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Trivia / Project A-ko

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  • Colbert Bump: Many modern anime fans know this franchise only thanks to Kill la Kill.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The "Love and Robots" DVD has a character listing giving brief character profiles for A-ko, B-ko and C-ko. On C-ko's, it lists that she hates B-ko and doesn't understand why she wants to get with her so badly. This is completely incorrect, as C-ko is shown to have a friendly relationship not only with B-ko but her subordinates as well. She even wishes at the end of FINAL for her, A-ko, B-ko and all of B-ko's gang to all be friends and not fight anymore. If anything, they were referring to Kei, who is the only character C-ko outright hates.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Subverted by D, Mari, and Captain Napolipolita. Mari also plays it straight: when fighting, Mari sounds like a deep voiced male, but when actually talking, she speaks in a very high pitched girl's voice.
  • DVD Commentary:
    • Central Park Media's re-release credits Yuji Moriyama as one of the character designers and animation directors.
    • The Japanese DVD release includes commentary by the three voice actresses that played the lead roles of A-ko, B-ko, and C-ko.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Especially at the time, at least; female urinals are still a thing in some parts of the world.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: B-Ko and C-Ko would later be Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Mars note  respectively and A-Ko herself would make guest appearances as various monsters of the week and characters of the week throughout Sailor Moon's 200 episode run.
  • The Other Darrin: Due to the Canadian-based studio The Ocean Group taking over from the original British studio, the entire English cast was replaced for all the sequels.
    • A-ko was originally voiced by Stacey Gregg. Teryl Rothery voiced her from the second movie onwards.
    • Similarly, C-ko was voiced by Julia Braams in the first movie only, Cathy Weseluck voiced her in all the others.
    • For the rest of the cast, Venus Terzo replaced Denica Fairmannote  as B-Ko, Scott McNeil took over as Captain Napolipolita from Jay Benedict, and the late Robert O. Smith replaced Marc Smith as Operative D.
    • Elisabet Bargalló replaced Graciela Molina in the Spanish dub of the second movie (as Spain only got the two first films).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the mid-90s, a CD-ROM game intended for western markets was in development by Vanguard Media (no relation to any existing company). It would have turned the events of the first film into a fairly ambitious non-linear adventure, featuring new animation and a new voice cast, although the developers also experimented with using sampled dialogue from the original Japanese version of the film. However, due to the publisher, Media Vision, becoming the subject of a massive securities fraud case, the project was cancelled. If you're interested in what the game might have been like, one of the developers uploaded footage of the game's prototype to YouTube. Discotek Media also got their hands on a copy of the prototype, and a showcase of it was created for their Blu-Ray release of the film.
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    • As mentioned on the main page, due to the film masters for the first movie being believed to be lost, Discotek Media's Blu-Ray release was planned to be their first use of an AI-upscaling technology known as "AstroRes", which was specifically designed for hand-drawn 2D animation. Early results- made by assembling and cleaning up new masters created from copies of the film's LaserDisc release and then putting those through the AI- were promising, but when the film masters were eventually found, it was ultimately deemed redundant and work was restarted with the film masters as the basis for their restoration. However, this work wasn't all for naught, as Discotek took what they'd learned and used this process to upscale various trailers, commercials, and other video materials that they didn't have good sources for.