Project A-ko

Project A-koType: Movie
Genre: Comedy / Action / Sci-Fi
Vintage: 1986

Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 29 Dec 2005

Grade: B

A goofy, action packed, comedic romp that will appeal mainly to fans of 80’s animation, whether or not you are familiar with the material being spoofed.

Plot Summary
Sixteen year old red-headed A-Ko and her best friend, the diminutive doesn’t-look-a-day-over-twelve crybaby C-Ko have just started school in Graviton City. There they meet the calm, cool, and collected B-Ko, who is instantly attracted to C-Ko’s cuteness. B-Ko decides that A-Ko must be removed from the picture if she is to be at C-Ko’s side, and will stop at nothing to get rid of A-Ko. Oh, and A-Ko also possesses superhuman strength. And who is that guy A-Ko and C-Ko keep running into on the way to school every morning?

The Review
First off, I know very little about 80’s anime as a whole. I am sure there are tons of references in this movie I didn’t even pick up on. Even so, Project A-Ko had me laughing all the way through. This is one of those titles that has a reputation as one of the cornerstones of anime, a definitive title used as an example when one is needed of what anime is. The movie is filled with 80’s cliches, but the beauty of it is… it’s supposed to be! The plot isn’t all that important, but it’s simple enough and holds together so that all the jokes have something to work with. I only wish I knew more about 80’s anime to fully appreciate it.

So… why is Project A-Ko worth checking out?
– A soundtrack that screams 80’s. (and if you buy the DVD, you get a copy of that too!)
– Big burly men who are actually women and speak with girly-girl voices.
– Space battles.
– A story that plays itself straight no matter how goofy it gets.

Any anime fan in their late 20’s or older should give Project A-Ko a try if they haven’t seen it already. It’ll bring you back to your childhood while at the same time providing nearly an hour and a half of silliness you can’t help but enjoy.

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