Total # of Volumes: 1
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Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Yuzo Takada
Director: Hidetoshi Shigematsu & Yutaka Takakashi
Character Designer: Yuji Moriyama
Music: Hiroshi Matsuda and BEAT CLUB
Animation Director: Yuji Moriyama
Animation Studio: Studio Fantasia
Movic,King Records,Yuzo Takada, Futuba Sha
American Producers: ADV Films
Title: All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
Running Time: 180
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 6
1: Phase 0I
2: Phase 0II
3: Phase 0III
4: Phase 0IV
5: Phase 0V
6: Phase 0VI
On a cold night just before Christmas, Kyusaku and Ryunosuke flee from Akiko, Kyusaku's estranged wife and Ryunosuke's mom. They stop briefly, by the side of the road, and to allow Ryunosuke to answer the call of nature. While in the alley, he finds a small, gray tabby cat and brings it back the truck. As his father trys to explain to Ryunosuke why now is not the best time to take a cat with them, a sleek military jet, the Poison One, piloted by Arisa and Kyouko - Akiko's henchwomen, arrives.
Kyusaku throws son and cat into the truck and speeds off, with the jet hot on their tail.
They manage to find a hiding place under a pile of abandoned cars but, unfortunately, Arisa decides to "work off some steam" by sending a barrage of bullets through the junkers. One bullet strikes the poor cat, mortally wounding it. Ryunosuke is brought to tears but his father tells him not to cry, he has a plan.
Time passes - Kyusaku and Ryunosuke have moved into in a small apartment and now have young teenage girl called Nuku Nuku living with them. Nuku Nuku is the result of Kyusaku's 'brilliant" solution for saving the poor cat. He placed the cat's brain into the body of a highly advanced battle android that he had been developing back at his wife's company and had brought with him when he left. Nuku Nuku talks and looks like any normal high school girl - except for her bright purple hair and a fondness for fish.
On this particular day, Nuku Nuku is especially excited- it's her first day of school. After making breakfast, she and Ryunosuke head off to school on her bike. But she still has a thing or two to learn. She pilots the bike in a beeline from her apartment to the school at a superhuman speed; leaping over or swerving around any obstacle. This madcap ride draws the attention of television cameras which, in turn, brings them to the attention of Akiko, Ryunosuke's mother and president of Mishima Heavy Industries, a huge military and commercial conglomerate.Akiko orders Arisa and Kyouko to locate and recover Ryunosuke. They quickly track down the school and head out in Poison One.
Meanwhile, Nuku Nuku is a big hit with the boys at the high school, attracting much attention. She hears the approach of Poison One and "papa-san" Kyusaku orders her to confront the fighter while he rescues Ryunosuke. Nuku Nuku dashes to the roof and faces off against the jet. During the battle, she is carried high into the sky and then dropped into a lumber yard were she disappears under tons of debris. Kyusaku and Ryunosuke rush in, worried about Nuku Nuku, just as the plane lands. Arisa declares victory and demands that Kyusaku hand over Ryunosuke.
But then, from the rubble, Nuku Nuku arises and she swiftly defeats the two women. Kyusaku, feeling smug and secure that his technology can keep them safe, tells the ladies that they will no longer run and the new "family" heads home for dinner, which is the final scene of this episode.
Episode #2 - Phase 0II
It's summer time and Nuku Nuku, Ryunosuke and his friend, Yoshimi, are headed to the beach. Of course, why should they take a plain old train when they have Nuku Nuku and her bike? After a harrowing ride, they arrive at the beach to stay with one of their uncles.
Meanwhile, back at home, Akiko learns of Ryunosuke's vacation and frets over his safety. She challenges Kyusaku, who remained home to work, by saying that if Ryunosuke gets even the smallest of scratches, guardianship will revert her. Kyusaku tries to argue but Akiko cuts him off. Arisa and Kyouko misunderstand the plan and prepare to head to the beach and nick Ryunosuke, but Akiko stops them before they can go. She instructs them instead to observe Ryunosuke from a distance.
