From manga, to game, to live-action: Alita gets a sequel

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    When it comes to adult and mature video games, it’s hard not to think of Alita: Battle Angel. Originally a manga series “Gunnm” also known as “Battle Angel Alita” created by manga artist Yukito Kishiro, the franchise has evolved into a critically acclaimed live-action film, and now fans are eagerly waiting for a potential video game adaptation.

    In addition to its captivating story, Alita: Battle Angel’s success also lies in its intricate world-building and strong female protagonist. The manga seriesBattle Angel Alita” or “Gunnm” created by Yukito Kishiro explores the darker side of a technologically advanced society and delves into complex themes such as memory, identity, and the relationship between humanity and technology.

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    Alita, the cyborg protagonist, is a fierce warrior who is not afraid to fight for what’s right. Her character development throughout the series and her struggles with her past and her sense of self are what make her one of the best female heroines in popular media. Her physical prowess, intelligence, and strong sense of morality make her a relatable and admirable character that both male and female readers can admire.

    Rosa Salazar plays Battle Angel Alita.
    Rosa Salazar plays Battle Angel Alita.

    When the live-action film adaptation was finally released in 2019, fans were excited to see the story brought to life on the big screen. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, kept true to the source material while also bringing its own unique take on the story. The film received positive reviews for its stunning visuals, thrilling action, and performances, particularly Rosa Salazar in the lead role as Alita.

    The franchise also has a video game adaptation, released in 1998 called “Gunnm: Martian Memory.” which received positive feedback, garnering a score of 4.5 out of 5. The game is a side-scrolling action game that follows Alita’s journey as she fights her way through the streets of Iron City. Players take on the role of Alita as she battles various cyborgs and mutants in order to uncover the truth about her past. The game was a success and it added a different immersive experience for fans of the manga while tying together the storyline.

    Screen shot from Alita video game, Gunnm: Martian Memory.
    Screen shot from Alita video game, Gunnm: Martian Memory.

    Rosa Salazar, the actress who portrayed Alita (not in the game), has had a successful career as both an actress and a model. She is a role model for young girls and has been an advocate for diversity in Hollywood. She has also been vocal about her own struggles in the industry, using her platform to bring awareness to the challenges faced by marginalized communities. Her portrayal of Alita, a strong and independent woman, is an inspiration for many young girls and represents a positive step forward for representation in Hollywood.

    Alita: Battle Angel is a story that has captivated audiences for decades and has made her one of the best female heroines in popular media. The film adaptation was a critical success, and the video game adaptation “Gunnm: Martian Memory” received positive feedback and it’s a perfect addition to the franchise. The potential of her becoming an official Disney princess could open up new opportunities for the franchise and make it more accessible to a wider audience, while also giving her a role model status for young girls.


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