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Battle 37
Battle 37 title page
Volume: 7
Chapter 37
Japanese title 荒野の歌人
Romanized title Kōya no Utabito
English title Bard of the Badlands
Subtitle Radio KAOS
Total pages 23 (29 in VIZ Media Edition)
Released 1994
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Battle 37 of Battle Angel Alita is Bard of the Badlands, subtitled Radio KAOS. It was originally subtitled Reunion.

CoverEdit

Alita trying out the mobile unit.

SummaryEdit

Dr. Russell unveils a new invention, the interactive interface, which is attached to Lou Collins' terminal. Alita also receives the mobile unit, a one-wheeled motorcycle. While she tries it out, Lou tries to convince her of her own beliefs in the TUNED's mission, but Alita refuses to think more of Tiphares' welfare. After they get into an argument, Gabriel picks up something nearby on its sensors.

This turns out to be a small merchant caravan traveling to barter with Kaos that is being held up by a bandit gang led by Sentinel. Attempting to avoid having to kill someone and thus prevent the inevitable onset of constipation that he knows will occur, Sentinel seizes his chance when one of his men discovers Koyomi, who is traveling with the caravan. However she is able to trick Sentinel into gambling with her, winning back all of the caravan's goods that the bandits are attempting to steal. As he is about to wager the piston launcher, his gang's symbol, one of his men threatens to kill Koyomi but is killed by Fury. Sentinel himself then attempts to kill her, but his cleaver is shattered by a shot from Alita's pistol, and the bandits flee. Alita then recognizes Fury and reveals that she also knows Koyomi.

That night the two catch up. Koyomi reveals that her father and Shumira used to talk about Alita a lot. Shumira married a man she met in the soup kitchen that took them in after Bar New Kansas was destroyed and now has eight children. Koyomi's father meanwhile, went into debt in an attempt to reopen Bar Kansas but was unsuccessful, becoming an alcoholic and abusive to his daughter. Koyomi herself left the Scrapyard because of a failed relationship. She then notices that Radio K.A.O.S. is about to start.

Elsewhere, Kaos notices that conditions are good for his evening broadcast. Called away by Jasmine, he rebuffs an attempt by Dorotabo, who is representing the Barjack, to run some pro-Barjack propaganda. Kaos then sings a song during his broadcast, during which Den, the Scrapyard, a dozing Lou, and a sleeping Koyomi are shown. Alita, who is also listening, realizes that the purpose of her abilities must be to protect the people trying to survive in this chaotic world.

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