Haiyore! Nyaruko-san OVA

December 20, 2013

I know the second season is long gone and over. And my blog is quite late. Even so this is just Haiyore! Nyaruko-san OVA, which is actually the OVA that came out after the first season as some sort of pre-announcement for the second season. Not that I have forgotten. Really. I have my reasons for watching it late. Really. That reason does not include of being tired of Nyaruko’s slutty antics.  Anybody who loves slapstick comedy like Gintama or Sket Dance would surely love Nyaruko. I mean, who wouldn’t love the cute loving Nyarlathotep AKA Nyaruko-san (although her crazy antics are very questionable and never to be followed by anyone, anytime and anywhere). Even more lovable she is voiced by Kana Asumi who really brings out the crazy life in Nyaruko. Don’t you just love her? Maybe not so for Mahiro who is having a hard time trying to control this wild child and prevent himself from being dragged into her typical annoyance and harassment. When you have an alien living under your rooftop (make that several aliens), life is definitely never going to be the same. Need I say why anymore? The OVA lasts only 15 minutes but it is still packed with Nyaruko’s trademark craziness.

Magical Girl Nyaruko-san
Nyaruko and the gang watch a tokusatsu programme and she is very taken in by this transformation thingy. I didn’t know she got this transformation craving. But soon after that, she starts watching a magical girl show and is even more fixated in this genre. Mahiro notes if she would only defeat her enemies this way instead of her gory and violent method. This sets up Nyaruko to flirt with him (hounding him for a kiss while at it) but you know it’s never going to make it. Mahiro suggests Nyaruko to become a magical girl so that she could satisfy her transformation craving. And so Luhy is roped in to teach her since she had some experience doing some magical girl show on a rooftop of some building. Yeah. They figured she knows a lot about it. Because Nyaruko mocks her age of reaching 30’s (that’s very old for a magical girl), Luhy gets pissed and is going to make Nyaruko eat her words. Woah. She’s scary… Even Nyaruko’s scared.

Luhy takes the gang to some alternate time space dimension to train Nyaruko. In this twisted space, 2 hours in normal time outside is worth a month inside here. As the rest don’t want to bother them (I don’t think they can wait that long sticking around here either), they leave and I suppose Nyaruko lost her ultimate motivation (read: Mahiro) to watch her train. You’re on your own. Luhy is going to pound all the magical girl etiquette and mannerism in her. Don’t you dare look down on magical girls… Let the Spartan training begin! Hanyaa! When they finally return, Nyaruko has changed. Hmm… Very nice. Very polite. Nice smile. She longer fears anything. Just like a magical girl, she senses some bad kids in the neighbourhood and rushes to the scene to ‘correct’ them. Oh no. Mahiro knows something isn’t right. He has a hunch the training didn’t go right. See Luhy averting her eyes? That says a lot. You know what this means. Time to check on Nyaruko so that she doesn’t mess up.

Arriving at the construction site, there are many Nightgaunts, the supposed ‘bad kids’ Nyaruko is talking about. We have got the obligatory transformation scene for Nyaruko to transform into a magical girl and her typical magical girl speech to purify those wicked souls. After a little magic incantation, a little magical effects… The Nightgaunts start bleeding like hell! And then she whips out her magical wand, which is actually a decorated crowbar and is going to kill all the bad kids!!! Because good kids are those who have died! She might have saved their souls but she is going to redeem their bodies as well by sending it to Heaven! Oh God. It’s like Nyaruko never changed. Violent and gory. Nyaruko going really crazy this time. I guess Luhy drilled her too much. She might have created a monster. An evil magical girl. As she burns the Nightgaunts, the rest comment how they prefer the old Nyaruko. Kuuko has a suggestion to turn things back to normal. Before Nyaruko gets this idea of ridding this world full of bad kids, she is made to look into some device that is similar to those memory erasing devices you see in MIB (Men In Black). Remember to put your sunglasses on. Nyaruko wakes up back home and has no memories of what happened. She asserts tokusatsu is better than magical girl. And everyone loves this Nyaruko better. Maybe not for Mahiro. Okay, maybe he does too. He just doesn’t show it.

We Love Any Kind Of Nyaruko!
As short as this OVA maybe, it is still enjoyable and fun simply because of Nyaruko. Forgive me if I tend to sound bias since Nyaruko is obviously what makes this series great. Obviously. She’s the star of this show, right? So whether she becomes a magical girl or a tokusatsu hero or some megalomaniac that is hell bent on taking over the world (or even destroying it), Nyaruko will always be Nyaruko and we will love her for all the crazy antics she brings just to make us laugh. They don’t call this the “anime that always creeps up beside you with a smile” for nothing. I notice that Mahiro is reduced to just some guy who seems sluggish throughout this entire OVA. It’s like he is tired and expected Nyaruko’s whims. He even sounded weary in playing the straight guy. Too much Nyaruko has zapped his energy? Well for his case, it is good to not pay too much unnecessary attention to her. You’ll wear yourself out. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to watch the OVA. And perhaps it will take a while before I get my ass moving to watch the second season. Unless Nyaruko comes bugging me every now and then. Then I’ll just fork it to her. Heh…

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

February 10, 2013

Finally after its debut as an ONA back in 2011, it is only a matter of time before this “anime that always creeps up beside you with a smile” will be given its rightful and proper TV series adaptation. Okay, maybe nobody was hoping and I certainly didn’t see it coming either when Haiyore! Nyaruko-san went on air back in early 2012. One of the biggest differences between the ONA and the TV series is that the art and drawing especially the characters have been given the typical anime uplift treatment. I won’t say the Flash-based quality of the ONA was horrible but at least all the characters here look prettier and cuter. Who wouldn’t like their anime girls cute with big wide sparkly eyes? Erm, maybe not so sparkly here.

This series of course is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. Since I haven’t read his weird science fiction works, I don’t really know about all the alien races and whatsoever that this anime series take after or make references to. I’m not sure if the story follows the original or just borrows characters from those works. Maybe it’s just the latter. All I know is that I’m here to see all the so called comical chaos that our main crazy Nyarlathotep AKA Nyaruko would bring. She might be from some Planetary Defence Organization sent to Earth to protect Mahiro Yasaka from whatever dangers but I guess that’s just a side excuse for her to pursue her perverted love for poor Mahiro. Yeah, bombarding him with constant harassment, nuisance and annoyance that would easily make anyone boil. Now, with a couple of more Cthulhu deities crashing in and freeloading at Mahiro’s home just like Nyaruko, that certainly spells chaos, doesn’t it? Where’s the fork when you need one?!

Episode 1
Mahiro is going to be one dead kid. For some reason, a monster called Nightgaunt is hunting him down and he is running for his life. What the hell is going on? Suddenly a silver haired girl, Nyaruko appears before him and destroys the creature. Violently. Bloodily. Yup. Here’s the chaos that creeps up beside you with a smile. Before Mahiro knows it, she’s freeloading at his home asking for seconds. I know he should be grateful for saving his ass but this is too much. Here comes the fork! So Nyaruko explains about the Cthulhu thingy (fast forward this boring bit please) and that she’s an employee of the Organization sent to defend Earth from conducting illegal transactions on this planet. That includes human trafficking and the reason why Mahiro was previously hunted. So she vows to stay by his side to protect him. That’s just an excuse for her to be by his side because you can tell this Nyarlathotepian has fallen in love with this kid and is not shy in proclaiming her twisted love. So in her first step to ‘protect’ Mahiro, she takes him out to town but why is she amazed at all the comics at the bookstore? She even went on a shopping spree! How is this protecting him? You see, Earth’s entertainment like animes and mangas are the best in the entire universe. Even the gods want to come to Earth for them. That’s why there are regulations on how many can be imported and thus this leads to illegal smuggling of goods. So can Nyaruko take back all the stuff she just bought? As long as no one finds out! Double standards! Oh, Mahiro has recorded all that! Blackmail material! Still, she’s going to buy them. Once she’s done with her shopping, she didn’t hesitate to reveal her love at first sight for him. But it’s time to get down to business because a Nightgaunt appears. Nyaruko activates a barrier to a different dimension so they can fight. I don’t know what this Space CQC is but we see Nyaruko beat the crap out of the Nightgaunt!!! Don’t look, kids! Thanks to Nyaruko, Mahiro is once more safe. But she wants her kissy reward. Maybe the fork should be more appropriate.

Mahiro thought his days at home are going to be tough. Even his friend, Takehiko Yoichi can see he’s tired. Well, guess what? His school days are going to be equally crazy. That’s because Nyaruko has transferred to his class under the guise of Mahiro’s overseas relative. Look how she’s at the centre of attraction. His classmate, Tamao Kurei, the so called gossiper and “Walking Speaker” takes this chance to ‘interview’ them on their relationship. Leave it to Nyaruko to exaggerate things. Maybe lying is the right word. I guess Mahiro’s testament isn’t so interesting, eh? Nyaruko even put up crocodile tears that she made bento especially for him. Forget about going to buy bread. Though the meat tastes delicious, Nyaruko can’t reveal what sort of meat she used. Suspicious. Want to bet it’s some alien meat? Mahiro’s woes continue when bold Nyaruko sleeps in the middle class. If that’s not all, she starts dreaming and sleep talking about Mahiro doing something perverted on her. She excuses herself to the infirmary but brings Mahiro along. Actually she senses a Nightgaunt on the rooftop and goes into battle mode. She unleashes her capsule and lets her pet Shantakkun do the job. Unfortunately all that fierce show off was just for show as Nightgaunt easily beats Shantakkun. So if Nyaruko knows Shantakkun’s records against the monster are horrible (one draw and 99 losses), so why use him? The worse they are, the cuter they are? WTF?! But better do something before the Nightgaunt gets serious. It’s time for her Space CQC. Nyaruko takes out her crowbar and whacks it like a pro! OMG! Killer! See the calmness on her face when she violently strikes the Nightgaunt without mercy?! Can you blame Mahiro for losing his sanity points? Can you blame him for trying to be in denial? Back home, Mahiro finally gets his rest in the bath. What a horrible day. It’s not over yet because naked Nyaruko comes in wanting to turn their home into Adam and Eve paradise before his parents come home. See how handy a fork can be against this pervert?

