Battle Angel Alita
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Synonyms: Ganmu
Japanese: 銃夢 GUNNM
English: Battle Angel Alita
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 53
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1990 to Mar 1995
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Business Jump
Authors: Kishiro, Yukito (Story & Art)


Score: 8.401 (scored by 2608326,083 users)
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Ranked: #2042
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Popularity: #181
Members: 79,583
Favorites: 4,535


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Battle Angel Alita
Volume 1


The utopian metropolis of Zalem soars high in the skies, its presence dominating the horizon. Beneath it is the noxious underbelly known as The Scrapyard, where the city stockpiles all of its waste. Living amongst the vast heaps of garbage are humans and cyborgs, surviving by any means necessary.

Daisuke Ido, a doctor specializing in cyborg repairs, finds the head of a young female cyborg while scavenging a pile of old android parts. Proceeding to build her a new body, he names her Gally. Upon activation, Gally does not seem to remember anything about her past life. Nonetheless, she does not seem to mind as long as she stays by Ido’s side.

However, she soon discovers that Ido has a side job as a hunter-warrior, a bounty hunter working for The Scrapyard’s government. Despite Ido’s warning, she decides to become one herself, awakening her forgotten knowledge of fighting techniques. Equipped with newfound strength, Gally is determined to fight through the alleys of The Scrapyard and beyond, retrieving fragments from her past to rediscover her true identity.

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Gunnm was first published in English as Battle Angel Alita by VIZ Media in comic book format, with 68 VIZ Select Comics issues split into 8 parts from July 1992 to March 1998. It was republished under the VIZ Graphic Novels imprint from July 6, 1995 to December 6, 1998, and again under the VIZ Action imprint from December 31, 2003 to March 1, 2005. Kodansha Comics took over the license and has been releasing the series digitally, and physically in hardcover deluxe editions since November 21, 2017. The series was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from May 2003 to November 2014, as well as in a number of other languages, including French, German, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Polish.

Oscar winning director James Cameron was introduced to Gunnm by fellow director Guillermo del Toro, and subsequently purchased the rights to a film adaptation in 2000. Production was halted numerous times due to Cameron's commitment to other projects, until October 2015, when Cameron handed over the director position to Robert Rodriguez.

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May 22, 2023
Battle Angel Alita (Gunnm) is a classic of science fiction made in the mid 90s. Since I'm interested in sci-fi, I thought I would give it a try. This was actually my first sci-fi manga that I've ever read. I can confidently say that I'm not disappointed.

Story (8/10)
The story follows Alita (a.k.a Gally) who was found by a doctor, Daisuke Ido, who specializes in cyborg repairs, thus he builds her a new body. She awakens her desire to fight as soon as she becomes a hunter-warrior which was Ido's side job. They live in Beneath – a place that is inferior to Zalem. Zalem is ...
Dec 18, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Gunnm is considered a classic , I can see why ,I guess . It has a very interesting setting and intriguing world,but that's it.

The story was not bad,it was not good either.First of all ,there was not an antagonistic force to push the narrative.In each arc ,Gally(Alita) had different goals and things to fight for ,while that's not necessary a bad thing ,not having a final destination is a minus for me, especially in a story that focuses on battles .

The art is pretty damn good ,honestly it's the manga's best aspect .It was pretty enjoyable and really easy to read.Movement was nice and clean.Nonetheless ...
Aug 14, 2023
Preliminary (24/53 eps)
Alita Battle's an awfully underwhelming manga. The entire story hinges on the foundations of a scientific dystopia, but rather than doing any worldbuilding or exploration, only the bare minimum is given for the story to progress. There's a mysterious structure floating above that everyone believes to be heaven: filled with riches, glory, and happiness. Other than that, it's just generic bounty hunter missions--akin to the adventure guild missions in medieval litRPGs. There's no sense of cyberpunk-like activities despite it being heavily hinted at; it feels like the sci-fi aspect was only to enable Alita to become a cyborg.

Alita herself is a reasonably unimpressive character. ...

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