Haiyore! Nyaruko-san has to be the hardest anime to classify I have seen yet. It has space aliens and gods (plural) as well as monsters, space combat,personal armor that allows the user to do incredible things, and attempts at romance. Is it fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, action, or what?
It lacks the appeal of Kannazuki No Miko, which tried to blend many genres into one book to have a story that pits science against fantasy. Sure, Kannazuki No Miko was not very good, but it felt like they were trying out a new formula and at least cared about what happened.
Normally, I wouldn’t necessarily list the characters, but I don’t have a lot to say about Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, so I’ll just copy over some wikipedia descriptions.
- Mahiro Yasaka (八坂 真尋 Yasaka Mahiro?)
- Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
- A human boy who reluctantly finds himself under the protection of Nyaruko. He tends to attack aliens by stabbing or throwing forks whenever they make him angry. He appears to attack so fast that currently no alien has been able to dodge yet. At first he dislikes aliens and wants to kick them out, but as the story progresses he starts to become more tolerant toward their actions. He is attracted to Nyaruko (in her human form), but dismisses her advances as he believes nothing good would come of such a relationship.
- Yoriko Yasaka (八坂 頼子 Yasaka Yoriko?)
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (drama CD), Aya Hisakawa (anime)
- Yasaka Mahiro’s mother, a real monster hunter who started her career during college. She has a young appearance that makes it hard to believe that she has a son in high school. She conceals her true job from her son until returning home during the plot. She is kind to friendly aliens, accepting Nyaruko, Kūko, and Hasuta living in the house, and their actions to pursue Mahiro. She advises Nyaruko to take her relationship with Mahiro a bit slower at first, but permits their relationship later after they rescued her. She uses throwing forks as her weapon in hunting monsters, and appears to be better skilled and can carry more forks than her son. She is obsessed with video games, buying different game machines whenever she returns home from hunting. She also has a habit of hugging Mahiro, claiming she’s replenishing her “son-onium.”
- Takehiko Yoichi (余市 健彦 Yoichi Takehiko?)
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
- Class representative of Mahiro, Nyaruko, Kūko, and Hasuta’s class. A friend to Mahiro, often giving him advice in school.
- Tamao Kurei (暮井 珠緒 Kurei Tamao?)
- Voiced by: Yuka Ōtsubo
- Mahiro, Nyaruko, Kūko, and Hastua’s classmate. Nicknamed “Walking Speaker”. Very talkative, likes to gather and spread gossip among the class. She became a close friend to Nyaruko and often gives advise for her to pursue Mahiro, despite often feeling depressed as her plans fail. She actually has feelings toward Mahiro, but decided to give up and support Nyaruko since she feels that she is no match with the latter.
- Nyarlathotep (ニャルラトホテプ Nyaruratohotepu?) / Nyaruko (ニャル子?)
- Voiced by: Kana Asumi
- A Nyarlathotepan (alien from Nyarlathotep) who is sent by the Space Defence Agency to Earth to protect Mahiro Yasaka and ends up falling in love with him. She takes a human form of a girl with long, silver-colored hair. She is always friendly to Mahiro, eager to pursue him, but often shows abusive and brutal habits to any hostile aliens. She is also obsessed with otaku culture. She takes the name Nyaruko Yasaka as Mahiro’s cousin when staying at Mahiro’s house and attending his school. Her actual age is unknown since she and Kūko always stop Mahiro whenever he becomes curious or questions her age, although she states that she has already graduated from space college. She happens to be smart and self-confident, as she graduated from one of the best universities at the top of her class, and entered the Space Defence Agency after her exam. She is also quite wealthy, capable of spending a lot on otaku-related products. As a top agent, she mainly uses space CQC to fight (note that the definition of “space CQC” is defined by the user and is not restricted to close quarter combat weapons). She claims to be one of the best fighters on Earth, as she states that her combat level is 530,000, while a normal farmer armed with a hunting rifle is 5 (though this may be a parody of Dragonball Z). Despite this, she is always unsuccessful when dodging Mahiro’s fork attacks.
- Cthugha (クトゥグア Kutugua?) / Kūko (クー子?)
- Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
- A female Cthughan (alien from Cthugha). She takes the form of a slender, red-haired girl. She is in love with Nyaruko despite that her race is the archnemesis of nyarlathotepians. She transfers to Mahiro’s school and takes the name Kūko Yasaka, Nyaruko’s “wife”. At first she is hostile toward Mahiro, but as the story progress, she becomes more friendly, and changed her goal to consist of a family with both Mahiro and Nyaruko. She is also obsessed with otaku culture and video games. Kūko was Nyaruko and Hasuta’s space elementary school classmate and appears to at the same age as them, although she became a NEET after graduating from high school, and become a Space Defence Agency agent and colleague to Nyaruko later by using the relationship of her uncle who is an employee in the human resource department of the Space Defence Agency. She concealed her feelings for Nyaruko from her family and lied to them that Mahiro is her fiance, as love between Nyarlathotep and Cthugha are considered a shame of the family among Cthughans. She possess the power of fire, able to control fireballs, heat, or drones that fire lasers; she refers to them as space CQC – Cthugha version. Her strength in combat is about the same as Nyaruko.
- Hastur (ハスター Hasutā?) / Hasuta (ハス太?)
- Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
- A male Hasturan (alien from Hastur) who was the space elementary school classmate of Nyaruko and Kūko. He is the son of the owner of CCE (parody of Sony Computer Entertainment), a famous video game company in space. He was first sent to get intel of earth’s entertainment from Yoriko, but he failed and decided to stay on earth, and was later hired as an agent of the Space Defence Agency and colleague to Nyaruko and Kūko. He has feelings for Mahiro and enrolls in Mahiro’s school under the name Hasuta Yasaka. He possesses the power of air, fights by creating strong wind, vacuum blades, or forming nearby vacuum areas around enemies. He is known to be stronger than both Nyaruko and Kūko, since he is the one who always stopped their fights during space elementary school. He also appears to be obedient and shy, making him the only humanoid alien in Mahiro’s house who so far hasn’t being attacked by Mahiro’s fork.
- Shantak-kun (シャンタッ君 Shantakkun?)
- Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (drama CD), Satomi Arai (anime)
- Nyaruko’s pet. A female shantak (monster in Cthulhu mythos; a bird with a horse’s head and a bat’s wings). Has many different forms including sizes tall like stories high or small like a dog. Can also turn into different vehicles. According to Nyaruko, the eggs of shantaks are precious and expensive food in space, though Mahiro never accepts to eat them anyway. Nyaruko arrived on earth by taking a spaceship transformed from Shantak-kun.
- Luhy Distone (ルーヒー・ジストーン Rūhī Jisutōn?)
- Voiced by: Mariko Kouda
- Luhy Distone is a Cthulhi (also known as the star-spawn of Cthulhu) who was working in the company Cthulhu, a space company that produces video games and other entertainment that rivals that of CCE. Like Hastua, she tried to get intel of earth’s entertainment from Yoriko, while preparing to show the new developed video game platform. The video game platform turns out to be a disaster, and is destroyed by Kūko. Luhy then decided to quit Cthulhu and become a vender selling Takoyaki.
- Atko (アト子 Atoko?)
- Voiced by: Azusa Kataoka
- Only appears in the 1st season of the anime, while mentioned by Nyaruko in the light novel. Her character design resembles Hatsune Hirasaka from the visual novel Atlach-Nacha; an outfit with a spider motif.(It is named after Clark Ashton Smith‘s creation Atlach-Nacha, the spider-god from the Cthulhu Mythos.) Her propriety belies her perversity. She has a grudge against Yoriko.
- Ghutatan (グタタン Gutatan?)
- Voiced by: Shiori Mikami
- Only appears in the 2nd season of the anime, Ghutatan comes to earth from the planet Ghatanothoa for Mahiro to take care of her as if he were babysitting her. She is kind of childish for an alien, as seen in episode 11 when the Nyarlathotepian trio chases Mahiro for her. She has a butler named Roy Fooger the Lloigor. It was revealed that in episode 12 that Lloigor has been using Mahiro so he can bring all of Earth’s adult games into space, as Ghutatan has completed her purpose on Earth. After Lloigor is destroyed, Mahiro and the Nyarlathotepian trio wish Ghutatan goodbye as she departs for Ghatanothoa.
Well, if anything, the biggest complaint I have about Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is that it isn’t engaging. The jokes are either parodies of other series (such as Nyarukos’ armor) or in-jokes that require you to have essentially memorized the Cthulhu Mythos. In fact, Crunchyroll had to publish two different guides to the series to be able to start to explain the in-jokes and character relationships. If you haven’t read the Cthulhu Mythos, google play had the complete works of H.P.Lovecraft for a few dollars, so you will want to pick it up. In fact, it is essentially required to understand most of the series.
However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. In-jokes and parodical humor is fairly common in any entertainment industry. The big problem is that it in later episodes became nothing but fanservice and incredibly deep in-jokes. And that is the big complaint-as the series progresses, it just keeps on excluding more and more of the viewer base who aren’t as interested in fanservice or as deep into the Mythos. In fact, in the latest episodes, it is almost exclusively fanservice held together with a thin veneer of Mythos. It seems to be abandoning what it started as and was progressing into in favor of becoming another base comedy with a female character in love with a male character, but she’s an alien, so comedy ensues.
Another complaint would be that so little ends up happening that he wikipedia character sheets tell you all you need to know about the series and what happens during the plot. In fact, I would suggest just reading the wikipedia page for all the characters, as their descriptions give you all the information and in far less space than the anime. In fact, as of this writing, there is no episode list on wikipedia. Perhaps the writers there found that the character descriptions do what the whole series of episodes had to do.
Even better, the initial episodes that are also on Crunchyroll are….interesting. They look like flash animations made from someone who was a fan of Haiyroe! Nyaruko-san as a light novel, had minimal drawing talent, and minimal talent in animating flash. Each episode is on the order of four minutes, with about 1 minute of that being the show, and the rest being credits.
Honestly, I had no idea it took that many people to suck at a flash animation. Not only that, but the humor consists of plenty of breaking the fourth wall type humor (as in they know they are in an anime and reference it.) I suck at flash animation (because I have never used it) and I am just one person. Surely a large group of people could find someone who was capable of drawing well, and someone who was capable of animating it.
Score: 2/5 not too good
Pros: earlier episodes that loo professionally-made have lots of Cthulhu-inspired jokes and comedy. Parodical references to other series helps round out the amusement. Fairly amusing.
Cons: forgets about that in favor of becoming another romantic comedy. early episodes are interesting, but the rest are just boring and stereotypical. The beach episode, the video game episode, and other massively overused ‘ideas.’ It loses all pretense of originality and becomes very boring and utterly predictable.