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Banner Supporting Alita: Battle Angel Sequel Flown Over Oscars

Banner Supporting Alita: Battle Angel Sequel Flown Over OscarsAnime didn’t get a whole lot of love at this year’s Academy Awards, but the ceremony did feature the appearance of a certain Battle Angel. At least, if you craned your neck upward.

A plane flown over the Dolby Theater, which hosted the event, carried a banner paid for by fans of the James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel, the adaptation of manga Gunnm, also known as Battle Angel Alita.

The banner displayed two hashtags: #AlitaSequel and #AlitaArmy. The latter is what the fans call themselves and the former is their, uh, request.

The Alita Army folks raised the funds to fly the banner, which cost $1,810, on GoFundMe. Here’s the cool part: the surplus funds raised by the project will go to Open Bionics, an organization that develops affordable prosthetic limbs.

How likely is that #AlitaSequel, anyway? The film didn’t do huge numbers, but was far from a failure, earning some $400 million worldwide. John Landau, who produced the film with Cameron, told fans in December to “pepper” Disney, which now owns 20th Century Fox, with requests for a sequel.

Yeah, we’d call flying a $1,810 banner some serious peppering.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.