''The heartwarming story of [[ABoyAndHisX a Boy and his cat]]...''

''...and a major Military Equipment Manufacturer.''

->'''''Boy #1:''' What's your favorite food?\\
'''Nuku-Nuku:''' Dried mackerel and horsemeat.\\
'''Boy #2:''' What's your favorite hobby?\\
'''Nuku-Nuku:''' Sitting in the sun.''

Combine a state-of-the-art combat android with the brain of a stray cat, wrap it all in the appearance of an enthusiastic teenage girl, and what do you get? Nuku-Nuku, aka Atsuko Natsume, "daughter" of engineer/roboticist/high school teacher Kyousuke Natsume and "sister" of ten-year-old Ryuunosuke Natsume. Busty, bouncy and absolutely innocent in the way a kitten is, Nuku-Nuku is also a powerful combat cyborg who is fiercely protective of her family and friends. Since her "father" is the estranged husband of the CEO of Mishima Heavy Industries, Japan's number one military contractor, and she herself is a stolen prototype he created, that means she sees a lot of action. From a pair of trigger-happy goonettes to a psychotic android that wants to steal her body to the task of trying to reunite Kyousuke and his wife so her little brother is happy, Nuku-Nuku approaches every challenge with a smile, a laugh, and a grip that can bend steel I-beams.

A light-hearted, comedic miniseries despite its darkish opening and the vast amount of firepower deployed throughout its six episodes, ''All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku'' is a fun romp with one of the more endearing anime heroines of the early 1990s. It's proven popular enough to spawn several AlternateUniverse [[SpinOff Spin Offs]]. The anime franchise as a whole consists of three entries:

* ''All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku'' / ''Bannou Bunka Nekomusume (All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl)'' - Two three-episode OVA series based on the original manga. The entry most find to be the best, and the only one non-fans have likely heard of. Follows the basic premise as outlined above.

* ''All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV'' / ''Bannou Bunka Nekomusume'' - A fourteen-episode TV series which features a LighterAndSofter tone, focusing more on slapstick comedy than action. ''TV'' famously changed the character dynamic, focusing less on the Natsume family and more on Nuku Nuku's misadventures as she attempts to adjust to the life of a high school girl while battling [[MonsterOfTheWeek regular robot attacks]] instigated by [[BigBad Hell Mishima]], a CorruptCorporateExecutive who takes over Akiko (downgraded to PunchClockVillain)'s position as the major antagonist.

* ''All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash'' / ''Bannou Bunka Nekomusume Dash'' - A twelve-episode OVA series which serves as ''TV'''s antithesis, being a (slightly) DarkerAndEdgier reimagining of the basic premise wherein Nuku Nuku is an [[PhlebotinumRebel escaped Mishima Industries android]] with LaserGuidedAmnesia who battles MHI robots while maintaining a second life as the older sister figure/crush of Ryuunosuke, who in this series is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent as opposed to a child. Generally considered to be the weakest of the three due to its straight-playing of multiple tropes which were, at the time, considered overused, leading to it being labeled a ClicheStorm by critics.


