A little girl witnesses a plane land, and is given a glass of water which she must fight to protect. Against mecha, green lizards and even the spaceship Enterprise, the girl struggles to get the water to a daikon radish… which turns into a giant spaceship! After she is all grown up, the girl continues to battle stormtroopers and a variety of other science fiction characters, with the help of a light saber sword!
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
At one point in FLCL, the female protagonist flies through the air in a bunny suit, shouting 'Daicon V!' This is just one of the many references in that anime, in this case, referring to the Daicon III and IV shorts - done by the people who would later found Gainax, the studio which produced FLCL. Both of these animes feature ridiculous, hilarious action sequences, popular music, and are laden with pop culture references - Daicon moreso than FLCL, where our busty heroine battles off mechas, monsters and Darth Vader. These works are equal doses of beautiful insanity. If you enjoyed one, you definitely should watch the other.
In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...
Admittedly, Daicon was created by the founders of Gainax - so it makes sense that Gunbuster - the originator of the famous "Gainax Bounce" - would be similar. While Daicon is extremely short, it has a similar feel to Gunbuster: and action-packed tale girls kicking ass and not taking names, in a sci fi setting. Try it out.
Visully it is just a mindless indulgence of a girl with unusual powers flipping through a sea of visually stimulating situations while a pop type song is playing.
Daicon was more of a structured mini vid, with a vauge naritive. Where Livetune is more or less just a girl racing to school, while constantly taking off on one foot, flying through the air and landing.
Livetune:Transfer's visual of the girl running, leaping, landing gets a bit old, but all the crazy landscapes she goes through are what is really the reason to check it out.
Daicon, what the girl does with her super powers in a Playboy looking bunny suit is the treat.
Anyhow, if you have seen one, you might enjoy the other.
A-ko is the brawn, B-ko is the brains, and C-ko is, well, C-ko. They'd make a great team, but A-ko and B-ko are rivals for C-ko's friendship, and if that wasn't confusing enough, there's an army of extra-planetary forces gunning for her too. The battle begins, though not without some comedy!
I often wondered if the creators of AKO were inspired by the parody laden/gargage otaku fest that is Daicon III and IV.
Ako in fact pays much homage to Daicon IV, with a scantily clad red headed cute girl, able to hurl massive mecha through the air with ease.
If you liked AKO and wanted to see a fun short that goes along with it, Daicon III and IV are for you. However if you have seen Daicon and wished to see a full length production with similar elements, AKO is for you.