Episode 2
Nyaruko yet again kills another Nightgaunt in her crazy fashion. Grenade? Makes you wonder who is more dangerous. Mahiro thought she should just head to their base and crush them and since now is the right time (stars aligning crap says she) the duo teleport to another dimension and ride some weird creature to R’lyeh. Meanwhile, the Neptune-like Nodens conspires with the flaming Cthuga AKA Kuuko on Nyaruko. So it turns out R’lyeh is a giant and greatest space amusement park on Earth operated by Cthulhu Corporation. Can’t resist having fun? Getting down to work, Nyaruko gives Mahiro a little box. That’s their engagement ring. Just kidding! It’s a protective charm. Inside the main building, Nodens ‘welcomes’ them as they realize they’re in the middle of an illegal auction. Knowing that Nyaruko has come to interfere, he sends Kuuko to deal with her. Nodens teleport the arch-enemies to a different dimension for them to fight. So both girls use their Space CQC against each other but Kuuko has mobile lasers with unlimited ammo to give Nyaruko a run for her money. Then Kuuko ties Nyaruko to the bed and starts stripping! She confesses she loves her and wants to make babies! What the hell?! I’m not sure about Kuuko’s twisted reasoning on her love for Nyaruko (not that I care) but since Nyaruko insists Mahiro is the only person for her (and the only one who can take her virginity), Kuuko is going to vaporize Mahiro right down to his soul. This makes Nyaruko to become serious as she unleashes her Space CQC Enhancer that turns her into a tokusatsu-like enforcer. With all the ‘anger’, Nyaruko defeats Kuuko in a single blow.

Mahiro is in danger and has no choice but to use the protective charm. This better work and not be a joke. When he opens the box, Nyaruko appears right out from it. The aliens realize she is from the Organization and flee in fear of being arrested. Nodens realizes Kuuko has been defeated and laments his plan to make money ruined. He’s not getting away till he spills the beans. The reason why he wants to auction Mahiro was because he was chosen as a protagonist of a new TV drama series. In short, it is a BL show. Nodens thought he could make some money if he auctioned the role of the protagonist. Mahiro orders Nyaruko to destroying him. Happy to oblige. Exterminating Last Bullet! BOOM!!! Back on Earth, Nyaruko says her goodbye since her assignment is over. She can’t stay on Earth anymore. I’m sure he is relieved but I guess he needs to be polite and grateful. Goodbye. When Mahiro returns home, he is dismayed to see Nyaruko acting like his wife. What gives? In view that more enemies may crop up, the battle isn’t over and thus has been given permission to make sure no further harm comes to him. Sounds like an excuse? Now on to the perverted part in making babies enough to fill a football team. How does a fork for a start sound?

Episode 3
The annoyance continues. Does Mahiro want to be called her big brother? What about being S or M? Here’s the fork to make your decision! Still, Nyaruko doesn’t learn her lesson and believes this is tsundere play. I guess Shantakkun receives more attention from him than a desperate Nyarlathotepian. Not willing to give up yet, Nyaruko continues to bug Mahiro at school. Suddenly they have a bad feeling. They’re right. Here comes a new transfer student: Kuuko! Just like Nyaruko, Kuuko is also a twisted person though her love is for Nyaruko. How does it feel to have a taste of your own medicine? Though she has cut ties with Nodens’ organization, she mentions that the Dreamlands are in danger because someone murdered the gods and if they don’t protect the remaining gods, Earth will be in trouble. Mahiro didn’t like his home turning into their base of operations but he agrees with Kuuko that once this mission is over, she’ll take Nyaruko back to the Organization. Kuuko continues to harass Nyaruko in making babies (she proclaims to the school she is Nyaruko’s wife). She’s so persistent. Just like someone we know, eh? If you’ve been wondering some Egyptian outfit idiotic guy, Nyaruo making cameo throughout the episode and bragging about his plan to defeat his sister Nyaruko, well, let’s say he seems like all talk only. Getting into trouble with the law and an accident during the pool incident whereby Nyaruko tries to keep Kuuko at bay. This guy is bad luck himself. Kuuko tries to tempt Nyaruko with some super rare cake so Nyaruko has no choice but to feed Kuuko her lunch she made for Mahiro. While discussing about the Dreamlands incident, suddenly several Nightgaunts and ghouls appear. Because darling Mahiro and Shantakkun got taken out, Nyaruko gets furious and unleashes her Space CQC chainsaw to beat them all up. And Kuuko’s mobile lasers got Nyaruo.

Mahiro is resting in the infirmary and Nyaruko feels guilty that she needs to take responsibility. More like she is giving into her desires. Yeah, she’s going to get naughty with him when suddenly she sees Kuuko in place of Mahiro. Good thing Mahiro left and went back to class. Nyaruo couldn’t bear the embarrassing defeat but hasn’t given up yet. Flashback reveals Nyaruko always outshines him in everything and it made his life miserable. That’s why today is the day he will kill her. Instead on investigating on the Dreamlands incident, Nyaruko wants to hurry home to watch some new series and has Shantakkun transform into a motorcycle. She only has a seat for Mahiro and leaves Kuuko eating her dust trails. Nyaruo thought he could get in Nyaruko’s way but was sent flying into the sky when her motorbike hits him. Did they hit something? Back home, Nyaruko gets a call from her chief that the Dreamlands case is solved. Wait. They didn’t do anything. It seems the target’s signal disappeared (I later found out Nyaruo was the one responsible for killing the gods in order to get revenge on Nyaruko). Nyaruko and Kuuko’s chief assign them to the team assisting the gods of Dreamlands. This means they will get to stay on Earth. Oh no. Bad news for Mahiro. There’s more on the way. Mahiro gets a call from his mother, Yoriko that she will be coming home in a few seconds. What will she think when she sees 2 girls in the house? Furthermore, Nyaruko is making naughty sounds in the background. Show the fork as the warning! Yoriko has cut short her honeymoon because she’s worried about her son and will be back in 40 seconds! Tick tock, tick tock.

Episode 4
Each time Mahiro kicks them out, somehow they find their way back in. The ensuing struggle to kick them out has them fall into a very ambiguous position. Just the right time for Yoriko to return home and see everything. Aha. I’m sure it’s confusing to hear Nyaruko and Kuuko’s side of the story. Whose wife is whose? Yoriko takes out her forks as warning and is suspicious about Nyaruko’s intentions to protect her son. Till she sees Shantakkun. Yoriko seems to know about those alien and entertainment thingy because she herself is a deity hunter albeit it’s a part time job. That’s news to everyone. On occasions she would help out her college professor in hunting them down. Dad also knows about this but I guess he is rather busy, that’s why he didn’t return home. Yoriko hugs her son to replenish her sononium (whatever this is – I guess it’s the only thing sons can give her mother). It gets worse for Mahiro because Yoriko has no objections for the girls living under their roof. But… Despite knowing Nyaruko loves Mahiro, she wants her son to live a more normal life and wants them to seriously consider their relationship before committing. So Nyaruko can’t call Yoriko her mother just yet, eh? Kuuko and Yoriko find they share the same interest in video game consoles while Mahiro and Nyaruko try to cook dinner. Next morning, Nyaruko and Kuuko continue to tussle over a pillow case with Nyaruko’s mug on it (you know why lah) so here’s another fork warning from Yoriko to stop or else. Mahiro heads off to school first and bumps into a kid in yellow, Hastur AKA Hasuta. The kid finds Mahiro a nice guy. While Nyaruko and Kuuko continue to act like idiots in public (they should be embarrassed about themselves), Yoichi wonders if Mahiro has anymore unknown relatives. He hopes not. But why do we have a feeling that it’s not true? After school, Mahiro bumps into Hasuta again. He learns Hasuta is looking for somebody but failed so far. Nyaruko and Kuuko come into the picture and they know who Hasuta is. He is their childhood friend. Wait a minute. HE?! Hasuta is a boy?! I wouldn’t have guessed! So girly… So back to his mission, he was supposed to help his father out (whose job he is unsure of too) to look for someone. He doesn’t know the address and only has a name: Yoriko.

