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AKA: 菜々子解体診書 (Nanako Kaitai Shinsho), Nanako Kaitai Shinsho: Medical Comedy Love Action; Nanako's Anatomy Report
Genre: Semi sci-fi comedy
Length: OAV series, 6 episodes, 30 minutes each
Distributor: VHS and R1 DVD from Geneon out of print.
Content Rating: 16+ (nudity, violence, abuse)
Related Series: N/A
Also Recommended: All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Hand Maid May, Tenchi Muyo

Amazing Nurse Nanako


Nanako is working as a nurse and housekeeper at the house of a Dr. Ogami Kyoji, apparently the world's greatest surgeon, scientist and bioengineer. Ah, but behind all the crazy antics in the house where Nanako and Ogami live with the rest of the decidedly oddball characters of this show, there are government conspiracies afoot. And exactly who, or what, is Nanako anyway?


And so I'm supposed to find the words to describe the experience that is Amazing Nurse Nanako. It wasn't easy, I tell you. Mostly because I'm not sure whether I like this yet.

The animation is actually very good on this. Fast, frantic and ... well, bouncy. (More on the latter later.) And colorful, too.

The sub seemed decent. I'm no expert in Japanese, although, as mentioned, I write this review based on the digital source (since as of this writing this show is unavailable in my region). At least we can trust Pioneer to give us a good translation, even a good dub, right? The Japanese voice cast was at least good, though Nanako herself grated a little bit on my ears, especially when singing.

Which brings me, finally, to the characters and the plot. The characters ... well, they seem to carry this series somewhat decently, even though the only ones I remember are, Nanako and Ogami aside, the elderly couple that spends all their time fighting and the young boy, the somewhat stereotypical kid of the house. If you've seen Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Nanako herself leans more towards ditzy and clueless, more like Mihoshi of Tenchi Muyo than the cheerful optimism of Nuku herself, or May in Hand Maid May. And Ogami ... (Shudder) ...may be the head of the house, but his treatment of Nanako is questionable in the clearest sense. He pulls no punches in scaring the poor girl spitless, more often than not following up on his threats.

And the plot... Well, the last two episodes do have a plot, some of it linked to Nanako's past and some of it to the military. That leaves the first four episodes to run amok with Krazy Komedy galore. With fan service.

Oh my, is there fan service. Nanako's chest bounces all over the place, and it's a substantial chest at that. There are even some nude scenes of her, though nothing earth shattering and certainly nothing that hasn't even been done to the same extent on other non-hentai shows before.

So how did I like it? Just fine, I suppose. It's neither intelligent nor mind numbingly dumb. A thought-provoking film? Not really. Funny? At times, yes. Sweet? Certainly not!

I'm not sure I would buy this, though it would be worth a rental at least.

Stig Høgset

Recommended Audience: The fan service is in excessive amounts and a tad too overdone for me to even begin to take seriously. There is some nudity, though in relatively small amounts. You should be more worried about the treatment Nanako gets from Ogami, which is the only really truly objectionable factor about this show in my eyes.

Version(s) Viewed: digital source, R1 DVD
Review Status: Full (6/6)
Amazing Nurse Nanako © 1999 Save Our Nurse Project / AIC / Pioneer
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