Post by Old Man Dream on May 30, 2020 22:02:40 GMT
Project A-Ko was a 1986 screwball/ sci-fi comedy anime film made in mind to parody popular anime genres of its era such as school comedies, mecha titles, and space operas. The film focuses on high school student A-Ko Magami attempting to go through her everyday routines as a student with her close friend C-Ko Kotobuki, while possessing superhuman physical capabilities and evading the wealthy B-Ko Daitokuji who has romantic affections for C-Ko. Complicating things is the presence of a mysterious alien ship seemingly observing the actions of A-Ko and C-Ko.
I’ve heard a good deal about Project A-Ko being a gateway drug of sorts for anime fans who lived through the late 1980s to early 1990s when this and the later four installments of the A-Ko franchise got releases in Japan and America. How receptive you may be to Project A-Ko’s humor will come down to how well you appreciate its manic comedy and picking up on the nods and references to popular anime titles and storytelling cliches of the film’s era, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. One amusing fact I was not aware of with A-Ko until I researched it was that it was originally going to be animated as part of the Cream Lemon hentai OVA series before the decision was made to make it a mainstream anime film.
Far as my reception to Project A-Ko went, I was largely entertained with it. I did enjoy the anime’s showings of A-Ko’s ridiculous physical abilities causing destruction to her surroundings and her later skirmishes with B-Ko and her goons. There is a rather funny and sly cameo appearance revealing who A-Ko’s parents are at the end of the film, so keep a look out for that. Fair warning to those who hate it, the film does come with a decent amount of fan service with a good deal of upskirt shots with a number of female characters, some onscreen nudity, and skimpy attire worn at points.
The film had some misses with its humor for me. I wasn’t a fan of C-Ko’s character, as she came off quite obnoxious with playing the character type of the lead character’s energetic and childish childhood friend. I did also get more creeped out than amused with the anime featuring a couple heavily muscular girls who look more like guys with how they are designed, most notably one of B-Ko’s flunkies meant to be an obvious nod to Fist of the North Star’s Kenshiro.
While I did enjoy Project A-Ko for the most part thanks to its manic humor and parodies of popular anime genres of its era, I think a good deal of this came down to me appreciating the manic approach of its humor and having dabbled into enough older anime titles to know what the film was making nods to. Those not fans of the manic humor approach to the film or haven’t dabbled enough into older anime from the early to mid 1980s may not get as immersed into it, so mileage may vary with fan reception to it.
Rating: 7 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I remember watching this anime on the international channel during my middle school days before I realize anime and western cartoons were different. I remember nudity. That explains the trivia fact of it originally being a hentai. There was a lot of naughty stuff.
So old school anime are manic in their approach of humor in those days.