Episode 5
While wondering what Hasuta’s dad wants with Yoriko, Kuuko tries to make Hasuta get closer to Mahiro and set them up. Mahiro didn’t think a boy could for another boy. Can’t it? Oh no. OH NO! It just got messier. So outside their house, Hasuta meets Yoriko for the first time. A nice boy, isn’t he? Nyaruko warns not to be deceived… Let the argument over Mahiro’s love begin! Suddenly a robed woman, Luhy Distone appears and kidnaps Yoriko. She knows about Hasuta but the latter doesn’t. Luhy thinks everyone is playing dumb because she mentions any organization that takes Yoriko in will have the potential to rule space. She whispers something into Yoriko’s ear and she agrees to come with her. Mahiro orders the girls to rescue mommy but Luhy whispers in Kuuko’s ear and in an instant, Kuuko becomes Luhy’s ally and will stop Nyaruko at all cost. Luhy makes her fiery escape and Hasuta the deity of the wind puts the flames out. I’m sure Mahiro wants to come up with a plan fast but Nyaruko and Hasuta are more interested in fooling around or touring the house. So when they sit down and discuss the motive behind Yoriko’s kidnap, it may be because of the mysterious nutrient called sononium. Nyaruko gets a call from her chief and she will take responsibility on Kuuko’s defection. She’ll kill her. She’s not serious, isn’t she? Nyaruko tracks their coordinates and it seems they are at R’lyeh. She notes the evil organization can’t be behind this since only Cthulhu Corporation employees can access the undersea land and that they can’t treat this as a kidnapping case as Yoriko volunteered to go. Kidnap or not, Mahiro wants to save his mom.

However this time they’re not going to ride some creature but Nyaruko’s cool amphibious vehicle! Why didn’t she use it the last time? Don’t ask. She’ll just give you a stupid story. Driving underwater, Hasuta starts getting seasick and there are a bunch of monsters trying to prevent them from reaching R’lyeh. I’m sure the unlimited torpedoes did the trick but now they’re being chased by a huge monster. Though they ride past it, Nyaruko forgot about the monster’s girlfriend. Oops. Right into her mouth! When Mahiro wakes up, he finds himself on shore of R’lyeh and Hasuta has done CPR to revive him. Note, it was his first time. Oh God. It doesn’t count, it doesn’t count, it doesn’t count… Hasuta must be desperate enough to confess he loves Mahiro and wants to be one with him. It doesn’t matter if they’re both guys because the person he loves just happened to be a guy. Spewing all that crap about his kindness and warmth, I guess Mahiro tries not to hurt his feelings by mentioning something about a 25 million year cycle. If his feelings don’t change by then, he will consider. Huh? Promise? Uh. Yeah. They head into the main building to see Nyaruko facing off with Kuuko.

Episode 6
Nyaruko stalls Kuuko so the duo can surge ahead. With their fight going nowhere, Nyaruko plays dirty by throwing pictures of herself at Kuuko to knock her out in ecstasy. Only thing is, those are Mahiro pictures! Stalker!!! As the loser, Kuuko is going to abide by whatever she says. But why is she stripping?! What is she expecting?! Nyaruko has her spill the beans. Mahiro and Hasuta find Luhy and Yoriko working on a large computer. Luhy accuses them that they are here to steal information on their company’s next generation hardware. Say what? It is revealed this computer is the next generation game console, Xoth 731 and Luhy needed Yoriko’s expertise so they can have the advantage in the game console war. That is what this is all about? This was why Kuuko also defected? A fanatical user who loves the company’s hardware? Hasuta’s father is a board member of their rival company, CCE producing HS3. Luhy rants about Xoth’s advantage in cost, graphics, etc (not that I’m interested) but Yoriko points out this will fail because the console with better specs will always lose out because of high R&D cost. This makes the company harder to produce games. How is a console without games attractive? Plus, stores make their money from games, not consoles. Will they sell the console if there are no games? Nyaruko transforms into her enforcer armour to destroy the machine but Luhy gets a call from her boss that the project is terminated. She can’t accept the decision and goes crazy. She turns on Xoth to show the boss what it’s capable off. Due to some explanation that the console is transmitting data to brains of the monsters, all I understand is that the monsters become violent and see out protagonists as villains. They think they are playing some zombie game. Yoriko shows how adept she is using her forks. Don’t worry. They’re just paralyzing forks and won’t die. Well Nyaruko, you didn’t even get a chance to strut your stuff. She thought she could finish things off by destroying Xoth but Kuuko wants to do the honours. Such heartbreak. In the end, with Hasuta’s mission over, it’s goodbye for him. Goodbye everyone. But why do they have this deja vu feeling it’s not over yet? Can you see it coming? Oh yes. I mean, oh no! Hasuta becomes yet another new transfer student in Mahiro’s class. Another unknown relative from overseas? When will this insanity end? Kuuko is the only one approving all it all…

With Hasuta now bumming in their house, Yoriko suggests a trip to the hotsprings to rejuvenate and they can bring along 8 people. Since Shantakkun counts, I guess this means bringing Tamao and Yoichi to fill the quota. Mahiro wanted to sit this out but was forcefully brought along. I bet he won’t get to rejuvenate. Tamao of course is here to find out who Mahiro is interested in. It only makes sense because for Nyaruko, Kuuko and Hasuta, we clearly know their sick intentions. Yeah, they’ll use this trip to get closer to you-know-who. But then again, maybe Mahiro really isn’t interested in them all. Oh where art thou, peaceful life? Nyaruko hell isn’t going to let Hasuta bath with Mahiro in the bath and makes the kid sit in the bathtub. Don’t fret. He has Shantakkun as company. That night, Nyaruko as expected creeps into Mahiro’s bed and is going to get naughty. Kuuko has been deceived and told to wait so she won’t be bothering them. Keep waiting… Hasuta is deep in his sleep. Can it be happening? Mahiro is going to lose his first time to Nyaruko now?

Episode 7
We don’t know what happened last night but it seems Mahiro is pretty calm the next morning. Rest assured the sicko Nyarlathotepian is tied to the table underneath the sheet pinned down by forks. What a peaceful night it must be. During breakfast, Nyaruko continues to fool around that she may be carrying his baby. Yoriko doesn’t seem to be opposing anymore. Yeah, she really wants grand children. Nyaruko doesn’t seem like a bad girl after all and may consider her to approach him. Somebody better stop this perverted deity before her sick delusions get out of control. Where’s the fork. Bring the fork! Wondering where Kuuko is? She’s still waiting… Did she satisfy herself? Before Hasuta could make his weird confession, Nyaruko butts in to take Mahiro away. Can you blame him if he wants to hide away from that pest? Mahiro sees Kuuko playing an old video game console at a beach house. She still feels saddened by Xoth’s loss so Mahiro pats her head to cheer her up. They also see Luhy who is now freed from the corporation and running her own takoyaki stall (don’t ask what ingredients she used). That’s why she doesn’t bear any grudge against Hasuta’s father anymore. Nyaruko bugs Mahiro to have a fun time together so he just ignores her. Finally Mahiro tells her off he hates her. It left her in great shock. I think this is serious. She really is shock and depressed. So much so Kuuko is trying to take advantage by stripping her in public! Though Mahiro manages to control her, she says that their alien standards do not apply. Yoriko notes to her son that Nyaruko did save them so Mahiro goes over to apologize and invites her out to the festival. Instant revival! Kuuko and Hasuta have to sit this one out since Yoriko said so. I guess Nyaruko can have her way with Mahiro now seeing she can easily sink into depression if he disagrees. Okay, this may have some limits too. He’s definitely not going to the sex museum with her. They pray at the shrine (a malign deity praying?) and have fun at the festival stalls. At the beach, Mahiro wonders what she wished for and she says for them to always be together. Walking along, she adds she loves him but he can’t believe her because she has always been loud and noisy so he can’t take her seriously when she says that all so calmly. That’s because if she’s not acting silly, it would be hard to tell him she loves him. To be with the person she loves is her dream. This is how she really feels and will say it again and again. I think she’s really serious when she says I love you. On a side note, who the heck is this funny stingray that Shantakkun finds company with?

Episode 8
While shopping for souvenirs, Mahiro picks up an old game console. When he turns it on, the next thing he knows he is back in bed and his mother is like a lovey-dovey mom. WTF?! Then on his way to school he bumps into Nyaruko on her way with a bread in mouth. Typical cliche for a dating simulation? You’ll soon find that this is one dating simulation spoof as Mahiro encounters a very polite Kuuko, basketball player Hasuta and Yoichi like a dating simulation’s protagonist’s best friend. Luhy pulls Mahiro away and tells him he and everyone else is inside a cursed game. She is accessing the game from outside and notes that everyone has been assigned roles. Until he reaches a good ending with someone, they cannot leave. This means, he has to end up with one of the 4 girls: Nyaruko, Kuuko, Hasuta or Tamao. Wait a minute. Hasuta? Luhy disappears as she could no longer stay in the game. As we know, Nyaruko, Kuuko and Hasuta are bent on setting their flags to get what they want. Oh God. So poor Mahiro has to put up with the tussle as the trio try to outdo each other into getting him. I mean, each scene is so weird. Including the one where by Kuuko pulled out a sword from underneath her skirt to kill him, Hasuta trying to ‘fuse’ with him at the infirmary and make babies (how the hell is this possible?) and some Haruhi rock band spoof with Nyaruko that couldn’t even start.

