Battle Angel Alita is a Japanese cyberpunk manga series created by Yukito Kishiro and originally published in Shueisha"s Business Jump magazine from 1990 to 1995. The second of the nine volumes of the comic was adapted in 1993 to an original two-part animation video. titled Battle Angel for ADV Films North American Release and Manga Entertainment UK and Australian Release. Manga Entertainment also nicknamed Battle Angel Alita in English. A live-action film adaptation titled Alita: Battle Angel was released on February 14, 2019.
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The series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and centers on Alita ("Gally" in the original Japanese version, and several other countries), a cyborg woman who has lost all memories and is found in a junkyard by a cybernetic doctor. that rebuilds and cares for it. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, that leads her to become a warrior hunter or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita"s attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey. The manga series continues in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order and Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle.
|December 15, 1990–April 1, 1995|
|9(List of volumes)|
Battle Angel Alita tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac cyborg woman. Her intact head and chest, in suspended animation, are found by cybermedicine expert Daisuke Ido in the local garbage dump. Ido manages to revive her and upon discovering that she has lost her memory, he calls her Alita in honor of her recently deceased cat. The rebuilt Alita soon discovers that she instinctively remembers the legendary martial art Panzer Kunst, although she does not remember anything else. Alita uses her Panzer Kunst to first become a bounty hunter who kills cyborg criminals at the Junkyard and then as a star player in the brutal gladiator sport of Motorball. While in combat, Alita awakens memories of her previous life on Mars. She becomes involved with the floating city of Zalem (Tiphares in some older translations) as one of her agents and is sent to hunt down criminals. The most important is the mad genius Desty Nova, who has a complex and changeable relationship with Alita.
The futuristic dystopian world of Battle Angel Alita revolves around the city of Scrapyard (Kuzutetsu in Japanese and various other versions), which has grown around a huge pile of junk that rains down from Zalem. The inhabitants of the land have no access to Zalem and are forced to earn a living in the expanse below. Many are highly modified by cybernetics to better cope with their hard lives.
Zalem exploits the junkyard and surrounding farms, paying bounty hunters (called Hunter-Warriors) to hunt down criminals and organizing violent sports to keep the population entertained. Massive pipes connect the junkyard to Zalem, and the city uses robots to run errands and provide ground safety. From time to time, zalemites (such as Daisuke Ido and Desty Nova) are exiled and sent to the ground. Other than robots and exiles, there is little contact between the two cities.
The story takes place in the former United States. According to a map, printed in the eighth volume, Scrapyard / Zalem is near Kansas City, Missouri, and the necropolis is Colorado Springs, Colorado. Radio KAOS is in Dallas, Texas. Figure"s coastal hometown is Alhambra, California. Desty Nova"s Granite Inn was built from a military base: NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado.
Battle Angel Alita is finally revealed to take place in the 26th century. The sequel Battle Angel Alita: Last Order features a calendar era called the "Sputnik Era" which has a period of 1957 AD. The original Battle Angel Alita series begins in ES 577 (AD 2533) and ends in ES 590 (AD 2546), Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is mainly set in ES 591 (AD 2547), and Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle currently alternates between ES 373–374 (AD 2329–2330) and ES 594 (AD 2550).
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At a landfill in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far below the mysterious space city of Zalem, the disgraced cyber-doctor, Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the severed head of a female cyborg who has lost all memories. her. He calls her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. Although Alita does not remember details of her previous life, a moment of despair awakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people do for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down those who prey on the weak.