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* MileLongShip: The initial shots of the alien ship in the film are blocked to make it appear to be about the size of SpaceBattleshipYamato. (Which it resembles. A lot. On purpose.) [[spoiler:When the whole ship is shown later on, the "Yamato" part is revealed as ''the figurehead.'']]

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* MileLongShip: The initial shots of the alien ship in the film are blocked to make it appear to be about the size of SpaceBattleshipYamato.Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato. (Which it resembles. A lot. On purpose.) [[spoiler:When the whole ship is shown later on, the "Yamato" part is revealed as ''the figurehead.'']]


** 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'' ("hero"), and she is certainly heroic; B-ko uses "beautiful", as in ''{{Bishoujo}}'', and she stands out for her looks.

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** 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'' ("hero"), and she is certainly heroic; B-ko uses "beautiful", as in ''{{Bishoujo}}'', and she stands out for her looks.


-->'''B-ko''': ''[angrily, [[TryingNotToCry 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 [[RichBitch the one everyone says is spoiled!]] Okay! If they say I'm the bad girl, ''[[ThenLetMeBeEvil then that's what I'm GONNA BE!!]]''

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-->'''B-ko''': -->'''B-ko:''' ''[angrily, [[TryingNotToCry 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 [[RichBitch the one everyone says is spoiled!]] Okay! If they say I'm the bad girl, ''[[ThenLetMeBeEvil then that's what I'm GONNA BE!!]]''

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* LoveDodecahedron: A-ko, B-ko and Ms. Ayumi all fancy Kei, who turns out to only have eyes for C-ko (although the affection is not returned). Not counting the subtext with A-ko, B-ko and C-ko themselves.


** Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her nightshirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. 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 while his HeadsUpDisplay helpfully highlights A-ko's ass.

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** Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her nightshirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. 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 while with the arrows of his HeadsUpDisplay helpfully highlights positioned directly at A-ko's groin and her ass.

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*DistractedByTheSexy: Happens to one of the fighter pilots during the dogfight in the first film. A-ko lands on the canopy of his jet, with her legs spread eagle, which gives the pilot and the audience a close-up view up her skirt. The arrows of his HUD are even positioned at both points of entry at A-ko's privates. The pilot is seen smiling goofily as he enjoys the view, until his jet gets shot down moments later.


''Project A-ko'' is a relatively obscure film to later generations of anime fans, but it was and continues to be an influential work in regards to action-comedy anime with a female-heavy cast--including ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/KillLaKill'', the latter of which could be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to ''A-ko'' in its own right due to similarities in tone and shared elements of both aesthetic and character.

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''Project A-ko'' (''プロジェクトA子'') is a relatively obscure film to later generations of anime fans, but it was and continues to be an influential work in regards to action-comedy anime with a female-heavy cast--including ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/KillLaKill'', the latter of which could be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to ''A-ko'' in its own right due to similarities in tone and shared elements of both aesthetic and character.







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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, female urinals are a real thing.


%%* AGlassOfChianti: Captain Napolipolita.

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%%* * AGlassOfChianti: Captain Napolipolita.Napolipolita has often a classy glass of wine in the hand, but the aura gets brutally subverted when it's revealed he is actually a pathetic alcoholic.



** [[Manga/YawaraAFashionableJudoGirl Yawara Inokuma and her grandpa]] appear as customers in the burger joint A-ko works at in the third movie.

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** [[Manga/YawaraAFashionableJudoGirl Yawara Inokuma and her grandpa]] grandpa Jigoro]] appear as customers in the burger joint A-ko works at in the third movie.



* EnemyMine: B-ko repeatedly shows a willingness to set aside her grievances with A-ko so long as it either benefits both of them or helps B-ko gain brownie points with C-ko.



* GirlPosse: Asa, Ine, Ume, and Mari are B-ko's personal [[{{Mook}} mook squad]] and are implied to be her only friends.
** Her opening fight in ''Final'', however, shows that [[WithFriendsLikeThese they laugh at her]] behind her back whenever A-ko has the upper hand.

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* GirlPosse: Asa, Ine, Ume, and Mari are B-ko's personal [[{{Mook}} mook squad]] and are implied to be her only friends.
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friends. Her opening fight in ''Final'', however, shows that [[WithFriendsLikeThese they laugh at her]] behind her back whenever A-ko has the upper hand.



* GoodIsNotNice: B-ko repeatedly shows a willingness to set aside her grievances with A-ko so long as it either benefits both of them or helps B-ko gain brownie points with C-ko.



* {{Gonk}}: Asa is the only one of B-ko's flunkies that can be considered attractive. Ume is short and pudgy with NerdGlasses, while Ine is lanky and has bucked teeth. Mari and D both look (''and sound'') like muscle-bound men wearing lipstick.
** In Mari's case, this is because she is an undisguised {{Expy}} of [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]]).

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* {{Gonk}}: Asa is the only one of B-ko's flunkies that can be considered attractive. Ume is short and pudgy with NerdGlasses, while Ine is lanky and has bucked teeth. Mari and D both look (''and sound'') like muscle-bound men wearing lipstick.
** In
lipstick. (In Mari's case, this is because she is an undisguised {{Expy}} of [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]]).



* HumanAliens: The Alpha Cygnans[[spoiler:, including C-ko]].

