A damaged version of Alita with angel wings.
Daisuke Ido searches the Tiphares dump heap at the center of the Scrapyard for useful parts. He unexpectedly finds the head and torso of a female cyborg, which he takes back to his clinic. Here he and Gonzu discover that the cyborg's brain is still intact and that it is 200-300 years old. Ido revives the cyborg, who has forgotten her name. He decides to name her Alita after his cat who died a month before, despite Gonzu's objections that it was male.
Tiphares is pointed out by Ido to Alita when he later takes her strapped to his back to the dump heap in search of spare parts, with no luck. At night in the Scrapyard, a lone cyborg prostitute with elaborately decorated arms is killed. Ido later fits the arms to Alita, who still needs legs. That night he dresses in a black hat and trench coat and leaves with a wheeled case. Alita is soon up and running with a new pair of legs. When she comes across Gonzu's ramen shack, he warns her to be careful at night as there is a murderer about targeting women. Back at Ido's clinic, Alita notices that Ido's arm has been injured, but he brushes it off. When he leaves again that night, Alita, curious about his comings and goings at night, decides to follow him.
Alita finds Ido lying in wait for a woman. He prepares his rocket hammer and is about to attack her when Alita intervenes, grabbing the rocket hammer. Ido shakes her off but finds his target gone. The woman then attacks and Ido fends her off. She turns out to be a mutant who had gone berserk and the actual killer. When the mutant woman knocks the rocket hammer out of Ido's hands, Alita tackles her. When she jumps out of her grasp, Alita instinctively leaps above her and executes a somersault, driving her head into the wall and killing her. Ido recognizes this as a Panzer Kunst move.
- Rusty Angel is also the title of the first manga volume, the first OVA episode, and a song on the Gunnm: Image Album by Wada Kaoru.
|Volumes and Chapters|
|Volume 1||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6|
|Volume 2||7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11|
|Volume 3||12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17|
|Volume 4||18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22|
|Volume 5||23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29|
|Volume 6||30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 35|
|Volume 7||36 • 37 • 38 • 39 • 40 • 41|
|Volume 8||42 • 43 • 44 • 45 • 46 • 47|
|Volume 9||48 • 49 • 50 • 51 • Conquest 1 • Conquest 2 • Epilogue|
|Battle Angel Alita: Last Order|
|Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle|