Project Blue Earth SOS, directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by ACGTnote , is a six-episode OVA series set in an alternate version of the nineties. In a review for the first DVD volume, Anime News Network's Carl Kimlinger had called the show as a "throw back to the gee-wiz adventures of 50's B-cinema and the likes of Tom Swift".
The story is as follows: petroleum-based energy has become obsolete due to the efficient, powerful, and renewable energy of the G-Reaction engines. On January 1, 1995, a G-Reactive fighter plane was being tested, while it was hit by a mysterious rainbow light and disappeared. In 1999, two boys, Billy Kimura and Penny Carter, view similar events occur right before their eyes. Realizing that something is up, the two boys take it upon themselves to get to the bottom of the strange occurrences. Eventually, they learn of an Alien Invasion and the government's efforts to defend the earth from this impending threat.
The series' setting is made to be what some people in the mid-twentieth century would imagine the future to be like. That, coupled with the series' flow and sheer over-the-top nature is very reminiscent of the legendary Giant Robo OVA series. It's an intentional homage to science fiction TV shows of the black-and-white era, complete with campy designs for alien weaponry and human technology , overacting on the part of minor characters, and two young heroes. This series goes for So Bad, It's Good. And it works!
This manga provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Emely.
- Adults Are Useless: Averted. The kids need the help of the adults in the Labyrinth Alliance at more than one point.
- Aliens Are Bastards: The Baguans.
- Alien Invasion: AND HOW!
- Black and White Morality: The evil Baguan aliens want to wipe out humanity for no apparent reason? Fear not! The Labyrinth Alliance and its superior technology shall fight for humanity's survival to the bitter end!
- Bring Him to Me: Happens to Penny in the final episode.
- Justified in that Penny had information the Baguans needed.
- Car Chase: One occurs in episode 1.
- Child Prodigy: Billy and Penny both graduated from prestigious colleges when normal kids their ages would have been in middle school.
Captain Clayton: Their observational skills surpass that of most adults.
- It's discussed more than once.
- Conspicuous CG: Nearly everything mechanical (human or alien) is shown as this. There are a couple of exceptions though, including the airplane in some scenes of episode 1 and the military trucks & battleship in episode 2.
- Cool Car: Emely has two - her main one is a pink, Cadillac-inspired Flying Car with weapons, including a four-pronged armor piercing drillnote . There's also a decidedly less cool red one she uses in episode 2.
- The car in episode 4 also deserves a mention, even if its engine is frozen.
- Deus ex Machina: Averted! The existence of a group fighting against the Baguans was hinted at several times before they came to save the day.
- Distressed Dude: Poor Penny Carter.
- First-Episode Spoiler: The Existence of the Labyrinth Alliance is treated as a plot twist. Admittedly, each episode is rather long and contains two or three episodes' worth of content. What would be an individual episode's ending consists of a campy "On the Next Episode of..." Catchphrase that includes a brief summary of the episode's recent developments, what could this mean? and someone literally saying find out on the next episode of Project Blue Earth SOS!
- Flying Car
- Government Conspiracy: At first, the Labyrinth Alliance tried to cover up the oncoming invasion in order to prevent a panic.
- Human Aliens: Margarette.
- And the Baguans, too, at first.
- Humans Are Special
- Kid Hero: Penny and Billy.
- Kill All Humans: Again, the Baguans.
- Killed Off for Real: Captain Clayton. James as well when his Captain Scarletesque immortality is robbed from him in the final battle.
- Mind Probe: After Penny's captured in the final episode.
- Rule of Cool
- Tagalong Kid: You'd figure that Penny and Billy would fall into this category, but they fit better in the Kid Hero area. The title of the series' Tagalong Kid goes to the one and only, Lotta Breast, that boarders on The Load but barely manages to avoid it.
- Save the World
- Unfortunate Names: Lotta Breast (pronounced Breest in the dub) who's a little kid, and Penny Carter, who's a guy.