Project A-ko is a popular comedic anime and manga series. It began as a series of four movies, and later two alternate-universe OVAs (the "Vs." series) were released. This parody series references and lampoons a number of other works of anime from the 1970s and 1980s. The title itself is a reference to a Jackie Chan movie, Project A. Production of the first movie included several artists who would later go onto become popular in their own works, including Kia Asamiya and Atsuko Nakajima. Also noted is the western production of the soundtrack of the first movie, credited to Joey Carbone & Richie Zito.
The English language version was produced and released by Central Park Media and was one of the first Anime series brought to the western market. It has had a profound impact in Japanese animation and manga and has become a benchmark and a cornerstone of the industry ever since. While not the most outrageous anime anymore, it was once considered to be over the top and ushered in a new style of humor that is common to many Anime today.
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