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Battle Angel

Miki Itô , Amanda Winn Lee , Hiroshi Fukutomi    Unrated   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The universe manifests April 5 2004
Format:DVD
Unique, beautiful, and well story-lined.
This is number one in my anime collection. Just about every bad review gotten for this movie was because of people who read the manga and therefor had major bias since a movie will just about never be the way you pictured it would be from reading it.
Joy, love and peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its only 2 episodes long? Oct. 25 2003
Format:DVD
this anime was good from begining to end , sad at times but action packed at parts also tender scenes but none the less this DVD is worth adding to your collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little gadget! June 16 2003
Format:DVD
I liked it!
The four is for not being longer, it feels like it should be more.
It's definitly one of the top anime movies i have ever seen!
Cute little robot with bloodlust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a mech movie Feb. 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I don't usually like mech movies, because it involves humans without souls in some cases, but just from watching the preview I got the impression that she became more humanlike along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle Angel rocks my socks! Sept. 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars BAttle angel Aug. 17 2002
By James
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best Animation I have ever seen. Very good story line and great characters. A definite most own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yukito Kishiro makes magic with paper and ink! Aug. 16 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Terrific art and a good story line makes my ideal anime. Battle Angel is based upon a cyborg girl who is recovered from a junk pile by a kind-hearted cyber physician. Having little memory of her past Alita/Gally finds her way through a martian fighting ability known as panzer kunst that her body naturally remembers. This video was created before the book series was completed, so it leaves you in a sad cliff-hanger type of ending. You must see this film, but if you do, please read the books and see the whole story by yukio kishiro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Good, and I Hate Anime. Dec 6 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I venture into the scary "anime" zone, full of feverishly obsessed kids who seem mesmerized by Japanese cartoons, only to say that this is the only anime I like and recommend, besides Vampire Hunter D. I really enjoyed Battle Angel. WATCH IT NOW or I shall have to hunt you down.
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