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All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
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English language DVD cover of the first OVA series
万能文化猫娘
(Bannō Bunka Nekomusume)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Mecha
Manga
Author Yuzo Takada
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Manga Action Zoukan-Oh
Original run 19901991
Volumes 1
Original video animation
Director Yoshio Ishiwata
Writer Yuzo Takada
Studio MOVIC
Starchild Records
Licensor ADV Films
Released 1992
Runtime 30 minutes per episode
Episodes 6
Manga
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (Perfect)
Author Yuzo Takada
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Published June 1993
Volumes 1
TV anime
Nuku Nuku
Director Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Writer Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Studio Ashi Productions
MOVIC
Starchild Records
TV Tokyo
Licensor United States ADV Films
Original run January 7, 1998March 25, 1998
Episodes 12, plus two specials
Original video animation
All Purpose Cultural Cat-Girl Nuku Nuku DASH!
Director Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Writer Yuzo Takada
Studio MOVIC
Starchild Records
Licensor ADV Films
Released September 23, 1998 – December 23, 1998
Runtime 30 minutes per episode
Episodes 12
Manga
New All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (Origin)
Author Yuzo Takada
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Published February 1999
Volumes 1
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All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (万能文化猫娘 Bannō Bunka Nekomusume ?) is a Japanese single-volume manga series written and illustrated by Yuzo Takada and serialized in Weekly Manga Action. The manga was released as a single volume in December 1997. The story begins when genius inventor Kyusaku Natsume transplants the brain of a cat found by his son Ryunosuke on Christmas Eve, into a schoolgirl android that he created and subsequently stole from his former employer, Mishima Heavy Industries (owned by his estranged wife and Ryunosuke's mother, Akiko Natsume). The result, Nuku Nuku (also known as Atsuko Natsume), is a nekomusume or cat girl. The manga was licensed by ADV Manga and published as a single volume on August 24, 2004.

Cat Girl Nuku Nuku has been adapted into two OVA series and one television anime series. All three anime adaptations were also licensed in North America by ADV Films. A English language version of the OVA was released by Crusader Video in the United Kingdom on VHS featuring regional accents.[1] ADV's English language release was shown on PBS affiliate KTEH San Jose along with Generator Gawl and City Hunter.

Contents

Plot

The plot generally focuses on the custody battle for Ryunosuke and the attempts by Akiko and Mishima Heavy Industries to reclaim Nuku Nuku's body, which often involves amusingly larger-than-life battles between Nuku Nuku and military hardware produced by Mishima Heavy Industries.

Two episodes also deal with a one-sided war between Nuku Nuku and another android named Eimi, who suffers from an over-the-top inferiority complex and envies Nuku's more stable design. As it stands, Eimi was made after her and seeks to transfer her programming into Nuku to ditch her own body, which Akiko calls "a piece of junk." In spite of Eimi being more emotionally unstable than Nuku, both their fights end in a draw.

Characters

Atsuko 'Nuku Nuku' Natsume
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Allison Keith (English)
Ryunosuke Natsume
Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
Kyusaku Natsume
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya (Japanese), Andrew Klimko (English)
Akiko Natsume
Voiced by: Saeko Shimazu (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English)
Arisa
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese), Kaytha Coker (English)
Kyouko
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English)
Eimi
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English)

Media

Manga

The manga is published in English by ADV Manga. It was serialized in Weekly Manga Action. It was created by Yuzo Takada and originally contained three chapters which focused on Nuku Nuku trying to be a human after her brain was transferred into an android. The manga was licensed by ADV Manga and published as a single volume on August 24, 2004 with the name All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku.

Anime

Cat Girl Nuku Nuku has been adapted into two OVA series and one television anime series. The first OVA adaptation, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, was directed by Yoshio Ishiwata and released in Japan as six individual episodes on both VHS and Laserdisc during 1992. A English language version of the OVA was released by Crusader Video in the United Kingdom on VHS featuring regional accents. A Masturbation scene was removed prior to release.[1]

Spanning fourteen episodes, the full anime adaptation, Nuku Nuku, was directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto.[1] It premiered in Japan on January 7, 1998 and ran until March 25, 1998. It introduces new characters and makes several changes to the manga story line.

The third adaptation was a 12-episode OVA series called All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH! and also directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto.[1] It was released on DVD in three volumes from September 23, 1998 to December 23, 1998.

All three anime adaptations were also licensed in North America by ADV Films.

Reception

References

  1. ^ a b c d Clements, Johnathan; McCarthy, Helen. The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised and expanded edition. ISBN 1-933330-10-4.  

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