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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. #3
By Roman Martel
February 06, 2002
Release Date: January 31, 2001
Overall Rating: 4.2
(on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 4
She's back in her most exciting adventure yet. Yes, the girl who should be having severe back problems by now. The girl who might give Naga a run for her money. The girl who put the jiggle in Jello. It's Amazing Nurse Nanako. I think we've all been waiting for this one. Well the wait is over. And the explosive conclusion erupts in your face . . . Well not really. It's kind of a let down to tell you the truth.
Pioneer scores a perfect 5 with this release. The picture and sound were great on my set up. So no complaints in that area. The menu is so cute you just might faint. Nanako winks, and blinks and looks generally happy. Great job on this menu! The keep case has all the essentials on it, including Nanako in various skimpy outfits. The extras include a time line of the world of Nanako. You'll see the actual time line in the show itself, when the little crazy wizard is explaining the past to the rest of the crew. You get more Nanako character designs. And finally you get the all new creditless ending. It's pretty cool.
Nanako Time line, Character designs, final episode credits. I did notice that I was missing the little standee. It was kinda sad in a way. But I think (sniffle) I'll get over it. Other than that you got a nice solid release from Pioneer . . . again.
I've been waiting for this disc to show up . . . just so I can see where those scenes from the Wanted 2000 trailer were. It looks like the trailer was made of totally original material. And that's interesting, because the trailer has been the best part of the series; well, that and cute menu on this disc. I was hoping that this disc of Nanako would at least become something more than what it has been. But it's more of the same really. So if you loved the previous discs, than you'll like this one. But if you've been wanting more from this series like I have. . . . Well, sorry to say it doesn't happen.
The first half of this two parter is the better of the two. Dr. Ogami and Nanako escape from the ruins of the hospital (remember it was destroyed in the last disc). They attempt to survive attacks from mysterious attackers. Meanwhile the Vatican and U.S. government plot and plan. The rest of the Hospital crew finds out the secret behind our nurse. And in a turn of events, Nanako screams and jiggles and is almost naked most of the episode.
In the second half Dr. Ogami prepares to operate on Nanako. He's going to do what he's always wanted to do to her! Oh no! Will Nanako survive? Oh yeah and the U.S. Government and the Vatican do some stuff and there's explosions and the rest of the crew comes in right at the end, and Nanako is basically naked in the entirety of the episode. The best part of this episode is the new animation that rolls during the credits.
The animation and sound have been consistent during all six episodes of this series. You got lots of fluidity and lots of digital settings and panning. Of course the fan service is all there. It seems that the other female character from the second disc, the sexy one, had her fan service moment in the second disc, so don't keep your eyes open for her. Other than that, it's pretty much more of the same in the sound and visual department.
The plot is just plain dull. I mentioned in the review of the second disc that the best episode was the one that basically had nothing to do with the conspiracy. Now that we are delving almost totally in the serious part of the plot, I found myself bored and wondering just what happened to all the funny moments in the trailer and last disc. I think the creators missed the boat totally on this show. This should have been nothing but fun from the beginning. Any attempt to make a serious or dramatic story should have been thrown out the window when they designed Nanako. I mean look at her; she can't be taken seriously. This show should have focused on the comedic elements, and dropped this whole conspiracy plot. To pull off that kind of plot you have to care about the characters. Ogami never lets you care about him, and Nanako, while she is cute and silly, is nothing more than a plastic standee that you get in a keepcase. I'm not asking for Shakespeare here. Not even. I just think that the focus should have been on fun and fan service and that the other members of the cast got some more development. I can't even remember their names: it was just the nerdy guy, the sexy girl, the crazy old man, the huge monk guy and the old witch lady. Oh yeah and the robot/rice cooker, which was the best part of the first episode. When I watched Master of Mosquiton I noticed the same problem but to a lesser degree. This just might be a problem with the writing or the directing since the same person did both shows.
The acting was once again the best part of the show. Everyone did a good job and there was no cringing on my part. Even the small roles were well done. I have to give credit to the dub cast for making this series better than it could have turned out. They really brought as much to the characters as you could have, given the script and lack of development. Good job guys, and better luck on your next project. The music was just the same as it was in the first two discs. It supported the action and didn't detract or hurt the show.
Looking back on this show I was setting my hopes up a bit too high, I think. This show has lots of fan service and that's about it. I'd like to say it was fun, or entertaining, but it wasn't even really that. This should have been taken in a totally different direction and you might have had something here. The characters had potential to be wacky and fun. This is a rental if you need a fanservice fix and Sakura Diaries is rented out. Otherwise you can skip this series and not feel too bad about it really. Well, I would get the second disc and watch the second episode again . . . "I don't want to spend the rest of my life as a Go-bot!" (snicker). If only the whole series could have been half that funny.
Roman J. Martel
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