I usually despise harem anime.
I feel I should make that clear from the outset, since I'm about to explain just why I loved Nyarko-san so much.
Now, there are a few harem anime series I've enjoyed. I love Ranma 1/2, one of the originators of the genre, though I'll concede that after a while it got tiresome. I also really enjoyed the first season of To Love-Ru, but that's mostly because the harem stuff was balanced out by quality fanservice, great character designs, clever slapstick, sheer weirdness and the author and staff's apparent fetish for completely gratuitous tentacle scenes, a fetish that I cheerfully admit that I share.
Most other harem anime can take a flying jump as far as I'm concerned. I've gotten so sick of seeing the same cliches used over and over (the Bad Girl and the Polite Upper-Class Girl have a rivalry, there's a Loli Girl with a not-at-all-creepy crush on the Main Guy, the inevitable cooking contest, etc.) that I usually avoid them like the plague.
So why did I decide to give Nyarko-san a chance?
Because the premise was too specacularly weird not to check out.
So there's this Ordinary Japanese High School Student. His name's Mahiro, and he's voiced by Eri Kitamura (Madoka Magica's Sayaka Miki! Yes, really!). Some hideous demon thing chases him and corners him in an alley... and then gets brutally bludgeoned to death by a silver-haired girl armed with what appears to be a crowbar. She introduces herself as Nyarlathotep, "the chaos that crawls up to you with a smile!" Cue insanely infectious opening credits. (Un! Nyan! Un! Nyan! Un! Nyan! Let's NYAN!)
Yes, she means that Nyarlathotep, as in H.P. Lovecraft's Elder God. Turns out all the horrifying beings Lovecraft wrote about were based on visiting aliens who came to Earth to try to experience human culture... Apparently our movies, TV, and games (particularly porn and otaku bait) are a hot commodity in the worlds beyond. This particular Nyarlathian, "Nyarko", is a hopeless fan of mecha anime and toku shows (responding to one that's basically Kamen Rider in all but name: "GASP! A Kurogane no Striver BLU-RAY BOX! And it comes with a limited edition figure!" Kana Asumi's delivery of this line cracks me up every time. It's something about the way she says "BLU-RAY BOX", I swear it's hilarious.)
As a satire of moe-anthropomorphosism, this is already pretty great. We've turned nearly everything else into doe-eyed anime beauties, why not Elder Gods? But what drew me into Nyarko-san even further than that was its cheerful eagerness to make fun of itself and the harem genre, taking pains to point out how contrived everything is. Nyarko's initial explanation of her origins gets fast-forwarded by the main character, who just wants to get on with it already. Mahiro's a veritable fourth-wall-breaking machine, never failing to point out when the plot isn't making a lick of sense.
Something else refreshing about Mahiro: finally, finally we get a male character in a harem anime that isn't a dithering, indecisive moron when it comes to women. Mahiro knows almost from the outset that despite Nyarko's cute, bubbly, teenage exterior, there's an indescribably hideous alien underneath, so sleeping with her would almost certainly be a very bad thing. This actually gives him a reason for the dusty old "constantly brush off the would-be love interest" trope. Whenever Nyarko gets too gropey, he stabs her with a fork... which becomes a running gag.
I might be completely failing to do justice to this series. Repeatedly stabbing a lovestruck teenage girl (or something that looks like a lovestruck teenage girl) with a fork is bound to turn some people right off this show, but for me it's a breath of fresh air. Most harem anime are rigidly locked into a formula established decades ago... Nyarko-san takes the formula and smashes it with a crowbar, excuse me, "unspeakable bar-like thing". It's gleefully weird and insane, it's surprisingly cute at times, it's filled to bursting with references to anime and toku, and it pretty much never takes itself seriously. Oh yeah, and the writers obviously really, really know their Lovecraft... if you know what to look for, it's surprisingly faithful to the mythos, and little nods to it show up everywhere (the best of which might be the "Cola of Cthulu" Nyarko is seen drinking in one of the eyecatches, though the depiction of the Sunken City of R'lyeh as an equivalent to Disneyworld is also pretty genius... "Look! It's Mickey Innesmouth!")
So, in conclusion: most harem anime are garbage. This is one of the rare ones that at least attempts to do something different, and for the most part it succeeds wonderfully at that. I eagerly look forward to the upcoming second season.
Greate anime though a little inapropriate at times contains many love, action, and comedy moments that really make you want more and more of this anime. It has some strange wording but it is very unique which made it histarical at times but if you get a little used to it can be a really great anime and i recomend it to anyone iterested in an action, love, comedy anime or almost any of those three.
Ok,this is my review, so don't feel bad because all of this are my opinion..
