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Related Series
Gunnm Last Order (Sequel)
Gunnm Gaiden (Side Story)
Haisha (Side Story)

Associated Names
Alita, Ángel de Combate (Spanish)
Battle Angel Alita
Battle Angel GUNNM
Gun Dream
Savaş Meleği Alita
Tsutsu Yume
เพชฌฆาตไซบอร์ก (SIC)
ไซเบอร์เพชฌฆาต (VBK)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1-9 c.Extras by Crazyankan & Rippersanime Translation over 14 years ago
v.Another Story c.Bashaku Ando by Crazyankan & Rippersanime Translation over 17 years ago
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in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)
7 Volumes Shinsouban (Complete)
5 Volumes Shinsouban (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (OVA 1)
Ends at Vol 2, Chap 12 (OVA 2) Abridged

User Reviews

4 topics, 19 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (863 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.43 / 10.0

Last Updated
April 7th 2024, 2:31pm



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (2014; 2018)
Shueisha (1990; 2010)

Serialized In (magazine)
Business Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Azuki (digital)
INKR Comics
Kodansha Comics (9 Volumes - Complete)
Viz (9 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #712 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #1227 increased(+275)
3 Month Pos #2310 increased(+286)
6 Month Pos #3086 increased(+197)
Year Pos #3453 increased(+442)

List Stats
On 736 reading lists
On 1280 wish lists
On 1997 completed lists
On 79 unfinished lists
On 383 custom lists

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I Thought I Would Like This Manga Series...  
by Call_Me_Treo
April 9th, 2024, 4:14pm
Rating: N/A
I read this a long time ago, and maybe I'll finish it one day, but not without something to drive renewed interest. Battle Angel Alita started out really strong for me. The action scenes were killer, and the gore wasn't of the shock-value sort, but rather enhanced the experience. Body mutilation is seen as a financial inconvenience in the universe of Battle Angel Alita, not as a life-altering traumatizing event. The sparse humor found in this manga actually uses that to its advantage at times.

I was looking for futuristic dystopian-esque stories at the time of my introduction to this manga, and this one definitely delivered. To my disappointment, I didn't get far into this series due to a gradual lack of interest. Without knowing what happens in the rest of the story, I can say in my ignorance that the first and second volumes are where it peaked. The Battle Ball sequence overstayed its welcome and is what lead to my closing of this book. I soon later watched the OVA and had my satisfaction with what Battle Angel Alita had to offer. From what I see, I think I'm in the minority with my opinion, but you're mileage may vary with this read.
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Order of reading Gunnm trilogy  
by delete12345
July 31st, 2023, 8:15am
Rating: N/A
You just need to read the publishing order: Gunnm -> Last Order -> Mars Chronicle

The only confusing part is the final volume (Volume 9) of Gunnm is no longer canon. Basicaly Last Order retconned the whole volume 9 as non-canon just to continue the story. It wasn't the intentional ending to the series, however it was a perfect ending regardless of how the author feels about it. The retconning incorporates the original ending into canon in a different way, felt like it is a good fan service.

Thanks to aohige on Discord for the explanation.
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A Sci-Fi Legend  
by red-eyed-slayer
April 10th, 2016, 11:08pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Battle Angel Alita, has many things you would get, good character development, strong sci fi worlds, awesome fight scene and an epic storyline. Now only is this my number one manga (including its sequel last order), but it is one of the most well written,we have character that has not too much positive and too much negatives, the author recognises that kind of balance,

Most of the females are strong, but flawed individuals, not being a damsel in distress, the main character never uses seduction, it has a strong feminism, NOT misandry feel to it.

