Najica & Lila.
An extraordinary scent and the fragrance of destiny. Najica Hiiragi, special agent for a secret organization, receives her mission assignments along with a single rose. Glorious missions more lovely than a bullet and more dangerous than love itself; these are what make up Najica Blitz Tactics.
The Panties Persuade You!
— Tagline from the (defunct) official site
If that sounds to you like one seriously two-faced show, you're right. The 2001 series Najica Blitz Tactics
is a panty shot
parade, in which no opportunity is spared to show women's (usually white) undergarments. This also means that no woman wears any pants ever and miniskirts are considered appropriate mission attire.
Najica Hiiragi works as a perfume creator by day and as an undercover agent by night. Her ability to solve any case, how hard it may be, has garnered her a lot of respect within the underground agency she works for. The fact that she has a very distinguishing sense of smell also is of great help.
Najica's latest assignment is to rescue a kidnapped girl, Lila, who turns out to be Humarit ZZZ (a humarit is a highly advanced android
). After the mission, Najica is assigned to be Lila's master and to bring her along on future missions, a task which she grudgingly accepts. Lila not only turns out to be a very formidable partner during her missions, but Najica gradually warms up to her personally as well.Najica
is directed by Katsuhiko Nishijima and produced by Studio Fantasia, who were also responsible for Agent Aika
A three-volume manga cuts the panty shot amount by about 90%, as it's quite more action-oriented, ignoring Najica's Character Development
in the process.
- Twelve Episode Anime
- Action Girl: Just about every major character, leading to a...
- After the End: From the visible scenery the world was apparently flooded and at least one big war happened, seeing how some of the missions take place in destroyed cities.
- Amazon Brigade: Many villains' armies are composed mainly of this. Strangely averted for the good guys, which are mostly men in proper combat gear.
- Artificial Human: Lila and later others.
- Author Appeal: Katsuhiko Nishijima likes panty shots, okay?
- Badass Adorable: Lila may have all the qualifications for a little-sister-type, but she packs huge guns and has incredible physical strength, which she puts to good use.
- Badass Normal: Najica, who can hold her own against some very tough opponents.
- Bait and Switch: In episode 4, Najica and Lila investigate a pop group called the 4 Seasons to determine which one is actually the humarit Triple I. Much to their shock, none of them is Triple I. It turns out that their manager, Ai, is actually Triple I.
- Beach Episode: Sort of. It's still a mission but features the protagonists in some very revealing swimwear for most of it.
- Between My Legs: Being the Panty Fighter that it is, this show has several of these to make the panty shot easier on skirted characters.
- Beware of the Nice Ones: Serina is a humarit that has a kind and loving heart. However, if anyone tries to get between her and Yoshiki, she will end them.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands
- Bling Bling Bang: Dr. Ren and Triple X, who are actually the same person, have a pair of gold plated P-38.
- Character Development: A lot for both Najica and Lila:
- Najica starts out hating to play caretaker for Lila, putting blame on her for everything she does wrong (it's not like she could help it), but later starts to genuinely care about her. In the end, Najica allows Lila to go her own way with Alpha. However, on the way to that, she became routinous and, at times, less human than the various androids.
- Lila, on the other hand, develops away from an obedient, barely self-preserving automaton with the mindset of an 8 year old to a young woman who can not only decide things for herself, but also questions Najica and the world around her, going as far as adopting the only male humarit, Alpha. She also semi-openly challenges Najica to a duel about his caretaking and thus her own future.
- Clothing Damage
- Cold Sniper: The assassin in the second episode is packing an antimateriel sniper rifle. Turns out that the assassin is actually a pair of twins.
- Compelling Voice: Triple I, who is actually the 4 Seasons manager Ai, used this in order to make the pop group famous.
- Contemplate Our Navels
- Cool Helicopter: A custom-modified Mil Mi-35 "Hind E", of which Najica is an Ace Pilot of.
- Decoy Protagonist: Possibly. While Najica defines most of the early episodes, after Lila comes back in episode 7, she takes more screentime and becomes much more active and self-conscious. Her Character Development helps the case.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Unsurprisingly.
- Do Androids Dream?: One of the central questions Lila has about herself is how much she is machine and how much she is a living, emotional being (at one point she actually says "Lila is a human"). Similarily, Najica often wonders if her treatment of Lila is always the right thing.
- Dojikko: Lila, before some massive Character Development.
- Fanservice: Only some.
- Gainax Ending: Well, a little.
- The Gunslinger: Najica, although at first she uses plastic bullets.
- Hand Cannon: Lila's standard gun is almost as big as her lower arm.
- Hero Worship: Azuska Katsuragi does to Najica when she finds out that the latter saves her life. So much that she wants Najica to be her personal bodyguard and trainer because she had fallen in love with her.
- Hopeless Suitor: Gento for Najica.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: The agent Fanc pulls out an Uzi while riding a motorcycle seemingly out of nowhere. But it gets ridiculous when he then did the same with a PGM Hecate II.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: It is not at all uncommon for Najica to stand in the middle of a hail of machine gun fire from multiple opponents, without moving or getting hit.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Najica already has some mad skills with guns, but Lila really ups the ante.
- In a Single Bound: Lila and occasionally Najica.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Appropriately titled "Najica".
- Kill Sat: Episode 3.
- Little Miss Badass: Lila, of course.
- Lolicon: While Lila looks like she is 16 or so, mentally she has the mindset of an 8 year old in the beginning of the series, and her literal age is only 2 or so. Najica also comments how the bad guy of the week of Episode 3 obviously has a thing for young girls.
- Lovely Angels: Najica and Lila.
- Maid Corps: Episode 1's villainess has one that doubles as Bodyguard Babes.
- Mini Dress Of Power
- Mysterious Past: Lila's past is shrouded in mystery for most of the series.
- Non-Indicative First Episode: The first episode has plenty of lesbian behavior, which implies that more of it might be seen in the future, especially between the two protagonists. It really doesn't happen.
- Non-Lethal Warfare: Najica usually use plastic bullets that just knock the opponents out cold. Averted in the final episode.
- Odd Friendship: Najica and Lila's initially.
- Opening Narration
- Panty Fighter: Literally.
- Panty Shot: Duh.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The Humarits.
- Robot Girl: Almost all the Humarits except Alpha.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Between a perfume designer super-spy and a Badass Adorable Robot Girl.
- Single-Stroke Battle
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Lila uses some heavy ordinance in various missions.
- Spy Fiction
- Stripperiffic: Are miniskirts and high heels really great military attire?
- Supreme Chef: Lila, as a part of her programming, has exceptional cooking skills.
- Tareme Eyes: Lila. This also differs her from most humarits.
- Third-Person Person: Lila does this a lot (since androids are expected to do this). One notable sign where she shows Character Development has her not doing this at first, before correcting herself.
- Tsurime Eyes: Najica and most of the seen humarits and other secondary characters.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Dr. Ren is actually Triple X with a split personality. Dr. Ren, as a person, probably never existed in the first place.
- Younger than They Look: Lila and other humarits. They are androids, after all.