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  • Actors: Miki Ito
  • Directors: Katsuhiko Nishijima
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eastern Star
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LBA07M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's the not-too-distant future, and a metropolis flourishes in the crash site of an alien spacecraft. A-ko, a teenager growing up in this city, enjoys the life of an ordinary schoolgirl... along with incredible superhuman strength! But her carefree days are numbered. Her school rival, B-ko, is not content to live in the shadows any longer. A-ko's superpowers and good fashion sense may not be a match for B-ko's evil genius and Mega-Powered Fighting Robots of Doom!

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best and funniest Anime films I have ever seen.
raymond w doan
Some of the rip-offs are pretty blatant (like the alien mothership; when you see it I'll give you three guesses to what it looks like), but hey, that's the point!
C.W. Fitch
It's funny, it's exciting, it's brilliant, it's everything an anime movie should be.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Sapient Fool on May 25, 2011
Format: DVD
All too often in today's video market classic anime films are abandoned and left to wither away when their licenses expire or their domestic licensing company goes belly-up. This happened with "Project A-Ko," an anime classic and fan favorite when Central Park Media went out of business a few years ago. Luckily, Discotek Media has re-released this animated, Japanese gem on their Eastern Star label. Is this new DVD edition worth picking up? Well, first I'll talk about the movie itself for those who have not seen it so they can decide whether or not they want to buy this DVD, then I will discuss the new DVD release itself for the benefit of the "A-Ko" fan who already owns the movie and wants to know whether to spend their hard-earned cash on this or stick to the old CPM two disc edition.

The Movie:

A-Ko and C-Ko are new students at Graviton Academy, an all-girls high school in a city that was destroyed by a mysterious meteor 16 years ago and subsequently rebuilt in the middle of the ensuing crater/lake. Their first day at their new school does not go completely well, though for two reasons: a)C-Ko is a crybaby who talks and acts about half her age and b) rich-girl classmate B-Ko has an inexplicable crush on the annoying little twit and will do anything to win her, which first involves getting the little blonde's best friend A-Ko out of the way. This may be difficult though considering that A-Ko has the physical strength of a thousand men.... Meanwhile, a mysterious alien spy is searching Graviton City for a lost extraterrestrial princess that disappeared on Earth 16 years ago. Hmm....

If you were to tie me up and make me name my favorite anime film of all time, I would - after telling you that I'm not into bondage - probably name this film. I love this movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: DVD
Project A-ko centers around our heroine A-ko (naturally), her friend C-Ko and B-ko who wants to be friends with C-ko a bit too much. All the major characters have personality flaws (A-ko's fiery temper comes off as the most normal of all of them) and the end result is a massive battle involving fighters, tanks, a huge alien spaceship, B-ko and A-ko (naturally).
Most of the overused anime cliches get good (meaning humorous) treatment in this film. There's a megalomanic alien commander with a screw loose, transforming mecha with serious design flaws, bungling alien spies, overly heroic fighter pilots and a rather unlikely end to the alien command ship. This is definately the lighter side of anime, and a lot of fun.
The animation isn't quite state-of-the-art anymore and the DVD is very sparse on features (nothing more than a chapter/language select), but I think it's worth it for the story and characters alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.W. Fitch on February 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Look on just about any anime fan's list of must-own classics, and this one'll show up on almost every one of them. "Project A-ko" is one of the most well-done anime feature films of all time. While the story is about two high-school girls who end up fighting over the "affections" of another young girl (you think that's weird, wait'll you see the rest of this movie) while their city is in the midst of an alien invasion, this film was made mostly as a spoof of just about every other anime of its time in Japan. Parodies of and references to characters from everything from Captain Harlock to Macross to Space Battleship Yamato (Starblazers) to Fist of the North Star show up in nearly every single scene, and it not only makes for wide grins and pointing fingers from otaku everywhere, but it also fits into this crazy flick like a glove. Some of the rip-offs are pretty blatant (like the alien mothership; when you see it I'll give you three guesses to what it looks like), but hey, that's the point! Aside from all that, this is one of those anime that simply has it all; cute girls in sailor suits, giant robots, aliens, almost-nonstop smash-mouth fighting action, and laughs aplenty. The animation for its time is unparalleled; silky-smooth with theater-quality fluidity. The soundtrack, a rocking set of themes that keeps right up with the action, was put together entirely by Americans (the first of its kind!) and produced by the legendary Ritchie Zito (producer for Cheap Trick). The dubbing's even great, even if it deviates from the original dialogue a bit. Folks, if you haven't seen this film yet for some reason, you don't know what you're missing. It's a wonderful ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aurora. R on June 15, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
All that is to be said about A-ko has probably been said already by the 50+ reviews so I just want to chirp in and say if you are an old school anime fan or just a plain or regular anime buff you will appreciate the included Director's notes in the DVD collector's edition.

In the director's notes, Shigeru Morikawa, gives tons of interesting facts and trivia about the creation and dynamics of Project A-ko. What was first planned to be a soft porn cartoon turned a science fiction anime slug fest and acknowledged by Japanese animation industry insiders as a hallmark in the field of Japanese animation.

In fact, I was surprised to find out that tons of famous people in the field of manga (such as Kia Asamiya of Silent Mobious fame) and animation (people who worked on great Sci-Fi series like Macross and Evangelion) were key animators and contributed to the storyline of this movie.

I could go on for ages but I would spoil it too much. So if you are still behind the times and want to update your A-ko to DVD or haven't watched the movie but considering the purchase, I say, go ahead you'll love not only the anime itself but also the tons of extras packed within.
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