「さようならニャル子さんW」 (Sayounara Nyaruko-San W)
“See ya Nyaruko-San W”
As with all good things in life, everything eventually comes to an end. But even if something’s ending, that doesn’t mean it can’t be super entertaining right? And true to form, the final episode for a show like this ended things on such a perfect note that I wouldn’t be surprised if another season randomly appears in the future.
For a final episode though I suppose we couldn’t ask for more. With a bit of humor thrown in with the usual butt-kicking that Nyaruko and company usually unleash, the biggest surprise for me was probably how much I enjoyed watching Cthune throw up and Bast lusting over lolis. But once you get passed all the jokes, I was really hoping for some sort of unexpected romantic twist that would leave us all wanting more! I suppose I’ll have to live with Mahiro finally eating something that Nyaruko has cooked. At the same time it drives me crazy when I think about how the writers could have used all that tension the beginning of the episode created. I mean, how much harm would have it done to actually deliver something substantial instead of leaving us hanging with such a lame punch line?
I rarely make negative comments about a show but I honestly believe that this second season was nowhere near as compelling as the first was. Sure the elements that made the first season so fun to watch were all here — ridiculous scenes, stupid villains, and really derp moments — but something about the execution seemed a bit off. Maybe it was because the first season conditioned me or maybe it was just weaker material but there were moments during this second season that felt like they were completely dragging along.
Which drives me crazy because there were also some really good moments too! When the story dropped the stupid villains in favor of building or enhancing the romantic relationships between characters, it felt like this show could really reach new heights. With things like Nyaruko finally demanding some sort of answer from Mahiro about his feelings for her and Ctuhko discovering her true feelings for him, I’m sure that both of these avenues could have been explored and would have been really fun to watch! And don’t get me started on how badly Hasta got shafted after the first few episodes. Sure BL may not be for everyone but it doesn’t mean that he should have been completely excluded from all the fun!
All in all, I’m a bit torn between how I would rate this show. It definitely has its good and bad moments, but I really would have liked it if the second season took the opportunity to go down a different path than the first one did. That said, I think the good moments warrant at least a quick watch for those who finished the first season and want a little bit more Mahirosanium in their system. So in the end, even after thinking about all the slow and even boring parts, I believe this show still ended up being alright.