English: Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!
Synonyms: Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, Haiyoru! Nyaruko-san
Apr 10, 2012 to Jun 26, 2012
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Synopsis"I'm Nyarlathotep, the creeping chaos always smiling beside you." But you can call her Nyaruko for short. One by one, the Great Ones from the Cthulhu mythos are coming to earth to target Nyaruko and her human friend Mahiro. He's utterly clueless about the true nature of his cosmic conflict and just wants to live in peace.
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Opening Theme"Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos (太陽曰く燃えよカオス)" by Ushirokara Haiyoritai G
Ending Theme#1: "Zutto Be with you (ずっと Be with you)" by RAMM ni Haiyoru Nyaruko-san (eps 1-11)
#2: "Magamagashiku mo Sei Naru kana (禍々しくも聖なるかな)" by Ushirokara Haiyoritai (ep 12)
In an age where media is thriving and the economy is stagnating and slowing to a crawl there’s often the question of product quality versus a more cost-effective approach. This holds especially true for the anime industry where the bulk of the paying audience are exploitable and easy to profit from. There's a sizable amount of anime where a certain degree of integrity and quality is held over the potential of large sales numbers and, conversely, there are shows where quality is disregarded and instead replaced by a number of efficient pandering methods.
Unfortunately, Haiyore Nyaruko-san is one of the latter.
The anime takes place in a world where deities of the Cthulhu Mythos are secretly wreaking havoc on Earth, often having their horrifying appearance and demeanor replaced by that of a cute teenage girl... or boy. After the titular Nyarlathotep arrives on Earth to save Mahiro from a sudden alien attack, she chooses to stay at his house after deciding that she loves him. This, of course, confuses our dear protagonist and gives precedence to his tsundere behavior.
As the episodes pass more deities begin to work their way into Mahiro's treasured and so-claimed "normal life". The first of which is Cthuko, a twintailed and obsessive bisexual incessantly chasing after Nyaruko and her body much like Nyaruko does with Mahiro. Hastur also makes an appearance, a young boy who looks very much like a girl and frequently causes confusion to Mahiro as a result of that. Other characters include Mahiro's mother, secretely working as a deity hunter, and Ghutatan, another deity in the form of a small girl that joins in on the shenanigans for the final two episodes.
Calling any of these characters interesting would be a gross overstatement.
These are one-dimensional and stereotypical archetypes that do little except fulfilling the audience's penchant for attractive young girls. Most of the interaction between them revolves around the same repeated jokes and situations, used again and again with not a single care for change. Nyaruko will behave in a forcefully lewd manner towards Mahiro, often involving sudden kisses or talks of marriage, and then he'll become angry and stab her with a fork. Cthuko will go on to do most of the same towards Nyaruko and she'll push him away because of her love towards Mahiro. After seeing this interaction repeated for the nth time it becomes incredibly stale and tiring. It really makes evident that there is nothing going for the characters besides their physical appeal, and Xebec frequently exploits that and uses it as its way to catch an audience.
In between all the awful character interaction there's an abundance of superfluous otaku references. These include dozens upon dozens of titles such as Back to the Future, Ichigo Mashimaro, Ashita no Joe, Denpa Onna, and Haruhi. Now, references to other anime can be amusing and add to the comedic value when they're implemented well but that's very far from being the case here. There aren't just a few thrown in during each individual episode, but rather dozens of times in each, sometimes flipping from one reference to another in the span of about 15 seconds. There's no transition and little context, they just happen. Repeatedly. What's most shameful isn't necessarily how bad or annoying these references can be, but that Xebec has apparently decided that comedy isn't even relevant as long as you make piles of references towards shows that the audience may have enjoyed.
There's a point where it becomes funny and then there is a point where it just devolves into frustration and pandering. The occasional anime reference can be quite nice, but in Nyaruko-san it does nothing but infuriate and make watching the series an arduous experience due to their superfluous usage. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is an anime that has about all the comedic sophistication of Hannah Montana and Meet the Spartans.
