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The girls - and their panties - are back!
— Tagline on a trailer for one of the OVAs

Agent Aika (or AIKa) is both the Ultimate Panty Shot Vehicle and definitive proof that Most Writers Are Male. There is also some plot - and it's surprisingly amusing.

20 Minutes into the Future, the Earth has been ruined due to Global Warming; lots of places are now submerged deep under the sea. Enter Aika Sumeragi, a beautiful woman who works as a "Salvager" (scuba-divers hunting for valuables under the water) in a little family-owned company managed by the father-daughter team of Gozo and Rion Aida. Since Gozo's policy of good service for a low price manages to drive the company to bankruptcy, he decides to accept a high-paying mission: finding a material named Lagu (known in the Latin American subtitles as "Ragg").

After recovering the Lagu, Aika and Rion are captured by an oversexed White Hair, Black Heart man named Hagen, who wants the Lagu so that he can bring about The End of the World as We Know It and repopulate the planet with his own descendants; to that end, he has created an army of scantily-clad and skilled women called the Delmo.

Aika has a secret, though: when she was younger, she was the victim of some nasty experiments, and as a result, she possesses a Super Corset that transforms her into a super-powered version of herself (that is all but naked). When Hagen discovers Aika's secret, he thinks she will do fine in his harem. After Aika rejects the prospect, she takes it upon herself to find a way to defeat Hagen, his even more disturbing sister, and his entire army; with the help of Rion, Gust (a salvager who has a crush on Aika), Bandra and the enigmatic spy Miss Maypia, Aika ends up saving the world and stopping Hagen's plans.

That's what happens in the first four OVA episodes; after these episodes proved popular, three more were created to capitalize on the success. In the last three episodes, the Delmo army—deprived of any reason for existence following Hagen's death—turn their attention towards Aika. They want to discover her secret and defeat her at all costs, and they will use any method they need—including loli-looking doctors and Bifauxnens—to accomplish the task.

There are two new series of OVA, Prequels where Aika is a teenager, called AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission and AIKa ZERO.

Najica Blitz Tactics — by the same director of Aika/AIKa 16 (Katsuhiko Nishijima) and the same studio behind all of the Aika OVAs (Fantasia) — has totally different characters and a wholly different plot, but for the most part displays the same level of Fanservice that Aika does.


