Anime / Project A-ko

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B-ko Daitokuji: A-ko, the depth of my vexation is beyond your comprehension!
A-ko Magami: Today I woke up early. This may never happen again! But you! You! Over a stupid, petty... B-ko, YOU IDIOT!!!

Sometime in the future, Eiko ("A-ko") Magami — a teenage girl endowed with absurdly high levels of superhuman strength and speed — attends high school in Graviton City with her best friend, bubbly blonde Shiiko ("C-ko") Kotobuki (who is both The Ditz and a Lethal Chef). Their incredibly intelligent (and gorgeous) Gadgeteer Genius classmate Biko ("B-ko") Daitokuji apparently really, really wants a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with the blonde dimwit; determined to win C-ko for her own, she attacks A-ko at every opportunity with all manner of Humongous Mecha and even a revealing battlesuit. Things get a little more complicated when an alien warship descends upon Graviton City with the goal of capturing one of the girls — or rather, rescuing her, as she seems to be their long-lost princess...

A raucous blend of over-the-top screwball comedy, action, and science fiction, Project A-Ko was one of those films everyone saw during the prehistory of anime in America, especially because it was one of the first anime films that couldn't be considered an "arthouse" film to get a commercial release in The '80s. A-ko's general level of goofiness can be seen in the names of its main characters: "Girl A" (A-ko), "Girl B" (B-ko), and "Girl C" (take a wild guess). There's even another character who simply goes by "D". But despite — or perhaps because of — its goofiness, the decades that have passed between its initial release and now have not lessened the influence of (and love/respect for) A-ko.

A-ko was followed by three OVAs which continue the story of the film — Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group, Cinderella Rhapsody, and Final — and the two-part Alternate Continuity OVA A-ko: Uncivil Wars (originally titled, A-ko: The VS).

While not well-known by later generations of anime fans, Project A-Ko was a huge influence on later comedy-action oriented anime with a female-heavy cast, not least of all Mai-HiME and Kill la Kill (which with its very similar elements and inspired tone can be considered its Spiritual Successor).

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Project A-ko and its sequels contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Dress Rip: Depicted in the anime's cover art, though it doesn't actually happen until her showdown with D. A-ko narrowly avoids one of her sword swipes, resulting in her fuku being split down the middle.
  • Affectionate Parody: The series was a send-up of just about everything in anime up until the 80s.
  • After-School Cleaning Duty: A-ko is assigned to clean the classroom, as punishment for being late again. It was going well, until B-ko staged a run-in between C-ko and Mari, causing A-ko to tearass across campus and demolish it in her wake! Which earned her a harsh reprimand and an even stiffer punishment the next day.
  • Age Lift: C-ko is 17 in the main series, but is reduced to only 10 in Uncivil Wars. By contrast, A-ko and B-ko are 16-17 and 17 respectively, but are adultsnote  in Uncivil Wars.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Liza is rival bounty hunter, from Uncivil Wars, who towers over A-ko and has a huskier physique. And she's dressed in a combination of leather and spandex to show off her ample cleavage.
  • Anti-Villain: Gail, possibly. His methods are evil, his goal ... understandable. He just bet on the wrong horse.
  • Battle Bikini: Akagiyama-23 is a power suit, designed specifically to enhance B-ko's speed and reflexes to match A-ko's. It resembles an armored bikini that includes a matching pair of boots and gauntlets, and is usually worn beneath her clothing.
  • Berserk Button: Each of the girls has one:
    • For A-ko, it's having to constantly deal with B-ko's gadgets, since it usually makes her late for class. But she also takes pride in her appearance, so even a minor cut her cheek, or ripping her skirt will set her off.
    • B-ko can't stand A-ko for monopolizing C-ko's time and hates it whenever A-ko defeats another of her mecha.
    • C-ko doesn't like anyone taking A-ko's attention away from her. So she definitely hates Kei and flatly tells him both times he tries to confess his love for her. And she starts to grow concerned when it seems A-ko's begun to enjoy her rivalry with B-ko a little too much.
    • And for Captain Napolipolita, it's sobriety.
