Anime Review: Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 4/29/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Haiyoru Nyaru-Ani

What This Is All About: I am going to attempt to watch at least the first episode of every anime show of the new season that is subtitled. The review will be divided into three short sections: “The Elevator Speech”, a quick two-to-three sentence synopsis of the episode; “The Skinny”, my initial reactions, and “The Verdict”, a simple Pass/Fail grade that determines whether to continue to the next episode or not. For those with a passing grade, I will follow-up later with the second or third episodes for a re-evaluation.

The Elevator Speech: Not really an anime series, but a series of flash-based short-shorts based on the Japanese light novel series “Haiyore! Nyaruko-san”. Nyarlko is a cute, super-deformed female version of Cthulhu’s Nyarlathotep, who is joined by Mahiro, and average high school student who has to put up with Nyarlko’s stupid antics. Later, they are joined by Cthuko, who is a cute female version of Cthulhu, as they tell quick little jokes involving pets, body pillows, internet fans, cooking, and kindergarten memories.

The Skinny: Can it be called anime if it’s not really animated? These are just flash-based cartoons, primarily static images with the mouths moving (Clutch Cargo had higher production values). But no matter, that’s not the point. Instead, this is just a bunch of promotional bits for the novel series, and I suppose for someone who is already a fan of the books they might find this mildly interesting. But I am clueless, find the jokes pointless and droll, and as a marketing ploy this does *not* pique my interest in the least to find out more. Furthermore — adorable super-deformed female versions of Cthulhu monsters? Okay, I understand Japan’s penchant for turning everything cute (even Lovecraftian gore), but this earns a big “WTF” in my book. It just makes me want to stab the characters in the hand with a fork.

The Verdict:

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The Scorecard So Far (first episodes only):
Thumbs-up: Working!!, Angel Beats, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, K-On Season 2, Heroman, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Giant Killing
Thumbs-down B Gata H Kei, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Uraboku, KissXSis, Senkou no Night Raid, Ookuku Furikabutte Season 2, Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri, Shin Koihime Mousou Otogi Tairan, Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor, Hetalia World Series, Rainbow Rokubou no Shichinin

Up to bat next in the lineup (only a handful left!):
– Jewel Pet Tinkle, Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla, House of Five Leaves, Major Season 6, The Tatami Galaxy

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