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Project-A-Ko

3. Project A-Ko (1986)

Originally intended as an episode of erotic anime series ‘Cream Lemon’ , this is unlike anything ever seen and yet is almost a parody of much of the anime that was taking place in the mid 80’s. It has elements of Battle of the Planets , Fist of the North Star and Macross and takes place at an all-girls school called Graviton High where A-Ko lives out her days with her annoying/cute little best friend C-Ko.

A-Ko has superhuman strength and she has to bring this into practice when rich kid B-Ko comes to the school and decides she wants C-Ko all to herself. So for the next week or so after school A-Ko has to defend herself from all manner of giant robots or mecha that B-Ko creates. Then suddenly a race of outer space transvestites invades Earth, deciding that C-Ko is their queen and the two of them have to team up to save their little friend.

It’s as daft as it sounds but has to be seen at least once to sample the sailor-suited strangeness. This is one of the titles that stands out from the early 90’s western anime boom and along with Akira was a sort of poster child for the genre.

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