  • Bishōnen: Gail of A-ko the VS. is a subversion, as when he's wearing his cape he looks quite bishie, but when he takes it off he's actually very muscular.
  • Bleached Underpants: The series began life as part of the Cream Lemon series of hentai before becoming a full-fledged feature film; the hentai short that appears in Cinderella Rhapsody is actually recycled from the first film's initial storyboards.
  • BFS: D wields one during her fight with A-ko. Except in D's hands, her sword appears normal length. But when A-ko takes it from her, the blade is nearly 1.5 times her body length; excluding the hilt.
  • Boobs of Steel: Liza from Uncivil Wars, whom A-Ko refers to as "that jiggling juggernaut". Said because she was tough enough to match A-Ko unarmed, with their second fight ending in a draw.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Played with in the OVAs. In Cinderella Rhapsody, A-ko is looking at "the camera" when she admits she lied. In Vs. Blue Side, A-ko is talking directly to the viewer. Even some of the promos break the fourth wall.
  • Broken Pedestal: During a flashback to Gail's younger days, he discovered his mentor (an unnamed nun) had broken her vow of chastity. He didn't take it well, to say the least.
  • The Cameo:
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • C-ko is shown to be possessive of A-ko in Cinderella Rhapsody when A-ko shows up riding on Kei's motorcycle. And has a similar reaction in Final, due to A-ko's escalating rivalry with B-ko.
    • B-ko envies A-ko's relationship with C-ko and tries everything from treating C-ko to lavish luncheons, to beating A-ko into submission, in an effort to win C-ko over.
    • Whereas A-ko and B-ko are both fiercely competitive over Kei in Cinderella Rhapsody and Final; causing their already tense rivalry to escalate even further.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: Halfway into the first film, A-ko and C-ko watch a horror flick starring Colonel Sanders as it's villain.
  • Cute Bruiser: What else would you call a girl who can heft mecha and toss 'em around like paperweights? Or casually tear chunks out of titanium alloy and circuitry. But she's not all muscle and takes pride in her appearance.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group the newspapers the spies use as their "disguises" are titled "Mainichi Daily News". Mainichi is Japanese for "everyday", making the paper the Daily Daily News. For a time, this was actually the name of the website of the English version of the Mainichi Shimbun.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: At the end of Uncivil Wars, A-ko asks B-ko "how far" Gail managed to get with her. B-ko tells her nothing happened, then smiles vaguely over her shoulder and adds, "nothing at all".
  • Distressed Damsel: The Alpha Cygnans kidnap C-ko twice to try to take her home and, in Uncivil Wars, she gets kidnapped again. This time, by Grash and his partner, Liza.
  • The Ditz: C-ko (though she does seem to have moments of insight) and Miss Ayumi.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: An Informed Ability of B-ko's Max 5000 mecha.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: A-ko and B-ko's first battle shows they're each capable of smashing through solid walls of concrete and can casually toss tanks several hundred meters.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Liza is a criminal and little seems to faze her, except for when it comes to her partner, Grash. Just the thought of him being dead (or that A-ko was responsible) made her see red... until she saw he was only buried beneath the rubble.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: C-ko is revealed to be the lost princess the Alpha Cygnans are searching for in the first movie.
  • Fan Disservice: We can safely assume no one wants to see D in a battle bikini, or Mr. Daitokuji wearing a copy of B-ko's battle armor.
  • Fanservice:
    • Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her night shirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. And she's often subject to upskirt panty shots; including one instance where a lucky fighter pilot gets an extended look at her undies while she's seated on the canopy of his plane.
    • B-ko's seen topless, during her bath scene in the first film. Her battle armor is also form-fitting and leaves little to the imagination.
    • In Cinderella Rhapsody, a yuri scene at a movie theater gets preempted by a city-wide evacuation order.
    • And near the beginning of Uncivil Wars pt.2, we're treated to an extended close-up of A-ko's panties while her legs are spread open, due to the cramped space of Maruten's ship cockpit. All seen from his point of view.
  • Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: Late in the third film, A-ko tries on a bunch of different dresses, since B-ko bought the one she'd been saving for and gave it to Mari.
