YMMV / Project A-ko

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: B-ko believes herself to be the best friend C-ko can have; A-ko remembers B-ko as someone who abused and ribbed C-ko all the time. While it's implied that B-ko has some degree of romantic attraction to C-ko, this only implies she is possibly delusional (or suffering a bad case of literal crazy love).
  • Base Breaker: C-ko is polarizing at best. The only thing that keeps her from being considered one of the most controversial girls in anime history is the relative obscurity of A-Ko and its sequels.
  • Crazy Awesome: Project A-ko is an over-the-top parody of '80s anime that features manly alien ladies, gigantic spaceships, a high-tech armor bikini, a millionaire yandere, and the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman. Fans of the Japanese animation scene may have grown accustomed to a lot of craziness, but for the time of Project A-ko, if it was not Crazy Enough to Work, then it was So Bad, It's Good.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: You could put the entire soundtrack to the original film in this section.
  • Cult Classic: Though its popularity has faded to the sands of time, numerous older anime fans remain grateful for this series; for some of those fans, it was their gateway to anime to begin with.
  • Die for Our Ship: C-ko is a victim of this at times, especially with A-ko/B-ko shippers. Kei also falls victim to this in the hands of Yuri Fans.
  • Fangirl: C-ko.
  • Fanon: The identity of A-Ko's parents is just a Shout-Out in the series, but FanFics based on this series set it somewhere in The DCU far more often than not.
    • Word of God says A-ko's parents are Superman and Wonder Woman; it's a convenient way to explain the super powers. The graphic novelization even gives them the first names of "Clark" and "Diana".
      • So committed were A-ko fans to this fanon that some of them felt a crushing disappointment when, in Kingdom Come, Superman and Wonder Woman had a son together.
  • Foe Yay: A-Ko and B-Ko.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The original film was successful enough at the time in Japan to spawn three sequels and two alternate universe OV As, but it is now all but forgotten in Japan. In America, the series (especially the original film) is better remembered due to its status as both a cult classic and a gateway anime for numerous early-'90s anime fans.
  • Les Yay: Well, sort of. In the original film, B-ko has an ardent fixation on C-ko, the extent of which was made clear in a scene in which B-ko, bathing in a giant Roman bath, touches her breast while she thinks about C-ko. The lines in both the original Japanese and the dub are ambiguous in their meaning, but the implication is clearly there. This scene is likely a holdover from its hentai origins (see Bleached Underpants on the main page). B-ko's...affection for C-ko is toned down in the sequels, and practically non-existent in A-ko the VS — but it does arise again in one of the direct sequels: As the main characters each interrupt class in turn with their Did I Just Say That Out Loud? excitement over their spring vacation plans, B-ko's blurts out that her plans involve "one night of passion with C-ko".
  • Moe: C-ko could possibly invoke this if she doesn't annoy the hell out of you.
  • Porting Disaster: Central Park Media's original DVD release of Project A-ko looked horrible; the master had degenerated to a point where the film was nearly unwatchable. (The earlier Laser Disc and VHS releases looked fine in comparison.) CPM eventually released a Special Edition with a completely remastered version of the film, and Discotek Media later released their own Special Edition of the film that features an even better transfer than (and retains nearly all the special features from) CPM's Special Edition. (The only worthwhile features missing from Discotek's release are CPM's remastering video — understandable, as Discotek uses their own remaster — and the full-length soundtrack CD).
  • The Scrappy: C-ko has a healthy hatedom; more than a few fans think she's a Creator's Pet or, more commonly, that she is far too annoying. Kei has an even bigger hatedom, though.
  • What an Idiot: Miss Ayumi, you just told A-ko and B-ko to fight in the classroom. Have you forgotten how B-ko uses Powered Armor with Macross Missile Massacre capabilities and how A-ko is strong enough to level a building on her own?
    • Mr. Daitokuji gets one at the end of Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group: He attempts to catch an entire spaceship with his bare hands. He was wearing Powered Armor, true, but even he should know even that it couldn't hold up the weight of a space fortress the size of a small island!
  • Woolseyism: C-ko's voice is a lower pitch in the English dub, which many fans consider an improvement. But this only applies to the first dub; her dub voice in the sequels is probably her most hated voice.


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