Haiyore! Nyaruko-san – 01
OP: 「太陽曰く燃えよカオス」 (Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos) by Ushirokara Haiyoritai G
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「第三種接近遭遇、的な」 (Dai-san-shuu Sekkin Souguu, Teki na)
“Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind”
As we learn from the episode, Nyaruko (Asumi Kana) is an alien that works for a planetary defense organization who has come to Earth to stop a criminal organization that deals in drugs, contraband, and trading slaves. Her other objective is to protect Yasaka Mahiro (Kitamura Eri) from Nightguants and other potential threats. Oddly enough, the reason Earth is a top priority for protection is because of our entertainment. Earth’s entertainment is the most popular in the universe. Of course, this could all be conjecture on Nyaruko’s part since she seems like an otaku but I’ll take her word for it.
We’ve seen anime like this before: Cute girl comes out of nowhere to live with the main character that for some reason has no parental supervision at the moment. The twist in this case is the loose connection to H.P. Lovecraft who is best known for the Cthulu Mythos.
With XEBEC now doing the animation instead of DLE (who used flash), the series is open to more possibilities. Nyaruko is presented slightly different from her ONA and OVA counterparts. For example, now that they’ve made the switch, we are able to see Nyaruko in fast paced scenes such as fighting with Nightguants. While I’m glad there is a real studio at the helm this time around, I feel that some of the personality that the flash animation gave it was lost in the transition.
If there is anything negative to say about Haiyore!, it’s probably the fact that it won’t include a couple of the characters from Remember My Love(craft-sensei) (judging from the OP). The loss of Atoko and Nyarue (voiced by Kataoka Azusa and Hara Sayuri) from the cast is disappointing since they added so much to the comedy in the ONA. I’ve never read the light novels but my best guess is those characters probably weren’t introduced until much later on so it would be logical for them not to appear in this adaptation.
Nyaruko’s character will be either a hit of miss with some viewers because she can be very polarizing. On one hand, Asumi Kana delivered a very energized performance and establishes Nyaruko as a very energetic, ridiculous, and rambunctious character. On the other, it might be a struggle to enjoy this show if you can’t stand her excessive moe personality. Still, how can you not like a cute alien girl who would make you a lunch, protect you from monsters, and jump into the bath with you? Sure the lunch she made might have contained alien meat and used you as bait to draw out demons but those are only minor details…
Mahiro might be another issue for some. I know there are people who don’t like weak male leads and his constant refusal to accept Nyaruko’s advances might seem as weak. Also, he’s being protected by a girl. Mahiro isn’t completely useless though since he breaks out his trusty fork for which he uses to subdue a certain alien from running completely out of control.
Besides Nyaruko and Mahiro’s voice actors, I would say there is a pretty veteran voice acting casting involved with this show. We’ve already heard Yoichi Takehiko and Kurei Tamao who are played by Hatano Wateru and Ootsubo Yuka repectively. Later, they’ll be joined by the likes of Kugimiya Rie, Matsuki Miyu, and Kouda Mariko.
There’s a little bit of everything in this episode: a sadistic alien girl, blood, comedy, school life, hints of romance, and allusions to pop culture. All the different parts are broken up pretty well and flow very well together too. Despite the episode being good and having all these great things, I wasn’t especially wowed by anything yet I still can’t wait to see more. If you’re looking for a show that doesn’t really take itself all too seriously then look no further. This is one we’re probably going to have a lot of fun with.
ED: 「ずっと Be with you」 (Zutto Be with you) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Nyaruko-san
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