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

Adaptation, anime, live action film, fidelity, whitewashing, Alita, Battle angel

How to Cite

Qiao, L., & Tan, E. (2019). Alita: Battle Angel – A Step in the Right Direction for Anime Adaptations. Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies, (1), 88-106. https://doi.org/10.24411/2658-7734-2019-00004

Abstract

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.

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