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- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Amazing Nurse Nanako
Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol. #1
By Roman Martel
February 06, 2002
Release Date: July 25, 2000
Overall Rating: 4.3 (on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 4.5
Well there are two things you can say about Amazing Nurse Nanako. And I'm not going to mention what most of you think I'm gonna mention... at least not in the Intro. One - It's all about fan service. Two - It's not about much else. So if you are hungry for some bouncy, clumsy, squeaky, action, than this is the anime for you. If you are looking for Serial Experiments Nanako... you might want to look somewhere else.
Pioneer continues to score high in the technical department, for this disc. The sound was very good for most of the disc. It cut out a bit during the end credits of the second episode, but for the actual show itself it was just fine. The picture looked great on my computer. I didn't notice any rainbows or shimmering, just a sharp picture. The menus are have music and motion (you can probably guess which part of Nanako moves the most). While not as entertaining as Trigun, I did get a good laugh out of them. The cover tells you everything you need to know, and will also grab the attention of the target audience. The insert contains the chapter stops. The goodies, well how can I not like a little Nanako Standee. It's a fun little extra that popped right out of the keepcase. You also get the original TV spots for the show (touting its availability on DVD in Japan) and Nanakotronic. Basically this consists of fan service from our heroine set to music. It must be seen to be believed. Amazing Nurse Nanako is another solid technical release from Pioneer.
Reading the copy on the back of the keepcase, and looking at the cover, you get a pretty good idea of what to expect from this show. Sure, it will contain brain surgery, but you won't need to be a brain surgeon to watch it. You probably just need to be male or really enjoy fan service (probably both). And yet the copy and the preview I saw on the "Wanted 2000" sample disc are a bit misleading, at least for the two episodes contained within.
"The First Spiral" deals mostly with the arrival of a strange, unknown organism at the hospital of our protagonist, Dr. Kyoji Ogami. We meet Nanako and the mysterious Saint. We also catch a glimpse of some kind of conspiracy between the Catholic Church and the Pentagon. Of course Ogami, being the mad scientist type, can't help but fool around with the organism and it goes berserk. And of course, Nanako walks in and makes all kinds of trouble for everyone. She also jiggles... which seems to be the main plot point.
"Memories of you" follows our two heroes (and various hangers on) to a nice camping trip complete with lake, waterfall, and big old angry bear. The conspiracy is hinted at again, and it seems that all kinds of people are looking for Nanako. A little of Nanako's mysterious past is revealed, and then she gets it into her head to run away into the woods. What follows is lots of screaming and running and jiggling and then everything turns out O.K. (for everyone but Nanako).
The animation is top quality, very smooth and fluid looking. There are plenty of computer generated backgrounds (saw a bit of the panning that they love so much). It's also used for the underwater effect in the beginning of episode 2. Now it isn't horribly obvious CG work (like Nazca or Blue Sub). It's still obvious that it is CG, but they are getting better at it. It reminded me more of some of the scenes from Sol Bianca. The character design is good. Nanako is a bit too much for my taste, but I prefer cat girls ;-) The production design is good so far. The unknown organism is very peculiar looking. Basically what the animation is very good at doing is providing fan service... lots of it. So if you are rating by fan service only it would get a 5. But I think that if you are looking past that, it's slightly less.
The sound work fits the show, but doesn't really stretch itself too much. You get lots of standard sounds for the action on the screen. I'm hoping for some really good sound work in the next disc, once the mecha gets introduced, and we find out more about the big conspiracy. Right now the best scenes, sound wise, come from the laboratory scenes in episode 1.
Well, the plot is Nanako's big weak point. Now before anyone jumps up and says "You aren't buying this show for plot!!" that is a good point, and as I said above, if you are looking for lots of fan service without becoming Hentai, this is a good show to get. But if you are looking for a little bit of depth to the characters or even a bit of an interesting story... there are hints of that coming but I'm not sure how well they will be handled. As I said, I saw the preview for this show on the "Wanted 2000" disc. The preview is basically a monologue given by Dr. Ogami about how he got Nanako and what he plans on doing with her. There is lots of fan service and the way the images work with his monologue is just hilarious. When it was over, I knew I had to order this show. When I read the copy on the back, it seemed like more of what I saw in the commercial... and I was thrilled. This show was gonna be real funny and have lots of fan service too! I can live with that.
Well they got the fan service part down. The comedy... well, it just wasn't there. This is in part due to the lack of having Dr. Ogami interacting with Nanako very much. Now I don't know if the ad contained footage from the next disc or if it was unique to the ad, but there was very little comedy in the show other than Nanako being clumsy and jiggling all over. It was trying hard to be funny but it just wasn't pulling it off. I found Sakura Diaries, and especially Goldenboy, to be much funnier and well done. With that said, I think I'll get the next disc, but I hope the comedy is focused on more than the main story. These characters all have the potential to make a great show... I hope it isn't wasted.
The English voice cast is very good. Dr. Ogami is great as the completely irrational/over rational mad scientist. Nanako is high pitched and annoying, yet cute at the same time. And our supporting cast is good as well. Since there aren't many characters at this point the smaller cast cuts down on some of the bored secondary acting I've heard lately. This is dub work great.
The music was pretty standard. The musical score worked perfectly with the images and story, but it didn't pop out at me, like Nazca, Trigun or Bebop. It didn't take away from the movie either. The end theme is perky happy, but nothing too memorable. The end computer animation had me laughing pretty hard though... Love that Final Fantasy SD look for the characters.
So would I recommend it. Yeah, if you are in the need for fan service, this show delivers. I found Goldenboy to be a much better show comedy wise. It's definitely missing something (lots of something) in the plot department... but a show like this isn't about plot. I'd say get it for fan service needs but otherwise just rent this puppy... unless the second disc gets funnier or more interesting.
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