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Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 9: Angel's Ascension Paperback – December 6, 1998

4.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 9 of 9 in the Battle Angel Alita Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (December 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569312931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569312933
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Despite the degree of excellence found within the entire "Battle Angel Alita" series, I never thought any of the later volumes managed to meet the quality of the brilliant first two volumes (although some came close). But Yukito Kishiro surpassed my wildest expectations by giving us "Angel's Ascension", the final volume in his post-apocalyptic masterpiece, and it's a volume that not only meets the standards of volumes one and two, but also surpasses them in some ways. In short, "Angel's Ascension" is a masterpiece in itself.
By now, my stance on the artwork and the recommended reader's level is cliche: the artwork is beautiful and superb, and the blood and violence and minor nudity makes this a mature series. But my take on the storytelling isn't the same as in my other reviews. Why? Because "Angel's Ascension" is on a level all its own.
The story in volume nine defies simple description. At its basic level, "Angel's Ascension" reveals the secret of Tiphares and finally cues us in on Alita's long forgotten past. But the story is anything but basic. It is so beautiful, so powerful, so moving, so captivating, that to just read it would be a downright shame. A reader has to not only read it, but practically drown himself in it! Yukito started the series with two near-perfect volumes ("Battle Angel Alita" and "Tears of an Angel"), and I'm overjoyed that he decided to end the series on the same note.
After reading and reviewing all nine volumes of "Battle Angel Alita", I can honestly say that the series is one of the greatest manga series I've ever read, on par with classics such as "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind" and "Galaxy Express 999". The only disappointment?
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If I said this were the best graphic novel ever, I don't think I'd be too far off. However, it is a matter of opinion. An invigorating plot, multi-dimensional characters, and a descriptive setting are a must in any story, and this book has got it all - plus eight novels worth of history behind it. Personally I find Angel's Ascension, the end to the Battle Angel Alita series, the best. But there's more! Not only does the plot move you, characters charm and scare you, (Desty Nova has my vote for scariest bad-guy) and setting take you away from the monotony that life can sometimes be, but Yukito Kishiro asks daring questions about the core of our existence:
"What makes us who we are?"
And as the struggle for the Scrapyard's independence comes to a close, Cheif Bigott, Lou, Den, Alita, Kaos, and Koyomi must toil with the question of right and wrong... and battle with the thin line between life and death.
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I can only admire Kishiro's way of ending so magnanimally a perfect series in the critical condition he was in. Talk about inspiration. The series could only end in Gally finding happiness or Gally dying, and I was surprised by the ending, my imagination was not prepared for the mental and heart blow he delivered. Do I recommend it? More than that, I urge you all to get the whole series, a must have, a Bible for some of us.
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Yukito Kishiro concludes his epic cyber punk series with what is, in my opinion, probably the best offering he has given us (I read it two days ago and I'm still recovering from it). Alita has finally won the battle within herself and can now focus all her attention on psycho doctor Desty Nova. But is Nova her true enemy?
The book contains all of the mind-numbing violence and stunning visuals of its predesessors infused with the usual thought provoking philosophy and heart renching character profiles that make Kishiro one of the best graphic story tellers it has ever been my privilage to sample. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
By the way, check out "Ashen Victor", Kishiro's Motorball series previously mentioned by Mr. Super Dave
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By A Customer on March 29, 1999
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Angel's Ascension is a stunning conclusion to Yukito Kishiro's gritty cyberpunk masterpiece. Alita finally discovers the ghastly secret of Tiphares, but to shatter the myth of the paradise in the sky, she must first _save_ the floating city from destruction! Kishiro's ending is an incredible conclusion to this deeply psychological, highly technical, yet also action-packed (and romantic?!) series. Alita's search to find her true self is one that is mirrored in each of us. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Alita, as she finally finishes her heartbreaking path to discover what it means to be human. For after all, if even a cyborg can experience the human emotions of love and pain, what does that say for the rest of us?
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A Kid's Review on February 21, 2001
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Ok here goes,#9,all I can say is that book is the best manga I've ever read!The art, amazing(this guy can draw),the story is a masterpiece,but I especially loved the ending!Alright, I'm going to stop sucking up, but anyway,in this book,Alita discovers about her past,what her name was,how she ended up in earth,where she came from,and what she was.The secret behind the utopia above the sky is revealed(there are 2,one about the people,and why it was built).Throughout the book Alita is after Nova,and seems to be her enemy at first...
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