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Once again the critics prove they're out of touch with huge swaths of the fandom. Anime and Manga fans are absolutely raving about Robert Roderiguez and James Cameron's adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's original Battle Angel Alita Manga series.

While the film's Rotten Tomatoes score has a 59% by critics, audiences have it pegged at a massive 93% in contrast. That's an interesting divide.

Personally, I was a HUGE fan of the film as an example of a Cyberpunk movie that manages to be both a mainstream crowd pleaser AND thoughtful. It's a straightforward origin story with universal overtones, but I don't knock the film for leaning into its a simple story. There so much else going on in the world of the film that the simple story allows you to appreciate it all the more IMO.

For any of you who saw the film this weekend and were curious about where else the Alita story lived in popular culture, you may be interested to watch the original Anime released in the early 90s

Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi, it was a 55 minute adaptation and is available to watch below.

Check it out:

Recommended Release: Battle Angel Alita

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