  • Fiction 500: The Daitokuji Family is reknowned for their wealth and influence. From the second film onwards, it's even shown that B-ko's father bankrolls Graviton City's defense force and provides them with new aircraft and mecha designs.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Uncivil Wars culminates in C-ko fighting Xena for control over her body. Which provides A-ko with the opening she needs to finally kill Xena.
  • Flying Brick: A-ko is a textbook example, minus the flying part (she flies only when B-ko is carrying her through the air).
  • Flung Clothing: Which is how B-ko first reveals her Akagiyama-23 battle suit.
  • Follow Your Heart: The theme of A-ko's character song from the original film, "Follow Your Dreams".
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Midway into the first film, B-ko vows to take A-ko on herself even if it means revealing her "true power". Which you don't actually get to see until Cinderella Rhapsody, when she briefly matches A-ko without her battle armornote .
    • Subverted and played for laughs by Final. The prophecy foretelling the end of the world was just a coincidence when the aliens arrived. And Ms. Ayumi wasn't possessed by her charm; she only did the incantations because she was told it would bring her luck.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Including some very close Panty Shots and some fired missiles actually being soda pop cans (as a Shout-Out to the Super Dimension Fortress Macross film).
  • Freudian Excuse: Invoked by the first movie's dub, when A-ko starts complaining about B-ko making her late for class again. B-ko finally reaches her breaking point:
    B-ko: (angrily, with tears) Is that the only thing you care about?! Being a "good girl"?! Charming the teachers?! Well! Obviously it never occurred to you that some children who just aren't born with the same charm! But what do you care?? You get to be the heroine, while I'm the one everyone says is spoiled! Okay! If they say I'm the bad girl, then that's what I'm GONNA BE!!
  • Funbag Airbag: Played as an Oh Crap! moment in addition to a gag, as it's A-ko running into Liza after having kicked her through a wall.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • When B-ko's flunkies interrupt her first fight with A-ko, B-ko can be seen in the background signalling them with a pair of paper fans, before quickly putting them away.
    • There's a scene in Final where Ms. Ayumi tells C-ko about her upcoming marriage meeting, while they're in the girl's restroom at school. An unnamed brunette can seen using one of the urinals behind them.
    • In Uncivil Wars, when A-ko finally catches up to B-ko at Gail's lair, Grash is semi-conscious on B-ko's back. Which causes A-ko to assume they're together, sparking an argument between them. Grash realizes his hands are on B-ko's boobs and sees she's distracted, so he starts groping her to his heart's content.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: B-ko has a penchant for automotronics, that she can conceptualize a mecha, draw up the plans, and have it up and running the next day. While in Uncivil Wars, she designed a fully armed battle skimmer from the wreckage of their home.
  • Girl Posse: Asa, Ine, Ume, and Mari are B-ko's personal mook squad and are implied to be her only friends. Though her opening fight in Final shows they laugh at her behind her back, whenever A-ko's winning.
  • The Glomp: C-ko will often latch onto A-ko's arm, while they're just hanging out with each other. But she's especially prone to it when she's scared. At that point, she's even willing to glomp B-ko.
  • Glory Hound: Uncivil Wars ends with Maruten taking all the credit for stopping Xena and the Dragon God, with no mention of A-ko or B-ko whatsoever. The girls decide to track him down, just before the credits roll.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In Uncivil Wars, Maruten promises A-ko that he'll bring B-ko back to life... for a price. Which leads A-ko to assume he wants her body and imagines being doomed to a life of sexual slavery. Maruten tells her she's got the wrong idea.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Despite B-ko's grudge against A-ko, she's repeatedly shown a willingness to set aside her grievances to help her. At least, for as long as it's mutually beneficial, or if it helps B-ko gain brownie points with C-ko.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The first movie begins with a morning radio broadcast as A-ko's getting ready for school.
  • Gonk: Asa is the only one of B-ko's flunkies that can be considered attractive. Ume is short and pudgy with Nerd Glasses, while Ine is lanky and has bucked teeth. But Mari and D both look (and sound) like muscle bound men wearing lipstick.
