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Alita: Battle Angel – A Step in the Right Direction for Anime Adaptations

Li, Joe; Phil Tan, Edwin L.


Edwin L. Phil Tan


Anime adaptations may not be as common as other kinds of adaptations during the 21st century; the few that have been done and released all have been met with negative reviews from both critics and fans alike. Some of the issues raised in regards to anime adaptations are casting Caucasian actors and actresses as characters of Asian origin, and that maintaining complete fidelity to the source material has proven to be an insurmountable task altogether. That is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the list of problems found in anime adaptations. Despite the growing list of bad apples that have been released, one recent anime adaptation has been showered with praise and acclaim by many people, and that is the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel. Currently acting as a gold standard for all anime adaptations being done in Hollywood, this article looks at how Alita: Battle Angel successfully tackles the various aspects that have plagued anime adaptations in the past.


Li, J., & Phil Tan, E. L. (2019). Alita: Battle Angel – A Step in the Right Direction for Anime Adaptations. Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies, 1(1), 88-103.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 9, 2019
Online Publication Date May 27, 2019
Publication Date May 27, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2022
Journal Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 88-103
Keywords Adaptation, anime, live action film, fidelity, whitewashing, Alita, Battle angel
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