All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

(aka Bannou Bunka Nekomusume)

Rating: 3½ Rampages Nuku Nuku!

Synopsis:
A scientist, his son, and an incomplete robot are sneaking away from the scientistís psychotic wife. Along the way, the son gets out to satisfy an urge of nature, and comes back with a cat that found him. At this point, gunfire erupts around them, and they try to get away. They succeed, but the cat had been killed by a stray shot. Sometime later, the son is going to school with his "big sister" named Nuku-Nuku. Yes, this is the robot (who now looks like a cute girl) with the brain of that cat. Of course, things don't stay peaceful for long; the boy's mother wants him back! A fast-paced action comedy.

the whole cast Review:
Okay, so it's basically the "Boy finds cute robot protector" premise with a twist, but you just can't go wrong with a catgirl, especially when she's voiced by Megumi Hayashibara. ^_^ While the premise has been done more than a few times by now, nobody has done it quite as well as the original Nuku Nuku; no syrupy romantic drama here, just zany antics and lots of scenes of Nuku Nuku kicking someone's ass for threatening her friends. Very silly and tons of fun, this is the perfect sort of thing to sit back with if you feel like wasting some time. A great choice for either a rental or purchase, as it stays just as funny even after numerous repeat viewings. Highly recommended.


All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV

(aka Bannou Bunka Nekomusume)

Rating: 4 Rampages The cast of Nuku Nuku TV... Yes, that goofy looking guy with the mega-shoulderpads IS the badguy.  Why else would he be wearing the shoulderpads?

Synopsis:
Sort of an alternate telling of the OVA...with a twist. After starting out in a new school and meeting her rather zany classmates, Nuku Nuku is forced into fighting the dangerous (read as "absurd") robots of the Mishima corporation's inner circle (all in the most ridiculous costumes since Kishin Corps), led by the evil mastermind (read as "blithering-idiot-in-the-goofiest-costume-of-all"), Hell Mishima. Their plans? Why, to take over the world, of course!

Nuku Nuku is in love...listen, you can even hear her purring. Review:
Whereas the OVA was mildly formulaic silly fun, this is just unhinged insanity. From the wacky character introductions to the ludicrous robots Nuku Nuku has to fight to Hell Mishima himself to Ryunosuke being the ONLY sane character in the show, this is one to be marked as one of the most mind-bending anime since Fairy Princess Ren. The animation is pretty much the same as the OVA, but the character designs look a teeny bit different. The characters themselves are also portrayed quite differently; even Nuku Nuku has undergone some changes (she's a bit dimmer now, and is portrayed more like she should be: a cat in a big robot body). Though it looks like the story is going to end up being a "Robot-Of-The-Week" plotline, I don't think they could have put any other kind of story with Nuku Nuku and hoped to make a good show out of it. It's a silly story to start with and the most anyone can hope for is something crazy and fun that'll entertain you (and mess with your head) for 26 episodes, and leave you feeling silly...which is exactly what you get from this TV series. Some people won't like it because it is a show very light on serious storytelling, but if you want something fun and silly and you don't feel like being serious for a while, this is a damned fine choice. Highly recommended.



All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH!

(aka Bannou Bunka Nekomusume)

Rating: 2½ Rampages The new and improved Armitage, er, Nuku Nuku.

Synopsis:
It's in the not too distant future. One day Nuku-Nuku dropped in and began to live with the Natsume family. Having lost her memory, Nuku-Nuku assumed the identity of a beautiful girl named Atsuko Higuchi. She was so beautiful and gentle, and besides, she was such a great cook that Ryunosuke, 14, was all smiles. However, after her arrival in town, a series of mysterious incidents started to happen in Maneki City - Experimental machines running haywire, roaring fighter aircraft flying low, mass destruction in the city. In every case, a mysterious girl was spotted at the scene of the incident.

Review:
In light of how entertaining the TV series was, this second OVA was frightfully disappointing. So the TV series was completely pointless and mindnumbingly silly, at least it was fun, something that the writers of Dash apparently thought was unimportant. All of the zaniness of the previous series is traded in for some romance and forced drama scenes. Ryunosuke is no longer a kid, no longer the only sane person in a world full of idiots, and no longer ANY fun to watch. The same can be said of the show's star, Nuku Nuku, all of her adorable Cat-Girl antics are tossed out the window. In fact, I fail to see where the 'Cat' even applies here, since she acts more like Kasumi Tendo than a kitten. The only real entertainment comes in the form of Ryunosuke's little neighbour (who, for some strange reason, is still a kid) who is a rather worldly 6 year old...and boy does she have fun picking on Ryu-oniisan. "we weren't up to anything!" "Yeah right, you two were really loud...'Oh, stop! No, you musn't!'" one can't help but wonder what her home life is like. Basically they turned Nuku Nuku into a cheap knock off of Oh! My Goddess, without the quality of story and comedy. While the animation is nice and slick, and both opening and closing songs are exceptionally catchy, the meat of the show is pretty bland. Most certainly not recommended to die-hard Nuku Nuku fans, as you'll just get really frustrated.

Availability:
The OVA and Dash are available subtitled through ADVision, the TV series is currently available fansubbed.

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Webring index
Anime MASTERís Nuku Nuku gallery
Nuku Nuku Otaku Haven A pretty cool site that has info on the TV series.

Nuku Nuku and Ryunosuke, aren't they cute?