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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. #2
By Roman Martel
February 06, 2002
Release Date: October 31, 2000
Overall Rating: 4.1
(on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 4
What do jiggling, Go-bots, super combat suits, jiggling, out of control mecha, panty shots and more jiggling have in common? Well, you have to see this episode of Amazing Nurse Nanako to find out. Of course you could probably just imagine something just as wacky as what you get in this disc, but than again...
Pioneer is almost in top form with this disc. The sound and picture were great (so you get to experience all the jiggling in perfect visual and audio!) The menus are still fun and functional. The keepcase has all the information that you need on it. The goodies on this disc are the infamous trailer that was on Wanted 2000, and of course character concept art. Lots of Nanako in various outfits or non-outfits depending on how you look at them. Of course you also get your Nanako standee. This time she's in cat garb! This is a good solid technical release. But I don't expect anything less from Pioneer, now do I?
When we last explored the world of Nanako we were introduced to the characters and witnessed lots of jiggling and panty shots. Well guess what? It's more of the same with this disc! Now most of us wouldn't be surprised by this. I wasn't. What I was surprised at was the lack of comedy and fun that made me want to buy this series in the first place. It does have the best episode of the entire series on this disc, but it's not enough to elevate this plot, or this series for that matter.
The first episode revolves around the arrival of an insane man in the Ogami hospital. Well, of course, this crazed maniac gets lose and, of course, he's not all he appears to be. Conspiracy is hinted at and Nanako gets used at bait to trap this crazy man-beast-thingy. More of Nanako's past is hinted at. But most of all Nanako runs around in revealing outfits and screams.
The second episode is the best of the bunch. Dr. Ogami has created a super combat suit. That means Nanako gets to test it out. You can guess that she is more than thrilled over this development. But just when you thought that enough havoc had been wrecked, Ogami's former classmate appears with his ultimate weapon. He's going to exact his revenge on Ogami for turning his true love into . . . get ready for this . . . a Go-bot. So it's his ultimate weapon against Ogami; who will survive? Oh yeah and Nanako jiggles and screams a bunch.
The animation remains the same. It's got lots of fan service, and with the introduction of a new female character, who is older and more sexy than Nanako, there's something for everyone. The actual design of the mecha and monsters is pretty well done. There's lots of digital work with backgrounds in these episodes and it's pretty obvious. You get more of that panning and it stands out. Like I said with the first disc, if you like harmless fan service, then the animation gets a 5. Everything else is slightly above average. The sound also stays in the same boat. The mecha battle is pretty well done with unique sounds for the weapons and aerial antics of the super combat suit. All in all the sound and animation are pretty good, but nothing that overly stands out.
Well, I'd like to say that the plot improves. But that isn't the case. This show is mostly fan service and there are hints of other stuff going on. But the main problem is that none of the characters are that interesting and the mysterious conspiracy isn't grabbing me at all. I think this show needs to figure out what it wants to do. Is this a fun show with fan service and antics? Or is this show about the conspiracy between the pentagon and the Vatican, and there's some fan service. The melding of these two vastly different story lines isn't impossible, but it's tough. And it just isn't happening. The best episode so far is the second one on this disc. The main reason for that is because it's mostly fan service and goofy antics. It doesn't try to be serious. It also succeeds where most of the comedy in the show has fallen flat on its face. Still I'm left wanting more from this series. If you watch the trailer included on this disc you'll find that better than most of the actual content of the show. That's kinda sad if you think about it.
I'll have to say that the cast is doing a great job. Dr. Ogami and Nanako are in character and really well acted. Ogami sounds plain crazy sometimes, and Nanako can scream and whine and be cute all at the same time. The supporting cast is just as good and add as much as they can to this weak storyline, and lack of development. Ogami's rival also does a great job . . . but doesn't he belong in a Gundam somewhere J ?
The music fits the show still, but it doesn't stand out really. I love that super deformed end animation and the song goes with it perfectly.
It's not a bad show, but it needs something more in the plot department. I'm wondering if I'll be rewatching this series. Compared to the other fan service show I'm watching (Sakura Diaries) this series is leaving something to be desired.
Roman J. Martel
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