The Berserker Body in Battle 3.
The Berserker Body (バーサーカーボディ Bāsākā Bodi?) was a powerful cyborg body that was used by both Alita and Zapan. Although not named in the OVA, it is perhaps the body most associated with Alita due to its exposure.
The body was designed as a mechanical lifeform with one sole purpose in mind, that of turning a human into an efficient and powerfully destructive weapon. Configured to only require a user's brain, it was equipped with variable skeletal muscles, allowing it to be configured for a user of either sex. When Daisuke Ido first found the body it had a lock on it that kept its "Berserker mode" in check.
Even while locked, it was still very powerful and capable of generating plasma and electromagnetic fields. However when unlocked, the Berserker Body's true destructive capabilities were unleashed. It could absorb any kind of matter, transform its appearance depending on what the user wanted, and was single-mindedly focused on destroying a target. Capable of regeneration, it was nearly invulnerable to practically all conventional forms of attack thanks to its ability to manipulate electromagnetic fields and plasma.
The body was originally suggested to have been a relic of the Terraforming Wars and the product of space technology. It was equipped on an unknown warrior whose spaceship crashed in a ravine west of the Scrapyard. Centuries later and several years before he found Alita in the Tiphares dump heap, Ido came upon the spaceship. While exploring it, he found a cyborg body whose original owner's brain had long since been gone, but the body appeared to still be fully functional. Recognising the superior technology and craftsmanship involved, he was driven to study the body and transported it back to his clinic. However when he examined it Ido soon realised that the body, which he dubbed the Berserker Body, was built solely for destruction. He locked it away in the basement to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
After Alita had been nearly killed by Makaku in ES 577, Ido realised that she needed power that she would know how to use. He had Gonzu take them both to the basement of his clinic, where he explained how he had found the body and his plan to give it to Alita. He reprogrammed the body to assume a female shape and allow her head to be transplanted onto it, a notable change from its original configuration. Because of his injury Ido was unable to perform the transplant himself but supervised Gonzu, a former cyberveterinarian. After a long and exhausting surgery, they succeeded, and Alita awoke in her new body.
Alita first saw combat in the Berserker Body when she triggered a brawl with the hunter-warriors at Bar Kansas. She then faced off against Makaku, who had acquired the Power Body. Although she appeared overmatched at first, the Berserker Body showed its capabilities when she fought him in the sewers. She was able to generate plasma, using her Plasma Jet to blow off one of Makaku's arms. She then carved incisions into the actuators of Makaku's other arm, which caused it to explode when he tried to fire the grind cutters at her. When Makaku made a last ditch attempted to commit double suicide with Alita by entangling her with his Maggot Body and triggering a hydrogen explosion, she held the flames back using an electromagnetic field.
Alita then had a brief and successful career as a hunter-warrior before the shock and loss of Hugo a year later led her to run away from home. After she was discovered by Ed, she decided to become a motorball player. She was transferred into a motorball body and the Berserker Body was kept in storage. At some point during Alita's tenure with Esdoc Motors, Ed sold the body to Desty Nova in an attempt to keep Alita on the circuit. Following her defeat of Jashugan, she and Umba presumably discovered this and Umba helped track the body down. Two years after Alita's motorball career had ended, Umba wrote her a letter in which he revealed that he had traced the Berserker Body to Nova, who was unwilling to part with it. When Ido found out about this he volunteered to retrieve it.
After Ido arrived at Nova's manor, he discovered that Nova planned to transplant Zapan's brain into the Berserker Body to help satisfy its overwhelming desire for revenge. Ido tried to destroy the brain but was stopped by Eelai. He was then strapped to an operating table and forced to watch as Nova transplanted Zapan. First however, he released the lock on the body, which caused it to go out of control. The body fused with Zapan's brain and sought out a power source, wrecking Nova's lab. Ido tried to stop it by injecting it with a giant syringe of collapser, but failed and was killed. Zapan destroyed the manor and escaped. After Alita arrived at the manor, she learned what had happened from Nova and received the collapser and a revolver to fight Zapan.
Zapan soon learned that he could manipulate the Berserker Body to transform its appearance and generate plasma. After he was fired on by some netmen, Zapan fired on Factory 99 and learned where Bar New Kansas was. He went there in search of Alita, but did not find her, killing and absorbing the hunter-warriors who attacked him. He then nearly killed Master but was halted by Murdock. To counter Murdock's cyborg dogs, Zapan created the Demon Dog out of plasma to fight them. He foiled an attempt by Murdock to kill him with a powerful grenade which destroyed the bar, and leveled the block before departing. Following his destruction of Ido's clinic, the Factory Army responded to the destruction and fought a losing battle with Zapan that lasted through the night.
The next morning Alita, who had returned just after Bar New Kansas had been destroyed, set a trap for Zapan in the remnants of Ido's clinic. Realising that he could no longer control the Berserker Body, Zapan was drawn by a song that Alita had set a remote-controlled doll to play on her portable keyboard. The ruse worked and Alita was able to get the drop on Zapan, damaging him with the rocket hammer. When she tried to fire on him however, he was able to throw her aim off with a tentacle and tried to absorb her. Alita was forced to sever arm and then her body below the waist to escape Zapan before managing to fire two shots into him. The collapser began to work just as he tried to finish her off with a plasma blast, as his arm exploded and the Berserker Body began to disintegrate. Transforming into his aerial form, Zapan took Alita high into the air and tried to absorb her again. However she staved this off by swallowing a vial of collapser. Zapan then had a vision of himself with Sara again and was able to break Alita's fall with his final thoughts as the Berserker Body disintegrated.
The Berserker Body is the only cyborg body used by Gally in the OVA, as she is transplanted into it after Ido discovers her. Despite her fighting abilities, Panzer Kunst is notably not mentioned as her fighting style.
The body also appears in Gunnm: Martian Memory. In addition to being used by Gally and Zapan, it is also used by the game-only character Potemkin when he is infected with Berserker cells, assuming the same humanoid form that Zapan did. He can also spawn Demon Dogs and use plasma.
|e · d · v||Hunter-warriors|
|Hunter-warrors:||Alita • Calico • Daisuke Ido • Clive Lee • Macheko • Murdock • Norinco • Reptile • Zapan|
|Kansas Hunter Club:||Beck • Bull • Skull • Tank Man • Teito|
|Affiliated characters:||Fury • Glory • Hubris • Master • Nose • Valor • Walrom|
|Martial arts:||Hojōjutsu • Jiyu Kentou • Negishi Ryu Shurikenjutsu • Panzer Kunst|
|Weapons and technology:||Berserker Body • Gime's swords • Rocket hammer • Zapan's knife|
|Related articles:|| Bar Kansas • Bar New Kansas • Black List • Deckman 10 • Factory 33 |
Factory Law • Netman 2