Yes, I’m back talking about Disney Anime, but this time I will be talking about one specific IP which Disney could utilise as an anime series. That IP is Alita Battle Angel. Let me explain.
Reason #1: Alita Has A Ton Of Source Material
Let’s start out with one of the most obvious points, the mainline Alita manga run is nine volumes, which does not include “The Last Order”, “Mars Chronicle”, or “Ashen Victor”. The above three manga are continuations or, in the case of “Ashen Vector”, a spinoff about the motorball sport.
It’s safe to say Disney has the source material to create an anime series based on the Alita IP, not to mention they could bring on Yukito Kishiro (Alita’s creator) to produce a prequel anime series that takes place before the manga or the live-action movie from 2019.
Reason #2: Disney Has Connections In The Anime Scene
To produce Star Wars Visions, Disney contacted seven well-known anime studios to produce those episodes. The studios in question are
- Kamikaze Douga, “The Duel”
- Studio Colorido, “Tatooine Rhapsody”
- Studio Trigger, “The Twins” and “The Elder”
- Kinema Citrus, “The Village Bride”
- Production I.G., “The Ninth Jedi”
- Science Saru, “T0-B1” and “Akakiri”
- Geno Studio, “Lop and Ocho”
Besides the studios hired for Star Wars Visions, Disney has worked with several high profile anime studios. Disney used to have North American distribution for Studio Ghibli “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbour Totoro” movies. However, that relationship seemed to have soured as the deal ended. Disney has also worked with Jinni’s Animation Studios “Fireball”, Studio Madhouse “Marvel’s Future Avengers” and Toei Animation “Marvel’s Disk Wars The Avengers” and “Dragon Ball”.
Disney has the money, and they have connections with some of the industry’s greatest and most popular anime studios, so why not create an anime based on Alita.
Reason #3: A Small But Growing Fanbase
Like a lot of franchises, Alita has its own fanbase. The Alita fanbase isn’t as large as a fanbase of, say, Marvel or Star Wars size, but Alita’s fanbase is growing every day as they plead Disney for an Alita Battle Angel 2 from Disney. Making an anime based on Alita could help this small but growing fanbase explode in popularity as anime has become mainstream in pop culture. Many members of the Alita fandom have given themselves the name of the “Alita Army”.
One of the most vocal, but most calm and understanding Alita fans I have had the pleasure of interacting with is Twitter user Vladdie777. From my experience, the Alita Army is fiercely loyal to the Alita character, and Disney would be foolish to ignore the IP.
Reason #4: Variety In Disney’s Content Portfolio
I’ve made it no secret I want Disney to get involved in anime, and from my research, I’ve discovered Disney owns thirteen total anime, eight of which were produced by Marvel but six of the Marvel ones have distribution handled by Sony. The problem is besides Star Wars Visions, most of the anime Disney owns are very childish, and Alita could change that.
Whilst Alita would have to be toned down a bit if Disney wanted to make the anime for Disney+, I can easily see Alita fitting a TV14 rating which could lead to Disney making even more anime if the series is successful.
Reason #5: More Is Possible In Animation Than Live-Action
This is quite an obvious one, but through animation and anime specifically, you can do more than you can do in live-action, not to mention it’s cheaper and less VFX heavy. You’ll see articles about how live-action adaptions of anime are flops or don’t understand the integrity of the anime, and I feel as if Alita could be so much grander as a big-budget anime series, which could be used to hype up a potential sequel.
When you look at an anime series like Demon Slayer, you’ll notice the amount of action needed to adapt the story. It would be expensive to do that in live-action, and Alita falls into the same boat if they want to adapt the original story fully.
Reason #6: Rodriguez Wants To Do More Alita
The final reason is quite simple, Robert Rodriguez “Sin City” and “Spy Kids” has been vocal that he would like to do more Alita content. When Rodriguez discusses Alita, he talks more about making a sequel to the 2019 movie, but I doubt Rodriguez would turn down the chance to make an Alita anime. Robert Rodriguez went on record and said that he “planned” to talk to Disney about Alita after “Book Of Boba Fett” releases later this year, so if they greenlight an Alita sequel, why not do an anime as well?
Well, that’s it; those are my six reasons why Alita should be the next Disney anime. Now I’m sure I could write like half a dozen more articles on this topic about other Disney franchises like “Kingdom Hearts” or “Twisted Wonderland”, and maybe I will in the future, but for now, let’s focus on Alita. The 2019 Alita Battle Angel movie was unfairly torn apart by movie critics when it was released. It was the last movie distributed by 20th Century Fox before it was absorbed into Disney. Alita Battle Angel as an IP is something that works in both live-action and anime. Personally, I would love for Disney to use Alita to expand their reach in anime as things like “Star Wars Visions” and “Fireball” isn’t gonna do much for them in that market.
Alita is an IP with a lot of potential, especially as Disney looks to commission local content in places like Japan to appeal to the local market. Personally, I think Disney should use Alita as a way to really start its anime venture then follow it up with a series based on “Kingdom Hearts” or “Twisted Wonderland”, but that’s just my opinion. Alita’s OVA in the 1990s didn’t make her a household name, but I’m sure a new anime series would change that.
What’s your opinion? Would you like to see an Alita anime series given the green light by Disney?
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