Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Alt title: Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos

TV (12 eps)
3.61 out of 5 from 9,565 votes
Rank #3,081

The ordinary becomes extraordinary, as our protagonist Mahiro Yasaka – an average high school student – suddenly encounters a Nyarlathotep: a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos, who decides to take form as a silver-haired human-like alien. This Nyarlathotep – aptly named Nyarko – may seem like a normal gal, but there’s much more to her than meets the eye! In their encounters together, she ends up saving Mahiro's life, inextricably tying their lives together…

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Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind

Episode 1

Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind

"Goodbye Nyarko-san"

Episode 2

"Goodbye Nyarko-san"

Yasaka Mahiro Wants to Live in Peace

Episode 3

Yasaka Mahiro Wants to Live in Peace

Mothers Attack!

Episode 4

Mothers Attack!

Let's Go Great Conspiracy X!

Episode 5

Let's Go Great Conspiracy X!

The War in the Market

Episode 6

The War in the Market

Blue Coral Reef

Episode 7

Blue Coral Reef

Nyarko's Exciting High School

Episode 8

Nyarko's Exciting High School

I am Him and He is Me

Episode 9

I am Him and He is Me

The Ruler of Super Time-Space

Episode 10

The Ruler of Super Time-Space

Lost Girl From the Stars

Episode 11

Lost Girl From the Stars

He Waits, Dreaming

Episode 12

He Waits, Dreaming

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Reviews

FringeBenefits
8

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. - FringeBenefits

Xaviershinavakuoru
8.3

Ok,this is my review, so don't feel bad because all of this are my opinion.. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Story   8/10     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... Animation  8/10     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 Sound 9/10     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. Characters 8/10   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. Overall 8.25/10     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  

megafat
3

Every now and again there comes along something that leaves such little impact that you're bound to forget about it not long after hearing about it or watching it. Something so unremarkable that not long after finding out about it or finished consuming it, that years, months, weeks, or days later, you come across it swearing that you haven't heard of it despite the fact that you've already told people about your opinions on it or have marked it down that you've watched it. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is one of those things. Our story follows Mahiro Yasaka, an ordinary student, until one day he is suddenly attacked by a dangerous monster while walking out in his neighborhood. Just when he is cornered in a dead end street and everything seems lost, he is saved by a silver-haired girl Nyaruko. This give claims to be the shape-shifting deity Nyarlathotep, from the pages of horror author H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu Mythos, sent by the Space Defence Agency to Earth. After being rescued from the alien, Nyaruko falls madly in love with Mahiro and forces herself into his household, much to his annoyance. Soon, they are joined by two other deities, Cthuko, a girl obsessed with Nyaruko, and Hasuta, a young boy who is also obsessed with Miahiro (which comes across kinda creepy). Together, the three aliens protect Mahiro from various extraterrestrial dangers that threaten both his and the Earth's well-being, all while making his life a living hell. Reading through the story synopsis, there were two things that popped out. One, it's the most cliched setup for one of the most cliched types of shows, a comedy harem show, and secondly, the fact that the Cthulhu mythology was chosen as the backdrop for this harem comedy. I think we all know why Cthulhu was chosen, because it's a recognisable name to draw in an audience, and because the gimmick of a Cthulhu harem comedy is the only thing holding this thing together. If the unspeakable gods from the pages of Lovecraft weren't here, someone looking for something to watch probably wouldn't have even given this a second glance. There isn't all to much beyond the initial premise. Nyaruko chases after Mahiro, Mahiro rejects her. Rince and repeat until our main character inevitably has a crush on Nyaruko. As a harem comedy, it's incredibly generic. The only reason that anyone would want to watch this would be a unique spin on the Cthulhu mythos, and it doesn't really do anything unique with said concept. It doesn't really use stories that Lovecraft wrote to it's full potential of comedy. It doesn't even use some of the potential. It's just an excuse to have characters in a harem setting with the occasional wacky thing happening. It's the laziest type of adaptation, an excuse just to have recognizable characters on screen. If you're going to have all of the Cthulhu gods in a comedy story, do something with it. Maybe make light of the Eldritch horrors in such way that the deities don't understand the horrors of the mind and reality warping they cause, or have everyone question why the main character suddenly has a harem only for one of the gods to turn everyone into half fish people like The Shadow Over Innsmouth, but make them look clumsy and terrible at their job. Instead, what we've got is bog standard harem comedy and references to other better things. Also, the series has the audacity to try and have a montage of "all the good times" at the end despite the "characters" being so 1 dimensional and shallow that they're barely characters. If anything I'm easily going to forget about his 10 minutes after I upload this review and use that brain space to remember something actually interesting. Since the series barely has anything going for it, I would lump the OVA in with this review, but that also has nothing of substance either. It's just a brief parody of the"Magical Girl" genre. Haiyore! Nuarulo-san should be skipped over. It's bland, boring, and does nothing unexpected or anything that would differenciate itself from the dozens, if not hundreds of other harem comedies out there, both the ones that are genuinely trying to be regular harem comedies, and the ones that try to subvert the genre, have some sort of twist, or even a gimmick that tries to differenciate between itself and other harem comedies. I guess the one thing that this series did that was good was increse interest for Lovecraft's works in Japan when this aired on TV.

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