After that cafe parody scene, Mahiro returns home and knows Yoriko is also putting up an act. She wants to know if he has made up his mind on someone. If not, maybe Yoichi will confess first! Yikes! No way! That will definitely be bad end. Of course Mahiro can’t rush into just pick another one of them because they’re going to confess and he can’t take this lightly. Considerate? So the dating goes on and the Christmas scene has them giving their presents to Mahiro. Hasuta all doll of himself? Kuuko a see through lingerie? For Nyaruko by the way. And Nyaruko a marriage registration form? Tear it up! She has a scarf made for him. Since Mahiro can’t choose anyone at this rate, Nyaruko decides for the final hand to hand combat. While the trio slug it out, the quietest of them all, Tamao is seducing Mahiro alone in the locked gym storeroom! Mahiro can of course see through her acting, including her confession. Don’t worry, this won’t turn into an eroge. The mortal combat leaves Nyaruko the victor as she goes to see Mahiro waiting at the legendary tree (Tokimeki Memorial parody? Thank goodness it wasn’t Yoichi who came). The only way left to end this way is to seal it with a kiss. Mahiro is reluctant to do so but Nyaruko tries to convince him that this is how she feels. She’s always working towards this moment. Mahiro psycho himself that this is just to escape the game. Just to escape the game, just to escape the game, just to escape the game… Their lips met and whoosh! Back to reality. However it seems nobody has recollection of what happened except for Mahiro. His face is still blushing. But it seems Nyaruko may remember what happened after all because she’s giving Mahiro a big happy smile.

Episode 9
That kissing scene must be a nightmare for Mahiro. He got up on the wrong side of bed because of it. He realizes a hug pillow with Nyaruko’s mug on it. Till he hears a familiar sound coming out from it. Throw it out the window! It’s going to be a beautiful day. Because Yoriko will be out for a while, Mahiro and the rest go shopping for necessities for Hasuta. We see Nyaruko displaying her double standards, fooling around with glasses and pyjamas with Mahiro but chides Kuuko when she does the same for her. While resting, Nyaruko gets a call from her chief asking about the status of Dreamlands. Because of that murder, the Organization won’t take this lightly since Dreamlands is a fortress protecting the spirits of mankind. Currently that place is empty and even if they guard it from the front, it is still vulnerable to attacks from enemies via the rear of the spirit world. Suddenly on stage are Nodens and Luhy putting up a magical girl-cum-hero show. Once she realizes Mahiro and co are watching, she runs away in embarrassment. At the end of the day, Tamao suddenly points a gun at them. Proclaiming she is the Yith race and Earth is in danger, she fires her gun. Next thing Mahiro knows, he is seeing himself! Oh sh*t! He and Nyaruko swap bodies! As explained, Isuka is borrowing Tamao’s body and wanted to save Earth but accidentally swap their bodies. She can put them back but it seems her gun ran out of batteries. FFUUU!!! Isuka adds that there are extremists planning to transplant their consciousness into all mankind to fully understand entertainment. Since Dreamlands is empty, this is their perfect chance to strike. She needs their help. Well, if that’s the case, wouldn’t it be easier to just request Nyaruko’s help instead of swapping their bodies? She didn’t think about that… She ‘escapes’ via excuse it’s not good hogging this body too long and that she’ll be back tomorrow with the gun recharged.

As Nyaruko excuses herself to the bathroom, Kuuko can’t control herself and pounds on Mahiro (after tying up Hasuta). He tries to convince her that he is Mahiro inside despite outside looking like Nyaruko. Well, Kuuko doesn’t think it’s that half bad. Her body will just do. It was a close shave for Mahiro as he manages to tie her up. When Nyaruko returns from the toilet, she has this satisfied look on her face. She felt the greatest feeling that girls wouldn’t understand and only boys would feel. WHAT THE HELL DID SHE JUST DO???!!! Mahiro tries not to take a look at his own body in the bath but couldn’t help notice how thin Nyaruko is. Then of course Nyaruko ruins everything by coming in. She knows everything there is to know about their bodies. Mahiro couldn’t care about his own body and beats her up. So pissed, huh? Bed time. Mahiro wants to hear the reasons why they want to sleep with him. To protect him. The REAL reason? To fool around and be attacked. Instead of getting mad, Mahiro comes up with an idea. He writes a letter and puts his thumbprint (which is Nyaruko’s) stating that Nyaruko will promise to give herself to Kuuko once she returns to his body. Now, if Kuuko wants this valid document, she has to make sure that Nyaruko and Hasuta has to sleep in the living room. It’s a deal. All that’s left is to believe in Isuka. However the next day in class, Tamao is absent (so is Yoichi). He feels a fool to trust her. Mahiro can tell Nyaruko is cooking up something evil but couldn’t tell what it is. When the teacher comes in, Nyaruko takes Mahiro by his hand right up to the front of the class. Then she declares out loud that she loves ‘Nyaruko’ and to marry right now. Didn’t see this coming, eh?

Episode 10
So after all the I-love-every-part-of-you, what is Mahiro’s answer? A drop kick rejection! Isuka (still in Tamao’s body) hobbles into class in a bad state. They think the terrorists got her but rather she stayed up all night to play some new RPG game. WTF. So what about switching back their bodies? It is still charging and will be usable tonight. Looks like they’ll have to stay this way a little longer. Isuka totally digs Earth’s food and mentions it’s a shame Earth is going to be erased. Say what? Isuka comes from the future and says that the Space Confederation considered Earth dangerous and wiped it out. She couldn’t find records for the reason. Nyaruko assures that will not happen when she’s around. Now we’re more worried… Since Yoichi hasn’t been to class lately, they decide to visit him. So why is Isuka tagging along? She’s interested in the RPG strategies from Kuuko. They have this talk that Yoichi’s body may be swapped with another but laughs it off. At his doorstep, nobody answers the doorbell when suddenly Yoichi jumps out of his window and to a nearby park. This guy introduces himself as Isurugi and threatens to do harm to Yoichi’s body. Isurugi as a solider of Yith unleashes a giant mind swapping device that will make their wish come true. All Earth’s entertainment will belong to them! Since Mahiro doesn’t want Nyaruko to stain his body, looks like Hasuta and Kuuko have to do the job. However Isurugi cancels their power with his Space CQC Jammer. Isuka counters that with her Space CQC Jammer Canceller. Isurugi saw that coming and voids that with his Space CQC Jammer Canceller Breaker. Guess what? Isuka has Space CQC Jammer Canceller Breaker Eraser! This ridiculous childish moment goes on till Isuka runs out of cartridges.

Isurugi is going to execute his destiny when the president of the terrorist organization makes his appearance. Isurugi complains that the device is in place but the mind swap is not working. He assures everything is going according to plan they’re all supposed to die! He reveals this device is actually an Earth annihilation device. Being the president of the terrorist organization is just a guise and his real identity is an agent of the Space Confederation, Space Child Guardian. He is destroying Earth because of some space wholesomeness law. It views Earth’s entertainment with a hidden agenda in promoting sex crimes throughout space. So this Child Guardian exists to protect the children’s future and ensure his high profile position when he retires. I think he just revealed his true goal. Whether got Space CQC Jammer or not, Kuuko and Hasuta fight the menacing machine. Mahiro realizes Nyaruko’s body is swifter and agile. After getting used to it, he joins in the attack. A hidden laser is about to shoot him when Nyaruko uses her body (Mahiro’s actually) to protect him. Everyone is in shock. Mahiro can’t believe she’s lying there motionless. He starts crying and reminds her about her promise to protect him. He realizes how harsh he had been towards her and apologizes with tears. Suddenly Nyaruko smirks and steals Mahiro’s lips! That’s a long kiss!!! Complete revival! So why isn’t she dead? The protective charm box was in the pocket. Hasuta and Kuuko just ‘turned into stone’. The baddie is going to finish them off in the middle of their lover’s quarrel but Isuka’s blaster has charged up and switches their bodies back in time. Nyaruko transforms into her enforcer suit and is going to teach this guy a lesson. He thought he is being protected by the law but as Nyaruko notes, laws are meant to be broken! Get ready to get your ass kicked!

In the aftermath after the machine is destroyed, Isuka and Isurugi are going to return to the future and leave it to the higher ups to decide. They need to erase memories of their hosts first. Oh, Hasuta and Kuuko still remain stoned. And Nyaruko wants to continue where their kissing left off since nobody will be interrupting them. When was the last time she felt the pain of the fork? Now is a good time for another reminder. Tamao wakes up in bed to see Isuka (her true form looks like some sort of vegetable) playing an RPG video game in her room. She still remembers her due to some clumsy slip up. Isuka thanks her that because of her, the case was solved. Tamao isn’t mad she borrowed her body and thought it was a valuable experience. Isuka still needs to erase her memories however. She has learnt a lot while borrowing her body. Her worries and the person whom she loves that she can’t admit (guess who?). Tamao flusters and ‘beats up’ the vegetable to make her promise she won’t tell anybody. She’ll carry that secret with her to her grave. Oops, I mean future. Mahiro is glad that his friends are back to normal. This means his normal life is back, right? Not quite. The classmates are beginning to rumour that if Mahiro got rejected by Nyaruko, why are they still walking to school together like as though nothing happened? It gets worse when the teacher pulls Mahiro away to his office to explain yesterday’s bold confession. He must be under a lot of stress, don’t you think? I know he is from a certain crazy silver haired girl but the order was all wrong.