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* HumanAliens: The Alpha Cygnans[[spoiler:, Cygnans, including C-ko]].[[spoiler:C-ko]]. Also, if we consider that [[spoiler:A-ko's father is the Kryptonian Superman, then she's a half-breed human alien]] as well.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: By [[spoiler:Superman and Wonder Woman]], and it is not at all subtle.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: By [[spoiler:Superman [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Superman}} and Wonder Woman]], Franchise/WonderWoman]], and it is not at all subtle.subtle. The graphic novelization even gives them the first names of [[spoiler:"Clark" and "Diana".]]



* {{Otaku}}[=/=]OtakuSurrogate: C-ko displayed shades of this from time to time. Prominent examples include:
** Her remark (in the Japanese version) about Miss Ayumi [[Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami reminding her of someone]].
** On the Final Concert album, C-ko's solo song is basically a medley of old anime themes.

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* {{Otaku}}[=/=]OtakuSurrogate: C-ko displayed displays shades of this from time to time. Prominent examples include:
** Her remark (in
In the Japanese version) about version, she remarks Miss Ayumi [[Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami reminding reminds her of someone]].
** On
someone]], and on the Final Concert album, C-ko's solo song is basically a medley of old anime themes.



* RequiredSecondaryPowers: 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. The RuleOfFunny fully applies here.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: 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. The RuleOfFunny fully applies here.



* SheIsAllGrownUp: The film has a non-romantic version (and possibly an [[InvertedTrope inversion]], as it involves a childhood enemy rather than a ForgottenChildhoodFriend): According to A-ko's flashback to their childhood, she and C-ko used to look more or less like chibi-versions of their present day forms. B-ko, on the other hand, was described--accurately--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 AmazonianBeauty and C-ko is TheCutie, but B-ko is more clasically gorgeous.) No wonder A-ko failed to recognise her at first.

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* SheIsAllGrownUp: The first film has a non-romantic version (and possibly an [[InvertedTrope inversion]], as it involves a childhood enemy rather than a ForgottenChildhoodFriend): According according to A-ko's flashback to their childhood, she and C-ko used to look more or less like chibi-versions of their present day forms. B-ko, on the other hand, was described--accurately--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 AmazonianBeauty and C-ko is TheCutie, but B-ko is more clasically gorgeous.) No wonder A-ko failed to recognise her at first.



** [[spoiler:A-ko's parents are apparently Comicbook/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman.]]

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** [[spoiler:A-ko's parents are apparently Comicbook/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman.Franchise/WonderWoman.]]



** D is a parody of ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'''s title character both in name and looks.



* WhipItGood: "Black Jacovini Shooting Star Lash!"
** WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with? B-ko apparently never picked that whip back up after A-ko kicked it out of her hand. She does, however, use a whip again when she and A-ko are bickering in ''The VS''

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* WhipItGood: "Black Jacovini Shooting Star Lash!"
** WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with? B-ko apparently never picked that whip back up after A-ko
Lash!" It's swiftly kicked it out of her hand. hand by A-ko, though. She does, however, use later uses a whip again when she and A-ko are bickering in ''The VS''


* HugeSchoolgirl: Mari is basically [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] in a sailor fuku.

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* HugeSchoolgirl: Mari is basically [[FistOfTheNorthStar [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] in a sailor fuku.



** Mari, B-ko's underling, looks--and fights--like [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] with pigtails.

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** Mari, B-ko's underling, looks--and fights--like [[FistOfTheNorthStar [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] with pigtails.


* FunbagAirbag: Played as an OhCrap moment in addition to a gag, as it's A-ko running into Liza after having kicked her through a wall.

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* FunbagAirbag: Played as an OhCrap moment in addition to a gag, as it's A-ko running into Liza after having kicked her through a wall. [[https://imgur.com/gallery/BI7Bq]]


** Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her nightshirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. 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 while his HeadsUpDisplay helpfully highlights A-ko's crotch.

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** Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her nightshirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. 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 while his HeadsUpDisplay helpfully highlights A-ko's crotch.ass.


** Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her nightshirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. 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.

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** Most of it comes from A-ko. Her opening scene has sunlight filtering through her nightshirt, revealing she isn't wearing a bra underneath. 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.plane while his HeadsUpDisplay helpfully highlights A-ko's crotch.


* IconicOutfit: A-ko's Transfer Student Uniform is this. When CentralParkMedia published [[{{OELManga}} comic adaptations]] of the series, they changed her outfit in their version of ''The VS''[[note]]re-titled as ''Project A-ko Versus the Universe''[[/note]] to the sailor suit as a way of increasing sales.

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* IconicOutfit: A-ko's Transfer Student Uniform is this. When CentralParkMedia Creator/CentralParkMedia published [[{{OELManga}} [[OELManga comic adaptations]] of the series, they changed her outfit in their version of ''The VS''[[note]]re-titled as ''Project A-ko Versus the Universe''[[/note]] to the sailor suit as a way of increasing sales.


* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler: C-ko]] is revealed to be the lost princess the Alpha Cygnans are searching for in the first movie.



* FollowYourHeart: The theme of A-ko's character song from the original film, ''"Follow Your Dreams"''.

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* FollowYourHeart: The theme of A-ko's C-ko's character song from the original film, film ''"Follow Your Dreams"''.

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