  • Graviton City is the Center of the Universe: In both the sub and the original english dub, the radio show, "Fresh Morning", calls Graviton the high-tech capital of the world because of the captured alien vessel that serves as its central landmark. And their city is the target of both invasions by the Alpha Cygnans.
  • Hammer Space: A rare instance where a pair of males use hammers out of nowhere on another male in Final.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: A-ko and C-ko have been friends since gradeschool, though C-ko's attachment to A-ko borders on girl-crush territory at times.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Mari is basically Kenshiro in a sailor fuku.
  • Human Aliens: The Alpha Cygnans, including C-ko.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Seen frequently throughout the first film, as B-ko's initial plan to crush A-ko, until she designs Akagiyama-23.
    • Graviton City's defense force has many of their own, thanks to B-ko's father. Except theirs are mainly used to protect the city from the destruction caused by her and A-ko!
  • Iconic Outfit: A-ko's Transfer Student Uniform; when Central Park Media was publishing comic adaptations of the series, they changed her outfit in their version of Uncivil Warsnote  to the sailor suit to increase sales.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In The VS., when A-ko and B-ko realize that C-ko is Fighting from the Inside of Xena's Demonic Possession, they attempt this trope — only to descend into enthusiastic bickering. As C-ko watches the two become Unstuck in Time shifting between alternate versions of themselves (including their classic incarnations), she awakens because of her Intrinsic Vow: she doesn't like it when A-ko and B-ko fight.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes:
    • Akagiyama-23 is a sleek battle armored bikini.
    • A-ko and B-ko get redesigned outfits in Uncivil Wars, that consist of leotards, boots, and knee pads.
  • In Their Own Image: Xena and Gail's plot is to use the Dragon God to destroy the current "degenerate" universes, in order to create a new one where everyone is pure.
  • Jerkass :
    • B-ko is initially the antagonist to A-ko, who recounts how she used to bully C-ko when they were younger. Most of the students at Graviton High share A-ko's opinion, which makes her their hero for standing up to B-ko.
    • However, Uncivil Wars reverses their roles by making A-ko the selfish one, who's only motivated by greed and personal gain.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Mari, D, and Ms. Napolipolita all look and sound like men in drag.
  • Large Ham: Xena's monologues become increasingly melodramatic, especially once she reaches the Talhoe Sector.
  • Late for School: Used as a running gag throughout the first film, with A-ko always being late for class due to oversleeping, or because of B-ko picking fights with her. It continues to be a regular occurrence in the subsequent films.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: By Superman and Wonder Woman, nothing less, and not a very subtle one.
  • Lethal Chef: C-ko, even realizing it when she tries her own cooking.
  • Leotard of Power: A-ko and B-ko's attire in Uncivil Wars has them wearing leotards, though A-ko's includes a removable skirt.
  • Love at First Sight: Kei falls hard for C-ko from the moment he sees her, whereas she can't stand his guts.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: B-ko's "Akagiyama Missiles", as well as several spaceships in the series.
  • Made of Explodium: Most of B-ko's mecha are afflicted with this, as are almost all mecha that A-ko fights. (Or maybe A-ko has tactile thermokinesis.)
  • Made of Indestructium: By Final, the desks in classroom 2-E are made of this. Good thing too, as the students have learned to use them as cover. Too bad the rest of Graviton High didn't get that upgrade.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • As seen in A-ko and C-ko's introduction at school and the credits, the main characters' names are all written with kanji that reflect something about them. A-ko uses the first character of Eiyuu, or "hero" and she's certainly heroic; B-ko uses "beautiful", as in Bishounen and she stands out for her looks.
    • Maruten literally means "ball head" in Japanese; Maruten's cranium is approximately the size and color of a tennis ball.
  • Mile-Long Ship: The initial shots of the aliens' ship are carefully blocked to make it appear to be about the size of Space Battleship Yamato. (Which it resembles quite a lot. Not by accident.) Later we get to see the whole thing. The "Yamato" part is its figurehead.
  • Moe Couplet: C-ko looks and acts so much younger than A-ko, that she can be easily mistaken for being a kid. Which creates the impression of A-ko being her protective 'big sister' whenever she defends C-ko.
