All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
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(Feb 11, 2003)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the first OVAs to be released in the early 90s that made an international impact among soon-to-be converted otaku, Nuku Nuku was an original 6-episode OVA created by 3x3... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Alford
(FROM THE BACK COVER) When inventor Kyusaku Natsume transfers the brain of his son RyunaSuke's cat into a top secret android body, the family doesn't lose a pet. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Russell A. Starner
Nuku Nuku used be be a real cat. Now she has an android body and a cat brain. She doesn't look like the typical Cat Girl with kitty ears and a tail. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by KevinB
The APCCGNN series has both a TV and OVA version, as well as a one or two episode OVA. All of them are different. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by TM
I'm a HUGE Blue Seed fan, and watching that show for the first time in Japanese made me fall in love with lead voice actress Megumi Hayashibara. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Robert M.
Even though technicially Nuku Nuku really isn't a catgirl like Merle from Escaflowne this is still one of the best ovas of its type, the 2 spinoff series, TV and Dash aren't as... Read morePublished on August 24, 2007 by whome
The inventor, Kyusaku Natsume, is escaping from his wife, the ruthless Lady Akiko Mishima, with both their son and the NK-1124 android. Read morePublished on April 26, 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
One Day, Ryunosuke is out with his father when he finds a cat and asks his father if he can keep it. Read morePublished on March 2, 2003 by aspen_matthews