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—which 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 a Humaritt ZZZ (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.
- Anime First
- Artificial Human: Lila and later others.
- Author Appeal: Katsuhiko Nishijima likes panty shots, okay?
- Badass Normal: Najica, who can hold her own against some very tough opponents.
- 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.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands
- Bleached Underpants: in spite of the heavy flashing of the same. The art style is almost identical to the late 1990s Hentai Desert Island Story (maybe that's why the ones here are so white!)
- Character Development: An amazing lot, in fact, mainly for 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 and in the end releases her 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 mind of at best 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 and also semi-openly challenging Najica to a duel about his caretaking and thus her own future.
- Clothing Damage
- 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-concious. 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!
- 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 16 or so, she is mentally 8 at best at the series beginning 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 hang for young girls.
- Lovely Angels
- 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 behaviour, implying we might see more in future, especially between the two protagonists. We didn't, really. (Also, it's one of the two Najica solo missions.)
- Odd Friendship
- Opening Narration
- Panty Fighter: Literally.
- Panty Shot: Duh.
- Refuge in Audacity: See above. The special-edition DVD actually comes with panties.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The Humaritts.
- Robot Girl: The Humaritts. Except Alpha.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Although one of them is technically not a girl.
- Rose-Haired Girl: Lila.
- 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 are exceptional cooking skills.
- Tareme Eyes: Lila. This also differs her from most humaritts.
- 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 humaritts and other secondary characters.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Dr. Ren is actually 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, after all they are androids.