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Discotek Media Schedules ‘Project A-Ko’ Anime Blu-ray Restoration Project Release

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Best. Film. Ever.

Discotek Media thankfully rescued all of the Project A-Ko films a few years back but the original is still by the far the best of the bunch – the kind of film that you can revisit over the years and discover more about the more anime you watch. Originally released in 1986, the first film has only seen DVD releases which have been unfortunate since it comes from a time where there should be some good film masters but Japan is awful in storing or even thinking to keep such things. Discotek Media revealed over the past year the various plans that they were working through for an upscale restoration before getting help in acquiring the original materials for this new “perfect edition” release.

Now, the distributor has set a December 21st, 2021 release date for the property where it’ll be priced at $29.95 and present the film remastered from the original film negatives. It’ll be bilingual and include:

  • Feature Commentaries
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Music Retrospective
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interviews
  • Galleries
  • Extensive Liner Notes

The film was written and directed by Katsuhiko Nishijima based on an original story he wrote with Kazumi Shirasaka. Yuji Moriyama worked on the character designs while APPP handled the animation production.

The Japanese cast includes Emi Shinohara as Biko “B-Ko” Daitokuji, Michie Tomizawa as Shiko “C-Ko” Kotobuki, and Miki Itō as Eiko “A-Ko” Magami. The English dub was directed by Michael Bakewell and the cast includes Denica Fairman as Biko “B-Ko” Daitokuji, Julia Brahms as Shiko “C-Ko” Kotobuki, and Stacey Gregg as Eiko “A-Ko” Magami.

Plot Concept: On a splendid morning, an effervescently cheerful teenaged schoolgirl named A-ko sets off for school with her delightfully ditzy friend, C-ko. The duo are students in a marvelous futuristic city, but A-ko is about to run afoul of the wealthy and powerful B-ko, a young lady used to getting everything she wants—and what she wants is C-ko! Also, a vast and powerful alien fleet is about to touch down in Graviton City, and they’re after something, too. Fortunately for us, A-ko’s no ordinary schoolgirl—she’s got super powers of her own!

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