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After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs! In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs! In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?


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After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs! In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs! In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?

30 review for Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    What a fantastic volume. I've read the Viz media version of this comic but not the Kodansha comics, which often specialises in deluxe Manga, like this one. Full review to come tonight. What a fantastic volume. I've read the Viz media version of this comic but not the Kodansha comics, which often specialises in deluxe Manga, like this one. Full review to come tonight.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    If there is a manga I've loved, is this one. I remember when I first opened its pages and found that half angel half cyborg laying on ruins... it blew me away. In "Battle Angel Alita" we follow the satory of a combat cyborg from another plante called Alita, who gets picked from a pile of debris by a scientist named Ido, who decides to reconstruct her and does much more than just that as he begans to be a paternal figure for the sweet Alita. Because she is a gentle sweet creature until she has to If there is a manga I've loved, is this one. I remember when I first opened its pages and found that half angel half cyborg laying on ruins... it blew me away. In "Battle Angel Alita" we follow the satory of a combat cyborg from another plante called Alita, who gets picked from a pile of debris by a scientist named Ido, who decides to reconstruct her and does much more than just that as he begans to be a paternal figure for the sweet Alita. Because she is a gentle sweet creature until she has to defend Ido and herself and something like muscle memory springs fort and shows us how brutal Alita can really be. But she is not only brutality, as all she does is tempered by her concience and her beliefs. Alita is just one of these series I love. We follow the story of this cyborg trying to reconstruct her life, remember her past and find her humanity alongside her place on the world. And all the chacraters she finds on her journey, be they good or bad, are so full of life and so real, that is just amazing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    For anyone looking for a great introduction to manga, look no further. This deluxe volume is it: high quality paper stock and printing, readable print size, a hard binding, judicious use of color, and even excellent annotations. Yukito Kishiro has written a fantastic story, and backed it up with amazing visual illustrations. It opens with scientist Ido finding the remains of a combat cyborg while scavenging among debris, and battling criminals. He lovingly rebuilds her, and develops paternal fee For anyone looking for a great introduction to manga, look no further. This deluxe volume is it: high quality paper stock and printing, readable print size, a hard binding, judicious use of color, and even excellent annotations. Yukito Kishiro has written a fantastic story, and backed it up with amazing visual illustrations. It opens with scientist Ido finding the remains of a combat cyborg while scavenging among debris, and battling criminals. He lovingly rebuilds her, and develops paternal feelings for her in a relatively lawless society. Alita is angelic, a sweet and gentle creature, trying to reconstruct her life, remember her past and find her humanity along with her place on the world. This serialized graphic is about the battle between her compassion and her immense power, her fight for justice and her feelings for Ido and Yugo, with real depth and complexity. Great villain in Makuku too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Gold