Episode 11
Mahiro thought that he can have his peace and quiet on Sunday. But what the heck are Nyaruko, Kuuko and Hasuta doing playing video games in his room?! Can’t they do it downstairs? Nyaruko fools around and her face got close enough that it brought back memories of that kissing incident when he looks at her lips. Suddenly a little blue haired girl rings the door. She is Ghutatan, the daughter of the Ghatanothoa Conglomerate and that green little flying bat thingy is her butler, Roy Fogger the Lloigor AKA Major. They are sent here by Yoriko. She confirms it in her video message she found this lost girl and hopes they could look after them till somebody comes to pick them up. Nyaruko sends this message to the Planetary Defence Organization and Space Police (unknown to her, the message failed to deliver) and after that has this idea to ‘educate’ Ghutatan with some naughty materials. I’m sure Mahiro doesn’t want an innocent girl playing an eroge and snatches it away. Ghutatan is okay with it since onii-tan says so. Onii-tan? Because they start arguing about breakfast, Nyaruko kept some giant insects in the refrigerator and unleashes the fresh ingredients. It’s still alive! Mahiro doesn’t want the house destroyed or the public to be endangered so Nyaruko uses her special mirror to absorb them. Because a mess is made, Mahiro is going to clean up but the others relent they want to help. Knowing they’ll make a mess, he throws them out so they have no choice but to wait till he calms down.

Ghutatan makes a mess out of herself so Mahiro sends her to the bathroom. Because she always had maids doing stuffs for her, Lloigor hopes he can bath with her. Oh dear. So Mahiro helps wash her, make breakfast and feed her before letting her sleep on his lap. So what happens when Nyaruko and the rest see this horrifying scene? What more, they learn they come out of the bath together (Kuuko is visibly upset because for the entire of this episode, she was bugging Mahiro to make her breakfast and now Ghutatan easily got it). Yeah, they want a piece of it too and start chasing him all over town. Mahiro thought he could hide in Yoichi’s house but they caught up. He passes by Tamao but they’re hot on his tail so he has to go. He even comes to Luhy’s takoyaki stall and hopes she won’t tell the rest where he went. Unfortunately Luhy ‘betrays’ him because Ghutatan called her a grandma. Mahiro comes across a couple of lost blob monsters called Shoggoth. Nyaruko and the rest think this is a good chance to increase their value and go into action to dispose the Shoggoths. Nyaruko unleashes a powerful blast that sends Mahiro and Ghutatan off their balance. She thought she could get a kiss reward but Mahiro is worried that Ghutatan is injured though it’s only a scratch. He becomes very upset and I think he’ serious. No joke. He tells off Nyaruko for being reckless and though she is deeply sorry, he says if there is anybody she should be apologizing, it should be to Ghutatan. Mahiro takes Ghutatan home and reprimands Nyaruko she should do her job properly as a Planetary Defence Organization agent. Mahiro treats Ghutatan and makes dinner. But it seems Nyaruko and co are late. Rather, they’re not turning up. He thought he was harsh with them but remains steadfast he didn’t do anything wrong and their fault. Ghutatan wonders if he is lonely but he dismisses he likes this quiet life. Next morning Mahiro wakes up but is surprised to find it is Sunday morning. Maybe the alarm broke. Furthermore, Ghutatan is not in her bed. Nyaruko and the rest are not in too. The place is eerily quiet. That’s what he wished for, right?

Episode 12
Dismissing it as their usual prank, Mahiro continues to bum around, watching reruns. Those are the only shows on? Well, it’s still Sunday. Then he goes out and finds something disturbing. Nobody is around! The streets are empty! Is he the only person around? When he is at school, he starts thinking back all the fun and mostly annoying times he had with Nyaruko and co. Can’t live without them now, eh? Suddenly it’s deja vu all over again because a Nightgaunt suddenly attacks him. Cornered and just several seconds before his doom, he calls out Nyaruko’s name. She’s supposed to appear, right? Nope. Luckily he dodges its attacks and comes to realize that he always relies on her in times like these. He takes out the special mirror to absorb the Nightgaunt. Then Ghutatan comes running, crying and apologizing into his arms. Seems she is the one who turned the world this way. Can she undo it and send him back? Well, not if Lloigor had a thing or two to say about that. He is upset he has misjudged him and not the man he hoped he was and just bad influence on Ghutatan. He is about to eliminate Mahiro and changes into his true hideous form but Nyaruko’s crowbar comes flying into his tentacles. She manages to trace him and get here because he used the mirror. Having him look into the mirror, he sees himself frozen in ice. She uses some light thingy to break him free and return to the world where he reunites with the rest. Yeah, they tried all sorts of stuffs on him to free him from his petrified state. I think kissing was considered… Anyway Lloigor explains Mahiro said something he shouldn’t. He didn’t allow Ghutatan to play that eroge. WTF? He reveals his love for all kinds of eroge! All of Earth’s eroge will be his! He thought Mahiro would’ve head to some famous eroge store first after he alone. He needed Mahiro for the job since he must be an ultra maniac as he had associated himself with the universally famous Nyaruko. WTF. That’s what you get for assuming. ASS-U-ME.

Since it has come to this point, they’re going to fight as he summons his monsters. He also reveals that he was the one who summoned the Shoggoths, injured Ghutatan when she was injured and let Mahiro blame Nyaruko, blocked Nyaruko’s message to the authorities and made Ghutatan grant his wish to be alone. Now nothing shall stand between him and his eroges! Die everyone for the sake of his eroges! Nyaruko and co fight off the monsters. Even Yoriko, Shantakkun and Luhy join in the battle. Nyaruko is going to finish him off but he grasps her in his tentacles. He is going to get his revenge against the Planetary Defence Organization agents from preventing him from sending his eroge back to space and punish her himself. Before she gets tentacle rape, Mahiro throws Nyaruko a crowbar as she breaks free. She cuts him into half as he laments he has yet to finish his mountain of eroges. Don’t worry. Nyaruko will finish it for him. Now die! In the aftermath, Nyaruko’s message went through and Ghutatan’s parents are on her way to pick her up. Ghutatan felt guilty for what she did but Mahiro doesn’t blame her. Now everyone else wants a praise from him since Mahiro starts thanking them for their help. And it’s back to the silly usual because Nyaruko won’t mind if he insists on a kiss or marriage (what? No fork punishment?). I guess it got so twisted that Kuuko wants to marry him so that Nyaruko will be hers as well and Hasuta wants his babies too. Ghutatan too? Shantakkun too?! Oh, Mahiro is really getting popular. As usual, his ‘lively’ daily life returns with the bunch still hanging around. And did you see this coming? Ghutatan becomes a new transfer student in his class! Albeit it is just temporary and she promises to come back next time. But Mahiro seems happy and doesn’t easily get upset with their antics. Nyaruko confesses she loves him. What brought this up? Well, she did say she’ll say this again and again, right? Here’s another one and a kiss to go with it. Maybe the rest should do something before the development gets out of hand. Here we go again…

What the fork?
With this series a surprise hit, it is no surprise that a second season has been given the green light. I’m sure we all would love to see this creeping chaos with a smile again, don’t we? It was fun all the way for me having laugh most of the time especially Nyaruko’s antics. You can call it persisting annoyance (in Mahiro’s eyes anyway) that it makes you think that she’s too dumb to get the idea that Mahiro doesn’t want her to be too close to him. After all that racket, Mahiro finally realizes that being with Nyaruko and the rest isn’t so bad after all even though he will have to put up with more of the same usual chaotic annoyance. I mean, you can’t be really happy being alone, right? Happiness is meant for sharing and who are you going to share those good moments if there is nobody around? Mahiro is made to realize that at the end because you won’t know the true value of something when that something isn’t there for you anymore. You can say Mahiro took for granted the ‘good life’ with Nyaruko till she ‘vanishes’. Say some mean things to her once in a while, poke her with a fork when she crosses the line. Then you think about it those were ‘happy’ times indeed despite the annoyance. Nyaruko and the rest might be noisy and irritating but hey, that’s them. That’s how they are. He just needs to redefine the meaning of his definition of ‘peace’, that’s all.

So Nyaruko really lives up to her hype as the creeping chaos that crawls up to you with a smile. Her liveliness and silliness gives you this mixed feelings of loving and annoying character. Her stubborn and unashamed advances are hilarious but of course the bottom line is that we love her despite of all that. She makes us laugh, doesn’t she? She’s cute too, isn’t she? Even if she has this annoying side, you still don’t want to mess with this Planetary Defence Organization agent because she really is intelligent and kicks ass (despite how comical and un-serious she sounds while delivering her lines). You can say she is the best in her field when it comes to close quarters combat (shiver in fear when she’s holding a crowbar in hand) but somehow she just isn’t able to beat Mahiro and his fork. Maybe that is what you call the restrictions of love? It is true that she truly loves him but maybe she could’ve had a better chance if she wasn’t acting so idiotic and perverted. But then again, if she wasn’t, would Mahiro actually take her seriously as she had noted?

The rest of the characters are pretty likeable themselves even if they seem like a pest (in Mahiro’s eyes anyway). Kuuko is forever trying to get into the good books of Nyaruko but ends up getting the short stick. I’m not sure if she is an M because sometimes she takes well all those beatings from Nyaruko and enjoys them. And please, Nyaruko’s double standard treatment between Mahiro and Kuuko isn’t something we all should emulate. Maybe she doesn’t get it that feeling of what Kuuko is doing to her is exactly what she is doing to Mahiro. Hasuta may seem like the weakest one in terms of aggressiveness of getting Mahiro’s attention as compared to the others but since he is not that aggressive, I guess he doesn’t get that much punishment Nyaruko always gets. His soft demeanour gets Mahiro at least to listen to him but I doubt Nyaruko would allow that. Yoriko as Mahiro’s kind mother, I wonder if she really has abandoned her normal relationship thingy for her son and would love to see whom he ends up with. Can’t wait for grandchildren, can’t she? Hey. I don’t see her needing to replenish her sononium lately. Luhy seems pretty docile after she got fired from her video game company. I guess selling takoyaki is a much better career line than the stressful video game console project. Shantakkun provides the pet mascot for the series (I’m still not sure about that stingray as its company) while Ghutatan provides the moe loli factor. What happened to Nyaruo and Nodens? Well, while Nodens was last seen working as a part timer at a hero show, Nyaruo’s nose isn’t even seen after his embarrassing and easy defeat to Nyaruko. However, there is something I remember from the first season. There are a couple of characters that appeared in the Flash-based animation but not in this TV series. What happened to that perverted Atoko? Not to mention Nyarue too? Maybe we’ll see them in the sequel?

