Project A-Ko (1986) IMDb

Categorization

Science fiction parody.

Subject

Superpowered redhead A-Ko and mechanical genius B-Ko are high school girls fighting for the affection of the immature and energetic C-Ko when aliens invade.

Commentary

Excellent comedy.

References here: Blazing Transfer Student (1991).

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Sequel:

Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group (1987) IMDb

Categorization

The start of a shift toward more character-based drama.

Subject

B-Ko’s rich father is interested in the spaceship-turned-amusement-park.

Commentary

More sexism, but still funny.

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Sequel:

“Project A-Ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody” (1988) IMDb

Categorization

Romantic comedy, but mostly comedy.

Subject

A-Ko can’t afford the new dress she wants and gets a job flipping burgers. She’s infatuated with a guy, who is himself in love with C-Ko.

Commentary

The reduction of A-Ko to stereotypical femininity (shopping and romance) is regrettable, but C-Ko’s reaction to it is credible and engaging, adding a dark note.

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Sequel:

Project A-Ko 4: Final (1989) IMDb

Categorization

Conclusion of the main story, mixing the range of styles established heretofore.

Subject

Archaeologists in Iraq discover terrible omens. Miss Ayumi, the teacher, is set to marry Kei. C-Ko’s ancestry is revealed.

Commentary

Drags a bit, but the closure is nice.

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Remake:

Project A-Ko Versus (1990) IMDb

Categorization

Comedic RPG-like science fantasy. Different character designs but the same actresses in a functionally unrelated plot.

Subject

A-Ko and B-Ko work together as treasure hunters on a desert planet. They encounter C-Ko, here a significantly younger girl.

Commentary

A bad idea.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture series