Bobby ni Kubittake

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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
Producers: Kadokawa Shoten
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 44 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #95652
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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.

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."

Bobby is not a well-rounded kid. He barely speaks – even to his own family – and the "letters" he writes back to the mystery girl usually consist of a single sentence or so. His obsession is all-consuming, to the point where he happily quits school to work at a biker bar. Of course, his father, at a loss, kicks him out of the house. Staying with a friend, he's delighted when his female pen pal says she'll call him. On that day, his boss at the bar decides to take him to a motocross track. But that's a day that wouldn't end in a way that anybody would expect.

(Source: ANN, edited)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Aketagawa, Susumu
Sound Director
Nomura, Hironobu
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Bobby's Girl" by Mayumi Shimizu


Apr 3, 2012
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 ...
Jan 21, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Bobby ni Kubittake is a very down to earth and realistic take on the path to adulthood. The animation is dated and there is not much romance for a romance film. There is no real payoff at the end and that's ok. This isn't a cinematic tale of the hero who gets the girl, but an average guy doing average things. Bobby is a very real character dealing with hardship in a realistic way. Bobby’s story isn't grand or adventurous, but it is a story, a human story. That said there is no real reason to watch Bobby ni ...
Jan 8, 2012
Bobby ni Kubittake is bland and uninspiring slog through 44 minutes of the most contrived romance and terrible characterization that the world has ever seen. It goes for the "rebel boy" Image with their main character, Bobby, who's blandness is one of the 8 wonders of the modern world, but they fail because the "rebel boy" image is so tired and overused, it just seems like he's conforming to a tired stereotype. The main word I like to use when discussing this pitiful display is "tired", there's just nothing to say about it. It's so bland, that bland can't properly summarize how bland it is. ...

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