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Battle Angel [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Miki Itô, Shunsuke Kariya, Kappei Yamaguchi, Mami Koyama, Shigeru Chiba
  • Directors: Hiroshi Fukutomi, Matt Greenfield
  • Writers: Akinori Endô, Yukito Kishiro
  • Producers: Matt Greenfield, Joichi Sugito, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
  • Format: NTSC, Dolby, Import
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: A.D.V. Films
  • Release Date: Dec 7 1999
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000031EG6
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This film contains graphic violence and brief nudity.

Known as Gunnm in Japan and then Battle Angel Alita to Western manga readers, Battle Angel (in all of its incarnations) is now part of the canon of Blade Runner-inspired anime cyberpunk.

The film version follows a "Hunter Warrior" and cyborg healer named Ido. Ido formerly lived in the floating land of Zalem (Tiphares in the book), the paradise that hovers over the refuse heap of Scrap Iron City in which he now resides with his former lover, Chiren. In his travels as a bounty hunter (killing spine thieves in a world in which human nerve tissue has become the most precious commodity), Ido one day discovers and repairs the remnants of a cyborg whom he names Gally (Alita in the manga). Though possessing the body of a young woman, Gally embodies Ido's most sophisticated and lethal cybernetic skill. In the first episode on the DVD, "Rusty Angel," Gally challenges Chiren's own creation, Greweicia--a brain-eating gladiator--to a death match. In "Tears Sign" Gally discovers that her first love, Yugo, has put himself in the employ of the spine trader Vector so that he can earn his way, he thinks, to Zalem. Gally confronts her fellow bounty hunters to protect Yugo, only to watch him horribly wounded in a plot to capture her for Vector.

Yukito Kishiro's finely detailed line drawings in the original manga (like a cleaner version of Miyazaki's style in the Nausicaa books) are impossible to translate into film. What the film loses in detail, however, it makes up for in its intense action sequences and shadowy mixtures of color and a darkly cinematic soundtrack. Anime fans should be prepared for some pretty graphic violence--including some horrific scenes of decapitation. Also, the action keeps the plot moving at breakneck speed, so character development often seems to happen in leaps; you'll want to read the books to learn more about Gally/Alita and her world.

For English speakers, the DVD is best watched in the original Japanese with subtitles. The dubbing seems to raise the pitch of everyone's voice, changing the mood of the film from tragic-cool to slightly comical. Gally's English is especially annoying. With her original Japanese voice (sometimes childlike and sometimes a seductive whisper), she is a perfectly deadly heroine with a leather-clad style that anticipates The Matrix. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Battle Angel is my all-time favorite anime. It is the story of a beautiful young cyborg girl. A cybernetics doctor named Ido rescued her from a scrap heap and rebuilt her with an amazingly powerful berzerker body. She has no memory, except for her panzer kunst fighting technique, which is the most powerful cyborg martial art ever known.
The movie is a combination of the first two graphic novels in the Gunnm or Battle Angel Alita series by Yukito Kishiro. It is set in the scrapyard, which is a city built in and from the garbage tossed down to earth from a floating city called zalem, or tiphares in the novels. In the story, Galley finds out that her savior, Ido, is a bounty hunting Hunter-Warrior and she miraculously rescues him from a bounty that almost kills him. The thrill of the fight and of the kill appeals to her so much that she becomes a hunter-warrior herself, against Ido's wishes. She ends up having to fight a huge and nasty brain eating junkie named Grewicica who was made by Chiren, Ido's ex-partner from when they lived up in zalem. Chiren didn't exist in the novels, but she was necessary for a more interesting movie. Galley also falls in love with a boy named Yugo, who is so maniacally obsessed with his dream of getting to zalem that he goes into the business of spine theft to pay for a nonexistent pass to get there. It is all a scam created by the factory's owner (he's the main authority figure), Mr. Vector.
This is an amazing story of love, life, and loss. The art and character design are incredible. Galley's cybernetic body is obviously mechanical, but very beautiful nonetheless. The animation is amazing, and the fight sequences are unforgettable. Once you see the movie, you can't help but get into the nine-part graphic novel series, which is incredible. Honestly, as amazing as the movie is, the graphic novels make it look pathetic. Take my advice and get into it! Yukito Kishiro is a genius!
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Battle Angel Alita in america, Battle Angel, on the show, an it was origanlly titled 'Gunnm' in japanse, which translates to Gun Dream, This the story of the Cyborg girl Gally, Alita in america. The show has aliitle gore in it, not to bad, just don't eat and watch, okay I take that back, if you don't have senstive stomach. It's a beautifully drawn piece of materiel, and it folls the first two manga/comic novels. THere are sevrel diffrence's, especcilly by them 'blending' the two novels together, but it's an excellent peice of work, truly living up to the name 'Battle Angel'. Gally was a cyborg found in the 'Scrapyard' by Docter Daisuke Ido. He rebuilt her, but she had no memory of before he found her. as the story gos, Gally falls in love witha boy named Yugo (Hugo in America, again, for some unknown reason, they canged his name) but many things get in the way of they're realiotship. Zalem (Tiphares for you American Fans) is a city in the sky that no one goes in to, everything comes out. little is know of the people that live there, and its the place that Yogu will do almost anything to reach, even if it means getting killed. This is a wonderful Anime I'm sure you'll love, and if you like it, you should read the Manga as well, entitled Battle Angel Alita. Beeautiful Artwork and beutiful music, truly a masterpeice.
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Well, I'm not really an anime fan (though I like manga). There have been a few that I liked (Akira, Ghost in the Shell, one short featurette called Presence) but for the most part I find anime to be a mixed lot. I saw "Battle Angel" on a dubbed-English VHS, and I felt it to be confusing and poorly edited. Granted, it is based on a popular manga, but the film-makers probably tried to jam in too much information into one hour's worth of animation. The end-result doesn't make a lot of sense and doesn't leave much room for adequate character development. However, the basic plotline in these 2 episodes shows a lot of potential; I think they might hold more relevance to the viewer if he has read the manga on which they're based. It is a pity that no further episodes were filmed or that Battle Angel wasn't allowed to develop over more episodes rather than getting condensed into one short hour.
The animation seems about on par with most short subject anime I've seen. Also, try to see the subtitled version, not the dubbed version. Dubbing always seems to make films seem cheesy, for some reason.
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Fortunately, I was able to watch this movie before reading the comics, so I had no biased view when watching the movie. But please get or rent the subtitle if you can, it's so much better than the english dubbed. It's not too fast that you can't follow. This is one of my very favorite animes. I haven't seen an anime like this yet. This is one of the few adventure animes that I have seen that have masterfully blended a wonderful love story with action, horror, and tradedy. For all the people who have complained about the name change from Alita to Gally in this movie, Gally is the original japanese manga name. Kishiro was disappointed that the american comics changed the name. I think that when making this movie, the authors tried to appease the manga writer by putting in the original name for the cyborg. The comic is much more cynical and violent. At least the end of the movie there was a feeling of hope. I highly recommend this movie for anime fans and non anime fans alike. Even for those die hard manga fans, this movie is a must see, just out of curiosity.
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