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Background[]

Jashugan's background is largely unknown, but at some point he lost both of his parents and looked after his younger sister Shumira while living in the Scrapyard. He took interest in the sport of motorball and decided to become a professional player to help provide a life for both him and his sister. In ES 571, five years before Daisuke Ido found Alita in the Tiphares junkyard, Jashugan was a rookie and quickly earned a position in the highest motorball league, the Top League. Both he and his rival Esdoc (better known as "Ed") were involved in a deadly accident in which Jashugan sustained massive brain damage. Fortunately, a physician named Desty Nova intervened and performed reconstructive brain surgery on Jashugan using a Tipharean technology called Gehirn Umbao; along with using nanomachines to rebuild the column structure of Jashugan’s cerebral cortex and strengthen his neurons with artificial proteins, Nova managed to save Jashugan's life. The reconstruction helped Jashugan ultimately become motorball champion thanks to the abilities that he gained. At some point, Jashugan also began learning the practice known as Maschine Klatsch and, coupled with the nanomachines, became a formidable player and eventually became motorball champion.

Battle Angel Alita[]

Motorball Arc[]

As a result of the reconstruction work performed on his brain, Jashugan would begin suffering an increasing series of spasmatic attacks that have caused his heart rate to flatline. While usually able to recover on his own, Jashugan suffered a debilitating attack during one race and is barely able to get to the pits before flatlining. However, he is saved thanks to the actions of Shumira and Daisuke Ido and goes to return to the match and wins. While out in a market one day with Shumira and Ido, he notices her take a young woman's pet and tells her to return it. Jashugan greets Ed and is introduced to the woman who is a new motorball competitor named Alita and Ed's newest player. Hearing Alita challenge him to a race, Jashugan dismisses it and advises she work her way up the ranks before challenging him. Just then, the leader of a group of bikers arrive and threaten to harm Alita for an earlier transgression. Jashugan interferes and proposes a deal; one million chips and Alita will go to the biker if he can defeat Jashugan in an arm wrestling match. The biker quickly accepts and Jashugan effortlessly defeats him in record time.

As he prepares to leave, Alita challenges Jashugan again, this time in an arm-wrestling match with her heart literally as the stakes. Intrigued, Jashugan accepts and after Shumira takes the role of officiator after both Ed and Ido refuse, the match appears to end as a draw. Impressed by her determination and will, Jashugan tells Alita that if she can assemble a challenge team he will accept her earlier challenge for a motorball competition for the title of champion.

Later on, Jashugan watches Alita's debut race in the Second League and invites Ido to watch with him. Noticing earlier that he seemed to know Alita despite his behavior to the contrary, Jashugan accuses Ido of working with Alita to defeat him in their match.[1] After hearing Ido tell his story about how he sees Alita as his daughter and is trying to get her to come back home, Jashugan accepts it and mentions how it is good to have a family before flatlining once again. However, he recovers on his own and tells Ido that he knows he is close to death, but will continue to fight until his race with Alita can take place.[2]

Watching the announcement that Alita has assembled a team to challenge Jashugan, Jashugan relays to Ido about what he remembers about Desty Nova and how the man saved his life during the accident in his rookie year. That night, he goes to an area of the Scrapyard and meets his Maschine Klatsch mentor. The two do a quick sparring session and Jashugan emerges victorious. When he is told to remove the one thing keeping him from becoming a master, killing Shumira, Jashugan is appalled by it and expresses his wish to become more than just a machine and refuses.[3]

Knowing that he is near death, Jashugan contemplates his existence in his private locker room when Shumira arrives and brings him a good luck charm to wear in his final race. He tearfully embraces Shumira and after a moment, he tells Shumira she should think of marrying Ido; knowing that she is his external lifeline, Jashugan decides to sever the connection by giving her a tranquilizer. He takes her to Ido, who is aghast that he did so, but Jashugan exclaims that for the first time in his career, he will be playing for Shumira's sake; Jashugan then heads to the arena, promising that he will return and not blemish his record as champion.[4]

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Jashugan's body following his fight with Alita in Battle 22

During the challenge race, Jashugan rips through Alita’s teammates in seconds, leaving the two of them alone to fight it out. Trading blow for blow, Jashugan nearly has Alita at one point, but she is saved by Tiegel, one of Alita's teammates, who manages to distract Jashugan for a few seconds. In the final moments of their battle, right when he is about to win, Jashugan suffers a flatline attack and becomes unable to move. Alita then deals him a killing blow with the Hertza Haeon, but Jashugan's fighting spirit is so strong that he manages to reanimate his "dead" body through raw chi power. He stands up, attacks Alita and completely defeats her before "dying" again, this time for good, with his body melted.

Post-death appearances[]

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Jashugan appears to Alita while she is trapped in the Ouroboros in Battle 47.

The side story Supersonic Fingers showed Alita and Jashuan's fight on TV and revealed that Alita had a poster of Jashugan on her apartment wall when she was living on her own after retiring from motorball.

Barjack Rebellion Arc[]

Twelve years after their match when Alita infiltrated the Granite Inn in search of Nova, she encountered Jashugan in a dream sequence when she was trapped by Nova’s Ouroboros Program. Forced to confront her inner doubts and fears, Alita fought Jashugan again and defeated him. He congratulated her and encouraged her to "aspire to reach heights I was unable to attain".[5] Alita's victory enabled her to break out of the Ouroboros and confront Nova. Kishiro has said of this second fight that Alita and Jashugan "had to confront each other again", as "many things had not been said" during their first fight.[6]

Last Order[]

Alita recalled Jashugan when Queen Limeira and Zazie departed Leviathan I.[7] He was also one of the many characters from her past shown when Melchizedek, appearing as an afterimage of Arthur Farrell, reached out to her consciousness after her ego was shattered and her Imaginos Body dissolved following Super Nova's Seca attack.[8]

Notes[]

  1. Battle 17
  2. Battle 18
  3. Battle 20
  4. Battle 21
  5. Battle 47 - Alita defeats Jashugan in the dream sequence.
  6. http://the.sunnyspot.org/manga/gunnm/kinterv.html Accessed on November 8, 2007
  7. Phase 24 - Alita watches the Samoyed I and accompanying New Order vessels depart Leviathan I.
  8. Phase 62 - Melchizedek calls out to Alita's fading consciousness.

References[]

  • Battle Angel Alita Vol. 3, Killing Angel. Viz Media, San Francisco, 1st ed. November 1995. ISBN 978-1-56931-092-2
  • Battle Angel Alita Vol. 4, Angel of Victory. Viz Media, San Francisco, 1st ed. November 1995. IISBN 978-1-56931-082-3
  • Battle Angel Alita Vol. 8, Fallen Angel. Viz Media, San Francisco, 1st ed. November 1997. ISBN 1-56931-243-5
  • Gunnm. 3. Glénat. Nouv. éd., January 10, 2001. ISBN-13 978-2723434775
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