A-Ko (Project A-Ko)

A-Ko and C-Ko


Project A-Ko is an older (1986) animé . It’s a goofy, not-highbrow action-comedy about super-powered schoolgirls feuding.

A-Ko is the story’s protagonist, and C-Ko’s sort of her sidekick.


  • Real Name: Eiko Magami.
  • Marital Status: None.
  • Known Relatives: Her world’s anime versions of Superman and Wonder Woman (father and mother, respectively).
  • Group Affiliation: Graviton High School.
  • Base Of Operations: Graviton City.
  • Height: 5’ 6” Weight: 110 lb. Age: 16
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Eiko (or, “A-ko”) Magami is a perfectly normal girl. She just happens to be stronger and faster than anyone else alive.

She’s strong enough to punch huge holes straight through massive mecha , throw tanks like baseballs, and shatter reinforced concrete with a flick of her wrist or a misplaced blow. The epic battle between her and her rival, B-Ko, destroyed large sections of Graviton City and laid their high school to waste.

Throughout the series of films, strange things happen to A-ko and her friends at every turn, without rhyme or reason.


The vintage trailer (in Japanese, because I hate Freedom – ed.).


Project A-ko is a screwball comedy in the anime genre. It revolves around three girls, A-ko, B-ko, and C-ko. This is a reference to the Japanese custom of listing film extras as “A”, B” “C”, etc.. Thus A-ko, B-ko and C-ko are literally “girl A”, “girl B” and “girl C”.

They all attend the Graviton High School (no relation) for Girls.

A-ko is easily the strongest being on the planet. However, A-ko considers herself to be perfectly normal, and worries mostly about getting to school on time. Her best friend is Shiiko (or, “C-ko”) Kotobuki.

The two girls have just transferred to Graviton High School and catch the attention of Biko (or, “B-ko”) Daitokuji, a brilliant (but spoiled-rotten) classmate with a knack for building mecha in no time flat.

Oh B-ko, B-ko, because B-ko

B-ko develops an unexpected crush on the innocent C-ko, and becomes determined to get A-ko out of the picture at any cost. Her determination goes from being merely obsessive to homicidal when she realizes that she and A-ko were rivals back in kindergarten.


Logically enough, she creates a series of killer mecha to defeat A-ko before the morning bell rings. All of them are destroyed effortlessly by A-ko.

In a final attempt at victory, B-ko makes the fight more personal by donning her infamous Akagiyama-23 battlesuit. She then challenges A-ko to a “fight to the finish” that devastates the school and parts of Graviton City.

Oh yes, aliens too

Meanwhile, Earth is being threatened by an massive spaceship. These are the aliens of the Lepton Kingdom of Alpha-Cygni, who have come to Earth to retrieve their long-lost princess. Who turns out, oddly enough, to be C-ko.

B-ko teams up with A-ko to rescue C-ko from the clutches of the crossdressing alcoholic aliens (I love that phrase!). There’s a massive fight, the ship crashes, and A-ko, B-ko and C-ko get home safe having saved the day.

At the end of the film, a brief glimpse of A-ko’s parents is shown. They appear to be American superheroes Clark Kent and Diana Prince, better known as Superman and Wonder Woman. This, apparently, explains why A-ko has such superhuman abilities. Their presence in Japan goes unexplained.

But none of this quite explains B-ko’s superhuman intelligence, C-ko’s strange appeal, or the general weirdness that occurs around the trio.


Petite redhead in a japanese schoolgirl uniform. Unbearably cute.


A-ko is usually very friendly, cheerful, and polite. She always tries to lead a normal life despite her unusual lineage. However, she does have a fiery temper, and is very dangerous when angered. She has a large appetite, and a tendency to oversleep on school days.

Her constant friend is C-ko Kotobuki, whom she has known since kindergarten. Although she truly loves C-ko, even she can be frustrated at her friend’s relentless immaturity.

A-ko lives in fear of C-ko’s cooking, which does not even remotely resemble anything marginally edible.


“AGK ! I’m late for school ! First day, and I’m late !”

