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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 44.98
  • Running time: 350
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nuku Nuku, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl

Nuku Nuku TV Collection (Thinpak)

By Bryce Coulter     January 08, 2007
Release Date: December 20, 2005


Nuku Nuku TV Collection (Thinpak)
© ADV Films


What They Say
When Natsume Atsuko, nicknamed Nuku Nuku, comes to live with Ryounosuke's family, he falls in love instantly. After all, to all appearances, she's a beautiful, normal, if slightly ditzy, teenage girl. In reality, however, she's an all-purpose cat-brained andorobot who's escaped from Mishima Heavy Industries' research laboratories. She's not supposed to use her special powers, but when more of Mishima's experiments run amuck and her friends are threatened, she'll do whatever she can to save them. It's never just another day at school when your classmate's an All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl!


The Review!
The 'all purpose cultural cat girl' is a cross-school-cultural, light-handed mixture of Azumanga Diaho, Cromarty High School, and Angelic Layer purposefully targeting a tween mindset. In the words of Nuku Nuku, if you think otherwise, 'We'll never forgive you!'

Audio:
We listened to the shows using a mix of English and Japanese. We started out listening to the show in the original Japanese that is clean and clear throughout. The Japanese voice cast did a good job, however, the English cast improved the humor factor greatly. The English cast did a great job of capturing the tongue-in-cheek, campy humor. Much in the same way that the ADV English voice cast sold the humor in the Gatchaman redubs. We did not experience any voice dropouts or sound issues in the entire series.

Video:
Nuku Nuku is a typical hand drawn anime series that uses a nice variation of colors and clean, well-illustrated characters. It was easy to watch and transitioned well between scenes. There weren't any spectacular effects, but for a series of this type, high video quality is not to biggest selling point. It was presented in a standard 4:3 ratio.

Packaging:
The case that houses the thin pack collection has a close-up, flirtatious, snaggle-toothed picture of Nuku Nuku on the front and her in her all-purpose cultural cat-girl cat suit, rescuing her owner, Mr. Ryunosuke. The bright colors and open-mouthed expressions on the cover give you a good idea of the typical energy level of this series. Which is The artistry in the design of the images is really nice with the characters meshed with beautiful painted backgrounds over a gray and white image of cherry trees. Each of the thin packs themselves uses the same artistic style as the collection case. The front of each disc cover uses different images from each of the movies and a different pastel color scheme, while the back reveals the entire scenery used on the front.

Menu:
The disc menus were a linear format without any extras. The same picture that is found on the back of the box set is used for the background of the menu. The Nuku Nuku theme sound is on a short repeated loop.

Extras:
As with most ADV thin-pack collections, all extras were stripped but there were a few ADV previews included.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers).
Meow! Enter the world of Nuku Nuku, the all-purpose-cultural androbot cat, created by scientist Kyusaku Natsume to stop his arch rival the president of Mishima industries from conquering the world of home appliances. Sweet as a kitten and strong as a tiger, the energetic teenager, Nuku Nuku has no problem overcoming the stream of Mishima's appliance robots. Mishima's evil plans bear a striking resemble to Team Rocket from Pokemon, especially when the conquered antagonists go 'blasting off again' into the distance. In contrast to Nuku Nuku's fighting ability, and lack of forgiveness for her enemies, her aspirations to be a 'real' human gives her distemper. Mr Kyusaku's 'family' takes care of Nuku Nuku. This family appears to be oblivious of each other's quirks or 'secret lives'. Mr Natsume Ryunsoske, the son of Mr. Kyusaku and self-proclaimed owner of Nuku Nuku, has his own problems including a classmate and neighbor scheming to make him her husband. Then there's Akiko Natsume, Ryunosuke's mother, loving wife to Mr. Kyusaku, a corporate executive of Mishima and known as 'Bloody Akiko' the evil right-hand of company president. Mr Kyusaku seems to work from home, the office or anywhere Nuku Nuku's interests may fall, including hiding in trees in various redundant disguises outside her classroom window.

Nuku Nuku begins her life trying to be as human as possible so she 'fits in' at Maneki High School. Nuku Nuku needn't worry. The array of very unique individuals puts the stereotyping of the 80's hit Breakfasts Club to shame. Nuku Nuku's classmates range from a self-absorbed teen idol and a snobby rich girl (fan-club included) to a guitar toting troubadour and psychic. For a while, the students at Maneki High School are not sure of Nuku Nuku, but that perspective changes when she saves the class head officer and everyone else from a killer washing machine. This first whacky encounter with a malfunctioning product from the school's main sponser, namely Mishima Industries, begins the format for the episodes that follow. Nuku Nuku encounters aspects of human 'reality' from brainwashing books distributed by hunky clerks, to being dissed by her crush, a gray tabby. Nuku Nuku goes on to destroy Mishma's underwater base, save her teacher's love from alien captors and, of course, experiencing time travel. Finally, Nuku Nuku proves her humanity by saving the world and all of mankind. Will she have to make the ultimate sacrifice or is the cat-faced asteroid racing toward Earth distant relatives? Watch the series and the madcap adventures of Nuku Nuku and all her family and friends.

In Summary:
We found ourselves laughing at the stupid slapstick humor found throughout the series. This release does not take itself seriously, and it is good, light-hearted entertainment that requires little if no effort to follow. Nuku Nuku is highly recommended for anime fans of stupid, clean, and campy anime humor. This is family-friendly.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Hitachi 62VS69 62" UltraVision LCD Projection HDTV, XBOX 360 DVD player, XBOX 360 Component HDAV Cable with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

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Lamont 3/5/2009 1:00:59 AM

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