Why Alita Has Big Anime Eyes And How The Internet Is Reacting

When the Alita: Battle Angel trailer hit last Friday, it was impossible not to notice the character Alita’s anime-style eyes.

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While talking to IGN Brazil, Sin City director Robert Rodriguez explained the decision to give the character these peepers, saying, “The manga anime eyes that we’ve seen since the 30s and Astro Boy has never been done photorealistically. So, usually when we see an anime translated, it doesn’t feel like that.”

Continuing, he adds, “The early artwork I saw that Jim [Cameron] had, before it was even technically possible, had that in her [Alita]. It was so striking and so arresting, I thought, ‘My god, we have to do that. We have to be the first to bring a true manga and anime character to life.’”

You can see the full response below:

Here is how people have been reacting to the trailer on Reddit.

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And the response on Twitter:

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Alita: Battle Angel opens on July 20, 2018, big eyes and all.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.