Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Alita Battle Angel - The Official Movie Novelization

My first blog post of the year. It seems so long since my last yet I've been posting so much on Twitter and Facebook it seems like I haven't been away, although technically my last blog post was September so it has been some time. Anyway I digress...

Some years ago I purchased the anime of Alita Battle Angel on VHS video. It was amazing and one of those animes that pushes the boundaries of the genre. Unfortunately I never got round to purchasing the manga comics so never realised the full extent of its popularity.

When I heard there was going to be a Hollywood movie I was surprised and a little sceptical as the Ghost In The Shell live action movie while good didn't do the anime justice. I was also surprised that they chose to give Alita very large eyes. Part of me felt the movie would be more of a spoof than a serious movie but I was so pleased to have my doubts shoved to one side when the movie turned out to be amazing. It didn't match the anime scene by scene but it certainly didn't stray to far away from it keeping the over all tone and feel.

I recently purchased the novel of the movie and while I haven't finished reading it yet what I can say so far is that it certainly matches the style of the movie. There's a lot more detail too that the movie doesn't have time to go into such as the history of Iron City, Ido's assistant nurse Gerhad, and Alita's reaction when she sees her reflection within the mirror.

I tend to read one chapter at a time so it shouldn't take me too long to get through. I likely post a full review at a later date.




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