At the beach, the threesome plays in the sea. Nuku Nuku discovers that her body is too heavy to float and therefore, she can not swim. Akiko and her minions observe this and begin to plot. The plan they concoct is to separate Ryunosuke from Nuku Nuku and then convince him to stay with Akiko by using Yoshimi as the go between. To make this happen, Kyouko and Arisa sneak into the kid's bedroom at night and use a machine to plant a beautiful, suggestive dream in Yoshimi's head. The dream promises her pretty dresses and lifelong happiness with Ryunosuke. Brainwashed, Yoshimi wanders off to join Akiko.
The next morning, Nuku Nuku and Ryunosuke try to find the missing Yoshimi. They finally locate her out at sea, on Akiko's ship, the Golden Cauliflower. Kyouko speeds to shore in a small boat and tells Ryunosuke to get in. She then races back to the main ship with Ryunosuke. Nuku Nuku, unable swim, remains on the beach. Just then, a giant tentacle pops out of the sand and grabs Nuku Nuku. Arisa has been laying in wait under the beach in the Mishima Industries Armored Octopus. She quickly envelops Nuku Nuku and begins crushing her. But Kyusaku arrives just in time, crashing his Land Rover into the robot and freeing Nuku Nuku.
He has brought enhancements for Nuku Nuku that will llow her to swim and she quickly dons the suit and flippers and dives into the ocean. Arisa, still in the Octopus, races in after her. They fight a terrific battle under the water, which ends when Nuku Nuku tosses the robot into the air.
Unfortunately, it crashes down on the Golden Cauliflower, tearing a huge hole in it. Ryunosuke manages to heroically push his mom out of the way of the falling machine but the two of them end up hanging on for their lives dangling at the edge of the huge hole. Ryunosuke cuts his hand trying to save his mother and Nuku Nuku arrives just in time to lift both of them to safety. The crash is also enough to jar Yoshimi free of the brainwashing.
Back on shore, Arisa and Kyouko, point out that Ryunosuke got injured and try to take him away. To her credit, Akiko stops them, saying that because he received his wound trying to save her, there is no a good reason to steal him away from his father. In the end, Arisa and Kyouko taunt Nuku Nuku as they leave, which prompts Nuku Nuku to make faces return and Ryunosuke and Yoshimi join in. This is where the episode ends.
Episode #3: Phase OIII
Ryunosuke, Kyusaku and Nuku Nuku have returned home to live with Akiko. Well, sort of - if you call building sets that resemble a traditional Japanese home in the middle of a huge and ornate ballroom normal. But at least they are giving it a go. The wild experiment begins as a result of Nuku Nuku's negotations between Akiko and Kyusaku. She convinces Akiko that Ryunosuke's dream is to have a happy family with a mom that cooks and cleans, like every other mom. For little Ryu's sake, she agrees, and they all set up house at the Mishima estate.
At first, Akiko tries hard to fulfill the role of a traditional Japanese mother. She cooks a classic Japanese breakfast, but burns the fish, puts ketchup on the natto, and washes the rice with lemon-scented dishwashing detergent. And while Ryunosuke plays with his great-grandfather and Nuku Nuku, Akiko is stuck doing the laundry.
Seeing the once powerful woman reduced to a slave of the household is too much for Arisa, who first tries to persuade Akiko to give up the idea of being a housewife and destroy Nuku Nuku, the real (in Arisa's eyes) problem. She even shows Akiko the newest creation of Mishima Heavy Industries, the Golem 2000, specifically built to eliminate the "cat girl". But Akiko is unwilling to give up for Ryunosuke's sake. This prompts Arisa to leave because her idol is "no longer the woman she was." She leaves Akiko a tape explaining her reasons and, as a parting shot, points out that, with all of the house work to do, Akiko will never have time to play Ryunosuke.