  • Naïve Everygirl: * While C-ko is not a saint, she is innocent and optimistic, and she believes in love and friendship. Instead of the standard bullies, she has weird shit happening to her at times. Though she doesn't seem to be too insecure about her body, she does have issues with being alone. She also has the "lovesick girl" aspect as well.
  • Newspaper-Thin Disguise: One OVA has an entire flock of spies in identical trenchcoats reading newspapers while observing everyone and waiting for a signal.
  • Oblivious to Love: Downplayed as Liza isn't very outspoken about her feelings, but when she thought A-ko and B-ko were responsible for the death of "her Grash", she was overcome with rage. As soon as she saw he was still alive, she broke down in tears. Except he had no idea why.
  • Ojou Ringlets: The pair of locks that frame the sides of B-ko's face are curled.
  • One-Gender Race: The Alpha Cygnans are an interesting variation of this trope. They're all female, but some of them—such as D and Captain Napolipolita—look, talk, and act male. Looking carefully can reveal that they're female early into the first movie.
  • Only in It for the Money: In Uncivil Wars B-ko has to bring up the possibility of profit in order to convince A-ko to help her rescue C-ko. As the future heiress to the Kotobuki fortune, her father would likely pay a considerable sum for her safe return. Or would've, IF he hadn't overreacted by spending his entire fortune on her rescue operation.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Subverted in the first film when B-ko narrowly avoids an incoming missile and accidentally drops A-ko.
    B-ko: "A-ko! <pouts in disappointment> I wanted to have the pleasure of finishing you myself. <beat> Oh well, can't have everything."
  • Otaku/Otaku Surrogate: C-ko displayed shades of this from time to time. Prominent examples include:
    • Her remark (in the Japanese version) about Miss Ayumi reminding her of someone.
    • On the Final Concert album, C-ko's solo song is basically a medley of old anime themes.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Dragon God in Uncivil Wars is gigantic (it seems to grow at least as large as a planet), with three heads, and it's so powerful that it wipes out a number of planets and their defensive fleets with little effort.
  • Outlaw Couple: Liza and Grash. Liza is the muscle and is described by Mr. Kotobuki's assistant as "incredibly violent", which she demonstrates upon meeting A-ko and B-ko. Grash is the more level-headed of the two and seems to be just a Badass Normal toting a rifle and grenades in contrast to Liza's superhuman strength, making them an inversion of Guys Smash, Girls Shoot. The couple aspect is a bit one-sided in that Liza is devoted to Grash, but Grash is Oblivious to Love.
  • Panty Shot: Most of them come from A-ko.
  • Papa Wolf: Attempted by C-ko's father in The Vs., but all he ends up accomplishing is bankrupting his company with his massive and fruitless search & rescue effort.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Applies to both A-ko and B-ko, due to their excessive power; especially once they start fighting. From the second film onwards, the city creates a special detachment of their defense force specifically to limit the ensuing destruction. By the time of Cinderella Rhapsody, they even issue an emergency evaction order over the city's PA system, once A-ko and B-ko start fighting aboard Napolitalita's ship!
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In Vs, B-ko wears one as a disguise. A-ko comments on how odd that is, since they're trying to break into the villain's lair, not attend a party.
  • Playboy Bunny: The waitresses in Love and Robots, and B-ko in an alternate universe in vs.
  • Please Wake Up: A-ko to B-ko after Gail blasts her with his powers near the end of the first half of The Vs.
  • Powered Armor: B-ko's is more like a powered bikini. Also, her father has a similar one.
  • Power Incontinence: Guess which two?
    • A-ko often forgets her own strength and usually leaves disaster in her wake, such as when she's late for school. Her speed is so excessive, it creates an aftertow that tears up the asphalt. And if she removes her wristbands, simply flicking her wrist creates fissures!
    • She isn't the only one, as Cinderella Rhapsody reveals B-ko's capable of similar feats even without Akagiyama-23. By simply flicking her wrist, she created a wind gust that carved a trench through the hull of Napolitalita's ship!
  • Power Limiter: A-ko's bracers are revealed to be these in Cinderella Rhapsody.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: C-ko is seen wearing pink often.