    Full review to come

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. What do you get when you put innocence, beauty and destruction together? This chick. Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition 1 collects the first two volumes of this famous cyberpunk action classic featuring the little cyborg girl and her pursuit for answers. Recovered from a scrapyard without a body or memories of her past life, cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido vows to build her back whole. Blinded by his desire to create something perfect to his eyes, Ido q You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. What do you get when you put innocence, beauty and destruction together? This chick. Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition 1 collects the first two volumes of this famous cyberpunk action classic featuring the little cyborg girl and her pursuit for answers. Recovered from a scrapyard without a body or memories of her past life, cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido vows to build her back whole. Blinded by his desire to create something perfect to his eyes, Ido quickly finds out that his selfishness has been excluding anything and everything Alita might feel. It is this look into her adaptation to her new life that pulls this story in intriguing directions. Throughout this collection, readers are introduced to Alita and discover that she still withholds lingering muscle memory in the form of extremely dangerous and kick-ass martial arts. The story then investigates some important philosophical questions in a very minimalist fashion while giving readers a gore-filled action-packed excursion throughout the Scrapyard. With the floating space city of Zalem above them continues to convey a dystopian atmosphere, the world in which Alita finds herself remains mysterious at its core, but also riddled with dangerous beings that will force her to seek her most precious and powerful survival skills. It would honestly be an understatement to say that this volume contained a lot of headless bodies. While Alita is portrayed as a little girl with a bubbly face and a woman’s body, her strength is immeasurable and the damage she can cause is irreparable. There often seems to be a focus on asserting a certain distinction between what is of the mind and what is of the body, which might also explain why the violence in this series is often always aimed separating the head from the body. The art style also greatly focus on her character and the insane acrobatic moves she’s able to accomplish. It really highlights the importance of the freedom of movement, and there’s nothing better than a hitgirl like Alita to showcase it in all its grace. The author also inserts bits of scientific or philosophical terms throughout the story that are accompanied by footnotes to wrap the reader within its universe. They are not all factual, but they do serve their purpose in suggesting certain ideas believed by the characters in this story. It’s also worth reiterating that this series is much more focused on the action sequences rather than on the dialogues, but whenever there is a dialogue, there is also a profound examination of the life of a cyborg, of a machine. From ideas of happiness to beauty, this series isn’t just a silly story wanting to create a kick-ass female character. In fact, Battle Angel Alita is a reflection of the consciousness and of perception of mankind through the eyes of a cyborg. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  6. 4 out of 5

    OG Garbage Tea

    4.1/5 stars Well that was.... Fun. My first manga I've read so my opinion is based around that fact. The first thing that stood out for me was the art. Holy moly that was incredible. So much detail. I found myself just looking at the backgrounds of some pictures because of all the little things they included. Alita, the character, is as likable in this book as much as she was in the movie. The movie spoiled the plot for me however, which isn't a bad thing because it's fairly interesting and it's jus 4.1/5 stars Well that was.... Fun. My first manga I've read so my opinion is based around that fact. The first thing that stood out for me was the art. Holy moly that was incredible. So much detail. I found myself just looking at the backgrounds of some pictures because of all the little things they included. Alita, the character, is as likable in this book as much as she was in the movie. The movie spoiled the plot for me however, which isn't a bad thing because it's fairly interesting and it's just getting started. But I picked the manga up to know what happens after the movie ended. So I won't be there till volume 3. I did have issues with the action scenes. Just a lot of twirling and blurry pictures and I usually ended skimming those parts. The romance was forced so that was unlikable. Overall: easy, fun, and a different but pleasant read. I immediately picked up volume 2 because honestly volume 1 ended at a really strange and inconvenient spot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    My first foray into Battle Angel Alita stories. I actually liked this better than I thought I would, as I'm not the biggest fan of extensive fight scenes (in manga or other media). The premise laid out in the first several chapters really captured my attention, driving me to read on. This is a series I'd like to continue, and I'm glad Kodansha is releasing these new, hardbound deluxe editions. My first foray into Battle Angel Alita stories. I actually liked this better than I thought I would, as I'm not the biggest fan of extensive fight scenes (in manga or other media). The premise laid out in the first several chapters really captured my attention, driving me to read on. This is a series I'd like to continue, and I'm glad Kodansha is releasing these new, hardbound deluxe editions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    Really liked this! Definitely going to continue on 😀

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elena Sullivan

    My first manga! I enjoyed the new experience and seeing the characters as the author pictured them. I thought it also told a good story and left an interesting ending!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I found the recent Alita: Battle Angel movie reasonably enjoyable in a mindless popcorn flick sort of way, so I thought I'd try the manga. I was surprised at how faithful the movie was to the source material aside from adding rollerskating and shuffling around the sequence of events of the first two volumes of the manga, collected here under one cover. Like the movie, this is a fun bit of action as long as you don't think about it too much. I found the recent Alita: Battle Angel movie reasonably enjoyable in a mindless popcorn flick sort of way, so I thought I'd try the manga. I was surprised at how faithful the movie was to the source material aside from adding rollerskating and shuffling around the sequence of events of the first two volumes of the manga, collected here under one cover. Like the movie, this is a fun bit of action as long as you don't think about it too much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Malissa Wolsleger

