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Nuku Nuku Dash


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Title Info

  • seen: 1-4 of 12
  • type: TV
  • grade: flawed
  • people: Hayashibara
  • made: unknown
  • Review created: A while ago, i'll revise it eventually.
  • mod: none

I waited so long for this. Take the characters from the original OAV, but introduce Nuku-Nuku later so that Ryunosuke is a possible romantic interest and darken the ambience of the environment. Well, they did that, but unfortunately the charm and character also got left behind. The original OAV revelled in the energy and innocence of a cybernetic cat-girl, but this one has a very reserved and sleepy seeming Nuku Nuku who seems troubled and confused through most of the series. Ryunosuke used to be the honest one in the cast, what a shame he grew up into the bumbling and uncertain character represented here.

This lifeless romance (I called Nuku-Nuku lifeless! how did it come to this!) is interrupted by `humor' in the form of Mishima heavy industries weapons and `action' in the form of Nuku Nuku doing a transform into some sort of super-hero and destroying them. Illogical, out of character and dull these scenes are even weaker than the romance portion.

In addition the animation is distinctly average, the design work is poor and Nuku-Nuku has the most unrealistic torso proportions since Laura from Tomb Raider (which is of course glorified in the transformation sequence). The writing is no great work either, with some painfully stupid moments resulting in the action, humor and romance departments. This series would be average by itself, but as a continuation for the original OAV it is nothing less than a travesty. While the original story threads added do not seem that promising I hope it manages to redeem itself, but in the hands of creators who will throw away the strengths of the original I am not optimistic.

I'm not the only one, with this THEM review delivering a healthy slap, and wondering what encouraged anyone to write this.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:22 WST 2009