Now that Mahiro has got his ‘peaceful’ life with the rest back on track, I guess the other problem now he has to face is the love polygon among them. It’s going to be even more chaotic that everyone wants a piece of his attention. Now he’s got his harem, no? And all alien girls. Really out of this world. Even Kuuko now sounded like she actually took a liking for him instead of putting up a facade to get Nyaruko indirectly. That may still be the case but you won’t know… If Yoriko can allow Nyaruko to get closer to Mahiro, I’m sure she wouldn’t have any qualms for Hasuta to do the same. Can romance between boys blossom? Bromance? Yaoi maybe. Let’s hope not that Yoriko turns into a fujoshi. But the one thing that still had me wondering me is Tamao’s feelings. She did indicate there is someone she likes (or at least pointed out by Isuka) but I am not sure if it’s Mahiro or Yoichi. While hints indicate that it is Mahiro, I won’t discount that it may be Yoichi too. Hey, even secondary characters deserve a chance at love. But let’s say if it was Mahiro, why wasn’t she trying to woo him like the rest? Maybe aliens know no shame? Humans are more reserved when it comes to love? Think not. Maybe she knows her place that she can never beat Nyaruko so that’s why instead of fighting a losing battle, it is best not to start at all.

The other mind boggling thing is the so called entertainment on Earth which is said to be the best in the universe. I know it is one of the settings of this anime but if you think about it, higher life forms preferring our kind of questionable entertainment? Especially perverted ones? Are all aliens pervert? Well, Nyaruko just showed us a good example because of her huge obsession in such entertainment. Then we have Lloigor who just seals it. Higher intelligent life forms love our lower life form’s erotic materials? Well, maybe it goes to show that no matter how much your species evolve or power up, you still can’t give in to the lust of your basic bestiality. I suppose that never changes throughout evolution whether you are humans or aliens. And Earthlings’ entertainment is so good that it becomes an intergalactic crime and underground big business to smuggle them out? Why the heck can’t they just reproduce the same thing assuming they have better technology? Original works are the best? Yeah, support original, don’t go pirate. But still, smuggling is not good. Earth is just a small little place in this wide universe but their creativity in attracting aliens from across the universe must be damn good. Goes to show how boring aliens are that they need to resort to entertainment from primitive life forms… That’s how corrupted our entertainment are. See how perverted Nyaruko is when she is trying to woo Mahiro? That thing when Isuka mentioned about Earth being destroyed in the future? What ever happened to that? I guess in the future, aliens do realize how dangerous our entertainment is and wiped out the entire species, eh? Unless of course, those were all just lies. Heck, how can you wipe out something this good? Too good to be erased! Our entertainment is like drugs to those aliens.

Being a crazy show this is, one can also expect and look forward to lots of parodies peppered throughout the series, whether it is a part of a speech in their dialogue or the actions they undertake. While my knowledge in anime and manga isn’t wide enough nor does it go back that far, I have spotted some to my delight. For example, that all-too-familiar invasion line said in Shinryaku! Ika Musume by Isurugi when he is getting ready to take over Earth’s entertainment. When Nyaruko threw Shantakkun into battle, that familiar capsule is definitely a reference to Pokemon. There was a part whereby Kuuko came crashing down wrapped in a futon. Doesn’t that remind you of Erio’s trademark in Denpa Onna To Seishun Otoko? Episode 8 is definitely a parody of that Tokimeki Memorial game while the face-off between Nyaruko, Kuuko and Hasuta in the same episode has them wearing outfits famous fighting games, Virtua Fighter’s Pai, King of Fighter’s Mai Shiranui and Guilty Gear’s Bridget respectively. Others that you can spot if you keep your eyes and ears peeled include School Days, Code Geass, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu, Hand Maid May, The World God Only Knows, Working! and a bunch of Kamen Rider series that I have never watched. For those who are into games, I’m sure you could have spot the Monster Hunter parodies as well as the Mario Kart games. Of course I don’t play them so I won’t know. So have fun spotting them all and enjoy laughing when they make those references.

Kana Asumi is perfect as Nyaruko and she really turns the character into a real zany screwball. Think of her as Amagami SS’ Miya, Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno and Working!’s Taneshima gone wild. Her craziness reminds me of another character in an anime I recently watched, Todayama of Ebiten. So it’s hats off to her for doing a good job in voicing Nyaruko. Rie Kugimiya as Hasuta may not be pulling off her trademark squeaky tsundere loli voices like Louise in Zero No Tsukaima, Aria in Hidan No Aria and Shana of Shakugan No Shana but she is nevertheless recognizable. At first I couldn’t recognize Eri Kitamura as the voice behind Mahiro because she wasn’t in her bratty roles like Rin in Kodomo No Jikan and Kotone of Softenni but in the episode when Mahiro switched bodies with Nyaruko, then it became apparent who this girl is. Miyu Matsuki’s character as the sicko Kuuko may not be like her other sicko character roles like Yoshinoya in Hidamari Sketch and Kumi in Yurumates but that soft spoken voice has a creepy tone to it. Other casts include Wataru Hatano as Yoichi (Yuuto in Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu), Yuka Ootsubo as Tamao (Kyouko in YuruYuri), Mariko Kouda as Luhy (Nayuki in Kanon), Aya Hisakawa as Yoriko (Maya in Tenjou Tenge), Shiori Mikami as Ghutatan (Akari in YuruYuri), Jouji Nakata as Lloigor (Kirei in Fate/Zero) and Satomi Arai as Shantakkun and Isuka (Shirai in To Aru Kagaku No Railgun). The opening theme, Taiyou Iwaku Moe Yo Chaos by Ushiro Kara Hai Yori Tai G (that’s the troupe name for the main casts for the characters in the series) is a crazy song that gets you into the pace of the anime. It has this annoying but infectious line at the beginning that makes you want to go like a caveman. Uh! Yah! Uh! Yah! And to end it, the gang even did some crazy pose after the song ends. The main ending song is Zutto Be With You and though it is credited to the name RAMM, it is definitely Kana Asumi’s voice singing this moderate anime pop piece.

Sometimes having a crawling chaos like Nyaruko living with you isn’t entirely a bad thing. After that all that chaos in altering your peaceful life, will that be worth it? Maybe it’s like a blessing in disguise. Wouldn’t you want a cute silver haired alien girl to come and live with you instead of some ugly tentacle blob horror? I’ll take the former any time. Because she’s cute, kick ass and annoying. Annoying? Well, nobody is perfect and two out of three isn’t that bad. Really. Just be careful and remember to have a fork in hand. Just in case.

Haiyoru! Nyaruani

August 19, 2011

Imagine if you have a deity living with you. What about a group of deities then? Does this mean you are really one lucky son of a gun? Unless you are those Cthulhu creatures like in Haiyoru! Nyaruani, then it’s a totally different story. And this series isn’t really an adaptation from those short stories from H.P. Lovecraft though from what I observe (though I may be wrong) there are terms used from it. This one is based on a series of light novels by Manta Aisore, it was adapted into an ONA back in March 2010 before the TV series followed by the end of that year. Well, since I didn’t read the novel, so I’m not sure if they’re really inter-related.

In this case, the story as I have read the synopsis centres around a formless Cthulhu named Nyarlko. However for some reason she is staying in a form of a silver-haired girl. Probably she’s in love with this normal high school kid that she is living with, Mahiro Yasaka. Apparently his ‘normal’ life came to a halt when he was chased around by aliens and was saved by Nyarlko. Oooh. Too bad I really wanted to see how that happened since I have a feeling it would be a funny encounter. I mean, after the opening lines that “the anime that always creeps up beside you with a smile”, that has got to mean something cute and funny rather than horror, right? Plus, the novel itself has been described as “high-tension, chaotic comedy”. That’s too good for me to pass up this chance. I just have got to check it out.

The ONA is only 1 episode long though it contains 9 very short episodes string together. All of them lasting around a minute or so except for the final one which runs close to 6 minutes. With the running time this short, that will be hardly anything to develop, right? So basically they are just short skits of Mahiro, Nyarlko and their pals as that poor high school kid try to keep that weirdo Cthulhu from stepping out of line.

Nyarlko decides to hope on the bandwagon of certification and start ad Cthulhu Certification Programme and make “The Creeping Nyarlko” the examination material. She was so into it so much so Mahiro had to stab her hand with a fork! It’s bleeding! When she even tries to lure viewers that it comes with ecchi photos of them, she gets another fork stabbing. Ouch!

Nyarlko notices that her pet Shantakkun is taking a liking to Mahiro. He wonders if she’s jealous. To prove that it is still loyal to her master, she orders it to come to her. Unfortunately it went over to Mahiro’s arms. Sadly, Nyarlko had to beat it up real badly and lie that it really came into her arms. Heartless!

