Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.
What I Liked: The dichotomy of the idyllic Zalem and the "fallen" Scrap Iron City, told through both the setting and the characters. The fact that Alita / Gally acclimatises to her new cyborg body quickly and bypasses the cliched "lost humanity" angst. Great animation and character designs (for the time). Good pacing, with a number of interesting minor plotlines. What I Didn't: Lack of development on Alita / Gally's past (to be expected, though, of a <60-minute OVA). Ending is a little open-ended, giving the impression that it's a marketing ploy to get people to read the manga. Final Verdict: Sure it's a mish-mash of science fiction cliché, what with an amnesic female cyborg-turned-bounty hunter living in a cyberpunk crapsack future, but it's what Battle Angel Alita does with all these elements that makes it a good watch. The setting feels gritty and violent, the characters are compelling and the brilliant animation holds up 21 years later. Even though it feels like a marketing ploy (being very short and lacking some detail in places), I liked every minute of it.
Battle Angel Alita is a fun, cyberpunk OVA about an android named Gally; found in the dump by a cybernetics doctor. The anime is a solid effort in the cyberpunk genre, and whilst not the most engrossing it is definitely a good time. The OVA sets up a very cyberpunk-esque environment; we have this decrepit town rife with crime whilst up floating above is the city of Zalem, described as some sort of 'promised land' by certain characters. The style the OVA boasts really reinforces the grim environment that Scrap Iron City possesses, a City with little hope. As for the characters that populate the city we get a multitude of fun designs, especially the doctor and his mighty chin. Gally herself has a pretty great design with her duster coat and metal limbs. We are treated to a fair bit of action, most of which is pretty well done although it's doesn't build up much tension as every fight is resolved rather effortlessly by Gally. She doesn't encounter any real difficulties combat-wise. The scenes in-between action do a decent job of setting up the world and getting across the motives each character has. It's very clear who wants what. The pacing is good, it flows between action and calmer, dialogue scenes seamlessly. Unfortunately this OVA adapts material from a much larger manga series. It has an open ending with a few loose threads. I felt that with the material it did adapt it managed to create a good anime in its own right, but it seems to me that the intention was to get people to read the manga. I suppose they were successful in that I really do fancy giving the source material a try. Conclusion As previously mentioned Battle Angel Alita is a very solid anime with great aesthetics, a decent story and some likeable characters with very clear motivations. For those of you that are fans of the genre there is plenty to enjoy, and if not necessarily a fan then there is no harm in giving this OVA a try. A SpanglishJC 'Short Review' Daily Anime Marathon Club #5 Review
There's a vast difference between modern anime/manga and the ones that got released in the 80's and 90's. This one proves the greatness of the old school. Story:It's two OVA's and that can't quite build up as mych characteristics as one would want, but since this is about certain events (much like Genocyber, for example) and not an entire world (as in Fist of the North Star and One Piece) the story, or the lack therof, can be forgiven. Of course, the manga will probably give a greater view of Zalem, Alita and the others... Animation:Detailen, stylized and wonderful. Some might like it, some might not, but the artwork is great. Sound:80's music. What can I say. The FX etc is okay. Characters:As mentioned in [Story], I wish there was more to it, but I guess that you have to read the manga to get the full story. Overall: I'm really into the kind of old school mecha that this 2-piece OVA is about and it gave me nightmares as a child. Nightmares that I found fascinating beyond measure. The idea of creating cybernetic persons with these obvious contrasts between the human body and the cybernetic technology is just as scary as intriguing. I would recommend this is the genre matches your interests. I will try to get the manga and read that as well, since this is something that could prove to be very, very good...
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