Who was your first anime crush? Wow! Getting personal and it’s only the second day of the challenge. Let me preface my response by setting the scene. I was just a teenager when I started watching anime and teenagers develop crushes at an unmanageable rate. It’s also worth noting that she would have been older than me at that time too… My first anime crush was A-ko (or Eiko) from Project A-ko.
What was it about her? She was a sixteen-year-old redhead with superhuman strength and speed. How aren’t you getting this? Most of my experience before Project A-ko had been gritty and dark anime such as Akira, Fist of the Northstar, and Vampire Hunter D.
It was the first time I realised that my sense of humour almost perfectly aligned with the Japanese sense of humour. You’ve got to love a girl that can make you laugh. Did I mention the superhuman strength and speed?
I had Project A-ko on VHS. It was actually the very first video I bought with my own money, so it probably has significance for that alone. That also meant that I watched it a lot.
Ever thought about getting back together? Dude! She’s a sixteen-year-old redhead with superhuman strength and speed… That said, I have recently rewatched Project A-ko for my podcast Otaku on Writing. I still absolutely love the movie and am happy that I have those memories of A-ko.
Anything else you’d like to say? There have been many crushes since and there will probably many more, but A-ko will always be the first. Before A-ko I had always been into blondes so thanks Project A-ko and anime for expanding my interests.