  • Applied Phlebotinum: "Ultranate" is what Aika's special corset is made of.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Pretty much every female character with a few exceptions,
    • Nina who is obviously straight... for her brother, though she is not adverse to acting sexual to her minons.
    • The two leader white Delmos who are obviously in a relationship together.
    • Other than that, characters like Rion (towards Aika) are pretty ambiguous. The OV As then have Eri who is obviously gay, but may be in the closet, toward Karen-senpai who herself is very ambiguous. Then there is pretty much every bad girl in the second OVA except the Big Bad and The Dragon who are obviously into each other.
    • In a somewhat surprising aversion for a fanservice series, Aika makes unambiguously clear she is not attracted to girls with her reaction to Pierre Valimore (a.k.a. Valerie) and to Eri's antics in the OVAs.
  • Anti-Villain: With exception to Nina and Hagen, pretty much everyone else isn't really a bad guy, especially in the OVAs.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Rie, who can react to Aika's fighting style after watching one fight, Aika pulls this on her when she realizes this and uses a different move to beat her.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Rion has no powers but gets by with smarts and guile.
    • Gust gets by on bravado and gunplay.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: While bared breasts are shown with nipples, groins are featureless.
  • Between My Legs: This shot is often employed for easy upskirt shots.
  • Bifauxnen: A few Delmos plus one in particular.
  • BioAugmentation: What Aika's transformation is.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The Delmos. The OVAs have them too but they're just mind controled school girls.
  • Body Horror: Nina got it after trying to use the reproduced Aika's nanomachine enhancement.
  • Boring, but Practical: Bandra's wardrobe leans towards grease-stained coveralls instead of a Dangerously Short Skirt. But she makes up for it with Cool Shades and an orange mohawk.
  • Breast Attack: Aika's on the receiving end of one in R-16. Risako Nagisa drives her high-heeled sandal right into Aika's breast, making sure to grind it in a bit for good measure. With only a skimpy swimsuit on, there wasn't much to protect Aika.
  • Bridge Bunnies: The bridge of Hagen's battleship is manned by White Delmos.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Rudolf and Nina.
  • Captive Push: When Rion is captured by the Delmos, she is handcuffed and taken to a cell at gun point by a blue Delmo when they arrive at the door Rion is pushed with the weapon while the Delmo orders her to enter in the room
  • Cat Fight: Many times, but especially when Aika vs Rie.
  • Cherry Tapping: One mook gets knocked out after being hit on the head with an orange in Virgin Mission.
  • Colour Coded Characters: Black Delmo are lowly foot soldiers and menial administrators of Hagen's/the Delmogeny's battleship and outposts, the Blues are highly-trained assault troops and guards, the Pinks are mechanics, technicians and heavy-ordnance operators, the Goldens are a post-Hagen special-ops task force, while the Whites are the top-ranking commanders second only to Hagen himself and his sister and second-in-command, Neena, Hagen's closest personal bodyguards, and also serve as the Bridge Bunnies for Hagen's battleship.
  • Combat Tentacles: One of the Ultranate's powers is to create multiple and very useful tentacles.
  • Cool Plane:
    • Aika seems to have a thing for old Russian fighter jets. In her first encounter with Hagen and the Delmos, she flies a 2-seat MiG-21, which has been modified for V/STOL (Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing). Later, she has a 2-seat MiG-25, modified for an additional passenger space in the nose area.
    • In AIKa ZERO, she flies a small single-seat passenger jet, which is later modified into a makeshift fighter jet with four machine guns.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: All the girls wear these except for Bandra; the better to show off their panties.
  • Disney Death: Aika appears to have died in an explosion in the original series and in the OVA, Aika Zero, the Big Bad looks to have died saving her Dragon, but both are fine later.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Rion and Maypia does this, but so does Michikusa who just think the Delmo outfit is cute.
  • Dull Surprise: Hagen tends to react to everything with a monotone "What?" in the English dub.
  • Drunken Boxing: Played straight with Gozo, who manages to beat up a bunch of Delmos and sing karaoke at the same time, all while completely shitfaced.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite being one of Aika's first foes, Risako Nagisa still assists Aika, Eri, and Karen in Zero.
  • Fanservice:
    • Usually in the form of upskirts and revealing clothing.
    • There are also plenty of bare breasts, which are usually drawn with nipples intact. However, the groin area is strictly Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • Five-Bad Band: Delmos from the second part of the original series
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: There's no way these minidresses can get any tighter; bless your perverse lechery, Hagen.
  • Four Is Death: The four Golden Delmos.
  • Furo Scene: Two of them in the first two episodes of Aika Zero between Aika, Karen and Eri.
  • Gainaxing: Actually not as prevalent as the massive amount of fanservice would suggest, Panty Shots are more the order of the day. The OVA's however do this a lot with Eri and Risako.
  • Handsome Lech: Hagen purposely created women to his liking to work for him.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Aika does that in a few occasions, whenever Eri's antics start to be too much for her.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Subverted. The relationships between members of the Delmos is underplayed until the second OVA series, but then it comes out in the open.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Big Bad in the Second OVA series, saves her dragon by taking a spear of light up the you-know-what. Luckily, despite it looking otherwise both are fine and even get a happily ever after.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: It's doubtful if those Delmo girls have little, if any marksmanship training. Lampshaded once when Bandora commented if they managed to hit something despite their pansy marksmanship.
  • Improperly Placed Firearms: Those assault rifles the Delmos use appears to be StG-44 rifles, I wonder why they still use those WW2 grade weapons in the future.
  • Instant Sedation: The darts from Aika's pistol knock out Delmos instantly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gust lusts after Aika but performs some pretty heroic actions.
  • Killed Off for Real: In both series and Ova the only person to expressly die is Hagen, Nina is actually last seen as alive though mentally broken.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Sania and Tonia, the last half of the Golden Delmo is introduced in the final episode.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Rion, after seeing Aika transform for the first time.
    Rion: "It's wonderful! Like something out of anime!"
  • Likes Older Women: Gust, even more obvious 10 years earlier.
