YMMV / Project A-ko

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: B-ko believes herself to be the best friend C-ko can have, only to A-ko to remember that B-ko actually abused and ribbed her "friend" all the time. While it's implied that B-ko has some degree of romantic attraction to C-ko, this only implies that she is possibly delusional or suffering a bad case of literal crazy love.
  • Base Breaker: C-ko is quite polarizing, to say the least. In fact, the only thing that keeps her from being considered one of the most divisive girls in anime ever is the series' relative obscurity.
  • Crazy Awesome: An over-the-top parody of other 80's anime, with manly alien ladies, spaceships, a powered bikini, a millionaire yandere, and a girl who is the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman. Perhaps it's not easy to see by recent anime fans, as the Japanese animation scene has got us 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: Pretty much the entire soundtrack to the original film.
  • Cult Classic: Though its popularity has since faded to the sands of time thanks to the prevalence of more popular anime such as Dragon Ball Z, there are many older anime fans who are grateful for this series, as for some it was their gateway to the medium 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: Although the identity of A-Ko's parents is just a Shout-Out in the series, Fan Fic based on this series almost always sets it somewhere in The DCU.
    • 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".
  • 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 nowadays is practically forgotten in Japan. In America it is better remembered due to it being considered a cult classic, being (as said in the main article) one of the first things in anime to reach shores during the early 90's.
  • Les Yay: Sort of. In the original film, B-ko seemed to have a rather ardent fixation on C-ko, which was made clear in a scene in which B-ko, bathing in a giant Roman bath, touches her breast as she thinks about C-ko; while the lines in both the original Japanese and the dub are ambiguous in their meaning, the implication is clearly there, and is likely a holdover from its hentai origins (see Bleached Underpants on the main page). B-ko's...affection for C-ko was toned down in the sequels, and practically non-existent in A-ko the VS.
    • 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 plans apparently involve "one night of passion with C-ko".
  • Moe: Assuming you don't hate her guts, C-ko could invoke this.
  • Porting Disaster: The original DVD release of the Movie. The master had degenerated and it's nearly unwatchable (the Laser Disc and tape versions were fine). CPM eventually released a Special Edition (completely remastered, it's the yellow cover one), which is great, but hard to find and hideously expensive. Luckily, Discotek Media has also released their own Special Edition of the film (with an even better transfer), which retains nearly all the special features from CPM's Special Edition (the only missing features being CPM's remastering video — understandable, as Discotek uses their own remaster — some CPM release trailers and, the only true loss, a nifty soundtrack CD).
  • The Scrappy: C-ko has a healthy hatedom, with some (at least) fans believing that she's a Creator's Pet or more commonly that she is just too annoying. Kei does too, much more so than her.
  • What an Idiot: Miss Ayumi. You just told A-ko and B-ko to fight in the classroom. Have you forgotten that B-ko uses Powered Armor with Macross Missile Massacre capabilities?
    • Mr. Daitokuji has one at the end of "Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group" when he attempts to catch an entire spaceship....with his bare hands. True, he was wearing Powered Armor, but even he should know even that can'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 some have taken as an improvement over the Japanese version. This only applies to the first dub, as her dub voice in the sequels is probably her most hated voice.
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