herself. The second half of the manga tells the story of Alita's first major conflict - with Makaku, another cyborg who is all head and tail (except when he is 'borrowing' what parts he pleases).
All of this takes place in the ground level (and sewer) of a Bladerunner-esque under-city called the Scrap Yard. It is the industrial plant and trash can for Tiphares, the upscale city in the clouds where jury-built cyborgs never get to go. Most residents are at least partly artificial and many are like Alita, a brain and central nervous system inside a mechanical contrivance. Despite all this dehumanization, Alita manages to be more than a machine operator. Somehow, her ethics and humanity have survived the fall to make this series much more than a choreographed hack and disassemble story. This is a manga with exceptional artistic and narrative values.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason Barone on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
From the moment I picked this up, to the end, I was totally enthralled. This is definetly #2 on my list of Good Manga, #1 being the Nausicaa series. This manga tells the story of Alita, a 300 year old cyborg, and the man who "raised" her, Ido. Ido is a bounty hunter, and Alita decides to follow Ido, and registers as a hunter. This volume tells of Alita's bouts with Makaku, a horrid brain-eating monster. YOU MUST READ THIS! The art was incredible, and the story engrossing, and amazingly emotional. This is a definite must-read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Collector on September 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This manga was one of the few series that were able to cut to the core of me. The world our main character Gally lives in is a cold and dangerous place where anyone you care for could die at anytime. Fighting loneliness and fear she struggles to find meaning in her life. I think anybody that reads this book will understand what it feels to live in a bleak world full of terrible things that you just can't understand. We've all been there...where the world seems to loom over you and you just want to give up. Gally is an android but just as human as you and me. At times she wants to give up...but she will inspire her readers by getting up once again to face the dark world she lives in. The art is a bit grimy and messier than the newer mangas, but it fits the atmosphere of the story perfectly. You can even see it improving with each volume. This is the best manga I have read to date. And I highly recommend it to anyone that is willing to look at the world in a honest light.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gremio on May 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Life itself remains undefined to me. Whether its ugly, or beautiful, a sin or a great gift to cherish-- I don't know. But I'll find out! I need a sense of purpose; being a bounty hunter lets me search for myself through battle. The money you speak of is meaningless to me! I walk in faith. The faith that we choose who we want to be...... and grow into that identity, ugly or beautiful!"
The previous was a ingenius quote from Yukito Kishiro's futuristic masterpiece, "Battle Angel Alita", also called Gunnm (gun dreams), which is aruably one of the greatest manga's of all time. Not only is the art exquisite, but the characters are incredable, and the manga is truly exceptional enough in itself that it can be deemed the greatest manga ever. The plot is also of literary quality.
"Battle Angel Alita" tells the dark tale of Alita (her name was changed to Gally for the anime for pronoucetional reasons). One day, Dr. Daisuke Ido finds the remnants of a young cyborg girl in a scrap heap, with her brain still intact. A find such as this is a true gem, like buried treasure, and so Ido takes her to his home and repairs her. Like a father, Ido loves his "daughter" more than he loves himself. Ido is fascinated with Alita.
Unfortunatly, Alita has amnesia, and cannot recall anything about her previous life. Being fairly low on money, Alita is suspicious of Ido and how he has aquired enough money to buy her an expensive body. One night, Alita follows him while he goes to his "work" and sees him fighting a fugitive mutant. Alita is forced into battle, and somehow is able to pull of the powerful "Panzer Kurst" fighting technique, used by formitable humaniods, also called "Armored Arts".
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