[[folder:Tropes associated with two or more versions:]]
* AlternateContinuity: None of the different series take place in the same universe, allowing for them all to have a different plot with the same basic premise.
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* BeachEpisode: Once per series, at least.
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* ButtMonkey: Arisa and Kyouko in most incarnations. ''TV'' adds in badly battered teacher Yamagata-sensei.
* CallingYourAttacks: '''"MOTHER'S LOVE MISSILE!"''' '''"NUKU-NUKU PUNCH!"''' '''"NUKU-NUKU KICK!"'''
* CatGirl: Each version of her is a [[RobotGirl cyborg]]. In the OVA and fourteen ep TV series, she has a cat's brain. In ''Dash'', it's implied she, as well as [[spoiler:her sister Rei Rei]], each have a cat's brain and its entire ''nervous system''....
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * CrossPoppingVeins
* CuteBruiser: Nuku-Nuku in each and every version. The original also has fellow RobotGirl Eimi Yoshikawa. In Dash, Nuku Nuku goes from cute to outright boob-loaded, in addition to the change in hair and eye color.
* CuteLittleFangs: Nuku-Nuku
* {{Determinator}}: Nuku Nuku. Semi-lampshaded by Kyouko in the very first episode of the OVA.
--> * Nuku Nuku emerges from a pile of wreckage*
--> '''Kyouko''': What are you, the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''?!
--> '''Nuku Nuku''': No, I'm Natsume Nuku-Nuku! The fruit of Papa-san and Ryuunosuke's love!
* DumbMuscle: [[DumbIsGood Nuku-Nuku]] and Eimi again.
* EekAMouse: Subverted. Nuku-Nuku, having a cat's brain, interprets the sight of a mouse as "YAY!" and starts chasing after it, regardless of any destruction said chasing may incur due to her gynoid body.
* EnemyMine: The last episode of the original OVA series has Nuku-Nuku ''and'' Eimi ''and'' Akiko's OfficeLady warriors all team up to go into space and destroy the rogue satellite that will kill Akiko at midnight. The final episode of ''TV'' sees Kyuusaku and Hell Mishima team up to prevent a giant cat-shaped planet from [[ColonyDrop crashing into the Earth]].
* {{Gainaxing}}: ''Especially'' in ''Dash''.
* GenkiGirl: Nuku-Nuku in all versions except ''Dash''.
* HeavySleeper: Kyusaku and Ryuunosuke. Nuku Nuku at some points.
* HotBlooded: Kyusaku drifts in and out of this.
* HumongousMecha: It would appear that Mishima Industries produces nothing but these.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy
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%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MegatonPunch
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* NoblewomansLaugh: Akiko (All versions), Chieko (''TV'')
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: Subverted - Nuku-Nuku can handle water just fine, but she can't swim because her robot body is too heavy to float and she sinks in any large body of water. She is eventually [[MechaExpansionPack upgraded]] to get around this.
** Surprisingly one of the tropes played straight in ''TV''. The very first MonsterOfTheWeek is a HumongousMecha washing machine whose waterproofing failed and caused it to go on a rampage after it shorted out.
* TheOjou: Akiko in all incarnations except ''TV''. Said series instead gives this role to RichBitch Chieko.
* PeekABangs: Kyusaku's. They cover both eyes in ''OVA'', and one eye in ''TV'' and ''Dash''.
* PunchClockVillain: Akiko is downgraded to one of these in ''TV'', as she is seen to still be HappilyMarried to Kyusaku and acting as a doting mother to Ryuunosuke when off the clock. When on the clock, she becomes "Bloody Akiko", completely devoted to fulfilling whatever inane plot her boss has in store that week.
** Arisa and Kyouko are this in every incarnation.
** Completely averted by all three in ''Dash''. They simply work at the company and none of them are in any way depicted as villainous, though all three do at one point or another cross paths with Nuku Nuku in her alternate identity without ever putting it together that [[ClarkKenting she and the 'androbot' they're trying to find are the same person despite having the exact same body type and hair style as well as hair color.]] Hell, Akiko ''lives'' with her!
* PunnyName: Nuku-Nuku's name is a both a pun related to her serial number (NK-1124) and her "civillain" name Atsuko. "Nukunuku" means something similar to "Warm and Cozy", while "Atsuko" is "Hot Girl". Also rather ironic considering that Nuku-Nuku, being a gynoid, doesn't even register excessive temperatures and has to have the fact that something is hot pointed out to her by Kyusaku.
* RobotGirl: Eimi in the OVA, the other NK-series Androids in ''Dash'' aside from Nuku Nuku herself and [[spoiler: her sister Rei Rei]], who are cyborgs, instead.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * {{Roofhopping}}
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RuleOfCool