Body Pillow
Mahiro spots Nyarlko using her PC to combine her hobby of vocational expertise to design a cover for a body pillow. Turns out to be a top-naked body of Mahiro. He stabs her hand with a fork. Though she decided to make it for her personal use, she gets another stab. No way is he going to let his image be used.

Mahiro spots Nyarlko playing the hottest galge in town called Lovecraft Plus. He reminds her not to do stuff that pisses off people. She continues that this game the heroine has to try to get the main character to fall for her, though most people will experience a decline in sanity before achieving it. Mahiro is surprised that the game isn’t banned.

Nyarlko watches Mahiro play an RPG game. She recommends one that is popular, which is Hainyaru Fantasy XIII. The feature of this game allows the monster you defeated to join your party. But when they join, they’ll ask you for money and once you’ve paid up, they get angry and will have no intention of joining you. Would it be better to just kill it in the first place?

To Be Continued
Mahiro and Nyarlko host a segment whereby viewers can asks question about The Creeping Nyarlko light novels. The first letter asks why is Nyarlko’s lunch break was after the 3rd period in volume 1 but after the 4th in a short feature in another magazine. Nyarlko couldn’t answer and rips the letter apart and says “to be continued”!

The duo host The Creeping SAN-minute (3 minute) Cooking Show. However words and ingredients Nyarlko says or introduces are censored out! Does she slip her tongue and say something about the Washington Interspace Convention? When Mahiro finds out that this show is The Creeping SAN(ity)-minute Cooking Show, she stabs her hand.

Treading on Sacred Ground
Mahiro asks Cthuko about the time she helped out evil Nodens and waited in R’lyeh just to meet Nyarlko. Something which could make her a criminal. She rather not talk about it but Mahiro says he’s not trying to accuse her but wondered since her uncle works for the Planetary Protection Corporation, she could’ve used that connection to meet Nyarlko instead. She burns his manga and warns him that there will be no next time. Mahiro is clueless what he has done to deserve this.

First Love
Cthuko wants Mahiro to teach her to cook as promised. In the kitchen, Cthuko wants to make something that Nyarlko that will do something ecchi with her. Since there isn’t that sort of thing, she decides to make a simple cake. The preparations include using Cthuko’s hands to melt the butter, Cthuko eating the tart that’s supposed to be used to make the cake, using her energy ball to let the cake mixture set. Later he asks why is she infatuated with Nyarlko. She tells her story back when she was in Space Kindergarten, she got picked on a lot when they play “make-believe Saint Seiya” due to her Pisces horoscope. She was being made the baddie and couldn’t retaliate. Since she didn’t have many friends back then, she was happy that she was invited to play even if it was a baddie part. But it became harder to bear and gotten sick of it. She wanted to get out but couldn’t. That’s when Nyarlko appeared and blew away the bullies in some “unofficial player” story. Cthuko found her cool and that’s when she first took a liking for Nyarlko. After Cthuko goes about to get some black tea, Nyarlko comes in and Mahiro asks her if she remembers about her kindergarten days. This brings back nostalgic memories as she retells how she blasted everyone away when everyone was playing make-believe. In the sense that she’d staged an armed intervention against them and walk away after defeating both sides. Mahiro learns that she was the one who also staged the make-believe Saint Seiya, Cthuko was also blown away with everybody else. He says that this isn’t what he heard for Cthuko when Nyarlko adds that she left them with a signature phrase: “Make-believe time is over!”. Plus, she earned the nickname, The Idling Breaker (A Certain Nyarlko’s Idling Breaker – parody of that Index series). This proves she’s really a despicable kid. That’s not supposed to be a happy ending, right?

If the bite-size of the ONA felt like just an ‘appetizer’, then I’m sure fans will be glad that the TV series entitled Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr Lovecraft came out later in that year. However, if this is supposed to be the ‘main dish’, then I’m sure that from my point of view it won’t be ‘satisfying full’ since the TV series is just over 4 minutes long! Calling it an alternate retelling doesn’t seem appropriate because it’s more or less the same thing. As I’ve said, I didn’t read the novel so I wouldn’t know. The only difference is that at the end of each episode, there will be a countdown on the number of days (decreasing by 7 days in each episode’s passing) to the impending doom of mankind as we see a huge rectangular alien space ship approaching Earth. Ooohh. I guess even amidst all the nonsensical comedy, there will be something big and shocking looming and time will only tell at the end what it is, eh?

Episode 1
Nyarlko cooks Mahiro some breakfast and has the cheek if he either wants wagashi (a traditional Japanese sweet) or watashi (me – referring to herself). Because Mahiro puts up his usual disappointed face, she goes on ranting about the disappointment of fans not getting to see something steamy between them since this novel is adapted into an anime. I thought it was just her pent up desires all along. Then Cthuko wants Nyarlko to mess her up so she chides her being a sex maniac. She’s the one to say! Cthuko goes on about Mahiro can eat his breakfast while Nyarlko can gobble her up. Nyarlko quickly gives Mahiro an extravagant breakfast and pesters him to eat. But when Shantakkun eats it, it collapses. It’s spiked! However Cthuko and Atoko are eating it and find it delicious. Erm… Who is this Atoko girl in a black kimono? How the heck did she come in? The countdown starts off with 70 days left till humans become extinct.

Episode 2
Mahiro introduces Atoko who is her old classmate during high school. Mahiro thinks Atoko seems fairly normal but Nyarlko tells him not to be deceived because she’s really a pervert. Is she one to say? She proves it by asking Atoko to say her favourite 2 words: AV Actress. Huh? Nyarlko proceeds to put words in Mahiro’s mouth, claiming that he promised to marry her. Atoko says that Nyarlko called her down for an important mission, thus her visit. Nyarlko tries to change the subject. Then Atoko starts speaking like a married wife like wanting to wash her back and suggesting things that seems to indicate sex (eels for stamina?). Nyarlko vehemently objects so Mahiro tells her back that she too can’t actually talk like that too. In the confusion, Nyarlko spouts that Mahiro likes her more. Then Cthuko walks in. Atoko sees her and finds her very cute and wants to take a bath together. Feel like punching her too? Another sicko joining the gang. And yeah, 63 days left till humans’ extinction.

Episode 3
Atoko talks to Cthuko if she has done *** and ***. All of her next sentences at least has a censored word regarding her impression and thoughts about her being a ***. Ironically despite Cthuko being bold when it comes to ‘it’, she’s embarrassed with that topic with Atoko. Nyarlko brings another one of her friends, Nyarue to come over and play. After introducing her to Mahiro, Nyarue is taken in by his kindness and her mind goes crazy wondering if he has fallen for her. Perasan. She even starts wondering if it’s okay to love him too. Mahiro ponders her carrying a baseball bat so Nyarlko just says that she’s the athletic type and wouldn’t go further than that. Nyarue gets panicky and after asking if Mahiro would be comfortable going out with her, she bursts into something hideous that could only be mosaic out. So is that burnable trash she turned into? Probably not. Ah, 56 days left.

Episode 4
After a long silence in the elevator, Atoko says to Nyarlko “If you open your heart up, you won’t need to strip all the time”. Huh? Mahiro notices Cthuko playing an old console. She gives a swan metaphor that even if it looks calm on the surface, beneath the water its legs are kicking like mad. Thus this console may look old but it’s hi-tech on the inside. For instance she can store her blood type in it. Uhn… Then Mahiro notices something wrong with the goldfish and is upset if Cthuko did something to it. She admits she fed it something… From space. The goldfish has legs! Cthuko is so dense that she thought the goldfish is having an image change. Later Nyarlko is saying something about lots of people thought it was wrong but since someone famous was asked to make it, they couldn’t refuse it. Mahiro replies that there’s no problem since everyone is happy with it. Is that a shadow of a reindeer? I didn’t understand this part. Oh, 49 days left.

Episode 5
Everyone soaks in the hotspring. However there will only be 1 scene in this episode. And that single scene is of Shantakkun soaking inside a tub. Our minds will go wild after hearing those ambiguous talks from the girls. Touching here, rubbing there, splashing here, fantasizing there. Nyarlko tries to tease Mahiro alone on the other side that there are bouncy boobs here but he isn’t buying it. I guess Cthuko and Nyarue got too excited that they couldn’t control themselves over Nyarlko.  Ah, all those ambiguous stuff… Things coming out… Body shampoo lah… Touching in weird places… Are we viewers being ‘duped’? Atoko’s poetic verse: The bath is like life’s laundry machine. Say what? Remember, only 42 days left.

Episode 6
Cthuko wants to buy a scarf to wear together with her beloved Nyarlko so she gets a part time job. Mahiro finds out from Nyarlko, mocking that pervert for taking up a job so much so she wants to laugh. He says back that she should get a job herself but she insists that if she does, she would have already lost. Cthuko is seen heating a frozen food upon a customer’s request. She uses her body heat power too much that the whole store exploded. Next she is seen taking orders from a customer. However the customer keeps on changing, cancelling and adding items to her order. Cthuko is so confused and at the end of it when the customer asks what was her original order again, she explodes. Then working as a petrol pump attendant, Mahiro strongly advices not to work here. Yeah, don’t want it to go mega boom this time. Back home, Nyarlko spots Cthuko knitting a scarf and wonders about her part time job. Her reply: If she works, then she has lost. Ah, same thinking… Tick tock, tick tock, 35 days left.

