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Bobby ni Kubittake

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Bobby's Girl, Bobby's In Deep
Japanese: ボビーに首ったけ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 9, 1985
Duration: 44 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #50752
Popularity: #5596
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"Bobby really does little else but work on his bike. He cleans his bike. He tunes up his bike. He rides his bike. One would call him a motorcycle otaku. His most recent achievement seems to have been getting photos of himself on a road trip printed in a motorcyclist hobby magazine. This leads to an unexpected result: a girl his age, who picked up that issue on a whim, decides to write him a letter. A long, rambling letter, but dreamily romantic just the same. Bobby admits to his sister that he's never gotten a letter from a girl before. He writes back, "I got your letter. I'm happy cause it was from a girl."

The "Bobby" referred to in the title is actually 17-year-old Akihiko Nomura, an underachieving high school kid with a deep love for motorcycles. His grades are failing, and his father – traditional and strict (but who must have also at some point gave in and allowed him to have a motorcycle) is trying everything he can think of to get the kid to apply for college. His mother is so silent, she might as well not even exist. Really, his support system lies entirely in his twinkle-toed little sister, who's nosy but cheers him on in her own way."

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nomura, Akihiko
Nomura, Akihiko
Nomura, Hironobu
Nomura, Hironobu
Nomura, Tamotsu
Tsukamoto, Nobuo
Tsukamoto, Nobuo
Kubota, Sachio
Horikawa, Ryo
Horikawa, Ryo
Nomura, Yoshiko
Shimizu, Mayumi
Shimizu, Mayumi


Hirata, Toshio
Hirata, Toshio
Nomura, Hironobu
Nomura, Hironobu
Theme Song Performance
Nakamura, Takashi
Nakamura, Takashi
Key Animation
Yoshida, Akimi
Yoshida, Akimi
Character Design

Opening Theme

"Bobby ni Rock'n'Roll' by Hironobu Nomura

Ending Theme

"Bobby's Girl" by Mayumi Shimizu

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Nov 23, 2008 5:16 PM
Bobby’s in Deep iis actually based on a novel that came out in 1980, and does have some significant differences in the anime release that came out 5 years later. Some of those differences are that in addition to Bobby’s passion for motorcycles, he’s also a beach bum surfer and it was more emphasized that he was more of a surfer than a biker, and he got a job at a surfing shop rather than as a waiter. Plus, it’s also elaborated in the novel by this girl who is writing to Bobby is suffering from an illness while it’s pure curiosity in the anime read more
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Jan 22, 2012 2:52 PM
Bobby's in deep is certainly a very interesting work - short and experimental, but it holds a lot of content, animation and background themes wise. Which is a bit surprising, considering the fact that the anime was largely produced to promote a young pop idol, who voiced the main character.

Bobby has a pretty plain personality and he's also a man of few words. This somehow rubs off on many of the anime's characteristics. It's interesting, that most of what we get to learn about Bobby is not from him personally, but through the girl that is writing him letters, trough his father that's scolding him read more
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Dec 12, 2014 8:55 PM
Bobby ni Kubittake, or "Bobby's in Deep, feels much like an experimental film as it tests many different artistic techniques and tosses them all together. First of all, this is a mid-80's movie, so the base style of visuals and sound should be understood before looking beyond. A lot of the experience feels synonymous from other things made around the time to an extent, but Bobby's in Deep is different in its execution and its direction. It presents a setup that doesn't feed the viewer everything off a silver platter and expects a bit of focus and thinking to understand everything that's going on and read more
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Apr 3, 2012 6:51 AM
Having just seen Bobby's In Deep for the first time, and having read the reviews that have been posted for the film to date, I feel compelled to post a review of my own in praise of the film for several strong positive qualities which others seem to have missed.

To my understanding, Bobby's In Deep is a 45 minute short film from 1985 adapting a 1980 novel by the same name. The main character Bobby (real name Akihiko Nomura) is a 17/18 year old motorcycle enthusiast who has toured around Japan taking photos and submitting them to amateur motorcycle magazines. The movie opens with Bobby read more
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