For an anime that is constantly parodying other series and their tropes, it really makes you wonder when the same cliches and issues are present in the show itself. Harem members suddenly "transfer" into the same classroom as the protagonist, characters decide to neglect their duties to go on a trip to the beach, the protagonist and main heroine (mistakenly) bodyswap with eachother, and people walk in during inopportune moments and misunderstandings follow as a result. There's a glaring amount of cliches and, sadly, these are mostly important or genuine aspects of the series rather than simple parodies or references. If you're looking for anything unique or original in that regard then you are most definitely not going to find what you want here.
The only thing to set this series apart from any other bad harem anime is the addition of the Cthulhu Mythos, but even this is mostly made irrelevant by how the story and deities are changed and bastardized from their Lovecraftian counterparts. It's an element that seems unique and interesting at the start of the series but it quickly fades from prominence in favor of fanservice and otaku references. A pretty unfortunate fact considering the rich amount of content and depth found in the Mythos. Much more value than in this anime, anyway.
Oddly enough, the series is actually bearable during the rare dramatic moments. When the terrible character dynamic is put aside and Mahiro and Nyaruko think about how much they really like eachother, it can actually be somewhat heartwarming and the characters can almost verge on being likable. It's just unfortunate that these moments can't even be counted with a full hand.
Another minor positive can be attributed to the art. While the budget is modest and the animation quality is passable at best, the vibrant art style and color palette makes the show a lot more pleasing to look at than most. It's refreshing to see something that actually contains color when the majority of anime instead rely on dull hues of grey, brown, or blue. That said, you can polish a piece of trash, but it will always remain nothing more than trash.
It's hard to determine just where this series went wrong. Perhaps the concept of the series was already flawed and doomed to failure, but a large amount of the blame can be shifted towards the studio and their insistence on pandering over quality. For people that are simply looking for a show that they can watch while turning their brains off, this is a poor but not quite terrible choice. For the people who want something more in their entertainment that extends beyond aimless fanservice and otaku exploitation, Haiyore Nyaruko-san is an insulting series with any inherent value or amusing moments being next to nil.
Somehow I think Cthulhu monsters might be less frightening than Haiyore Nyaruko-san. read more
Before you instantly downvote this Review for not being a 10, 9 or 8; I'd like to remind you that a 7 should be considered a "Good" RATING. Anything above a 5 should be considered "good". MAL reviews are broken, but I'm at least trying to fix mine. Please take the time to read it all.
Here's a quick TL;DR rundown of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
1- You've probably seen it before. There's nothing special about this Anime. The story is just a sequence of events thrown together so as to fit as many gags as possible in, the characters are recycled, the gags are overused. If you're looking for plot, or great comedy, you won't find it in Nyaruko.
2- The Anime is character based. As with all Anime targeted towards an Otaku audience aiming to be as marketable as possible, Nyaruko's strength is with it's characters. They're memorable, they're funny and they each have their own distinct trope. Some people maybe see this as a bad thing, and in a sense it is, but for what Nyaruko is aiming for, it's succeeded in making the characters as fun as possible.
3- Because it's a character-driven anime, the art and character designs are great. Who cares about plot when you have these beautiful pictures to look at? Or so they want us to think. It's not that bad though. They designs are clear-cut, distinct and present the constant moe and service very well.
4- The music is good. Catchy OP; better ED. All's nice and well. Of course, they're just OPs you've heard a million and ten times before in other Anime, and Nyaruko doesn't even try to be original. It knows it doesn't need to be.
5- It's a light hearted watch. As I've said on countless other Anime, don't take it too seriously. No; it's not GREAT, it's not groundbreaking and it certainly won't appeal to everyone. But if you want something light-hearted and fun, and you enjoy squealing at moe characters and laughing at over the top gags, then you'll probably enjoy this. read more
I really don't get why this anime gets so many bad reviews. Actually, I do.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is the epitome of a plot-less anime, with the absence of "true" romance, conflicts, or any character goals. This makes Nyaruko-san very polar; you either love this kind of random comedy, or hate it. And I happen to love it. It is such a relaxing, fun anime to watch, something you can enjoy without having to focus too hard on picking up the details.