  • Lingerie Scene: Rion breaks into one of the Delmos' lockers, trying to find some clothes to let her blend in. She finds some rather skimpy lingerie instead. She wears it anyway.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: From the original series there is the two head white delmos, the long green haired one and short gray haired one, and the second OVA has the big bad and her dragon. Eri from the OVA's and Rion from the Original's are this but the object of their affections, Karen-sempai and Aika, are Ambiguously Gay and not at all, respectively.
  • Locked Up and Left Behind: After Rion easily escapes from her captor she leaves her stripped of everything and bound. She is not heard from again.
  • Meaningful Name: "Delmo" (rōmaji Derumo) is an anagram of "model" (rōmaji moderu), as in "fashion model". Don't let the initial connotations fool you, however.
  • Meganekko: Rion is smart and has some big glasses.
  • Minionshipping: A lot of the minions are flirtatious or explicitly in relationships with each other.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Rion gets a uniform knocking out a dumb blonde blue delmo, escaping from it easily, leaving the humiliating image of the henchwoman knocked tied up and locked there just in underwear.
  • Ms. Fanservice: With all the revealing outfits, panty shots, and learing camera angles, you could make that case that this title applies to every female character in the entire series.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Among other things, Rion wore Aika's Corset of Power in an official trailer but never in the show itself.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Nipples are shown (mostly female), but no genitalia.
  • Non-Action Guy: Michikusa, so much. During one of the fight scenes, Aika and Rion do all the work, while he just stands around and does a weird interpretive dance.
  • No Name Given: All but one of the White Delmos are not given name at all, and the one given name is not the leader.
  • The Nudifier: Aika's transformed outfit isn't just revealing; the Applied Phlebotinum it's made of removes all of her regular clothes before transforming her.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Hagen with his Moonraker-esque scheme of using the Lagu to purge humanity so that he and the Delmo can reign over it.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Yet another way of ensuring a Panty Shot.
  • Paid Harem: Hagen wants to "cleanse the world from the unworthy" using the Lagu, and "repopulate it with the Delmos' assistance", and he offers the captive Rion a chance to "help" him in this endeavour. Needless to say, she tells him in no uncertain terms that she does not appreciate the "offer" at all. With a good deal of unladylike swearing and cursing.
  • Panty Fighter: Probably the Ur-Example.
  • Panty Shot: Do NOT make a drinking game out of panty shots if you are averse to alcohol poisoning.
    • Hagen deliberately has the Captain's chair on his ship's bridge on a considerably lower elevation than the rest of the room, to give a perfect view of every single passing Delmo's underwear.
    • Bennett the Sage's Anime Abandon review on the anime made a counting gag out of this, where THE FINAL COUNT IS 175 SCENES FEATURING PANTY SHOTS.
  • Pet the Dog: Hagen has one in the second OVA, after capturing The Big Bad and Dragon, the end credits show he eventually let them go after studying their abilities and they are shown happily living together.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Aika's transformed state has its' limits and will revert to corset-form to recharge when it's energy is depleted. This can take hours or days, depending on the energy drain. If it's really low on energy, it will compress into a small black ball.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The four Golden Delmos, maybe also all White Delmos as well who are supposedly their leaders though they attack Aika in a way of Zerg Rush rather than skill.
  • Ray Gun: Hagen has one especially designed to defeat Aika. The first time, it works very well; the second time, not so much, because her Applied Phlebotinum has adapted. Also because Hagen can't stop running his mouth.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • The Delmo's motives after destruction of the lagu and death of Rudolf Hagen
    • Eventually the Delmos leaders decide after Aika has defeated all their best fighters at the same time, that revenge isn't worth it seeing their comrades hurt.
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: It certainly seems to have a mind of its own at times. Aika is definitely more aggressive and violent when transformed.
  • She's Got Legs: Everyone has long legs and short skirts.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Hagen manages to copy some of the Ultranate's technology, making it into a pair of very brief panties for Nina. Unfortunately, it's not as good as the original, and it breaks down after fighting Aika's Ultranate for only a few minutes.
  • Shower Scene: There is one especially large all-female shower scene in ZERO filled with students about to be abducted.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Latin American subtitling aired in Locomotion had Aika looking for the "Ragg".
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gust, no really, he is a good guy.
  • States of Phlebotinum: Changes from solid (corset) to semi-liquid (mid-transformation), and back to solid again (fully-transformed). Then Aika can make it extrude Combat Tentacles for attack or defense, or anything else she needs, like helping to restart a jet engine in mid-air.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • Justified in the case of the Delmo girls, since Hagen wanted his army that way. Other characters don't have such an excuse.
    • Literally, in Aika's case, since before transforming her, the Applied Phlebotinum will first remove (not tear off!) all of Aika's regular clothing.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Aika and Rion are both saddened when Nina's nanites start to go haywire and destroy her body, unfortunately at that point they can't do anything to help her.
  • Tap on the Head: There are an ungodly amount of character knockouts as result of physical force, but none of them appear to cause any real injuries other than a brief nap.
  • Token Mini-Moe: One of the clones of Karen in the R-16 OVA. Tiny. Adorable. Homicidal. Rie the gold delmo in the original.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Aika only knocks her opponents out, while she may be rather brutal about it, for the most part her enemies will be fine when they wake up.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Aika's pistol fires darts. This isn't her main knockout method against her enemies, but it is used quite often in episode six. In R16 and Aika Zero, all guns appear to fire bullets, but they have the same effect as tranquilizer darts.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Hagen's motive is to create a utopia with only him and his chosen left.
  • Villainous Incest: One of Rudolf's bedmates is Nina, his sister.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eri and Aika in the Ova's.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted and defied. The Delmos Commander takes proper steps to ensure proper full evacuation of her crew twice. Also, her motivation for taking revenge as well as the motivation of Valerie to act as "Pierre Valimore" is to avenge the Delmos mooks that got pretty mauled in the previous battle.
  • World of Action Girls: The girls outnumber the guys at least 10-to-1, and they're all action-y as hell.