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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Gunnm
Battle Angel Alita is the future of:
  • Both versions of Rollerball
  • Terminator: James Cameron will find a way
    • Humans beat Skynet and begin using it's technology in daily life wile the war fades into obscurity? Yeah, it's seamless!
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera: A black-clad, otherwise mild-mannered guy doing dirty work (that he secretly enjoys) so his Ill Girl (for the moment) "daughter" doesn't have to while the rest of the Crap Sack World is controlled by a kind of Mega Corp...
  • The Amazing Screw-On Head: Seen here, they've made screw-on heads to a science.
  • Fist of the North Star: Panzer Kunst is descended/incorporated techniques from Hokuto Shinken. That's where moves like Herzschlag came from. The "meteorite" that fell is really a global nuclear war.

Battle Angel Alita is the past of:
  • Battlestar Galactica: The remaining 10 copies of Alita/Gally/Gunnm are the ancestors of the Cylons via reverse engineering what little bits of them were left by Six/Sechs.
  • WALL•E: Kaos clearly lives in Wall-E's truck; the Venusians are from a Star Cruiser that never returned to Earth; the robots of Jeru are Obake-like counterparts of the Axiom robots.
  • That racing-mecha anime on Cartoon Network
  • Claymore: Den is clearly the ancestor of the Northern Awakened Being
  • Firefly: Lotsa Waif-Fu up in here.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Hell, why not
    • Well, Heroic Resolve does seem to allow people to do some pretty wacky things in Gunnm-land...the beginnings of Spiral Power use?
    • Zekka scores high on the "Romance" scale, and his compound eyes look a bit like a certain Crazy Awesome guy's shades...
      • Except they aren't eyes at all. These are just decorations, his real eyes are those three little bumps on his forehead.

The "Angel" of Mars is Alita's friend Erika from 200 years ago
The hair matches, and she's the only other person who knows Panzer Kunst (and can still use it). Alternatively, the "Angel" is Alita's brain in a body that looks like her friend, courtesy of Super Nova (it's a dick move and he'd totally do it) OR (and this is more likely) Mbadi's panzer kunst-master lackey in a similar body due to the fact that the last we see of Super Nova he'd claimed the lackey's squished head and was headed to Mars.

The original ending was a dream
Alita's mind was playing tricks on her wile she was floating between life and death after Nova blew her to pieces and she only woke up for real at the beginning of Last order. It was a lucid dream too because everything suddenly started to go exactly the way she wanted. Including saving Lou, morally defeating Nova, uniting the world and even becoming a real girl. Too bad sweet dreams always end.
  • Given the similarities between a few things, this would imply Alita had some of the capacity to predict the future as well.

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alternative title(s): Battleangelalita
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