  • Psychic Link: In The Vs., A-ko and B-ko seem to have one, as A-ko knows something has happened to B-ko after Gael shoots an energy beam through her chest.
  • Psycho Lesbian: B-ko.
  • Rags to Royalty: C-ko.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: A-ko delivers one of these when B-ko has Mecha-Mooks ready when she gets to school early for probably the only time in her life. C-ko calling Liza "granny" in A-ko the VS. C-ko wasn't trying to insult her, most likely Liza's over-sexualized appearance implies "older" to the childish C-ko.
  • Redshirt Army
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Restraining Bolt: A-ko's wristbands reduce her powers to almost manageably safe levels.
  • Required Secondary Powers: The whole series plays with this trope. A-ko is shown several times to be hurt by fairly mundane things...before she kicks a giant robot without hurting her leg. Her super endurance must only work when she's fighting. The Rule of Funny fully applies here.
    • Project A-ko: She hits her thumb with a hammer (she probably isn't using her super strength there) with full cartoonish reactions, which are just as easily forgotten, and she trips on an ordinary piece of flawed sidewalk.
    • Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group: She tires out after failing to get a piece of the Alpha Cygnian ship back in place. The pool incident doesn't count as "mundane".
    • The VS: She gets a cartoonish injury from being bonked by B-ko's hammer.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: A-ko and C-ko, much to B-ko's chagrin.
  • Running Gag: A-ko constantly runs over D on the way to school.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Alpha Cygnans are all female — including D and Captain Napolipolita, both of whom look, sound, and act male.
  • Sand Is Water: The desert planet where A-ko and B-ko are living in the VS.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: B-ko is this... sort of.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The anticlimactic introduction of the Max 5000.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Non-romantic version (and possibly an inversion as she's a childhood enemy rather than a Forgotten Childhood Friend)- according to A-ko's flashback to their childhood, she and C-ko back then used to look more or less like chibi-versions of their present day forms. B-ko, on the other hand, was described (accurately) by A-ko as having a "basin haircut, piggy eyes and dumpy legs" but grew up into easily the most beautiful of the three girls (A-ko is an Amazonian Beauty and C-ko is The Cutie, but B-ko is more clasically gorgeous). No wonder A-ko didn't recognise her at first.
  • Shout-Out: More than can easily be counted...
    • A-ko's parents are apparently Superman and Wonder Woman.
    • B-ko's father when he appears bears some resemblance to Tony Stark.
    • Captain Napolipolita is pretty obviously supposed to be a parody of Captain Harlock, in the same way that the bow of the Lepton mothership looks like the Arcadia. Alternately, Napolipolita is Leader Dessler dressed like Captain Okita, flying the Yamato.
    • The lead heroine from Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl briefly appears in the third movie.
    • The title itself is a reference to the Jackie Chan movie Project A.
    • The design of teacher Ms. Ayumi is a Shout Out/Homage to magical girl series Magical Angel Creamy Mami.
    • Mari, B-ko's underling, looks (and fights) like Kenshiro with pigtails.
    • The plot of the first movie is a rough re-hash of Super Dimension Fortress Macross
    • The weaponry in the first movie includes transforming mecha, a Wave Motion Gun, and Macross Missiles.
    • Ghidorah is first referenced in Cinderella Rhapsody in one of the outfits A-ko tries, and the Vs.'s Three-Headed Dragon God is an obvious reference.
    • The movie that A-ko and C-ko watch, in which Colonel Sanders ominously walks out of the shadows, is a parody of the 1983 movie version of Genma Wars, known in the West as "Harmagedon".
  • Shown Their Work: Alpha Cygni, more commonly known as Deneb, is a real star. Estimated distance from Earth is 1,550 light years, with a 10% margin of error.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun
  • Space Police: The Space Patrol from The Vs. were presumably this. They were nearly wiped out by Xena and her followers, and Maruten is supposedly the only one left. see Blatant Lies.
  • Spoiled Brat: C-ko has shades of this in The Vs.
    C-Ko: I'M BORED, I WANNA PLAY A GAME NOW!!!
  • Stockholm Syndrome: B-ko starts to fall for Gail in The Vs., even though he's obviously a religious fanatic bent on destroying every universe (not to mention the fact that he killed her earlier in the story).
