銃夢 Gunnm (pron: ganmu), as it appeared on the original tankoubon
covers. Literally, it means Gun Dream.
A manga by Yukito Kishiro
that covers the story
(in the US, Alita), a cyborg
discovered by the cybernetics
doctor Ido Daisuke. She is found in a scrap heap under the sky city of (Tiphares
), and has lost her memory. The story
tells the tale of her life after her resurrection
, as she struggles to find a place to fit in the world, and fights her way through life, hoping in the end to find out who she was.
in the early 90s in Japan
, Inc. as a monthly comic, then translated and brought to the US
almost simultaneously by Viz
. It spans 9 graphic novels
, and is an EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT series. It later spawned a 2 episode anime
, called Battle Angel
: Hunter Warrior, released in the early 90s by ADV
, which due to heavy criticism
by fans in japan and the author
himself, did not last long.
There are some differences between the US
version and the Japanese
version, done for reasons unkown:
Ten years later, VIZ iz only just getting their act together. They still pave over Japanese culture with American references. A bit of dialog in the Ayashi no Ceres manga was graced with Christina Aguilera's name even though it was never there in the first place...
The kanji for Gunnm, which represent gun and dream respectively, have been translated various ways, for example:
Ganmu - seen in a filename on the Shueshia website for Gunnm: Last Order
Gunyume - an interesting transliteration
Gunnm - as the title is romanized on the cover
In the mid 1990s, a game was released for the Playstation
console based partially on the manga, and partially on new story, which allowed you to play through Gally
's life. An RPG
style game, it explored all of the manga, and at a later point in the story, branches off before where the manga ends. The events in the game are considered by Kishiro to be *official
*. In it, she journeys to mars, where supposedly she investigates her past, and it's a good bet that the new Gunnm release, Gunnm: Last Order
, is based upon this to some degree. Kishiro reportedly enjoyed leading the creation of the game more than creating the manga, as he could simply write stories, as opposed to having to do the art, which was the most stressful part of the manga itself, to the point that he required assistant artists AND fell so ill that he had to quit (which was why Gunnm got REALLY WEIRD towards the end).
Miscellaneous related ancendotes:
years after it's appearance, Shueisha has re-released the Gunnm manga
in a 6 volume full size collectors set (so instead of getting reduced images, you get all the detail the story had when originally published) and Kishiro has restarted Gunnm, with the new stories taking place after the end of the manga.
He has discarded
ending, and more information (for those who understand Japanese
better than I: http://ultra.shueisha.co.jp/AKS/GunnmIndex.html contains a lot more information on Gunnm: Last Order
. The new issues are in release in Japan.
A bit more information on Gunnm: Last Order can be found at: http://ultra.shueisha.co.jp/UJ48/GnnmUj48.html Which has links to the covers, a really cool 3D-CGI video of Gally winning her first Motorball
race, and more information.
Gunnm: Last Order
Begun in 2000 by Yukito Kishiro, the new series of manga follows It explores further into the events 1 year following the Granite Inn (NORAD). It involves an incident by which Nova reveals the secret of Zalem to the people that live there, thus causing mass insanity and slaughter between those who have had their "Initiation" and those who have not.
It does not start off kindly, as the first volume has much of the egregious slaughter that much of Gunnm is known for. It does start giving us insight into Gally's past, as Nova got around to unlocking her memories of mars. It also lets us in on what happened to the cloned robot units that were sent to replace A-1 (Gally) by the GIB before it was destroyed.
As well, we head to space to meet Ladder and get a bit more perspective on where the rest of humanity is, and how despite what we've known for years in the Scrapyard it is still a very tiny part of the world.
Neato fact: Gally _IS_ the Damascus Blade now. Kinda sad though.
It is currently in serial release, and the 4th collection is due for release in June of 2003. I will be there to get it.
has license to the Last Order series, unfortunately for consistency they will likely have to botch
this release intentionally.
The infamous Kishiro-Viz name swap:
Back in 1993, as Kishiro-sensei
was quickly bringing things to a close with the Gunnm manga
, he came across a plot point which he could use to take a jab at Viz. Early on, Kishiro learned that Viz decided to change, for reasons that truly make no sense
, Gally's name to Alita. Towards the end of the series, Dr. Nova
traps Gally in the Oruboros
machine, in an attempt to crush her spirit. At one point, Nova is talking with Ido and suggests her name to be (in the japanese version) "Alita," the cat's name is "Gally." (Gally and the cats' names are important). Unfortunately, Viz decides to play along word for word, and Nova names her "Gally" and the cat is "Alita." So much for that potshot.
Spoiler:The reason the names are important, is Gally hides her true self in the objectivity of the cat, which holds her real name. This is how she's able to enjoy her last hours with Ido, yet still retain her spirit despite Nova's efforts
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