I give the story 8/10, the reason is because i love this type of anime. Is funny, memorable, light, and it doesn't have complication things either. And of course i love this anime because the genre. Comedy + Parody + Harem = The best comedy anime that i ever watched...
The animation was awesome. It has a great quality of pictures,and environment. The visual effect did amazing job to combine the art and the animation
There is not much to talk about in the sound section, it was totally amazing. All of the songs and ost is really told me about Nyaruko and Mahiro's life. The seiyuu was doing some pretty damn good job for their voice actings. Especially Nyaruko's voice who wins the Best Leading Female in Seiyuu Awards.
I give the character 8/10 because i will still remember those characters from Nyaruko-san even if i was older than i am today. The character design is not boring,it's totally well-produced.
At the end, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san stand in the world of Anime in pretty good and balance score, is awesome, worth to watch, memorable, and it's not boring! It's totally one of the best anime in 2012 era!
Well, whatever i said at this review, it this pure just an opinion, and of course if there is an opinion, there is always critics and entries. And i'm always accept entries and critics. Well, at the end goodbye and GYAN!!! For Nyaruko
Date: June 25, 2012
Subject: Prisoner #90210 Ratchet573
Notes: Subject of test was put in a room and subjected to Haiyore! Nyaruko-san. Subject was then told to give his thoughts. The following is a transcript of his thoughts on this anime.
Purpose: To understand why anime of the “Harem” genre turn him into a raging lunatic. The results will be used to decide in what sector of the asylum to place him.
Transcript: I can’t believe I just sat through twelve episodes of this underwhelming, clichéd, and uninteresting mess of an anime. And it’s not like this anime didn’t have the chance to do something other than be a load of crap. It had an interesting idea in using Lovecraft lore in the plot. In fact, that was the best part of the series was when it embraced its inspiration. But after maybe two episodes of embracing the inspiration, it throws it away and instead has the occasional reference that only fans of Lovecraft could catch. “Hahaha, she mentioned The Rats in the Walls! That’s funny!” Or sometimes it’s more in your face, as if it needs to remind us that this is in no way just a generic piece of crap that has a decent enough idea behind it, but would rather throw that away to fit in with the rest of the harem crowd. “My bikini says Lovecraft! Because you probably forgot this had to do with Lovecraft lore and not tits and sexual references!” If this anime got rid of the Lovecraft references and inspiration and instead replaced it with aliens or demons or anything else from the harem anime genre, it would be the same fucking thing. Way to use the one decent thing you had going for you. Nope, got to get those beach and body swap episodes in instead of doing something new and innovative.
But hey, Haiyore has cute girls. And that’s the only good thing about this load of smelly squid monster shit. The only reason I kept coming back to watch it was because I was susceptible to the wiles of the adorable Kuuko and Nyarko. And I mean, they aren’t even that great in the character department. But they have good design and I feel bad that I was put under the animators spell. It shows I’m still just a horny little teenage boy. And of course Kuuko had to be a lesbian which makes things even better. You know, it’s pretty fucking bad when the only thing I can say about this show is: I watched it in the vague hope of seeing Kuuko make out with Nyarko.
I mean, this anime, as I said, started with some good ideas behind it. Sure it was cute girls embodying horrible monsters that could make you go insane, but it had this whole Lovecraft world and I wanted to experience lots of that. It had lots of references to anime and Lovecraft! THERE WAS A FUCKING REFERENCE TO THE CALL OF CTHULU ROLE PLAYING GAME FROM THE EIGHTIES! I mean, I could laugh at these smart references! But then Kuuko joined the party. Then Hasuta. And then it was just a big harem and it was boring and uninteresting and uninspired and…FUUUUUUUUUUUCK!
And don’t even get me started on the random loli that shows up at the door. Holy fuck was she cute! But holy crap was I groaning! I figured she was okay and wasn’t going to join the party, instead hanging around as a plot point. But instead, at the end, she says she wants to marry our main character, Mahiro! Mahiro is a fucking vagina magnet (well…and a penis magnet…a genital magnet) and he’s a terrible character! He sucks! He’s an asshole! You have a girl throwing herself at you and you won’t even kiss her? Sure she’s a horrible tentacle monster on the inside, but don’t listen to your parents! It’s not about what’s on the inside, it’s about what’s on the outside! His nightmare is kissing this poor tentacle monster from outer space! This girl just wants some loving! GIVE IT TO HER!
Did I even mention anything about the plot? I am so scatterbrained right now because I have no idea how to talk about how bad this is. I mean, it starts with these aliens coming to Earth because Earth is the universe’s porn hub. We have the best pornographic video games and comics. And apparently that’s a big thing in space. And this girl, Nyarko, gets to protect Mahiro and its ultra-exciting because she loves him! But he’s a tsundere douchebag! He tries to kill her with a fork at one point! GOD I HATE HIM!
