Had a real blast reading again this cyberpunk manga after something like 20 years.
Alita, young girl in the body of a mechanical war machine, is essentially a sci-fi version of Collodi’ Pinocchio fairy tale, and her tale is filled with love, death, deep emotions, action, gore, themes like man’s fight to overcome karma’s limits, funny references/easter eggs and much more.
And like 20 years ago the ending was so perfect (not unexpected at all if you know Pinocchio’s ending) that left me sppechless and almost in tears.
Sadly later the author changed it to make a sequel series (Last Order), but it was so good and satisfactory that I’m afraid to read Yukito Kishiro’s director’s cut one and following recent adventures of the Battle Angel.
And professor Desty Nova, a deliciously evil version of Gene Wilder’s Dr (Young) Frankenstein (his assistant Bazarlo is Marty Feldman’s Igor!), is just the ultimate mad doctor villain ever.
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