Episode 7
Atoko requests Mahiro to help her find a site that she visited but do not know how to get there since he’s PC-literate. Seems there is a semi-naked picture of Atoko on her desktop and whenever the mouse goes over the icons, it makes weird ambiguous sounds. Is this some kind of test? Anyway Atoko couldn’t remember the page and only know it had dogs in it. Browsing through her history, he notices she went through 100 adult sites in a single minute! WTF?! After 2 hours of browsing through the many dog pictures, Atoko finally finds the one she wants and finds it cute. And that’s it. THAT’S IT?! I’m not sure about Nyarlko and Mahiro in some scene which is supposed to be in 3D, though it’s the same recycled scene. 28 days left to the inevitable.

Episode 8
Nyarue is in panic mode as she is seen explaining herself to Mahiro. Something about she was very focused on protecting him from night-gaunts but she soon turns tsundere giving an excuse she’s doing this not because she’s attracted to him or anything. Realizing she’s been a bundle of nerves, she wishes for him to forget what she said and reveals she didn’t had a good night’s sleep last night. Then she returns to her scatterbrain self after revealing she was actually half asleep and saw her scary face in the mirror (thus there weren’t any night-gaunts). However Mahiro just wants her to fix this as soon as possible. Seems he is in a public toilet and the door and roof are all broken down! But that isn’t going to happen since she panics and turned into a mosaic blob. Only 21 days left.

Episode 9
Mahiro finds himself in the RPG world. Seems an hour earlier, he was coaxed by Nyarlko and Atoko to play an RPG game that has some virtual realism. Turns out that it was too real and that he becomes involved in the game. Plus, he has very low life points but absurdly high magic points. He must be thinking this is some sort of a sick joke. Then a weird creature appears before him, asking if he wants to become stronger. Thinking this must be one of those scripted events, he accepts the wish and is given an elixir. He gets pissed off when he finds the potion is just leftovers. I don’t know how but after an hour later, he manages to get back out and has learned his lesson never to try anything those girls recommend. He should’ve known this from the start. How time flies because there is only 14 days remaining.

Episode 10
Mahiro sees a news report about the increase of residents missing lately. Everyone gathers for nabe but the girls have their different interpretations of it. Nyarue thinks it’s to eat up for tomorrow’s battle. Atoko thinks it’s when poor inferior males gather to circle around it (a guy in a 3D headgear with a bouquet of flowers in hand?) and her heart quivers at that thought. Cthuko mixing in weird things while Nyarlko couldn’t resist herself by mixing some mosaic thingy to turn it into a darkness nabe. She gets a bump on her head as punishment. Then they hear a loud deafening crash sound. That large rectangular alien ship crashes into the city on his house and it’s only a short time before the downfall of mankind… Oh dear, it is finally here…

Episode 11
As panic spreads throughout the region, Mahiro realizes this is what the mission Atoko mentioned earlier on. Unfortunately Nyarlko says he can’t follow because he’ll only be in the way. She tells him not to worry since the Planetary Protection Corporation will fix everything and that they will erase everyone’s memories with a tool that suspiciously resembles to the one used by the Men In Black. Nyarlko wishes that they’d do fun and happy things when they return but Mahiro is sceptical since her words sounded like a hint that it is the end. For once, the scene gets heart-warming as Nyarlko hugs Mahiro. She wants him to promise that if she returns, he’ll let her hold him like this again. He promises her that and those words were enough to give Nyarlko the strength to do her best. She promises that she will come back and confesses that she loves him.

Episode 12
This is supposed to be an unreleased episode from the TV series and was released with the box set with the other episodes. The mystery to what happened at the sudden abrupt end of the TV series is answered here. Mahiro’s house is packed with boxes. He is wondering when Nyarlko and co is coming back. Speaking of the devil, the girls arrive home with a happy expression. They thank him for watching over the house. It’s revealed that the girls just went to a Space Comiket, the Corporation took the humans up to get limited edition figures but erased their memories after. So was everybody fooled by their hobbies? Nyarlko insists that Earth was in a major crisis and if they hadn’t collected some rare figures and create some triangular magical barrier, Earth would’ve been destroyed. So they protected the Earth with sexy figures? Don’t mind the small details, eh? So basically they went up to Space Comiket to get figures to save the Earth from destruction. Yeah, it was a battlefield out there. Plus, Mahiro was stuck at home so that the Space Delivery could tell where to deliver the goods (so the ship that stuck to his house was just a pointer?). And Nyarlko didn’t tell him because she thought somebody told him. But apparently nobody did. Now at close to boiling point, Mahiro finally asks why he still has his memories intact. Nyarlko mentions about the promised hug and kiss when she return and after that she would erase his memories. Now a deadly aura is emitting from Mahiro and after a long absence, it’s that fork punishment! OUCH! She’s one bad girl, he’s one mad boy, it’s one ‘sad’ world. The final antic from Nyarlko that since the TV anime is over, it’s time for the drama and make it a romantic porno! You know what Mahiro is going to say about that, right?

The Perverted Call Of The Cthulhu…
Haha! What a chaotic end. The world was saved thanks to the hobbies of otakus. Is that what they’re trying to say?! For a very short series, I have to say that everything was just okay. Some of the jokes requires viewers to have some knowledge about the novel so if you are one who doesn’t read (like yours truly), you’d find that the jokes are hard to understand and at some point very hard to follow as you won’t be able to follow it. I skimmed briefly over Wikipedia about the Cthulhu Mythos and from what I see, there is quite a following on this fictional cosmic entity. Speaking of the Lovecraft guy, I think he has made several cameo appearances in the series with his mug shots appearing here and there. Yup, I think that real picture of his face has got to be him. Otherwise, why use the name Lovecraft, right?

I don’t know if the Cthulhu and other creatures under this mythos are as odd as portrayed by the girls here. When especially they are quite perverted. Nyarlko’s love for Mahiro and her intention to do ecchi things with him makes you think if she has some unfulfilled desires pent up inside. Same case with Cthuko towards Nyarlko. She may just sound shy but as far as Nyarlko is involved, anything goes. Don’t be fooled by Atoko’s kind demeanour too. She’s just like them though I’m not sure if she’s into Nyarlko or Cthuko. Maybe both. And Nyarlko really has the cheek to tell them off for being perverts when she is really one herself.  Nyarue is pretty funny herself whenever she goes into panic mode and then poof! She turns into a mosaic blob after burning out from embarrassment. Is she really attached with the baseball bat? Thank goodness Mahiro has a way with dealing with them (most of the time) especially Nyarlko. I just love it when he sticks his fork into her hands and it really bleeds profusely! This is evident in the ONA but none in the TV series (I guess you can’t show blood and gore here but heck, what’s the difference?). Nyarlko will go into profuse apologetic mode after that and though she usually doesn’t learn from it, it rather makes her cute to see her like that. Forgive me if I sound like a sadist. And erm, with 4 deities around him, doesn’t this look like a harem? It didn’t go that way.

The animation is Flash-based so it’s a little refreshing to see a slightly unique art as the characters are visually cute. However, the conventional ink and paint base is also used but only for the ending credits animation, which oddly lasts as long as the short episode itself. So with 4 minutes of air time, half of it is dedicated to the ending theme, Koi Suru Otome No Catharsis by LISP. The song beats to a lively and bouncy tune. Hear any longer of it, I think I’ll be going “Anata wa yuujou, yuujou~” with “Watashi wa aijou, aijou~” and “Futari wa joujou, joujou~”. Since ink and paint was used for the animation, the characters here look like your typical bishoujo characters. In fact, they look good and pretty so I thought it must have been a wasted for them to look like this in the ending credits. It’s worthy of those kind of animation if this story was longer and had more drama and development in it.

The opening warning notice about sitting in a well-lighted room and at a safe distance may be typical and seemingly imposing (a hint of the impending ‘invasion’?). But if you read at the few lines at the bottom, some of them are nonsensical and quite funny. Among them include “This is a low action anime”, “The pen tablet broke…”, “There will be not much movement in this episode”, “This episode will move more than the last time”, “Her SAN is almost at zero” and “Wishing you a Happy New Year”. And for a short series, is even having a next episode preview necessary? I mean as far as I remember, they don’t really seem to be narrating on what is next but rather go on ranting on random and nonsensical stuff that don’t really matter. The scene of the next episode preview is a live action scene though we see a CGI of Shantakkun spinning round and round and round and round… And some of the episode titles too are weird and don’t make sense to the particular episode. It’s like somebody just randomly named it for the sake of having a title. Like episode 2’s “Endless Christmas” and episode 3’s “To The Market”. Huh? Did any of that happen? Of course there are some which are meant just to make you laugh. Like 2 of the episodes having the title Naiyou Mitei (Content Undecided) and the episode after that, it is still undecided. Episode 9 has got to be the most ridiculously longest title that never made sense. It’s long enough to fit the maximum word character of Twitter. No, maybe longer. At first I thought the narration was one of the random spouting before I realized it was the title itself! WTF?!

I’ll be sure to keep in mind the next time when there are aliens trying to invade us, it is just a universal version of Japan’s famous Comiket convention. Hey, even the influence of anime, manga and games have spread to the far reaches of the galaxy. I mean, who would travel millions of light years away just to destroy our planet. But otakus will travel even double that distance to get to their favourite must-attend convention. Having a deity living you may or may not be a good sign. In case if there is one, just remember to keep a fork in hand. They can come in handy when taming perverted deities.

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