High kicks and hyperactive characters await you in Haiyore!
|…You know, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by Lovecraft. …Maybe I should start? Anyways, yeah the new moe loli comedy of the season is here. The flash animations to this were alright as far as I remember, but let’s see if the actual anime is good or not~.|
|I will admit I never watched any episodes of the first short “series” of Haiyoru, but this fully animated anime series looks interesting. Character designs scream Haganai to me or maybe more Denpa Onna? Mostly because of the main girl with her super long hair… Anyway, I have no idea what this will be like. Maybe it will be something amazing and hilarious? Hopefully right?
Plot follows Yasaka meeting a strange girl named Nyarlathotep aka deity of Chaos who protects him from monsters.
Nyaruko-“Are you prepared for some epic moe justice?!”
We start this random anime with Yasaka running for his life after a monster appears that tries to kill him, but he cries out for someone to save him. This calls forth our main character named Nyarlathotep, who quickly arrives to finish off the monster. The following morning during breakfast, Yasaka listens to this new girl ramble on and on about everything… My head would have exploded at this point if I were Yasaka! Seriously, do not feed this girl anything with sugar or she will bounce off the walls. Anyway, she explains her job, which is to protect Yasaka from the other demons or “aliens” that are appearing on earth. Sure why not, throw in random aliens for us to enjoy, but the real question I have is will you bring in Erio from Denpa Onna too?
Nyaruko-“Time to watch hours and hours of foreign cartoons about little girls.”
So what does a girl like Nyarlathotep like to do on earth? SHOPPING! But not any shopping as she ends up buying several volumes of manga and anime because humans have the best entertainment! Truth right there, we do have some great things to watch and play. However, this random outing wasn’t just about buying things, it was a clever way for her to destroy another demon while using Yasaka as bait. After taking care of that monster Nyarlathotep explains that she basically fell in love with Yasaka just by looking at his photo before accepting the job. Is this a case of love at first photograph? I think so, but Yasaka wants no part of this strange girl…Wait a second… our main character confessed her love on the very first episode? Good luck on your love themed quest, God of Chaos.
Nyaruko-“OH MY GOD! LIMITED EDITION?!” Yasaka-“Not really limited…it just sucks.”
Ouch! Right in the demon baby maker! That has to hurt…
After a long battle Nyaruko is in the mood for some one on one time with Yasaka.
The second half of the episode places Nyarlathotep in the role of mysterious transfer student. Yes, this anime has it all even school events…and naturally she is a huge hit with everyone at the school. It doesn’t take long before the whole class knows both of them are basically a couple and they even eat lunches together; however, another demon arrives to attack our poor main character. Besides kicking and punching monsters, how else does she fight? With her own pokemon! Yes she literary summons a pokemon-ish style pet to fight. After calling her pet out, it fails to beat the monster and she is forced to beat the crap out of it with her secret weapon…a crowbar to save the day.
Nyaruko-“Bow down before your new lord and master!” Yasaka-“I swear I am surrounded by special people…”
Fangirl power is very dangerous.
Nyaruko wants to become a demonic pokemon master one day!
After that Yasaka returns home to take a bath, but Nyarlathotep takes this chance to join him. That sure sounds like the best fantasy of all time right? WRONG! Yasaka uses his trademark fork to stop this girl and I assumed at the end, he tossed her out of the bathroom or brutally stabbed her with his fork of doom! I noticed he really loved to beat her up a lot…
You can’t run away forever, Yasaka! One day you will give into her needs…
Extra moe Lovecraft.
Watch out Ben-TO fighters! Yasaka will fork you so hard…
Nyaruko gives her approval of this amazing anime.
Nyaruko-“Just shut up and kiss the monitor now!”
Eating her drool might cause your insides to melt.
That was actually waaaaay better then I thought it would be. Mahiro was the same from the mini flash animation things I watched (aka boring and one dimensional), but Nyaruko was extremely amusing. She’s an awesome kind of otaku. I had to laugh at Mahiro comparing her fighting to a criminal organization. I mean, she took down that monster thing with a rock or whatever that was. It’s hilarious. Her being dere over Mahiro is pretty amusing too (thank god she’s not a tsundere) … I don’t even know what to character stereotype classify her as besides being amusing. She’s a gag character for sure. Yeah, nothing was really explained and I can’t pronounce any of the character’s names (minus Cthulhu. That’s the only one of those names I know how to pronounce and I don’t even think there’s a character for that.), but this is way better than loli pantsu (…which is what I was expecting). Sure there was the bath scene, but it wasn’t the cliche guy walks in on girl scene for once. Progress! Maybe!
However, even with the improvements I still kind of found it hard to sit through. It seemed like the same gags of Nyaruko generally not listening were used over and over again. Also, I don’t think I liked the flow of the storyline (…mostly because it didn’t feel like it had flow at all). Maybe this will improve as this goes on…? If not, this is going to be one of those things where I only watch it when I feel like it. I don’t know. I mean, I liked everything that went on for the most part, but it seemed to be missing something crucial that could hold my attention.
Now on to the finer points. The OP, ED and OST were all pretty forgettable IMO. The animation was pretty good though for the most part though, as was the voice acting (Mahiro is voiced by Kitamura Eri, no joke. I was shocked.) I absolutely love the character designs as well… Or at least the clothing and Nyaruko’s colour palette. Her hair and eye combination is nice. So overall, I say that this was better then I was expecting, but it was still pretty mediocre. I probably won’t follow this weekly, but I’ll give it a few more episodes to see if it gets better. …Or maybe I’ll read the literature so I can at least get the references xD.
OH MY GOD, that was freaking amazing! I swear this might become the next Ika Musume for me because I just could not stop watching Nyarlathotep aka Nyaruko voiced by Kana Asumi who everyone loves as the cute Miya from Amagami SS. Anyway, I loved watching our main character run around with Yasaka exploring the world, but she wasn’t as curious like Ika Musume because it looked like Nyaruko had a perfect understanding of the real world; so I suppose she has been around for a very long time? She is an old god after all…my only experience with the Chtulhu world might be through the MMO World of Warcraft. In that game there are several “old gods” aka C’Thun and Yogg-Saron; both monsters have lots and lots of tentacles and various eyeballs on them.
So yeah, this series hit the ball out of the park with a lead character like Nyaruko, but I was quite happy to see she wasn’t going to be a typical tsundere girl who bitches and beats the snot out of the main character, but the main character Yasaka tends to abuse Nyaruko a whole lot. Why does he always hit her and stab her with forks? I have no idea, but it certainly is a refreshing change or maybe it is more of a role reversal? Take Index for a moment; that character is always biting Touma in every damn episode and poor old Touma never fights back while Yasaka always seems to be knocking Nyaruko around. I guess that is a nice change of pace. Sadly I wonder how long will last until they run that gag into the ground?
Opening was nice. It shows off all the character nicely especially the long legs of Nyaruko, but I can’t wait to see the blonde character and the fire themed redhead who looks like that demon chick from [C], she is just missing horns. Ending song will give you a case of the Hnnggsss with Nyaruko running around wearing different clothes and smiling like crazy! I swear it had me grinning the entire time…Overall this was a great first episode, but if you are looking for a fan service themed series you might not find it in this series. Not to say there is no fan service at all, because they did include that short bath scene at the end of the episode so I guess that counts? Anyway you should really check out this first episode.
Yasaka-“Hmmmm something isn’t right…” Nyaruko-“We are missing some candy apples.”
Nyaruko goes to a festival!