Monday, February 20, 2017

OBSCURE O.V.A.S, *Project A-ko

In what could be considered the first official anime parody, Project A-ko(named after one of Jackie Chan's earliest flicks)is combo of several anime genres and titles that were popular during the early-to-mid-80s. This was one of the first anime productions by APPP, who still do work today on various TV shows.

Starting out around the mid-21st Century, a tremendous alien craft crashes on Earth creating a huge crater. Using technology acquired from the wreckage, the new Graviton City is constructed over the remains, which is a new bustling high-tech metropolis. A new school semester begins at the local high school where longtime buddies A-ko and C-ko start attending. A-ko is a spunky redhead with incredible super-strength, enhance speed, and near invulnerability(the answer to why is hinted at during the end of the first chapter), while C-ko is the single most annoying character in the history of anime, plus it's shown in the spinoff series that she's also the single most dangerous character too. All seems like plums and pudding for the old school friends, but the snobby B-ko has some kind of "romantic" fixation for C-ko, and was odd considering the whole shoujo-ai genre didn't really start up until the early 90s. So, B-ko uses her unlimited resources and genius intellect to constantly act as A-ko's personal Lex Luthor, even to the point of creating a scantily-clad power suit to match her strength. They have an overly-extended battle throughout the city, which is conveniently getting invaded by an alien armada searching for their long last princess, who they believe is C-ko. After the shrieking blonde hellbeast is capture by space invaders, A-ko leaps up several oncoming missiles to the mother ship to rescue C-ko. A-ko eventually grounds the giant spaceship, resulting in dozens of male-looking female aliens getting stranded on Earth.

The original first chapter spun-off three more OVAs, mostly dealing with B-ko and her gang trying to separate A-ko and C-ko, or fighting over a newcomer bishounen named Kei. There was also a spinoff OVA titled Project A-ko Vs. Battle which is one of the first anime reboots that definitively takes place in another universe and not just another remake. The first chapter of the original OVA was dubbed in English with a very questionable script, while the rest of the anime was dubbed by the Ocean Group from Canada which is a big of an improvement. There's also been an American comic adaptation of the first two OVA chapters, and spinoff by Ninja High School's Ben Dunn. The original OVA is pretty much mandatory for old school otaku to have seen at least once, but might be lost to some of the millennial anime fans.

1 comment:

  1. Project A-Ko was one of the first anime films I ever saw. I still think B-Ko is the best female anime villain ever.

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