    Loved it! Can't wait to read the rest and to see how the movie compares. Loved it! Can't wait to read the rest and to see how the movie compares.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darth

    Wanted to read this after seeing the movie and, I think, both are equally good. At least, I see why the movie people took the liberties they did. Ultimately, though, I think I liked the manga a little better. It's waaaay more gruesome and over the top. And I think the movie served to really make the manga better by putting the illustrations into motion--especially the fighting sequences. One thing that hit me with this particular story is how much people (IRL) take their bodies for granted. Many Wanted to read this after seeing the movie and, I think, both are equally good. At least, I see why the movie people took the liberties they did. Ultimately, though, I think I liked the manga a little better. It's waaaay more gruesome and over the top. And I think the movie served to really make the manga better by putting the illustrations into motion--especially the fighting sequences. One thing that hit me with this particular story is how much people (IRL) take their bodies for granted. Many people often think of their brain controlling their bodies and it's just a vehicle for their brain rather than an extension of it. Kishiro-san really took that concept and ran. In a good way. I also really like the cyberpunk way of exploring this idea: people really are only as good as their bodies, leading them to constantly steal others' body parts or enhance their own. In Alita, bodies are both nothing and everything.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BookWormYami

    My boyfriend use to tell me about Battle Angel Alita for years and years, way before this was even in talks of being a live action movie. He really loves the character Alita and you know what? I do too! I admit I seen the movie first and then I decided to read the Manga. I'm so glad I read this book. Alita is such a kick ass character and has a huge heart and such a sweet personality. Ido and Yugo were cool characters too. But Alita is my favorite. I just love her! This book is also full of act My boyfriend use to tell me about Battle Angel Alita for years and years, way before this was even in talks of being a live action movie. He really loves the character Alita and you know what? I do too! I admit I seen the movie first and then I decided to read the Manga. I'm so glad I read this book. Alita is such a kick ass character and has a huge heart and such a sweet personality. Ido and Yugo were cool characters too. But Alita is my favorite. I just love her! This book is also full of action. And it's very entertaining. It also gets very graphic. For example, it shows you heads being ripped off their body. So if you don't like that sort of things, now you know this Manga contains it. Also, this takes place in such a crazy world, I wouldn't want to live in it! I really want to get the rest of these Manga so I could see how it all ends for Alita. If you love action and good characters, then maybe you should read this Manga!

  14. 4 out of 5

    James

    I watched the movie with my family when it first came out. All of us really liked it and bought this book which has been sitting in my sister’s bookshelf since. I finally picked it up and read it. Lovely story. I love Alita a lot. She seems a bit younger in the comic than in the movie -so does Yugo- but that’s alright.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson

