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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • 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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     January 31, 2001
Release Date: January 31, 2001


Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol. #3
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Clones, aliens, immortality and the second coming! All this and grilled fish, too! The problem with being the world s most brilliant scientist is that my talents are always in great demand. The US government wants me to develop a super-weapon using alien DNA. The Vatican wants me to resurrect their savior. My greatest enemy wants to steal my work to pursue his quest for immortality. There s never any time to finish the experiments on my dim-witted nurse. Nanako and have her grill me some fish with grated radish on top. Maybe if Nanako and I survive this ordeal. I ll be able to have both.

Includes:

Operation 5: The Last Spiral (Former Part)
Operation 5: The Last Spiral (Latter Part)

The Review!
The final two episodes of the series have finally come to light, and many of the mysteries surrounding the earlier episodes are revealed. Too little too late or just enough to make it worthwhile?

Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this disc on the Japanese language track. Throughout the two episodes the audio was pretty solid with no outright distortions or other issues. Directionality had its couple of key moments, but the majority of the show is dialogue driven through the center channel with various effects sounds through the left/right speakers. Dialogue was clean and easy to understand. For those who may not realize it in time, the "enemy soldiers" who show up early on and don't have translated subtitles are speaking a mysterious foreign language the cast is not supposed to be able to understand, hence the lack of subtitles there. It caught us by surprise the first time it happened. Thankfully the English lines were subtitled though!

Video:
Of the two episodes, the second is definitely the better looking of them. The first episode has a lot of edge rainbows in areas which will prove distracting to some people. The second episode flirts with them briefly, but nowhere near as much as the first. Colors are wonderfully bright with no noticeable bleeding, line noise is minimal and mostly just during a few of the camera pans across the screen. The show looks just as bright and shiny as earlier episodes, so if you were happy then, you'll be happy now.

Packaging:
This is a great looking eye-catching front cover. And it doesn't even accentuate her tracts of land! The more subtle image of the nurse uniform with the angelic wings and various ancient imagery behind her works well in presenting a more subdued feel for the final volume, which is fairly appropriate. The reverse side has a decent summary and shows off a few pics from the show. Their special features are way off however, listing a Japanese TV spot and Nanakotronic video which aren't on the disc at all (unless I've been completely blinded by her tracts of land. They may have poked an eye out). The insert provides the chapter listings alongside a nice schoolgirl outfitted Nanako.

Menus:
The menus play similar to the earlier ones, essentially the same set up just with different images. Surprisingly, the main menu does not feature the famous jiggle bounce and sound! It does exist on one of the submenus however, so all is not lost. It's just too funny, though my wife just rolls her eyes at it. It's a fanservice show, so it's expected! Access times are nice and fast with everything laid out in a good logical way. We like.

Extras:
The extras are prety minimal this time around. The timeline provides a few spoilers, so don't read that until you see the show. The conceptual artwork gallery has a few nice pics to check out, but the textless ending for episode 6 is probably the best thing. Since it does the wrap-up for the series during the show itself, you can miss bits of t due to the credits playing over it. Having a nice clean version here is definitely a bonus.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the conclusion of the series, I've come to the conclusion that the show simply didn't focus on the right parts. And yes, that includes Nanako's tracts of land. If they took out all the fanservice, wiped the first four episodes, and started here in a more serious manner, there's some really interesting concepts to be played with.

In fact, after finishing the final two episodes, the "actual plot" that we don't really see until the end is highly reminiscent of the great American comic series Preacher by British author Garth Ennis. It's rare to see much in the way of Christian religion in anime, and especially not in such a way that you have the U.S. military and the Vatican working together to try and clone Christ from the genetic remnants of the Shroud.

Gee, didn't know that's what the series was really about? Course not not, that's just the actual content. The opening of the series focuses more on the antics of Nanako and her special tests that Dr. Ogami has her perform, which in turn somehow prepared her for her role during these two episodes. Not that you can really see how. That's just something they said to make it seem like the first four episodes had a reason to tie into the final two here.

Some of the bits from the earlier episodes show here as well. Ogami has taken Nanako aboard a carrier plane to get to somewhere safer so the Saint and those at the Vatican don't use her for their plans. Along the way, they get shot up a bit and Nanako has to shove everything off the plane that makes them heavy. Of course, that means all the grenades and bombs and other things. Yet it's still not enough. So what does she toss? Well, there goes the maid's outfit.

She does spend her fair share of the final two episodes unclothed and in skimpy outfits. Maybe not as much as earlier episodes, but if that's what you're looking for you won't be too disappointed here.

Amazing Nurse Nanako was pretty much all over the place from the start. The final two episodes really bear this out though. I'm not sure what else Rasputin Yano has written, but I can see myself actively trying to avoid his future projects. While the show does have some good production values and looks very nice (though I must admit to liking women with somewhat less land) the story really was razor thin and poorly plotted. Some of the ideas presented in these final two episodes helped bring up the overall content grade, but only just barely.

In the end, I'm just glad to say it's all over. Even if the show does threaten you with a "See you again" at the end. Not likely in my opinion.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Nanako Timeline,Conceptual Artwork,Textless Ending

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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