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* SmallGirlBigGun: Arisa lives for this trope, but Eimi tops her at it by dragging a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' around in order to give Nuku-Nuku a special "Christmas Present" in the final OVA episode.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Arisa and Kyouko.
* TheSweatDrop: Used in all series, but called attention to [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the TV series when Nuku-Nuku asks Kyusaku why she can do this, but is unable to sweat in the "normal" way.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ThoseTwoBadGuys: Arisa and Kyouko.
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[[folder:Tropes associated with the original manga and [=OVAs=]:]]
* AuthorAppeal: InUniverse; Akiko notes that Kyusaku built a gynoid outer appearance for the NK-1124 chassis to match his ideal in female beauty.
* BigFancyHouse: Akiko lives in one of these, and so does the rest of the clan in the one episode that Akiko tries to go straight.
* CarFu: Kyusaku and Shinji (Yoshimi's uncle) slam a Land Rover into Arisa's [[HumongousMecha Armor Tako]] to allow Nuku Nuku to escape from it during the BeachEpisode.
--> "'''[[CallingYourAttacks LAND ROVER ATTAAAAAAACK!]]'''"
* CrossCounter: What eventually ends Nuku-Nuku and Eimi's brawl during episode 4... Until they get right back up and start going at it again.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: This is Mishima Heavy Industries' entire shtick, using their vast technology to create weapons of mass destruction up to and including HumongousMecha and SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids, while at the same time using the exact same resources to expand their reach into the private sector.
* DemonHead: Akiko and Kyusaku pull a minor variant on this while discussing potential ways to get Akiko out of a major fix in the final episode.
* ExactTimeToFailure: See EnemyMine.
* GrandTheftMe: "Eimi wants your body, Nuku Nuku"... and not in the ''fun'' way, either.
* GroinAttack: Nuku-Nuku breifly pressing Eimi's groin with her foot during their "Rematch" in the fourth episode.
* InstantFanClub: Nuku-Nuku gains one when she starts working at a family restaurant.
* KillSat: In the last episode. An almost impossibly accurate one at that. Oh, and it's also a TransformingMecha.
* TheMasochismTango: Mr. Natsume and Ms. Mishima. You'd think they're still married by how happy they seem to be when they are actually together... Except that just that scenario takes place for an entire episode and proves that neither of them are really happy unless [[SlapSlapKiss they're trying to kill each other.]]
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Arisa and Kyouko become exasperated at how a "bimbo" like Nuku-Nuku catches so much attention and they, being "strong and intelligent" are ignored.
* TheNoseBleed: Happens to a young man who overhears Eimi's SkinshipGrope of Nuku-Nuku during the FuroScene the fourth episode.
* QuirkyHousehold: The Mishima mansion when Nuku, Kyusaku, and Ryuunosuke go to live there for a short period in the third episode.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Eimi's.
* TheRival: Eimi.
* TheScream: Akiko does this when she realises she has been duped by Kyuusaku into letting him and Ryuunosuke move back in, provided she does all the "motherly duties" like cooking and cleaning - even though that means she has no more time with her son than when they were separated.
* SerialEscalation: Nuku-Nuku's bike rides. At least one series review has referred to them as "BMX-Tours-Are-For-Wimps" rides. The gets to the point where OVA episode 5's plot is kicked off by her having destroyed Ryuunosuke's bicycle during one.
* SkinshipGrope: Eimi while sizing up Nuku-Nuku for her GrandTheftMe.
* SleepingSingle: Akiko sleeps in a bed that wouldn't be wide enough for him even if Kyusaku ''wasn't'' usually up all night.
** In the third OAV episode, mind. She's normally too busy fighting Kyusaku to worry about sleeping with him.
* SmokingIsCool: Kyusaku's rarely seen without a drag in his mouth.
* TakingTheKids: Kyusaku takes Ryuunosuke with him when he bails on MHI, not wanting Akiko's [[KnightTemplarParent Overprotectiveness]] compromising the boy's childhood.
* TemptingFate: Arisa and Kyouko are injured when Eimi escapes MHI at the beginning of the fourth episode. Later on we see them using this rare chance to take time off from work. Arisa then utters "I only wish we injured a bit more!" Cue Eimi and Nuku-Nuku rocketing into their apartment, wrecking it and leaving them under the remains.
--> '''Kyouko''' (Just before passing out): Are you happy now?
* TheTokyoFireball: Quite literally in the fourth episode, which sees Nuku and Eimi destroy a sizable portion of Nerima by exploding the large natural gas tank field which is a landmark of the district.

