Nanako Kaitai Shinsyo: Medical
Comedy Love Action (Bionic Nanako)
Adam "OMEGA" Arnold
and New Generation Pictures are hard at work
bringing the latest in anime series including the unique
reincarnation-based Nazca and re-release of both 3x3
Eyes OVA series to eager otaku everywhere. It is with great
pleasure that ANIMEfringe presents this compilation of a number
of Internet and print sources to take this look at the soon to be
released series Nanako Kaitai Shinsyo: Medical Comedy
Love Action (Nakako's Anatomy Report), tentatively
titled Bionic Nanako, for a domestic
Meet Nanako (Maria
Yamamoto), an ordinary high-school student... until her
parents run into financial problems. So, the well-endowed young
girl must take a job to help out with her parent's mounting debt.
This reluctant job is a nurse's position at a 'highly
suspicious hospital' that is run by the mad scientist, Kyoji
Ogami, who also has a policy of hiring some other very
odd doctors and experimenting with mecha. Nanako seems to be up
against the wall with no other choice but to do her job. But will
she be able to see the end of this mess? The only way to find out
is to watch this six episode OVA series, comprised of six
episodes that are referred to as Operations.' These are opr.1
The First Spiral, opr.2 Memories of You, opr.3
Psycho Patient, opr.4 Fire-crackers, opr.5 The
Last Spiral -Former Part, and opr.6 The Last spiral-Latter
Part. In addition to the actual episodes, there are six
audio and drama CDs as well as a special promo video that was
released before the OVA came out in Japan.
calls this series an 'End-of-the-Century romantic medical
action comedy', an ambitious title giving this series has a
lot to live up to. But not to worry, as Tenchi-Muyo!
director Hiroshi Negishi is on the job to make
this series as unforgettable as all the others he has touched.
The series also sports character designs by Toshinari
Yamashita of Burn Up W! and animation
production by Radix (Sakura Wars, Silent
Mobius, Nazca, etc). When combined with the witty characters,
Radix's animation brings an unbelievable blend of 2D animation
with the CG mecha that result from the various operations in the
Nanako Kaitai Shinsyo's
subtitle Medical Comedy Love Action' does not
disappoint either. All these elements make for a unique blend of
genres. Especially since the series is, at its core, a light-hearted
and funny play full of ridiculous sex happenings. But, Unlike sex-filled,
hentai titles like Ogenki Clinic, Nanako
is more in line with 'soft-porn' shows like ADV's
Metal Angel Marie (My Dear Marie) or Viz's
Video Girl Ai. If there is such a comparison, that is it.
It's no wonder that Hiroshi Negishi wanted to do this project
after successfully presenting the mature sexual situations
concerning Tenchi Misaki in Tenchi-Muyo! in Love 2.
Jonathan Klein, Vice-President
of New Generation Pictures, has informed
ANIMEfringe that Taliesin Jaffe, who directed
the domestic release of Nazca, will be directing this
series and it is most likely to get at least a '16 & Up'
rating from Pioneer due to mature situations and brief nudity.
Look for the tentatively titled Bionic Nanako later this
year from Pioneer in both VHS sub and dub formats as well as a
Bibliography / Further
Animerica Vol. 7 #4
Pioneer LDC's Official Nanako Kaitai
Shinsyo Web Site
Special Thanks to Jonathan
Klein of New Generation
Pictures for all his help with information on
the English release.