    4.5/5 Thank Christ for the movie (which is surprisingly decent!), otherwise we might not've gotten the original series into these deluxe volumes! I was lucky to get a gift card from my dad and I bought the boxed set containing the entire original series with it. So, I'll be reviewing one or two of these every night for the rest of the week, probably. Yukito Kishiro's artwork is fantastic, gritty and clean at the same time. I love the way manga was done back then, with Kishiro, Miura (Berserk), and 4.5/5 Thank Christ for the movie (which is surprisingly decent!), otherwise we might not've gotten the original series into these deluxe volumes! I was lucky to get a gift card from my dad and I bought the boxed set containing the entire original series with it. So, I'll be reviewing one or two of these every night for the rest of the week, probably. Yukito Kishiro's artwork is fantastic, gritty and clean at the same time. I love the way manga was done back then, with Kishiro, Miura (Berserk), and Masamune (Appleseed)--to name but a few--all turning in manga work that looked as rough as they were neat, with huge amounts of details and seemingly the perfect eyes for exactly what each scene and panel needed to pop off the page. The story so far is great, although if there's any downfall I'd say the characterization flies by a little too quickly and the translated dialogue is, at times, a little too cheesy, but overall this is a fantastic first (and second) volume in the Alita series, and I'm excited to read through this entire boxed set this week.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    This is a really lovely volume. The high quality print and larger format really go towards making this a truly enjoyable read. The large panels and double page spreads just wouldn't be the same crammed into a normal sized manga volume. There is so much detail to be found in the crowd and landscape scenes that it feels much more like "illustration" than your typical manga. Plot-wise, the movie does follow pretty closely so if that's why you're here, you're in luck. There is a lot going on and Alit This is a really lovely volume. The high quality print and larger format really go towards making this a truly enjoyable read. The large panels and double page spreads just wouldn't be the same crammed into a normal sized manga volume. There is so much detail to be found in the crowd and landscape scenes that it feels much more like "illustration" than your typical manga. Plot-wise, the movie does follow pretty closely so if that's why you're here, you're in luck. There is a lot going on and Alita is an instantly likeable character who you can't help but root for, even when she's getting herself into trouble for no good reason. The pace is pretty fast with very little downtime so there hasn't been a lot of character development but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next and finding out more about this world. I don't know a lot about the coming volumes but I would say if you like sci-fi in that cyborg-slum-city kind of way, you should definitely check this out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Yukito Kishiro has written a fantastic story, in the purest sense of that word, and while the visual spectacle of this book can leave the reader breathless, the story rings with a real concern for humanity. While there are characters that can at times revert back into the caricature that is their visual form, almost every character in this story possesses a depth and complexity that I honestly didn't expect going into this book. For my own part, this book is a comics-lover's dream as every frame Yukito Kishiro has written a fantastic story, in the purest sense of that word, and while the visual spectacle of this book can leave the reader breathless, the story rings with a real concern for humanity. While there are characters that can at times revert back into the caricature that is their visual form, almost every character in this story possesses a depth and complexity that I honestly didn't expect going into this book. For my own part, this book is a comics-lover's dream as every frame of this book demonstrates a concern for composition, and even at the simplest Kishiro has an amazing lifework that leaves me breathless and jealous for days.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nick Jones

    Started out as generally adequate cyberpunk, then completely fell apart after the protagonist (view spoiler)[fell in love at first sight with a guy who viciously attacks innocent people and harvests their organs to sell, then subsequently helped him evade justice by committing murder (hide spoiler)] . Your mileage may vary, but I can't keep going with a story where I'm actively rooting against the person the author wants me to be most sympathetic toward. Started out as generally adequate cyberpunk, then completely fell apart after the protagonist (view spoiler)[fell in love at first sight with a guy who viciously attacks innocent people and harvests their organs to sell, then subsequently helped him evade justice by committing murder (hide spoiler)] . Your mileage may vary, but I can't keep going with a story where I'm actively rooting against the person the author wants me to be most sympathetic toward.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I enjoyed the depth of characters in the book. How the good guys aren't just two sided, but rather fall into a spectrum, doing good or bad based on good or bad motivations. And the world that is built in the story is very interesting, to say the least. The artwork is badass as well. I enjoyed the depth of characters in the book. How the good guys aren't just two sided, but rather fall into a spectrum, doing good or bad based on good or bad motivations. And the world that is built in the story is very interesting, to say the least. The artwork is badass as well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    This was okay. It had some interesting ideas and cool fight scenes, but ultimately lacked any depth.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andy Reynolds

