Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV - Keep the Peace on Earth |
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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The Cat Food For Lunch Bunch
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 03/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (I'll use the short title from now one - I promise) started out in life as a manga by Yuzo Takada and a very popular OVA series, followed by this TV series and a second OVA set. It is the tongue in check story of androbot Atsuko Nakume who was created by scientist Kyusaku Natsume out of, among other things, the brain of a cat. Intended to help fight the plans of Mishima Industry to take over the world via appliances (go figure!), Nuku Nuku appears completely human until she grooms herself, chows down on cat food, or throws a rampaging washing machine into orbit.Mishima is headed by an evil president (Hell Mishima), who is laboring under the delusion that he is in command of a group of underground super-nasties who are really company employees in disguise. If that seems a little peculiar, consider Nuku Nuku's first day in school when we are introduces to a class composed of a compulsive rock singer, a Cordelia clone complete with groupies, a mystical space cadet, a control freak, and a mad scientist - among others. Matters are complicated by the romantic misadventures of Nuku Nuku's 'brother' Ryunosuke Natsume. And Mishima, his mother is really Mishima's evil lieutenant, Bloody Akiko.Obviously, these tails (oops!) of the All Purpose Cultural... refuse to take themselves seriously. One can only say that the TV series is really a satire of the entire genre of
Super powered schoolgirl anime. You can't help but like it though. Nuku Nuku's exuberant, klutzy cuteness is just what the doctor ordered after an overdose of Steel Angel Kurumi. Acting is actually perfectly in character (even the dubbing has its moments) and the art, which is very deliberately 80's retro, is ideal. If you like light slapstick, cuteness, and a dollop of sarcasm check this series out."
You'll Want To Watch This!! Mee-ow!!!
Marc Ruby? | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I REALLY enjoyed this DVD! In the first episode Nuku Nuku experieces her first day at school. Her classmates are totally strange! There's this singing dude that gets totally annoying ( he also talks in song melody), a psycho psychic, a snobby rich girl with her two underlings who always say, "That's right, that's right! What Ms. Cheiko says is right!", a self conceited pretty boy, an avid book reader who says nothing, a bossy class officer & a jr. mad scientist. Every time Nuku Nuku beats a Mishima product she always says, "I'll never forgive you!". In the next episode Noriko-chan stays with the Natsumes & tries cooking breakfast with Nuku Nuku but well, things don't work out. Since they wasted all the food they went to the Shirakaba (Shi-ra-ka-ba)Produce Market. While Nuku Nuku is drooling over fish Mishima's product is once again out of control. Well, she never forgave it! The next one is about which club Nuku Nuku will go to & the debate over if super natural can be proved by science.In the last episode all the students & family members of Nuku Nuku ( and herself) enter an amater karoke contest. Warning: Most songs will be in Jap. with English subtitles. I laughed through the whole thing & wished that I could sing the theme song(s)! The most annoying things about this DVD are 1.The singing dude & 2.The names of all the people keep popping up. One more warning: Rated 12 & up is suggested for bad lan. & bloodless violence. So, if you like anime & comedy this is your DVD! Mee-ow!"
Excuse my pun, but this series is simply a-MEOW-zing. ^_^
Infinite Blue | Illinois, USA | 05/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, I said a-MEOW-zing. Please forgive me for that, but at least I'm not saying purr-fect, right? Actually, the only reason I didn't say that is because there's no such thing as perfect. Ah, but I ramble! Let's get crackin' on that review, shall we?
Art style: B+. Although this was what grabbed my attention at first, I'm really not terribly fond of the 'Anime retro-esque' style. I guess I've just gotten too used to newer artstyles. I find nothing wrong with the art; it's all a matter of taste, I guess.
Originality: A. I'm sort of lumping the OVA and the TV series together on this one. Have you ever seen anything remotely similar to the idea of a stray cat given a second chance at life as a human androbot, in exchange for saving the world from Mishima Industries while trying to act human? I think not. Although it contains mecha, an overly defined line between good and evil, and cliched characters, it's all for the sake of parodizing.
Voice Acting: A. Rarely do I ever see an anime where I like the voice acting equally in both English and Japanese. Now there are a few exceptions: I like Rie, Ryunosuke, and Futaba's voices better in Japanese, whereas I like Akiko's, Mr. Yamagata's, and Kyusaku's voices better in English. So, I'll watch it subbed or dubbed, no problem.
Music: B. It's not outstanding, though rather easy on the ears. The theme songs are a bit catchy, though, I'll admit.
Number of episodes: B. I had become so used to buying dvds with three episodes, I was pretty much ecstatic when I found that there were four on here. Thanks, ADV Films. You make VIZ look stupid. =D
Overall: A. An innocent, cute series that (almost) anyone can enjoy. Warning: May have you curling your fingers into a fist and rubbing your face with the back of your hand while purring. I know from experience. ^^;
The Cat's Meow!
Michelle Klein-Hass | Maneki City...oops, I mean Panorama City, CA USA | 04/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before there was FLCL, before there was Excel Saga, the undisputed champion for out of control funny anime was All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku. Although "Nuku Nuku DASH!" is a strangely serious take on the story, with some weird changes to continuity, Nuku Nuku TV carries on the tradition of belly laughs started by the original 1992 OAV series.This is anime as if it was done by Mel Brooks and/or Zucker Abrams and Zucker. You have an andro-robot with the brain of a cat who is trying desperately to act human. You have a mad scientist and his super-smart, sarcastic son. You have a corporate president who has watched too much Anime and Sci-Fi movies and now fancies himself an Evil Genius. And you have a high-school class filled with the oddest group of misfits you're likely to see this side of "Square Pegs."Anime cliches get absolutely no mercy here, nor do quirks of Japanese Pop Culture. Transforming robots, fighting Mechas, earnest psychic girls, mad scientists, scheming villains, heroes who fight for love and justice and say the most bizarre things while doing so...they all get savaged here. Add to this a little girl with the weirdest pets, and the weirdest karaoke contest ever, and you have an anime that's a must-get.This is even a title you can share with the whole family. Nothing the least bit suggestive here, perhaps a mild bit of cussing in the subtitles but nothing that wouldn't get a PG or PG-13. Any kid who can read well enough to read the subtitles should have fun with this. I didn't watch the dub all the way through because I really don't like it, but the subbed version is lots of fun."