Grrl Power

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Grrl Power
(Makasete Iruka)
Original video animation
Directed byAkitaro Daichi
Produced byAkitaro Daichi
Written byMamiko Ikeda
Music byDouble Oats
Jun Abe
Seiji Muto
StudioCoMix Wave
ReleasedJune 10, 2004
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Grrl Power, known in Japan as Makasete Iruka! (まかせてイルか) is an independently produced original video animation by Akitaro Daichi. The animated short film was released simultaneously in Japan and North America on June 10, 2004. This anime was licensed for North America by ADV Films.


Sora, Umi and Ao are three school-aged girls who will tackle any job: delivering lunches, to doing your homework and cleaning smokestacks, in order to amass enough money to buy a nearby island and make their own country. However, they have encountered their biggest challenge yet: to convince a boy, Rikku, to go back to school when they themselves do not go.


  • Sora is the de facto the leader of the group. She is the most energetic. Voiced by: Ayaka Saito (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)
  • Umi is child very much like a business woman. Specializing in beauty and planning, she believes money can solve everything. Voiced by: Yumi Higashino (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
  • Ao is confident in reaching the ultimate goal of buying the island. She is cutely hilarious and intelligent despite her impaired hearing. She communicates using sign language, which is authentically recreated in the anime. Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
  • Riku is a student who refuses to go to school. He seems somewhat pompous, and is quite ignorant. Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)


Grrl Power received an Excellence Award for animation at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival.[1]


  1. ^ "2004 Excellence Prize: Makasete Iruka!". Japan Media Arts Festival. Archived from the original on 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2008-01-01.

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