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Kicksville



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:17 pm Reply with quote
I'm glad the kids now have a way to watch the anime the looping gifs in their vaporwave compilations are from.
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TravellinMatt77



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:32 pm Reply with quote
On top of all that, the film also has a great 80's soundtrack.
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gpanthony



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:17 pm Reply with quote
My first anime and still one of my favorites... Also, apparently almost EVERYONE in the industry at the time worked on it in some minor capacity...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:29 pm Reply with quote
Timeless classic.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:25 pm Reply with quote
A great classic! Nice animation, classy 80s character designs and soundtrack. Huge fun.

Project A-ko was the first anime I purchased on VHS and later my very first dvd.
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MarshalBanana



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:40 pm Reply with quote
Is C-Ko anything like Yuri from Galaxy Fraulein Yuna? I just get that impression from looking at her.
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ZelosZoidberg



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:08 pm Reply with quote
I think I'll bust out my discotek disk tonight. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this supposed to be a ecchi title that got changed as it went on in development?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:21 pm Reply with quote
ZelosZoidberg wrote:
I think I'll bust out my discotek disk tonight. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this supposed to be a ecchi title that got changed as it went on in development?


To quote from the Wikipedia article:
"Project A-ko was initially planned to be part of the Cream Lemon series of pornographic OVAs, but during the production of the series, it was decided to make it into a more mainstream title. The only sequence animated during its Cream Lemon days left in the revised production is B-ko's private bath scene. In a nod to Project A-ko's origins as a Cream Lemon episode, the owner and several working girls from the brothel in the Cream Lemon episode "Pop Chaser" - where director Katsuhiko Nishijima was one of the animators - can be seen in one of the classrooms A-ko and B-ko crash through during a fight sequence in the film."
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FLCLGainax



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:29 pm Reply with quote
This is a blast from the past. Fun movie that never takes itself seriously and doesn't care how tasteless it can get. I'm glad it's on a streaming service where newer fans can discover it.

BTW, how's the encode of this movie on RetroCrush look when compared to Discotek's DVD? I was wondering whether the laserdisc master could be improved when not subject to the limitations of MPEG-2.
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gpanthony



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:40 pm Reply with quote
Hellsoldier wrote:
ZelosZoidberg wrote:
I think I'll bust out my discotek disk tonight. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this supposed to be a ecchi title that got changed as it went on in development?


To quote from the Wikipedia article:
"Project A-ko was initially planned to be part of the Cream Lemon series of pornographic OVAs, but during the production of the series, it was decided to make it into a more mainstream title. The only sequence animated during its Cream Lemon days left in the revised production is B-ko's private bath scene. In a nod to Project A-ko's origins as a Cream Lemon episode, the owner and several working girls from the brothel in the Cream Lemon episode "Pop Chaser" - where director Katsuhiko Nishijima was one of the animators - can be seen in one of the classrooms A-ko and B-ko crash through during a fight sequence in the film."


I bought an art book for A-ko a few years back, and it has some storyboards from the original version. Definitely ecchi.
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Theodore Relic



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:31 pm Reply with quote
TravellinMatt77 wrote:
On top of all that, the film also has a great 80's soundtrack.


Fun fact; Ritchie Zito (one of the two Americans who produced the soundtrack) would later produce The Cult album Sanctuary.
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Lactobacillus yogurti



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:02 pm Reply with quote
Quick reminder that the recently departed Jay Benedict was part of the dub.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:53 am Reply with quote
And Captain Napolipolito's American voice actor Jay Benedict just died from Covid-19, as reported right here in ANN. Unsettlingly current.
Also somewhat... tiring? disappointing? Somewhere between the two... having watched A-ko when it was new and I was in my 30s, to read how young people approach it with so-called modern worldliness, with no idea of how it actually felt back then, I am only once again reminded of the vast, unbridgeable gap between generations, and why history repeats itself..
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ReifuTD



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:07 am Reply with quote
I don't think I checked out Retro Crush yet, I wounder what the quality of the video is because I have these movies on DVD some of these anime look like shit compared to old DVDs I feel I a seen Project A-Ko streaming some where else though.
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isahackjob



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:11 am Reply with quote
If you haven't ever seen this old making of, its a great.

https://youtu.be/yB76MDp7uNg

Also the american music producer screems cocain 80s and its great.
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