July 19, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

This first installment of an ambitious multimedia guide to Japanese animation focuses on the 1986 movie Project A-Ko, which — with its scantily clad high school girls, cool-looking robots, and loopy plotline — is as representative of this indigenous art form as Home Improvement is of American sitcoms. Fortunately, the Yanks at Vanguard do an uncanny job of simulating Japanese fanzines, providing tons of stills and video clips, an interview with director Katsuhiko Nishijima, storyboards, and cunningly mistranslated menu options like ”Super Exciting Story!” and ”Get About Information!” Start collecting Anime Hyperguide: Project A-Ko — future discs are bound to be even better. A

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