(A-ko has just stopped Mari from hurting C-ko) “What a bully !” (shoves Mari through a wall)

B-ko: “ A-ko, you haven’t forgotten the girl who swore she’d get even with you for taking C-ko away from her ?”
A-ko: “What ? Afraid so. And I’ve got a pretty good memory.”
B-ko: “Who challenged you…”
A-ko: “I don’t remember… any more clues ?”
B-ko: “A fight to the finish.”
A-ko (straining): “Mmm… Urg… YEAH !”

B-ko: “Now we can get down to business without interference or interruptions from any of them.”
A-ko: (fuming) “I managed to get up in time today and left home in plenty of time to make it here with even a bit to spare, which will probably never happen again. But now I’m late anyway thanks to you and I feel REAL MAD !” (starts destroying B-ko’s mecha) “REAL MAD !!!”

B-ko: “Now I’m dressed for action ! This suit gives me the ability to match you in unarmed combat !”
A-ko (nervously)”Gee, ain’t it cold in that ?”
B-ko: “Laugh all you like. En garde !”

DC Universe History

Considering the weirdness that happens so often in Graviton City, Project A-ko is a parallel to both the TV series Smallville and the Giffen JLI series. Since A-ko is the descendant of her world’s Superman and Wonder Woman, it’s most likely that she is a Hypertime  (if that’s still applicable) counterpart of a possible future.

Kingdom Come springs immediately to mind, though the spirit of A-ko’s world doesn’t fit the grim setting. Imagine Kingdom Come crossed with Giffen’s JLI and you’ve got it.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

Tell me more about the game stats


A 903 Point Character

Dex: 08 Str: 17 Bod: 10 Motivation: Upholding The Good
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Student
Inf: 04 Aur: 08 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 022 HP: 035

Running: 06, Jumping: 05, Cling: 04, Extended Hearing: 08, Directional Hearing: 08, Super Hearing: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Cling: Only for Running along Walls and surfaces, Does not last longer than a few Phases at a time (-2).

Acrobatics*: 08, Martial Artist*: 08, Weaponry (Heavy Weapons, Melee Weapons, Missile Weapons)*: 08

Area Knowledge (Graviton City), Buddy (C-ko), Lightning Reflexes, Luck, Local Hero (Graviton High), Familiarity (English), Schtick (Gratuitous Fan Service (Panty shots)).


Age (Young), Oblivious, Nemesis (B-ko), Weirdness Magnet, Dependant (C-ko), Attack Vulnerability (Cutting/Piercing Damage, -1 Column Shift), Misc: Unintended Consequences (See Below).

ARMBANDS [BODY 16, HP Cost: 208, Misc: Armbands allow A-ko to control her vast STR, neutralizing the “Unintended Consequences” Drawback].

Unintended Consequences

A-ko’s powers are kept in check by the distinctive armbands that she always wears. Without them, her strength is uncontrollable, and she destroys nearly anything she touches (and even things that she doesn’t touch.)

If not wearing her “Control” armbands, Anything A-ko touches (buildings, trees, steel I-beams, pencils, desks, books, friends, crossdressing alcoholic aliens., etc.) or even gestures at (If it is within 0 AP’s) is attacked by her full Str, and is (typically) destroyed.

Similarly, while running, anything within a 0 AP radius of her (other than anything she’s carrying) is attacked by a physical attack equal to her current active AP’s of Running, if she goes above a normal human pace.

C-ko (Shiiko Kotobuki)

Dex: 02 Str: 01 Bod: 02 Motivation:
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation:
Inf: 06 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}:
Init: 010 HP: 010

Broadcast Empathy (Insufferable Cuteness): 25

Artist (Cooking): Minus 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Anything C-ko cooks will be inedible to humankind.

None demonstrated.

A-ko (High), B-ko (High), Captain Napolipolita (High), D (High).

MIA toward A-ko, SIA toward Whining and Crying, MIH of Kei, Misc: C-ko is secretly the Fourth Princess of the Fifth Queen of the Lepton Kingdom of Alpha Cygni, and inexplicably everyone wants to posses her in some way (Hence the Power of Broadcast Empathy).

By Pufnstuff.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet, Roy Cowan, Eric Langendorff, Civanfan2, William Chamberlin, Project A-Ko DVD Commentary, imdb.com .

Source of Character: Project A-Ko anime film, Love and Robots compilation.