Classic manga

Battle Angel Alita Vol. 1 (Gunnm, #1)
by Yukito Kishiro

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I watched Alita Battle Angel on TV recently — well, I watched bits of it and missed the ending, because I got distracted. Still, it looked good and it turns out that some of the comic is available on Kindle Unlimited. At least I won‘t have gotten the free KU trial for naught! So:


Very pretty! Good introduction to the world and characters. Good level of suspense.

Ido finds Alita on a scrap heap and makes her functional again. She quickly emancipates herself and gets a job as Hunter-Warrior and picks the biggest and baddest cyborg as her first mission.

I recognized major parts of the story from the movie. The movie makers apparently made an effort to stay close to the source material, even down to the look of the characters.

I liked the artwork of this manga quite a lot. The beginning of the story also really appealed to me. The last part with the final battle didn‘t do much for me though. The evil opponent was just childish in my opinion. And the explanations of what fight move worked how didn‘t fit smoothly into the narrative. I was disappointed in the ending.

I only just realized that this mange is over 30 years old. Kudos for a pivotal manga! Pity that the final confrontation didn‘t live up to the strong beginning. I am not averse to continuing, but it‘s not high on my list.

11 thoughts on “Classic manga

  1. This was one of the first manga I read, and I really enjoyed it. Memorable characters, everyone had interesting backstories, and I liked the world. I don’t remember how far I got in the series, but I still remember how laughably silly and weird the bad guys were.

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  2. This looks great, will look for this! I am a huge fan of Mangas — and if you’re interested, I’d recommend Tarot Card Cafe by Park Sang-sun and Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. Bride of the Water God by Yun Mi-kyung has fabulous artwork too, but goes on forever.

    And I just wanted to add – thanks for recommending Greg Rucka’s Black Magick earlier. Short but great. I ended at Volume (Chapter?) 16, don’t know is anything released after that!


    1. Black Magic: Volume 3 just came out recently and collects issues 12 to 16. So you are all caught up. I haven‘t actually read Volume 3 yet, as the reviews of my buddies were pretty mixed. How did you like the last 4 issues (chapters 😏)?


      1. Ah, so they are called *Issues*? There was definitely more focus on the romantic relationships, which seemed to take away the focus from the mystery. But then that new evil character gets introduced, who by far seems most interesting so far. I hope I’m not giving away any spoilers! And is it just me, or the artist gives a lot of attention to detail on the eye expressions of the characters?

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      2. The amount of detail is generally great. Also in the interior designs, etc. I will get this eventually, especially now that you mention the evil character being the best at the end…

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