[[folder:Tropes associated with ''Nuku-Nuku TV'':]]
* AlertnessBlink
* ArtificialRiverbank: Kyousuke goes to one to angst in episode 4, only to be subjected to several of Ryuunosuke's classmates practicing their karaoke.
* AttentionWhore: Chieko Shirakaba.
* BeyondTheImpossible:In ''TV'', Nuku rides her bike so fast that she winds up [[TimeTravel 15 years in the past]] when she finally stops. Not even her MadScientist creator can explain how it works.
* BossSubtitles: Used for just about every single character in most early episodes.
* ClassRepresentative: Nuku-Nuku's best friend Futaba. We later find out that she also has a number of sisters, each of whom is ''also'' a ClassRepresentative. Every last one of them is ''extremely'' controlling and obsessed with organization and order.
** They actually carry out arguments with one another using their whistles.
* DiscontinuityNod: The first episode opens with Kyusaku [[HamAndCheese expositing dramatically]] about the new backstory. Then, Ryunosuke pops up [[MediumAwareness holding tapes from the series' two previous incarnations]], [[DeadpanSnarker sighing]] "That's not the way ''I'' remember it happening... but, whatever."
** Even more funny... The design she uses and concept that she's describing are for [[AlternateContinuity Nuku Nuku DASH!]]
* FestivalEpisode: Doubles as a TimeTravel episode.
* FilkSong: Pretty much anything thought up by Eiichi Ikenami. Though the words are always different, it's always the same tune.
* GirlPosse: Hidariko and Migiko are this for Chieko. The posse is expanded during the valentine's episode, where the one-off characters Ueko and Shitako make an appearance to help them steal all the chocolate in town.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted. Nuku-Nuku manually directs a missile to prevent the ColonyDrop in the final episode, but later turns up no worse for wear.
* IdolSinger: Spoofed with the "Speedy Girls Squad".
* JusticeWillPrevail: Kyuusaku.
* LivingProp: Miyuki Miyuzawa, who mostly just stands around reading books and not saying or doing much of anything [[spoiler:until the second MusicalEpisode, where she's revealed to have been the one playing the main character in the film being made by everyone.]]
* LordErrorProne: Kyusaku tends to misinterpret mostly harmless Mishima projects as intentionally evil ventures.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Spoofed. An alien mouse-woman comes down to Earth to profess her love for Yamagata-sensei. She eventually ditches him when she (eventually) realizes that he doesn't have a tail.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: At least for the first half.
* MusicalEpisode: Two. The first centers around a Mishima-sponsored singing contest, while the latter uses Nuku-Nuku's class working on a student film as a FramingDevice.
* OccultDetective: Rie Shibata is an amateur version. Her [[BossSubtitles character subtitle]] is "Occult Maniac".
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Miyuki's.
* PaperThinDisguise: Kyusaku has several, where he shows up attempting to be Nuku-Nuku's MysteriousProtector.
* PsychicPowers: The Speedy Girls display some form of telekinesis.
* RunningGag: Pretty much 50% of what happens in [[OnceAnEpisode any given episode]].
** Chieko says something haughty, followed up by Migiko and Hidariko exclaiming [[CatchPhrase "That's right! That's right! Miss Chieko is exactly right!"]]
** Eiichi breaks out into a FilkSong. "Lalalala...~"
** Rintarou says something cool and aloof; with or without a "Hmph".
** Futaba goes into full-on ClassRepresentative mode, insisting that everybody follow her orders and panic in an organized manner.
** Yakumo Oizumi says something to the effect of "[[ForScience FOR SCIENCE!]]" or "HowUnscientific".
** Ryuunosuke refers to his father as "Mr. Kyusaku" and is corrected.
** Yamagata-sensei is [[AmusingInjuries hilariously injured]] by something, followed by [[PhraseCatcher any given person who saw what happened]] commenting that "Yamagata-sensei has been in another unfortunate accident".
** Nuku-Nuku mispronouncing Chieko's last name wrong each time she see her.
* ShoutOut: This series spoofs several popular anime, such as when HarmlessVillain Hell Mishima decides to hold a singing contest after seeing a rather transparent knockoff of [[Anime/{{Macross7}} Basara Nekki]] on TV and being inspired. Nuku-Nuku takes off to school every morning on her bike while yelling [[Anime/GreatMazinger "SCRAMBLE DASH!"]]. Another instance is Kyusaku's high school invention, the [[Manga/GetterRobo Geta Robo]] (which forms from his geta, japanese sandals).
** He then later upgrades to Geta Robo G, and fifteen years later, Shin Geta Robo.
--> '''[[ActorAllusion "CHANGE GETA ROBO! SWITCH ON!"]]'''
* SpikesOfVillainy: "Combat Arisa".
* ThemeTwinNaming: Hidariko and Migiko. Their names literally mean "Left Girl" and "Right Girl". The valentine's day episode gives us a second set (who also look like the first, but without moles) named Ueko ("Above Girl") and Shitako ("Below Girl").
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Nuku-Nuku tends to say this whenever dispatching a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* TroubledButCute: Spoofed with Rintarou Shimazaki, whose [[BossSubtitles Character Subtitle]] is "Nihilistic Pretty Boy". He's almost never taken seriously.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The opening scene of some episodes show the episode taking place in 2013 or 2014.
* UnknownRival: Chieko to Nuku-Nuku.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Kyuusaku and Akiko met as children at a {{Tokusatsu}} stage show, were together their whole lives, and eventually wound up getting married.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Hell Mishima and Kyusaku seem to think that they're in a dramatic toku show when they're really in a slapstick comedy.
** Made doubly hilarious when you see Dash, where their ideas about Nuku Nuku, at least, ARE SPOT ON!
* YesMan: Well, women: Hidariko and Migiko.

[[folder:Tropes used in ''Nuku-Nuku Dash'':]]
* CallBack: To one of Nuku Nuku TV's jokes. The supposed design for Nuku Nuku in the FakeOutOpening IS Nuku Nuku in Dash!
* DateCrepe: In episode 3.
* {{Melodrama}}: Heaps of it.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The character identified in the other versions as "Arisa" is known as "Kyouko" in here, and vice versa. The two share personality quirks.