Time for a Space CQC battle at the pool!
Time for another double episode review of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san for you to enjoy with me and Highway!
Fosh and I are back for Nyarlko! Kuune is still in the closet, but what else has been happening to the crazy crew? Read on and find out!
Highway \\ It feels almost like they’ve reset the whole story. And I don’t know if that’s really a good thing. The thoughts Kuuko was starting to have for Mahiro were making the show fresh for the last couple episodes, but since Kuune is out of the picture, it’s gone back to Kuuko chasing Nyarlko chasing Mahiro with Hastur just picking up the leftovers. And of course we’re halfway through the season, so that means a swimsuit episode, this time at the indoor pool (and let me say that I wish we had indoor pools, or even outdoor pools, like they seem to have all over the place in Japan). As far as happenings, it was pretty much your standard pool episode, combined with your standard Nyarlko episode, which results in Nyarlko and Kuuko boiling the wave pool when they inevitably have a fight over Mahiro. And this time, Hastur’s off playing with Luhy, so he doesn’t break them up, that task falling instead to Yoichi, the reliable class rep, and now a lifeguard. But he doesn’t do that until everyone’s driven out of the pool.
Shanta-kun Side Story
I think she went the wrong way…
Highway \\ Episode 8 was a similarly stand-alone episode, and this time we have Shanta-kun feeling like she wants to thank Mahiro for taking care of them all, but she can’t actually get anyone to understand her (except for Kuuko with her Context Lenses). About the only notable thing in this episode was Shanta-kun’s narration (yes, that’s Arai Satomi doing the narration, she also does all of the “mii mii mii” voicing for Shanta-kun), as I found it a pretty dull undertaking. The story was pretty predictable throughout: Shanta turns into a loli, still can’t talk, and then tries to find Mahiro while he’s out to give him his cell phone. Lots of chasing, lots of “mii mii mii”, ending up with a “D’awwwww” moment at the end, and just what Mahiro needs: someone else in love with him.
Nyaruko Reference Corner
Fosh \\ Another week of hilarious anime references for you! Starting off with episode seven which was a pool themed episode! We had some shots from the original gundam, Wilson from Cast Away, a random quote “Arigatou gozaimasu! Soshite, arigatou gozaimasu!” Sky High from Tiger and Bunny and that was about all I could find in that episode. Now onto the next episode that turned Shantakun into a loli character that could only say mii mii? What? Anyway this one had a lot of references to work with like Kuko’s scouter from DBZ, Oriemo quote “There’s no way my pet could be such a little girl!” Shantakun’s carrots from Tenchi Muyou Ryou Ouki, real life locations CHUTAYA aka TSUTAYA, Gundam 00, Pokemon and finally Futari ha Buruchesutta aka Futari wa PreCure rounding off the last bit of episode eight! So which ones did I miss and did you have any favorites? I liked the reference from Cast Away because it was so random!
Highway \\ Honestly, it feels to me like this series is kind of coasting, just trying to get to the end of the season and be done. They had a couple episodes with Kuuko and Mahiro together, and that was actually pretty interesting, although Nyarlko was pretty insufferable throughout. But since then, they feel like they’ve given up any attempts at plot, even a plot of the week like they used to do. I like romance shows, but I gotta say that I don’t really care for the way Nyarlko is pursuing Mahiro. And that’s really taking all the air out of the room.
Things are flying along nicely for Nyaruko and her friends since they ditched Kuko’s clingy ass cousin, but of course she returns next week to shake things up and I swear I saw that they poked fun at Attack on Titan in the preview for episode nine? Besides that fun stuff I enjoyed the beach episode; however the following episode I found to be so damn annoying because they turned Shantakun into a humanoid character! That part I didn’t mind I just thought it would have been better if she could actually TALK instead of the constant mii mii, but thinking back if they were really trying to mirror Ryou Ouki from Tenchi Muyou I guess it makes since as to WHY she couldn’t speak? Also was anyone else out there shipping Hastur with loli-Shantakun because I totally was or would she be more of a little sister to him? So anyway which episode did you enjoy the most? Beach fun or the loli Shantakun?
Nyarlko-san’s gotten a little bit tired it seems, with a couple seeming-like-filler episodes, and not really that interesting ones. We did get a hint of maybe some excitement coming, as Kuune seems to have escaped from the void of Kuuko’s room, but will she actually become a villaiin? Or will it just be more silly chasing of Kuuko?