Did I mention that there are bad aliens who attack the Earth? Yeah, they turn the sky red and violet because that wasn’t annoying enough on Shakugan no Shana. And the fights are freaking lame. They are all uninteresting.
Hell, that sums up the series. Uninteresting. I mean, you have the beach episode because you can’t have an anime without your characters in slutty swimsuits. Thankfully, Kuuko is conservative. But then again, there’s always that conservative school swimsuit girl. Speaking of which, there is a pool episode. And a body swap episode that is just creepy. I mean, I guess the part where Nyarko masturbates in Mahiro’s body was funny, but when she makes out with herself essentially, I was so creeped out.
There was nothing interesting about the plot. Nothing about it was fun. I was bored! There was this guy who I guess was Nyarko’s brother, but he never shows up but for one episode. And there are only a few episodes where Nyarko and company fight aliens. The rest are just generic, conventional harem adventures.
Can I please ask you this writers of harem light novels and anime…why are the main characters so unrealistic? If a real human were in the situation where three chicks want to fuck him, he wouldn’t cry about it, find it annoying, and wish them to Hell. HE’D FUCK THEM! You know why Japan’s birthrate is going down? Because Japanese boys watch this and learn a lesson: Neglect women because they are annoying and kissing them is horrible.
The music is as conventional as everything else. The animation isn’t really that great. Characters do look absolutely cute and adorable up close, but from afar they look kind of weird.
Did I mention Nyarko? I liked her. I felt for her! She likes this guy and he blows her off all the time. I mean, I know nothing about her character than she likes Mahiro and is loud. I’m sure there is more to her than that, but who knows? She’s too busy being his insane stalker. Kuuko kicks ass because she’s all quiet except when she can act lesbian with Nyarko. And she plays video games. She is the best character, as well as the funniest. Her utterance of the words “I’m wet” will forever stick with me and be a screencap I use forever; it was just that funny. And the loli was just…a loli. She didn’t have a lot of character. Though I do think Mahiro doesn’t like Nyarko because he is a lolicon. That whole shower scene and sleeping on the lap thing didn’t gel with me. That got a little creepy.
And don’t forget that freaky Hasuta guy. Actually, let’s forget about him because there’s nothing memorable about him.
I mean, I’m not as much mad because Haiyore is shit as much as the untapped potential. It could have been a really good play on the mythology of Lovecraft, but is instead a harem anime with nothing to distinguish it from any other harem anime then the fact it kind of uses the Lovecraft lore a few times. I mean, it had some genuinely funny moments and I even found myself laughing at some of the stupid harem parts. But taken overall, it’s just not good. The only memorable part will be the cute girls. They are very distinguished from the rest of those girls in harem anime, but otherwise, nothing else is distinguished.
Kuuko…oh Kuuko, thank you for being the one bright part of this shitfest. If you were not there to make me laugh, then I would probably have stuck my dick in a soda bottle full of lemon juice just to negate the pain.
Diagnosis: After this review he proceeded to bang his head against the floor for an hour trying to forget ever watching this show while at the same time yelling Kuuko so he at least remembered her. In my professional opinion, he needs to be placed in solitary confinement and put in a straightjacket. It’s G-block for him.
Currently rolling in his grave.
If you like a silly, cute and fun comedy, just watch this and don't put it off. The comedy really derives from the combination of characters and their personalities. To make things more interesting, there is a live triangle rather than everyone want the same person. There is some progressive back story relating to the characters and universe, but expect the focus to be a bit more random on a school/daily life type of anime. There is also a lot of perverted dialogue or some suggestive material, but it never shows you anything, this isn't an eye candy anime. Things get pretty wild and chaotic as things go on and it never feels boring. The other main important piece to note is there are a lot of references to gaming, specifically some of the more popular games, that can only be properly appreciated if you understand them. Even if you don't though, it would still be very enjoyable. As the story progression is more character oriented progression, you can watch this gradually and don't have to watch Season 2 right after, although it was so good I had to marathon them.
The characters are really entertaining and their dialogue and interactions are the driving force. There is a sort of love triangle involving many characters, some of which is same gender conflict. The cast is a bit more unique than the average anime. Most of the characters have a cute charm to them. It would a lot of the enjoyment away to describe them, so let that be a surprise as it unfolds. If you don't like the 4 main characters, you ultimately wouldn't like this anime.
I highly recommend watching this if you want laughs, cuteness, and a fun time. This was quite a surprising watch and much different than expected, and that goes for many aspects throughout. The unpredictable and wacky nature stood out.