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Project A-ko
Project A-ko
Project A-ko
Anime DVD Review

It's the anime version of Road Runner and Coyote. The 1986 movie Project A-Ko spawned a plethora of sequels and spin-offs. It still holds up on its own as a wild, sassy take on superheroes, Japanese school girls, and alien invaders. Student cuties A-Ko, C-Ko and B-Ko have a lot of problems in store for them besides being late for class. They must do battle with a drunken Captain Harlock look alike, genetic mutant students, and each other. Nightmares and fantasies collide as the super schoolgirl genre is written for all others to copy.

It is a parody of all things anime while at the same time being one of the best examples ever of the genre as a whole. One of the running gags throughout the movie is that everyone is a girl — even if it looks like a guy, trust us, it's a girl. The film is so packed with power that you're never given a moment to catch your breath, or even wonder why B-ko is so interested in that ditzy blonde — oh, and did we mention that C-ko's an alien space princess? With witty inside-joke humor, and a maelstrom of action ranging from intensive to downright silly at times, Project A-Ko is one of the few anime titles that that has withstood the test of time and gone on to become a true classic. No anime collection is complete without it.

Below: Detail from a poster for the first Project A-Ko film.

Detail from a poster for the first Project A-Ko film.

Reviewed February 2003 by Lawrence Sufrin

Project A-ko

Project A-ko Website Links:

Media Factory's Official Project A-Ko Homepage (Japanese)

Graviton City: The Project A-Ko Web Site (fan website)

Project OK (Project A-ko fan website)

Project A-Ko (movie) entry at Anime News Network

Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group (OAV) entry at Anime News Network

Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (OAV) entry at Anime News Network

Project A-Ko 4: Final (OAV) entry at Anime News Network

Project A-ko entry at Internet Movie Database

Project A-ko entry at Wikipedia

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