A must recommend series for those who like seinen manga, sci-fi or Berserk
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by Cynistera
September 2nd, 2014, 9:16pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This page-turning manga pumps me up. The protagonist gets her ass kicked in enough ways to make it realistic (as realistic as a dystopian, revolutionary, anti-totalitarian, cyberpunk manga can be). This story embodies girl-power without the sexism, love without vulgarity and beauty found in the soul of a machine.
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great world building, not so great plot pacing  
by whitespade
June 18th, 2014, 1:51am
Rating: 9.3  / 10.0
i really love the world building here, where the machines and the flesh mingles. i think a city where the factory rules remind me so much of old mining towns where the mining company basically control the whole city. i can feel the blatant disregard of the sanctity of human life here. it showcased how much humanity had degraded in favour of being machines. the gore is great, i love the various ways humans twisted their body to be a machine, but due to the art style that bordering on cartoony, the blood and the guts will not affect most people. so if you are looking for gore, not much here for you.

the plot i think is pretty good, with so much happening but still everything not jumbled up. however, the pacing is not so great where basically everything of any importance happened in the last few chapters. the motorblade feels like filler when you consider the chapters after that.

still, overall this manga is great and one of those that any scify and seinen lovers must read.

and oh yeah, i really hate her duck face

... Last updated on June 18th, 2014, 1:52am
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nothing worthy to say  
by liontaraki
November 24th, 2013, 3:10pm
Rating: N/A
reading this manga was the most pointless thing I did in my whole life. there were a lot of fights and grotesque scenes and the girl became wiser or something as the manga ended but the problem was, alita had no purpose in life. she kind of wanted to learn about her past (she didn't make a serious effort, though) but other than that, there was no noble idea she was following.
the art was good, there was a basic plot but as a reader, I lost interest of the whole thing after jashugan died.
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Very, very good.  
by GoldenKaos
March 21st, 2012, 4:22pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
This is a good manga to showcase why you don't always want a perfect Mary-Sue for your main character. She's idealistic, often naive, with all the weaknesses that come from being a human who gets hurt when relationships are broken; and this makes her struggles all that more interesting and accessible.

The art is fantastic and original, it has a very cool post-apocalyptic cyber-punk setting, the story-telling and character development is great all round and the fight scenes are also ace. I'm getting me some tankobons of this one for sure.

I'm not giving it a 10 simply because it could be a little bit of a slog at times and the pace was a tad too slow in certain areas, but pfffft, such a small detraction to take from this masterpiece. Awesome.
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hard road, happy ending  
by Hellsayer
April 7th, 2011, 9:37am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
alot of cool characters died-which helps make a good story, but the ending was really cool. and i don't see a problem with the art, it seems great to me. this doesn't need a sequel. its just that good.

... Last updated on April 7th, 2011, 9:51am
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It's a trudge some times  
by trade
March 22nd, 2011, 7:16am
Rating: N/A
It's not a bad manga, that's to be sure, but it is an acquired taste. The simple fault of the manga is the art, it's very rough and dark even when it's trying to be light and happy. The story has a lot of merit that is sadly lost in plot holes and unrealistically impulsive characters. It's not a manga you can decide you like by reading one chapter, you really need to dive in and read about half a dozen chapters to get a real feel for what's in store.

I read the whole of the series in about a week in my spare time, I found myself wanting to know what would happen next for almost the entire time, but each time and arc was complete and there were no huge cliffhangers remaining, I had absolutely no problem walking away from the series for a few days.

There is however one MAJOR plot hole that annoys me to this very day. Something happens to a main character, something that by the logic and technology of this series should be completely reversable, but they just ignore the character from that point forward and you never see him again. Considering he is probably the second most central character...this is an issue.

would of been higher if not for the huge plot hole and the art.

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2011, 7:18am
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Very disgusting drawing  
by janetvn
August 16th, 2008, 6:58am
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
Yeah, the plot is very interesting and quite good, but the drawing is so bad. It's annoying, especially Alita's lips. It made her expression not pretty at all. I don't like when she talks at all. Very disappointing about the art of this series. It destroys so many other good points of the series. I dropped reading immediately after the volume 1. Guess I will choose another better-drawing series!
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