Battle Angel Alita
|Battle Angel Alita|
|Original Manga||Yukito Kishiro|
|# of Eps/Volumes|| Battle Angel Alita 9 (Complete)
Last Order 15+ (Ongoing)
Sum it up in a Sentence:
Cybernetic warrior girl with no memories tries to figure out her past while fighting injustice.
The series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and focuses on Alita, a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior 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 is continued in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order.
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