© 1992 MOVIC / King Records / Yuzo Takada / Futaba Sha
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
Do you feel like you need a dose of "cute"? A big dose? A *really* big dose? Well good, because the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (boy that's a mouthful) is exactly what you're looking for.
The story begins with Kyusaku, a talented inventor for Mashima Heavy Industries. His latest project, a powerful android, is to be used for destructive purposes. Rather than have his creation used in such ways, himself and his son, Ryunosuke, steal the android on Christmas Eve. During their escape, however, a young kitten gets mortality wounded. To save its life, Kyusaku transplants its brain into the android and disguises it as a teenage girl. Thus, Nuku Nuku is born.
This series focuses on one of the wackiest custody battles I've ever seen. Akiko (Ryunosuke's deranged mother and president of Mishima Heavy Industries) continuously sends her underlings, Arisa and Kyouko, to steal Ryunosuke from his father, and mass destruction is always the result. Mind you, if this was all this series had, then this wouldn't be a bad thing, but there are also some dramatic moments to break up the silliness. One part is so dramatic that I was fooled into thinking I was watching a serious anime. Still, there's plenty of wackiness to go around.
What would a wacky anime be without some zany characters? Nuku Nuku is the epitome of cute, whether she is staring with wide-eyed innocence or giggling like a child. Ryunosuke is probably the most normal of the bunch, surprising considering his lineage. His father, Kyusaku, maintains a relatively casual disinterest to the zany events that occur. Akiko is completely obsessed with getting her son back, and her devious persistence and fiery temper make her a perfect antagonist. Arisa and Kyouko provide most of the comic relief as they continually wage war against Nuku Nuku. There's also another female android, Eimi, who shows up in a couple episodes. She's completely psychotic, with a vendetta for Nuku Nuku.
Sometimes, though, this series gets a little too silly for its own good. There were a couple moments when I needed a break to maintain my sanity. In contrast, the third episode was a bit too dramatic and I was a bit bored waiting for the excitement to begin.
To summarize, this series is a lighthearted and fun experience. If you want some laughs then I'd recommend you give the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku a try.
The Verdict: * * * 1/2 (above average)
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