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Regarding my work, many people have asked about the significance of the eye markings/ war paint I give my subjects. Alita is the answer.
"Battle Angel Alita"
(銃夢, literally jū ”gun” mu ”dream”, creatively read as ガンム ganmu)
This tale remains my favorite manga and, in my opinion, one of the greatest stories of all time. It’s themes dance between fairy tale and existentialism, cyberpunk and bildungsroman. For all of the motorball races, brutal cyborg battles and gallons of spilled blood, there are these quiet soulful moments that read after read bring a quivering smile and tears to my eyes.
The heroin is Alita/Gally/#99/Yoko – amnesiac elite warrior cyborg pulled from the scrapyard after falling from Mars. She is destined to fight, as each victory unlocks more of her forgotten past. As a broken judo player and sensei who chooses to continue fighting to discover myself, I have only grown to enjoy Alita’s story ever more.
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