OP: 「恋は渾沌の隷也」 (Koi wa Kaosu no Shimobenari) by ニャル子(阿澄佳奈)、クー子(松来未祐)、暮井珠緒(大坪由佳) (Nyaruko (CV: Asumi Kana), Cthuko (CV: Matsuki Miyu), Kurei Tamao (CV: Ootsubo Yuka))
「進撃の邪神」 (Shingeki no Jyashin)
“An Evil God’s Advance”
For those who may have forgotten about the crowbar wielding, CQC using alien from the Space Defense Agency, today marks her (and her friends) triumphant return. With all of the original seiyuu reprising their roles, this second season of Haiyore Nyrauko-San kept the boring stuff to a minimum and really hit things out of the park.
Starting things off, there were enough cameos in this single episode to dedicate a whole page to. And while I may not be the best at catching them unless they’re fairly obvious, even I was able to catch a bunch! From the obvious Azumanga Daioh sticker to the very slick reference to KyoAni’s most successful imaginary band (After School Tea-Time anyone?), they were literally everywhere and anywhere. But the best (and most blatant) cameo had to be the advertising for Oreshura. Seeing how the show just ended with no distinct end in sight, I couldn’t help but giggle when Nyaruko held up two different covers for an Oreshura light novel — neither of which featured the busty Natsukawa Masuzu. Take that you Chiwa haters!
Jokes aside, I was completely in love with the series again by the end of the episode. Take one part of Nyaruko’s fierce personality, add in a handful of Cthuko’s eccentric behavior, and a pinch of Hasta’s moe charm (with care, since he is a trap) and you have everything that made the first season so much fun to watch. If anything, it feels like Mahiro might be the only person who’s changed since the end of the first season. I faintly remember him being more of a pushover, letting Nyaruko literally walk all over him. But from the look of things it looks like he’s grown a bit more of a backbone — taking almost every opportunity to remind the ever-so-powerful aliens that he and his fork are ready to punish them if they take things too far. That said, if there was one thing that I’d like more of, and it looks like the writers may be taking it into consideration, is the inclusion of the two-side characters who got almost no screen time last season. But seeing how both Tamao and Takehiko have already been reintroduced, I’m excited to see what role they’ll play this time.
And with that, I can safely say that Nyaruko-san’s first episode in its second season did spectacularly well. By staying true to its fast pace nature and filling the episode with a bunch of dirty jokes and cameos, what more could you ask for? Sure there’s the whole issue of how that random alien threat was disposed of without a second thought but who cares, right? And let’s not forget how there’s still the whole issue how Mahiro is regarded as one of earth’s most precious “characters” due to their love for anything and everything otaku — meaning he’s still a high value target for alien otaku and perverts alike! And judging from the preview, it looks like the whole alien-side of things are about to go into full swing — something I’m super excited for!
P.S. For those of you who are Minecraft and Nyaruko fans, this is a little gem I was shown during season one. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a recreation of the first opening done completely in minecraft side-by-side with the original. bit.ly/10KeiEH
ED: 「よってS.O.S」 (Yotte S.O.S) by ニャル子(阿澄佳奈) (Nyaruko (CV:Asumi Kana))