Meanwhile, Nuku Nuku, sensing Akiko's misery, confronts Kyusaku. She argues that things must change so that Akiko can be happier and spend more free time with Ryunosuke. Kyusaku explains that this is all a test for Akiko and that for the first time in her life, she is being asked to make sacrifices for loved ones. But Arisa's revelation that she is no better off as a housewife than she was in separation drives Akiko over the edge and she attacks Nuku Nuku using the Golem 2000.
Kyusaku, guessing that this day would come, reveals a new add-on weapon for Nuku Nuku. But when he tries to get Nuku Nuku to use it, she refuses, saying that she will not hurt "mama-san." Kyusaku apologies, commenting that it is wrong for him to treat her like a human sometimes and machine at others.The fight then becomes one between Akiko and Kyusaku and they wreak havoc. But, even through the destruction and explosions, they are laughing and smiling. The episode ends with the family separated again but now they engage in playful roughhousing (with high tech military equipment, of course) on a regular morning schedule. Nuku Nuku sums it up best, when she says "love is complicated."
Episode #4: Phase OIV
Mother's Day is coming. Ryunosuke would like to have his family together and Akiko intends to work. But as she watches a news story on the preparations for the holiday, she is interrupted by an huge explosion in the labs of Mishima Heavy Industries tower. SNK-98 has escaped!
Down in town, Nuku Nuku and Ryunosuke are talking about Mother's Day as well when a damaged fighter roars overhead and crashes nearby. Ryu orders Nuku Nuku to investigate. Inside the downed plane, she finds a young girl, Eimi. She begs Nuku Nuku and Ryunosuke to help her and they all hide as a Poison One fighter searches above.
Once the fighter departs, they go to Ryu's home, where Eimi introduces herself to Kyusaku as the granddaughter of his college professor. She then tells a story that she has been held captive by Akiko because she only living person left who knows the professor's secrets.
Kyusaku believes Emi's tale and orders Nuku Nuku to protect her while Kyusaku works on a device to defend them.
Meanwhile, Eimi, Ryu, and Nuku Nuku head out to the park for some fun. Later, at a public bath, Eimi admires Nuku Nuku's body...very thoroughly.That night, Eimi hacks into Kyusaku's computer, trying to locate any secret files regarding Android NK-1124, better known as Nuku Nuku.
During her search, Akiko suddenly pops onto the screen and she and Emi have a brief argument. Nuku Nuku, awakened by the ruckus, asks Eimi what she is doing. At first, Eimi tries to pretend she got lost on the way to the bathroom, but her cover is blown when she stumbles and reveals a Mishima Heavy Industries tattoo on her rump!
Stating that she is the superior android, model SNK-98, Emi announces that she will be the one to kill Nuku Nuku. A battle erupts and quickly takes to the skies. While the two androids battles, Akiko arrives. The real Eimi died three years earlier in an explosion and her heartbroken grandfather built SNK-98 in her likeness. But Emi/SNK-98 has a fatal flaw - if she overheats, she will explode and take most of the city with her. Kyusaku jumps into the car with her and two race off after the androids.
Meanwhile, the fight between Eimi and Nuku Nuku has progessed to a popular Tokyo amusement park. They continue to battle and Eimi edges ever so closer to her limit. But just before she reaches critical, Nuku Nuku manages to attach Kyusaku's defense device to Eimi, thus prevent the terrible explosion.
In the end, Ryu gets his Mother's Day wish when he delivers his flowers to his mom and Kyusaku suggests that the three of them go to dinner together. As for Nuku Nuku and Eimi, they playfully squabble among the ruins of the amusement park.
Episode #5 - Phase OV
After having an accident that destroys Ryunosuke's bike, Nuku Nuku gets a job to buy a new one. She lands a position as a waitress at Akiko's new restaurant chain, Akie's,and quickly becomes the most popular waitress on the block.
Meanwhile, Arisa and Kyouko are sweating in the stifiling summer heat in their apartment, which does not have air conditioning. They soon discover that Nuku Nuku working their neigh. Sure that the news will earn them bonuses, they rush off to inform Akiko. But to their surprise, Akiko is already aware of Nuku Nuku's employment.
