Amazing Nurse Nanako

Alt title: Nanako Kaitai Shinsho

OVA (6 eps)
1999 - 2000
2.73 out of 5 from 1,478 votes
Rank #17,332

Nanako works day and night to cook and clean for a house full of interesting characters. Notably, a scientist who has plans of turning Nanako into his greatest experiment. But the military and the church have plans of their own in mind, once the doctor succeeds with his experiment and trains Nanako for ultimate strength and endurance.

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ThatAnimeSnob
3.5

As I was watching this oldie, a very basic question came to me. WHY IS NANAKO CALLED A NURSE??? I mean, sure, the setting is a hospital but Nanako NEVER TREATS A PATIENT. There aren’t even patients there; it’s just some front for experiments on genetics. In fact, the show is better called Amazing Maid Nanako, as she is mostly dressed as such. The rest of the time she is wearing some gymnastics or battle suit… or doesn’t wear anything.Another thing is how the story itself has absolutely nothing to do with hospitals. It is closer to some scatterbrain ecchi comedy with sci-fi / thriller overtones. Which I guess makes it somewhat interesting. One moment we have this scientific explanation around DNA and the next Nanako is fooling around half-naked.The story is only 6 episodes and the interest comes only at the fifth, where we learn of the true past of Nanako. But even then, all that don’t seem to matter much as the actual plot of the anime is completely nonessential. It is 90% random gags and slapstick with ecchi, before some spooky scientific dialogue pops up and some alien mutant thing appears to chase Nanako around. And she is no fighter either; she always needs the help of some guy to save her, and she ends up in her undies and on his lap all the time. So although there are scenes of horror and occult, they all go to waste because of the brainless ecchi comedy.As far as characters go, none is interesting or that developed and practically it is only Nanako and the blondie scientist who get fleshed out when the flashback comes up. That gives you something to bother about, but doesn’t excuse how the rest of the story and the plot are barely trying to offer something good. And no, I don’t consider the ecchi aspect to count as good.The production values are not good either as the animation is highly jerky and the music themes completely forgettable. Heck, most of the time there hardly appears to be BGM in general. Not only that, but Nanako ends up being a very irritating character. She is clumsy and naive, constantly cries, shouts, and runs around in her underwear and comes off as irritating instead of sympathetic or sexy. Plus, her boobies jiggle so silly, it even stops being erotic after awhile. She is better suited for some rape hentai or something. As for blondie hunk, he is just there to keep the plot going; we hardly get enough to care about him.This is a weird short anime. It is not really enjoyable but the weird mix of ecchi with horror and mystery make it somewhat memorable. So is the fact that there was supposed to be a nurse somewhere in here…

CariChan
6.5

May contain mild spoilers. As simple and fanservicy as it is, Amazing Nurse Nanako aka Nanako's Anatomy Report (actual Japanese title) is a guilty pleasure of mine. I remember it being advertised in anime mags back in the day, coming out on DVD, so I decided to get it. I was also a fan of Hiroshi Negishi and Toshinari YAMASHITA's work. The series is a 6 part OAV, whose main character is a ditzy klutz who acts as servant and assistant to Dr. Ogami, a grumpy yet talented scientist, inventor of robotic devices and such. In Nanako's spare time Ogami makes her work out non stop, trying to keep her in shape for some sort of secret experiment. He has other assistants to help out in his quest. Meanwhile Nanako gets herself in various situations where she's in peril and keeps losing her clothes. So the story is rather flimsy and the secret experiment is later revealed and shows Nanako's background and history: she is the not the first Amazing Nurse Nanako, but I won't say anymore about that. But there really isn't a major goal besides Nanako, so we're left a bit dissatisfied at the end. I would say if they made the series longer and fleshed it out with a more in depth story, we might give some more patooties about this series. The characterizations is also somewhat flimsy. Yes we learn more about Nanako herself in the past, but we only learn a bit about Ogami from a flashback. The other characters, we don't really know how they are connected with Ogami as well, and why the government is so interested in his work. But at least we see a hint of Ogami and Nanako's relationship very briefly. I do have a soft spot for Nanako, as I feel sorry for her a lot. But yes many people would say she's rather annoying and a crybaby, and they're right. But she has some sort of weird charm about her and of course she is cute. Which brings us to the animation design. If you know Yamashita's work such as burn up w or divergence eve, The style is angular and crisp lines of characters. For the females, they're rather very slender in the middle and big above and below, especially above. The breast design of this series and DE has been described as "torpedoes," as they have a more of I guess elongated shape and comes to a "point" of course! And in real life I would say Nanako would be bruised and battered from being hit by her own body. So I guess what they lacked in story and characterization they make up for in fan service. Nanako loses her shorts, strips down to her underwear, is seen naked once briefly, and wears some weird sacrificial outfit complete with tasselled pasties in this series. Is there a point? Not really, but I mean come on, that's why it's call fan service. I should add that I like Nanako's maid ouftit so much I wanted to cosplay her, but never got around to it. The theme song shown in the end credits is not the greatest or a classic, but is a soft jaunty tune to dance to while we watch Nanako work out, bounce around and lift weights in her bikini. In the end this could have been better, so those of you not into the fan service and such, this is not your cup of tea. But it's good for folks who like jiggles and jokes in their anime, but no story to write home about. But as I write this and talk about Nanako, I'm tempted to watch it again....!

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