Plastic Little is a Seinen Anime created by Satoshi Urushihara and Kinji Yoshimoto at studio KSS. It was published in Japan as a one-shot OVA on the 21st of March, 1994. It was first released in North America on VHS by ADV Films; in 2001 ADV announced that the Anime would be released on to DVD on February 5, 2002.
Later adapted into a single volume Manga released in May 2004, published by Gakken and featured in Comic Nora. The manga continues on the plot of the original OVA.
The story involves Tita Mu Koshigaya, a young woman in the skies of Ietta who captains the ship Cha-Cha Maru, and who collects exotic animals for sale to zoos for profit. The captain becomes involved in a war of international importance when her Love Interest and shipmate Elysse is tracked down by a militant force, led by the armored man and aspiring conqueror Guizel, intent on discovering a secret that may serve the deciding factor to the world's future. Both incarnations of the story include an action/adventure plot stimulated with heavy character interaction and much Fanservice as common for a Satoshi Urushihara work.
Contains Examples Of:
- Accidental Pervert: Nichol, mostly in the manga.
- A-Cup Angst: Tita, big time.
- Air-Vent Passageway
- All There in the Manual: Promotional materials explain that the story is set on a Floating Continent in the atmosphere of a gas giant. There are hardly any metals available to the colonists, so everything's made out of plastic synthesized from hydrocarbons in the clouds, hence the title.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy/Nipple and Dimed: While the anime no doubt had no shortage of lovingly-drawn and detailed breasts and nipples (with a few ass shots thrown in for good measure), the females' crotches were always featureless in the few blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments they were exposed. Briefly averted in the manga, however, which shows a bit of Tita's pubic hair that was just a bit too high up to be cut off by the panel border.
- Big Bad: In the original OVA, Guizel is the armored commander of a rogue military faction that aims to conquer Ietta, and he seeks to capture Elysse to activate his gravity weapons, putting him against Tita and her crew who want to protect her. The manga is more episodic and has No Antagonist.
- Big Damn Heroes: Balboa intervening in what would have lead to Elysse's capture and Tita's execution in the middle of a villa street. Via Macross Missile Massacre no less.
- Bishōnen: Nichol's design borders on looking like one of Urushihara's typical female designs, at least facially.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: During the final battle, the main villain has Tita by the neck and is counting down until he breaks it, when Tita finishes it from him and blows his brains out. What makes it particularly stupid is that the villain knows Tita is holding the gun (and she is still capable of using it) and doesn't do anything to disarm her.
- Bulletproof Human Shield:
- Tita uses herself as one during the climax. Elysse does get a potentially permanent scar when one bullet manages to strike her, though. It's because her industrial-strength armor.
- Nichol also does this for Tita in the manga. The two hook up not long after.
- Bulletproof Vest: Pet Shop Hunter jumpsuits. However, it is demonstrated that just because armor can keep bullets out doesn't mean it necessarily prevents damage - On one occasion, the Big Bad tortures Tita by repeatedly shooting her in the stomach until the she spits blood from internal injuries.
- Cool Airship: So impossibly cool, it has a gigantic fish-tank (capable of holding several air-whales), and a water park for a "bath." What.
- Damsel in Distress: Elysse, right from the start, must be protected from Guizel and his soldiers who want to use her to conquer Ietta.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Tita hesitates for about 0'0005 nanoseconds before running in to rescue a complete stranger from a bunch of guys who are so obviously State Sec.
- Gainaxing: A quintessential example of this trope. The Gainaxing is so overdone that ADV included an on-screen "jiggle counter" as a special feature on their DVD.
- Gratuitous Russian: The Russian of the news paper some of the crew members is reading is really, really bad.
- Hospital Hottie: Mei, the Cha Cha Maru's on board medic, has the biggest breasts of the three women.
- Nosebleed: Nichol gets a big one while spying on Tita and Elysse in the bath.
- Official Couple: Tita and Nichol, as of the fourth manga chapter.
- Painted-On Pants: Actually, a painted-on jumpsuit that is improbably bulletproof.
- Skinship Grope: Tita, when she discovers that the girl she's rescued is not only younger than her, but several cup sizes larger.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While he's a competent enough member of the team in his own way, Roger borders on being The Load at times due to his tendency to over graze the team's food supplies, as well as annoy Tita (and Nichol by proxy) with his peeping tom antics.
- Tsundere: Mild example with Tita. She's actually very friendly, but don't peep on her or she'll bash your head in. This behavior towards Nichol, the resident Accidental Pervert, is lessened once the two become a couple in the manga. Roger, not so much.
- Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. There are plenty of compassionate male characters, but whereas the main hero and captain of the ship, Tita, and the Deuteragonist Elysse are both women, the loathsome Big Bad Guizel and his soldiers are all men.