The core of the anime is based around light parody comedy, while throwing in a TON of references. This anime has so many references to video games, TV shows, anime, etc. that you won't catch them all. And of course, it's very enjoyable when you do understand one. All of the characters are very likable, allowing viewers to easily become attached to them.
This anime never takes itself seriously, and you shouldn't either. It has no problem creating plot holes, turning a tense situation into a joke, or breaking the fourth wall. By definition, Nyaruko-san does everything that would make an anime bad; but because it does it purposely, and pulls it off so well while giving you a great laugh, you can't help but enjoy it.
A mix of To-Love Ru's supernatural & Lucky Star's comedy, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san does everything that caters to fans of those anime, while still presenting refreshing ideas. A high recommendation for fans of those genres. read more
I first watched a bit of this franchise back with the online airing of Haiyoru! Nyaruani, which I never finished due to lack of interest. I gave Nyaruko another chance in Nyaruko-san but I'm sad to report that it still isn't that good. Nyaruko is about the not-so-ordinary slice-of-life story of Mahiro who, like in To LoveRu, finds a sudden instant-girlfriend in the form of a crazy alien, and soon finds himself in the middle of yet another harem. This light comedy differentiates itself in two ways. First, Nyaruko's personality and goal of protecting Mahiro and, really indirectly, the Earth as a galactic policeman makes for an interesting premise. Second, the series makes use of lots of parodies of other anime series. While the second differentiation is interesting, it's not worth wading through a lot of bad plot to say "oh, that was from Gundam OO... nice...".
The overall animation is not bad, especially considering that it isn't in Adobe Flash this time around. The overall coloring is nice, with some occasionally stellar backgrounds. As for character styling, Nyaruko has one crazy-large ahoge, which she can apparently control to make shapes and what not (though not to the extent of Yami in To Love-Ru). Some of the clothing (or lack thereof) is a bit odd but given they're aliens I guess it's okay? It seems alien-based series always need a mascot, this time in the form of a hippo-bat-bird chimera.
Xebec's previous works include Kanokon, To LoveRu, Ladies vs Butlers, and MM! thus you can expect that there will be substantial fan service. Much of it is in the form of intentional ecchi similar to that found in Kanakon, though there is also a strong emphasis on yuri elements- and you have Hasuta, a guy who wants to have Mahiro's baby, if that makes any sense to you... There is some action involved, but I found it to be average harem quality, i.e. nothing to be impressed with.
Immediately, the OP announces the seriousness of the series with a bunch of "Ooh~ Nyaa!"s. It's a playful but melodically uninspiring piece, though playing the first part at 0.5x speed makes for some good chuckles. The ED feels like the complete opposite of the OP, a very calm and conservative piece. BGM is fairly plain with one weird chant piece used repeatedly throughout.
VA-wise, Kana Asumi did a great job giving Nyaruko a uniquely outgoing personality. Eri Kitamura also, again, demonstrates her unfathomable range as Mahiro; definitely a pretty convincing guy voice. The others were a mix as I found Rie Kugimiya a weird fit for Hasuta.
There's two ways you can look at the story here, from the innovative parody angle and from the lethargic plot angle.
From the parody angle, this series is pretty entertaining. You can easily find over a dozen parodies in this show ranging from Haruhi to Half Life to The God Only Knows. I'll let you find some of the other ones but do note that it covers a surprisingly broad spectrum of anime and production companies.
Unfortunately, the bare bones plot used to create these parody situations was pretty pitiful. You are presented with a handful of antagonists to move the story along, and they are laughably bad at best. The series is pretty arc-based, building (barely) to a final climax and likewise bare bones resolution. Though the show occasionally moves quickly and sometimes ends on cliffhangers, there are also many conversation points at which one could easily fall asleep. As Nyaruko is 1000% committed to Mahiro, there never feels like there is any real tension or risk- leading to my overall apathy towards the plot.
