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Known as Gunnm in Japan and then Battle Angel Alita to Western manga readers, Battle Angel (in all of its incarnations) is now part of the canon of Blade Runner-inspired anime cyberpunk.
The film version follows a "Hunter Warrior" and cyborg healer named Ido. Ido formerly lived in the floating land of Zalem (Tiphares in the book), the paradise that hovers over the refuse heap of Scrap Iron City in which he now resides with his former lover, Chiren. In his travels as a bounty hunter (killing spine thieves in a world in which human nerve tissue has become the most precious commodity), Ido one day discovers and repairs the remnants of a cyborg whom he names Gally (Alita in the manga). Though possessing the body of a young woman, Gally embodies Ido's most sophisticated and lethal cybernetic skill. In the first episode on the DVD, "Rusty Angel," Gally challenges Chiren's own creation, Greweicia--a brain-eating gladiator--to a death match. In "Tears Sign" Gally discovers that her first love, Yugo, has put himself in the employ of the spine trader Vector so that he can earn his way, he thinks, to Zalem. Gally confronts her fellow bounty hunters to protect Yugo, only to watch him horribly wounded in a plot to capture her for Vector.
Yukito Kishiro's finely detailed line drawings in the original manga (like a cleaner version of Miyazaki's style in the Nausicaa books) are impossible to translate into film. What the film loses in detail, however, it makes up for in its intense action sequences and shadowy mixtures of color and a darkly cinematic soundtrack. Anime fans should be prepared for some pretty graphic violence--including some horrific scenes of decapitation. Also, the action keeps the plot moving at breakneck speed, so character development often seems to happen in leaps; you'll want to read the books to learn more about Gally/Alita and her world.
For English speakers, the DVD is best watched in the original Japanese with subtitles. The dubbing seems to raise the pitch of everyone's voice, changing the mood of the film from tragic-cool to slightly comical. Gally's English is especially annoying. With her original Japanese voice (sometimes childlike and sometimes a seductive whisper), she is a perfectly deadly heroine with a leather-clad style that anticipates The Matrix. --Patrick O'Kelley
Taking place in the future, Scrap Iron City is a lawless land that is home to criminals, cyborgs, and people with dreams of salvation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Luquillo
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Stylized drawings, classic story. No wonder James Cameron is looking to create a live-action version of it. Read more
I have watched his anime over and over. While it is too brief to be as emotionally recruiting as a series, the character development is still great and memorable. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Spidey Lee
My only two complaints about this are 1) that it has been allowed to go out of print, and 2) that it did not get a longer treatment. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by D. Clemmer
this is a piece of work , specially because of the rareness of its nature , theres no other anime out there like this one in the same path and tone ! Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by frank I.
This action-themed anime would have been perfect except for the brief bouts of sex that show up. Some might call that an advantage, though.Published on January 13, 2013 by Gideon Kalve Jarvis
product was in pristine condition and had bonus materials I wasn't expecting as well as episodes for the price you cant beat itPublished on January 4, 2013 by Tynan Tillack
It's short but sweet! There are moments of rather butal extreme violence but it has a good balance of story telling to even things out a bit. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Borat's Bad Brother
I remember seeing this anime when only VHS tapes were around. Luckily, I came across the anime again and purchased the DVD version for my collection. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by HRF3
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If you're referring to Battle Angel (Gunnm), only two episodes were ever made. They were released on DVD years ago and went out of print. There are places where you can still buy it, though, like rightstuf.com. The manga (comic), on the other hand, is ongoing.
Sep 8, 2009 by Ralph Jenkins | See all 3 posts