It’s storytime with Grandma Nyarlko, kids!
Welcome to Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W, with the thrilling conclusion to the case of the Library Pilferers! Well, maybe it’s thrilling, we’ll have to see, won’t we? So what happened this week? And how did they deal with these guys that beat them like rented mules last time?
Wooooo! Time for another hilarious episode review of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W on Metanorn with Highway of course.
A Typical Climax?
Highway // Nyarlko-san is a show that’s not afraid to put itself or its characters in the place of the audience. We saw that in episode one with Nyarlko introducing characters and reading descriptions right to the audience, while Mahiro wondered who she was talking to. In this episode, it’s Mahiro taking the part of the audience critic, and pointing out that the motivations of ALL the bad guys that they’ve fought have been pretty stupid. From wanting to have the best video game console to illegally exporting a lot of earth games and anime to just being jealous of your older sister, the bad guys have been pretty pathetic. And Mahiro wonders if these guys are going to be any better. Were they?
Of course they weren’t. It turns out that Zhar and Lloiger are guys from an Non-Government Organization (NGO) that’s trying to save endangered gods, but because the Space Alliance keeps improving the breeding of these endangered deities, their NGO is having trouble raising money! So their big idea was to take the special pencil and Heaven’s Memo-Pad from last week’s episode (that Mahiro conveniently pocketed, bad Mahiro!) and make up new rare deities to hawk as reasons for giving their organization money. Yeah, your reaction is about what mine was. So they summon up a giant gorilla and fight our heroes.
Nyarlko-san! Reference corner
Foshizzel // Last week seemed to be lacking in the references because we were dealing with a bit of story; however this time we actually have a nice handful! Starting off with a quick shout out to the members of Judgement from Railgun, along with that thanks to NyaruReferences the commenters pointed out several pokes from a game series called WILD ARMS XF and WILD ARMS 2nd IGNITION?! I have heard of WILD ARMS, but never really played them! Originally I thought they were poking fun at Sword Art Online because Mahiro’s black outfit reminded me of Kirito. Other than that we had some stuff from Death note, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon ball Z, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Rurouni Kenshin and a hilarious poke at Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s Holy, Hand Grenade of Antioch; however Nyaruko uses the Blasphemous Grenade? Damn that scene from the movie always cracks me up! Besides all of those we had the usual LoveCraft and various Kamen Rider references, but I was cracking up once the giant monkey appeared? I mean damn even the design was the same from Dragon Ball Z!
Full Power for Hastur!
Highway // I’m torn on Hastur’s telepathic bishie form. He looked ok, but that pale skin and the never-moving-his-lips thing really took away from it. It was kind of cute that he wanted Mahiro to forget about that form, tho, just wanting to be that little brother that Mahiro liked last episode. But even with the combined power of Hastur, Kuuko, and Nyarlko, they couldn’t defeat the giant yellow (after it enraged) gorilla. It took Mahiro realizing he could erase it out of the book to make it go away. And to me that gorilla looked so much like Donkey Kong, I’m really surprised they never found a barrel for it to throw. And it was a bit funny that Nyarlko kept trying to skip to the end of the story… because that’s when the ‘happily ever after’ is!
It was a good enough finish to the story, but I didn’t really think this episode matched the expectations I had for laughs. So all-in-all I was a little disappointed, both with this episode and with the overall story arc. I like to see the group’s interactions with each other a lot more, so having it feel like there’s so much focus on the action took away from that.
While the references always keep me glued to the screen I can’t really say much about the overall story, but to be honest this episode focused more on a big fight against the bad guy of the week, but at least it was entertaining right? I did like that we finally saw the fighting form of Hastur even though it looked really dumb, so does that mean he has two personalities inside that head of his? Other than that I was shipping Kuko and Mahiro together after he caught her, but we all know she only desires Nyaruko’s heart and body and we had a new ending song and video complete with a sexy bunny cosplay with Nyaruko.