Because Nuku Nuku presence attracts many teenage boys, and is therefore good for business, Akiko tells the women they are not to engage Nuku Nuku or discharge any weapons inside of the restaurant. The women leave and decide to check out Nuku Nuku's performance for themselves. They go to the diner and order a single coffee to share. They treat Nuku Nuku rudely and this provokes Nuku Nuku's teenage groupies to forcibly remove the ladies.
Undaunted, Arisa and Kyouko try Plan Two. They disguise themselves and get hired at the restaurant. They then bring a cage filled with mice into the restaurant and release them. They count on Nuku Nuku being blamed and fired. But the plan backfires and not only is Nuku Nuku praised for catching the mice, but the manager, having seen Arisa and Kyouko release the mice, has them beaten and tossed out the door.
This proves to be the last straw for the twosome.
As the frustrated Office Ladies prepare for their final assault, Ryunosuke and Papa-san show up for dinner. Nuku Nuku settles them in and all seems to be peaceful. But back in the kitchen, Arisa and Kyouko have defeated the staff and are loading their weapons. Kyouko launches an attack using a catnip-loaded bazooka followed by Arisa with a heavy machine gun. While Nuku Nuku races around the restaurant in a stupor, the girls shoot up the place. Even the surprise arrival of Akiko is not enough to bring them back to their senses. Eventually, things reach their climax with the entire restaurant exploding. The story ends with Akiko presenting the ladies with a billion yen bill and Nuku Nuku promising that she will get a new job and earn the money for the new bike.
Episode #6 - Phase OVI
It's Christmas time and a year has past since Nuku Nuku was "born". Intending to surprise her loved ones with handmade scarfs, she sits on the roof and knits away. But along comes Eimi and she has a special Christmas present for Nuku Nuku as well - a Gatling machine gun cannon!! She opens fire and somehow manages to miss Nuku Nuku but destroys the precious scarves in the process. This, understandably, makes Nuku Nuku mad and the two of them begin a huge (and very destructive) battle.
Meanwhile, Akiko is demonstrating her company's latest weapon to the military. It is a satellite that is capable of identifying targets from space and killing them with a laser so powerful that nothing can shield its intended victim. The state of the art weapon is also virtual indestructible, with built in defense systems, and an unlimited power supply. The demostration test is a great success and Akiko, along with Arisa and Kyouko, head back to the office. At the same time, Kyusaku, Ryunosuke, and Yoshimi are stuck in traffic. They are discussing their Christmas plans and the birthday party for Nuku Nuku. It is then that all three story lines converge.
As a result of Nuku Nuku and Eimi's battle, Nuku Nuku crushes Kyusaku's car while Eimi collides with the limo carrying Akiko, Arisa, and Kyouko. The big car flips over and in the process, the control box for the killer satellite is damaged. But not before it accidentally locks onto Akiko. She now has 6 hours to live before the battle laser fires.
The gang retreats to Mishima space headquarters to develop a plan. In the end, the decision is made to send Nuku Nuku and Eimi into space to confront the spacecraft. The two androids, along with Arisa and Eimi, board a shuttle and take off. The reach the boundary of the satellite's defense system and Nuku Nuku and Eimi venture out.
Eimi sees this as the perfect chance to rid herself of Nuku Nuku once and for all and she sabotages Nuku Nuku's space suit. This causes Nuku Nuku to careen towards the Spaceship out of control. But she manages to avoid destruction and Eimi is drawn into the battle when the guns then turn on her.
The two girls fight bravely, but time is running out. With only have 2 minutes left, Arisa and Kyouko charge the weapon with the shuttle but are easily defeated and tossed back to Earth. Only a handful of seconds remain and Eimi and Nuku Nuku finally realize that they have to work together to defeat the craft - which they do swiftly as the countdown expires. Akiko is saved but not happy when she learns her 3 trillion yen project has been destroyed. Meanwhile, poor Nuku Nuku and Eimi are left stranded in space.