Sixteen years after a mysterious object burst through the Earth’s atmosphere and destroyed Graviton City things are starting to return to normal… A-ko is a sixteen-year-old girl who is already late for her first day at Graviton High School. Thanks to her superhuman speed and strength, she manages to get herself and best friend C-ko to school before the buzzer.
There they encounter B-ko, a rich and snobby girl who takes an interest in C-ko and is willing to do whatever it takes to get A-ko out of the picture, including utilizing her ability to build weaponised mecha.
As if that wasn’t enough, they are being watched by the mysterious Operative D who believes he’s found the missing princess… A giant spaceship enters the Earth’s atmosphere making short work of the defence forces, but A-ko and B-ko are in the middle of a fight and they’re not going to let that stop them.
This is one of the first ever anime that I watched, and I watched it over and over again. It was at this moment that I decided I must be an Otaku. My sense of humour seems to mesh with the Japanese sense of humour. This is such a funny movie. It is completely bonkers and I love it for that.
It is obviously a parody of several of the more serious anime of the time, but even if you don’t get the references to Macross and Fist of the Northstar do not worry. Take it for what it is – a calamitous roller coaster of madness and overpowered schoolgirls fighting for what they want.
Honestly, this movie is nuts and I think you’ll either love it or hate it. Chances are that if you’re here, you’ll love it and if you don’t I am prepared to change your mind by any means necessary… There is no reason to have not seen Project A-ko. This is an older movie but still very entertaining and other than the video quality nothing has diminished. I would love for someone to remaster this in HD.
We discussed Project A-ko in the Otaku on Writing podcast. If you want to find out more head on over to http://otakuonwriting.libsyn.com/.