    I read these mamga back around 2000 -- so fun to read through them again! So much action wrapped up in a crazy inspiring plot. I've got the second one on the way! I read these mamga back around 2000 -- so fun to read through them again! So much action wrapped up in a crazy inspiring plot. I've got the second one on the way!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    A truly beautiful piece of work. The illustrations are gorgeous, love that iconic 80s anime look. A great cyber punk tale. Worth the read for sure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Artwork was perfection, simple but so beautiful. The story was one of the best manga stories I've followed. Deep, complex characters, amazing and in depth world designs and a storyline that makes you never want to stop reading. Can't wait for volume 2 <3 Artwork was perfection, simple but so beautiful. The story was one of the best manga stories I've followed. Deep, complex characters, amazing and in depth world designs and a storyline that makes you never want to stop reading. Can't wait for volume 2 <3

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paolo

    This version of the Battle Angel Alita manga is absolutely gorgeous. Nuff said.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    I got interested in this after watching the movie. I like dystopian-type futures and this one was an interesting mix of cyborgs and humans with a big mystery behind a floating city above the scrapyard where these people live. Rather violent but well-told story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Veehaan Deshwal

    I really enjoyed the book it is a touching story but also exciting in the action parts. Overall A very balanced yet action-packed book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Wallis

    Wow! Loved reading Battle Angel Alita (Deluxe Edition), volume 1. I immediately became interested in Battle Angel Alita after seeing the preview for the new Alita: Battle Angel movie coming out this year. I borrowed the graphic novel from my local library, and wasn't disappointed. The storyline was intense and amazing, and the illustrations were great to look at. Looking forward to reading the next volume in the series and watching the movie in the theater. Wow! Loved reading Battle Angel Alita (Deluxe Edition), volume 1. I immediately became interested in Battle Angel Alita after seeing the preview for the new Alita: Battle Angel movie coming out this year. I borrowed the graphic novel from my local library, and wasn't disappointed. The storyline was intense and amazing, and the illustrations were great to look at. Looking forward to reading the next volume in the series and watching the movie in the theater.

  28. 5 out of 5

    June

    This is my first time reading a manga. Other than I need to remember the correct way to read this, I have mixed feelings about this one. The artwork is good but with the battle scenes you lose the flow of what is happening. The manga is predominantly black and white but there were a few colored pages and I wish there were more of those. The story was choppy in parts and that may resolve with further volumes. Personally I wanted a bit more backstory but I’d be willing to read more issues to bette This is my first time reading a manga. Other than I need to remember the correct way to read this, I have mixed feelings about this one. The artwork is good but with the battle scenes you lose the flow of what is happening. The manga is predominantly black and white but there were a few colored pages and I wish there were more of those. The story was choppy in parts and that may resolve with further volumes. Personally I wanted a bit more backstory but I’d be willing to read more issues to better understand the plot. There is violence but not excessively graphic here. Despite the dark nature of this manga, this seems to be a good start to this cyberpunk graphic novel series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for making this classic manga available for a wider audience. This would interest those who enjoy cyborg stories, manga fans as well as those who loved the original series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Saykrid Smith

    Great read! I have to get the second volume now!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Clark

    5 Star - Thoroughly well crafted, cream of the crop. An instant classic of science fiction literature. I've never been an avid manga reader, but with the movie on it's way out, I decided to look into "Alita". I started with the 1993 anime film and found myself thoroughly engaged with the characters and world. I was worried, when starting this first volume, that I wouldn't enjoy it as much on account of knowing the plot. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself even more enthralled in the story t 5 Star - Thoroughly well crafted, cream of the crop. An instant classic of science fiction literature. I've never been an avid manga reader, but with the movie on it's way out, I decided to look into "Alita". I started with the 1993 anime film and found myself thoroughly engaged with the characters and world. I was worried, when starting this first volume, that I wouldn't enjoy it as much on account of knowing the plot. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself even more enthralled in the story than I had been with its anime counterpart. I'm a strong believer in simple story, complex characters (simple as in concise, not bare-bones). Not only is the plot of 'Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 1' quite concise and focused, with wonderful characters, but it surrounds its narrative with existential questions that lead to an emotionally impactful narrative.

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