The Crawling Chaos is back for more craziness!
Oh boy! Haiyore Nyaruko-san W is finally here to cause us to laugh our butts off, but can it live up to the excitement and hilarity of the first season? I guess we shall find out and this time I have the pleasure of tag teaming with one of our new blood Highway! I hope you have fun reading these posts on Metanorn.
My first tag team post, and it’s with Fosh. No pressure or anything! But for a show as much fun as Haiyore Nyarlko-san! was, the sequel has a lot to live up to. With everyone back to save the Earth from random bad guys, let’s see if it kept up the fun, or fell flat.
Picking up where they left off.
Highway // What happens when you mix crazy characters in a love polygon, add in a lot of “space”, and throw in the crawling chaos of Lovecraftian mythos? As we learned a year ago, a lot of fun. And Nyarlko is back with a “W” season. As is typical of the show, the W is both a reference (Kamen Rider W, a frequent source of Nyarlko’s references) and a pun (W = “daburu” = double), and as we saw in the first episode, they picked right up where they left off at the end of the first season. They actually did a good job to work in some introductions throughout the show in different ways, bringing folks up to speed on who is what (by reading the Call of Cthulu synopsis), and even overtly introducing Tamao and Takehiko, with Nyarlko breaking the 4th wall and Mahiro lampshading it. We even got a couple pieces of the first season’s theme, and I thought it was great that they slid Tamao in the cosplay cafe scene when they were singing it, since she was one of the original singers. But apart from those few moments, the show really moved forward with a new plot.
Foshizzel // I have been brought onboard to guide you through all the various anime references that fill the oddball world of Nyarlko-san and just like last season there were a few that ranged from One Piece, Pokemon and the obvious Kamen Rider outfit Nyarlko wears when saving the day. This time I managed to spot quite a few starting with the old school TV series Bewitched? Who knew that Nyarlko had magical powers? That certainly was a strange! They also put in the actual lovecraft tabletop game Call of Cthulhu, but the easiest reference to spot comes from the Lucky Star opening. After that the cast of aliens took a visit to an anime shop to give a quick shout outs to OreShura, there were several posters plastered all over the place and I swear I saw a tiny picture of Oda Nobuna no Yabou and manga covers of Nyarlko as well? The best references go to the cosplay café because there was mention of a certain pop group that also had their anime series wrapped up with AKB0048! Nyarlko told Mahiro he can become the center and she practically spelled AKB before getting cut off, but this is why I love watching Nyarlko-san, also if I managed to miss something feel free to throw them in the comment section.
Highway // The plot of this episode was really a secondary consideration. The main point was to get back into the show, and the story of the alien who sneaks onto Earth to write a BL story about Mahiro was just a small part of it, so small that she gets beaten by Nyarlko and Kuuko without even knowing about it. The main part of the show was to get us back into the craziness that is Nyarlko-san, and it certainly delivered, just like yamanso.com. We also got to see the new OP and ED, and for as much as I enjoy the first season’s OP of Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos, I think I immediately liked the new OP, Koi wa Konton no Reichi, more. And so far, the production values of the new series look good, with lots of action in every scene and fast animation with no corner cutting visible, although they even lampshade that, saying they need to use the fancy magic circle graphics while the budget is still good. But with a start like this, all signs look good for a fun and exciting romp through the Spring season for the Crawling Chaos.
More Fun with Nyarlko!
Well were back in full swing this season starting off with a great first episode for me, but I know the comedic moments of Nyaruko-san are either hit or miss especially with the various anime references that pop up randomly. While all that is great I am curious about the appearance of Kuuko’s sister in the opening! I remember the last season a few people said that she does have an older sister somewhere, but what about Nyaruko? Does she have other family members that might appear later on? I guess we shall see as things progress. Speaking of progression what do you think will happen with Nyaruko and Mahiro’s relationship? Will they finally develop some romance between them or are they destined to continue on their current path of a comedic duo? Then again, I don’t really look at this comedic series as anything truly “romantic” because in the end just like Mahiro thinks he would be dating an alien.
I have to agree with Foshizzel that there’s unlikely to be anything romantic in the works for the show. I just don’t see them needing to go there, when there’s plenty of tension and comedy with the love polygon of Kuuko > Nyarlko > Mahiro < Hasuta. But where else will the series go? I’m sure we’ll get more characters throughout, and we’ll definitely get more fights, something which was missing in this first episode, as well as transformations. I also can’t wait to see what kind of messed-up villains we get this season, as the motivations of these guys just defy all sense in a hilarious way.
That doesn’t mean she’s going to stop trying…