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All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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When inventor Kyusaku Natsume transfers the brain of his son Ryunosuke's cat into a top secret android body, the family doesn't lose a pet... they gain a daughter! While she may look like a typical teenage girl to the rest of the world, Nuku Nuku's feminine exterior hides the superhuman strength and abilities of the NK-1124 android chassis, making her the most potent fighting force ever unleashed upon an unsuspecting Japan... and the ideal bodyguard for Ryunosuke! But can even Nuku Nuku keep her young charge out of the insidious clutches of the ruthless Akiko Mishima, president of Mishima Heavy Industries (M.H.I.), financier of the NK-1124 project, Kyusaku's ex-wife and Ryunosuke's mother? The greatest custody battle of all time erupts in a conflagration across Japan as Akiko unleashes the full force of M.H.I.'s military products division, manned by her elite team of Office-Lady Warriors, in her bid to win back Ryunosuke.

This zany, over-the-top OAV from 1992 set a pattern for numerous anime properties. Elementary school student Ryunosuke is unhappy about his parents' divorce. His father is a nutty inventor, his mother is the president of Mishima Heavy Industries, and their quarrels achieve levels of destruction that eclipse Project A-Ko. Ryu's father creates Nuku Nuku by transplanting the brain of a kitten into the body of his NK 1124 android, producing a well-intentioned but dangerously maladroit supergirl. Although Nuku Nuku tries hard to please everyone, she doesn't demean herself, the way the title character does in Steel Angel Kurumi. At one point, Ryu wants his parents to live together, so Nuku Nuku sets up a little fake apartment for them--in one room of the vast Mishima mansion. The six episodes are all slapstick and silliness, but curiously endearing. (Rated 12 and older: brief nudity and risqué humor, cartoon violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • All 6 episodes in one complete collection
  • Clean closing animation
  • Image gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, Kazue Ikura, Akira Kamiya, Saeko Shimazu, Akiko Hiramatsu
  • Directors: Yoshio Ishida
  • Writers: Yuzo Takada
  • Producers: Atsushi Moriyama
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JZO3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku" on IMDb

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By Strategos VINE VOICE on September 27, 2004
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By now any serious anime fan should be familiar with the Japanese cat-girl stereotype. A hyper-active, supercute, super-girl. I'm not sure where this idea started, but I can tell you one thing. One of the best examples of the genre I have ever seen is this OVA. What makes it a classic? Is it the perfectly insane (perfectly hilarious?) mad-scientist father? The crazed mother who is alternately a business woman fanatic that would remind you a military commander (with a hilarious over-the-top personality) and (can you believe it?) a super-sweet, delicate as lace angel obsessed with her son's welfare? Or perhaps it's the ridiculous fights and explosions through the series which never result in anyone getting killed (or even seriously injured) despite what looks like hundreds of millions of dollars of property destruction? Or could it be the heavy-artilary carrying duo henchwomen or the super-aggressive (pint-sized) android, all of whom are all obsessed with destroying the main character in some wild scheme? Na.

What really makes this series is the main character. Nuku Nuku is undoubtedly one of the greatest characters in the whole history of anime. She's a super-powered android in the shape of a beautiful teen-ager with the brain of a cat. All things considered, she's almost impossible not to love. Her look is very attractive, yet very sincere. She's cute and extroverted and silly, yet fiercely loyal and self-sacrificing. She only wants to use her super-powers for good (not to show off), and yet finds herself unwittingly part of battles of mass destruction. She considers her creator and his son to be her family, and loves them dearly. Ultimately it's the pure heart of her character that makes her so compelling, and the reason why everyone loves her.
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Gotta love Nuku Nuku-chan. This is by far the best of the three animated series featuring the perky, genki andro-robot grrl with a kitty brain and the strength of The Terminator. You meet her creator, Natsume Kyusaku, and his son Natsume Ryunosuke, as they are fleeing from his ex-wife Mishima Akiko's Office Lady hit squad. Nuku Nuku is created out of the consequences of the chase.
During the rest of this six-episode Original Animation Video series, you watch Nuku Nuku deal with the weirdnesses of being a human being. You also see Kyusaku and Akiko alternately fighting each other and trying to put their relationship back together. And you see the strong bond that develops between little but wise beyond his years Ryunosuke and his cybernetic big sister Nuku Nuku.
The DVD version doesn't have much in the way of extras, but remember that this was created in 1992, long before the era of producing extras for future video releases. It does have an amusing Macintosh-like interface that will put a smile on the Mac fans among us.
The dub isn't too bad, although giving Kyusaku a Texas drawl is as weird as Billy Bob Thornton doing the voice of the itinerant Shinto priest in "Princess Mononoke." However, you must watch it at least once subtitled, because the vocal performances of the Japanese Seiyuu are amazing, especially Hayashibara Megumi in the title role. Hayashibara-san is the Mel Blanc of Japan...she's the most ubiquitous vocal actor in Anime's golden age, and she gives a great performance here. A lesser voice actress would have just played Nuku Nuku as a bubbly, genki little flibbertygibbet. Hayashibara-san's performance gives the character depth and subtlety. The other performers rise to her example.
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First, I'd like to note that I agree with the reviewer beneath me, Michelle Klein-Hass, 100%. Everything she said, I couldn't have said better myself (except I thought nuku just meant 'warm' so I probably would have given bad information there). But seriously, this is the greatest anime I have ever seen, by any measure, and I'd rate it as the third greatest thing I have ever watched. (i.e. the other 2 aren't anime.... #1 is the movie Remo Williams....)
I have a horrifyingly good movie/toon memory. I can remember almost word-for-word everything I have watched in the last decade, so saying it is the third greatest is quite a claim. Also, strangely enough, even though I have seen it and remember it so well so I know what will happen next, I have watched it several times and enjoyed it every time. Very few things can I even stand to watch a second time, and even after 5 years.
I do NOT agree with the reviewer who thinks it is a little sleazy. Nuku Nuku is drawn to the standard voluptuous female form, but so WHAT? If you were going to make a robotic prosthetic body, wouldn't you make it as attractive as possible? I really couldn't believe it any other way.
Now, Nuku Nuku Dash. THAT is sleazy. THIS is not. THAT is as if it were some unworthy fanfiction that somehow, by some miracle, managed to get itself produced. But I deny its existence. They screwed EVERYTHING up as well. I would suggest anyone reading this avoid it. It is a sorrowful disappointment; perhaps an offensive insult to this series itself.
I suppose it derserves a mention that Nuku Nuku is also the most endearing character of any work of fiction I can think of. Perhaps the most interesting character. (And I mean endearing in non-sexual terms.
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