All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!

Our Rating: 2 stars
Reader’s Rating: 5 stars

Total # of Volumes: 3
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1: Mode-One
2: Mode-Two
3: Mode-Three

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All Purpose Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash is a disappointment. Like the similarly named Dirty Pair Flash, this is an alternate version of a well-known story. In this case, the very popular All Purpose Cat Girl Nuku Nuku OAV that first came out in the early 1990s and TV series that followed it.

In that version, the story was a light-hearted action/comedy and the characters had much different relationships to each other than they do in the newer Dash. Nuku Nuku is no longer the creation of Kyusaku Natsume. Kyusaku and Akiko are still married and Akiko is no longer the boss and heir of the powerful Mishima Industries but just a lowly employee. And Ryunosuke is a lovelorn 14 year old with a huge crush on the greenish-blond (not the famous purple tresses) 19 year old Atsuko Higuchi, aka Nuku Nuku.

Now focused on the mystery behind Nuku Nuku and the potential love between Ryunosuke and Nuku Nuku, the story feels sluggish. There are attempts at the brilliant comedy of the previous OAV but they are weak at best. Even more jarring is meeting well known characters that have been shifted in age or attitude.

Also suffering is the animation. The colors are murky and the background work is sloppy. The characters have strange proportions to their faces, especially the eyes, and the overall quality is low and this is even more apparent when compared to the original OAV work by Studio Fantasia. It's too bad that they were not involved in this production.

In terms of watching the entire All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku body of work, the correct order is to watch the original OAV, then the television series and finally All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Dash.

Volume 1: "Mode-One" Plot Summary:

Atsuko Higuchi, a pretty and friendly nineteen-year old girl, has come to live with the Natsumes. Professor Kyusaku Natsume, an inventor, his hardworking wife, Akiko, who is a manager for the massive Mishima Industries and their fourteen-year old son, Ryunosuke, all welcome the recently orphaned girl who is also suffering from memory lost.

But, there is more to Nuku Nuku, as she prefers they call her, then meets the eye. Whenever there is trouble and lives are in danger, she hears a voice calling her to action and she transforms into a battle warrior.

She is also unaware that Ryunosuke has developed a huge crush on her and the two find themselves in an awkward dance of sort as Ryunosuke struggles to tell her how he feels while Nuku Nuku struggles with her own mysteries as well.

Adding to the mix, Mishima Industries wants it android back and it will do anything to recover Nuku Nuku. Including assigning Akiko, who is unaware that Nuku Nuku is the missing machine, to head the recovery process. With Ryunosuke in love with her, Kyusaku trying to understand her secrets, and Akiko trying to capture, this cat is going to need all nine of her lives.

Series Details

Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: DVD
Type: Series
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable

Series Staff
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Creator: Yuzo Takada
Director: Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Character Designer: Seiji Kishimoto
Music: B-Cats
Animation Director: Seiji Kishimoto
Animation Studio: Ashi Production
Japanese Producers:
Yuzo Takada
Project Banneko Dash

American Producers: ADV Films

Volume 1 Information

Title: Mode-One
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4

Episode Titles

1: The Happiness Came With Spring Breeze
2: Midnight Cats
3: Distance in Between Two - Close and Far
4: Akiko's Melancholy

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