  • Subverted Trope: Played for Laughs. The climax of the fourth video shows that all the supposedly ominous signs, apparently connected by the hexagram symbols, were all just a bunch of coincidences.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: A-ko's gold-amber eyes are a sign that she's not exactly a normal human.
  • Super Hero
  • Technicolor Eyes: Liza's eyes are silver, indicating she's not a regular human, like A-ko's Supernatural Gold Eyes.
  • Theme Naming: The three main characters; the gag is that such naming is indicative of extras, not main characters.
  • Third-Person Person: C-ko in the Japanese version.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: C-ko is the "child" as the innocent and childlike figure, A-ko is the "wife" since she is the protective big sister figure looking after C-ko, and B-ko is the "seductress" since she has a curvy figure with penchant for wearing a revealing power suit and has a certain obsession with C-ko.
  • Token Yuri Girl: B-ko Daitokuji. Possibly unintentional; the director admitted in an interview for the US DVD re-release of the film that he didn't think about how the scene featuring B-ko in a giant bath, thinking about C-ko, could be interpreted. Which is kind of confusing, because it looks to all the world like B-ko is touching herself while thinking about C-ko. Based on the differences between the dubbed and subtitled versions, if it was unintentional it can only be because it's so common in the genre that it got put in without being thought about. The dub takes this aspect of the complicated relationship between A-ko, B-ko, and C-ko out, and makes C-ko seem a bit weird and creepy as a result. Alternately, it isn't so much unintentional as it is a leftover from when the film was supposed to be part of the Cream Lemon series of erotic films, where indeed B-ko was infatuated with C-ko.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: A-ko (tomboy) and C-ko (girly girl); A-ko and B-ko (girly girl).
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: A-ko and C-ko wear these throughout the film; they switch over to the proper uniforms at the end of the film, then wear them regularly in the sequel OVAs, though A-ko does switch back to her Iconic Outfit for the climatic battle in Final, apparently just for the express purpose of irritating B-Kko (in which she succeeds.)
  • Transforming Mecha: But with poor planning on making the cockpit work in both forms.
  • Tron Lines: The elevator in the alien ship.
  • Unknown Rival: B-ko starts out as this to A-ko.
  • Villainous Breakdown: B-ko.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: A-ko, often. When she is particularly embarrassed, one of her bra straps will slip down her shoulder, often with some of the shirt accompanying it. She also often gets into situations that become an innocent Panty Shot, not that she takes it that way.
  • Waif-Fu: A-ko is only the size of an ordinary teenage girl but is strong enough to destroy everything around her.
  • Wave Motion Gun
  • Weirdness Magnet: Whenever C-ko is the Distressed Damsel, it's usually because she's this.
  • Whip It Good: "Black Jacovini Shooting Star Lash!"
    • What Happened to the Mouse?: Played with? That whip? B-ko apparently never picked it back up after A-ko kicked it out of her hand. She uses a whip again when she and A-ko are bickering in Vs.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Gail from the Vs. fits this trope due to his callous disregard for the trillions that will die when he and Xena carry out their plan to create a universe by wiping out the current one with the Dragon God.
  • Witch Species: Gail and Xena in the Vs. continuity. Maybe C-ko.
  • Whole Costume Reference: B-ko's father dresses like Elvis when he pilots a mecha.
  • Wingding Eyes: When Maruten is trying to convince A-ko to help him defeat Gail, Xena, and the Dragon God, he's unable to sway her until he mentions the reward, whereupon A-ko gets dollar and yen signs for pupils, and says, quite deadpan, "It is my duty."
  • Womanchild: If you see 17-year-olds as women, C-ko fits this, as she has the personality, innocence, and vulnerability of a child. She is also small and cute, adding to this effect.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Liza in The Vs. doesn't hesitate to slap C-ko around when C-ko calls her "Granny".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Very common, even a lot of the unnamed civilians have blue hair. For named characters: Miss Ayumi has light blue hair, D has dark blue hair, B-Ko has bluish-silver hair, and Grash in The Vs. has dark blue Shonen Hair.


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