For me, the plot had the greater impact of the two and as stated already, it's not really worth it just for the parodies. So what about the characters?
There's a handful of primary and supporting characters, which can easily be bucketed as harem members and the rest, respectively. The series does try to be different by having homosexual tendencies but you never really get anything meaningful as Mahiro is just your standard, indecisive and weak male lead- though he actually does seem to be more rude than the typical nice guy. In the end, the only meaningful character is Nyaruko, who shows her devotion in a very Kanakon fashion, though with additional flair and Super-Sentai-ish body movements. Unfortunately, even with Nyaruko, all the relationships in this series are static- no one really develops at all.
This series deserves credit for pulling together so many parodies from such a breadth of genres. However, it walks a very well-treaded path in all other categories resulting in a standard, if not sub par, addition to the over-crowded slice of life, comedic harem genre. In retrospect, To Love-Ru offers a more progressive plot and richer character development with a fairly similar premise. Is this a show to watch? You can watch the first episode and use Nyaruko's personality as a litmus test, but in general I'd say pass this one. read more
-Both shows has a alien girl who loves the male protaganist
-Alot of comedy, parody, and development of romance
-To Love-Ru contains abit more fanservice then Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
- Alien girl sudden appearance
- Main male have some similar characteristic
Both the anime To Love-Ru and Haiyore Nyaruko-San ,Fearture the Main
Protagonist Meeting A Female Alien In a unique Way, Also both Series Features
Showing the Main Protagonist Ended Living together With a Female Alien and in
the Process Also Meeting Other Alien Characters
Both series have a peculiar but cheerful alien from another planet fall in love with the protagonist at first sight.
Both series features the parody and humor like theme with a main protagonist in strange situations.
An main "alien" girl is present in both series and there is a lot of humor involving the characters in every day situations.
There is romance but presented in a humorous way. Watch both series if you're in a mood for some humor and entertainment.
An alien girl falls in love at first sight with the male lead and freeloads at his house.
The characteristics of the male and female leads are very similar as well.
To LOVE-Ru... Its a perfect recommendation for Haiyore! Nyaruko-san.
Why you ask?
... The insane amount of ecchi,
... The alien thing. Basically aliens come and get to know the main character right? Yes.
... Powers, amazing powers.l
... Ecchi enemies
Yes, To LOVE-Ru and Haiyore! Nyaruko-san are both niccccceee. ^.~
Both series have an a cute girl who happens to be an alien from outerspace. Both the main female leads are cheerful, happy, funny, and always makes the situation more exciting. They both also try to develop their relationship with the male lead and wants him to like her.
The male lead of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san thinks of the female heroine to be annoying and avoids her advances but soon starts to develop romantic feelings for her later in the series.
The show has a lot of comedy, parody, and development of romance. If you like cute alien girls then this show is meant to be for you.
P.S- Rie Kugimiya the voice actor for Louise ( The Familiar of Zero ) , Taiga ( Toradora ) , Shana ( Shakugan no Shana ) is also a voice actor for one of the other heroines in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san.
Both series have a strong alien female and a weak guy who wants nothing to do with her and both guys get into constant trouble because of them.
both have wimp guy who is good for nothing still girls like him>
both have the same girl that comes from space>
to love-ru is more echhi >>this one more comdey
The scenario is similar where you have a beautiful alien girl pop out of nowhere, falling in love with the main character, only to be rejected. But she doesn't give up and tries her hardest to win his love.
Full of comedy, more beautiful alien girls and embarrassing moments.
To Love Ru has more episodes (26), and fan service compared to Haiyore Nyaruko-san.
Love, Love and Comedy, this is what you should expect from this. Both of them have a beautiful girl from space with advanced technologies and a clumsy, idiot(when it comes to love), weakling protagonist. But Haiyore Nyaruko-san is much more funnier than To love Ru because of it's Parody genre. I'm sure you'll have fun, enjoy and fall in love too in these anime.
a girl from space come into the main males life and is totally infatuated with him
Protects him from all sorts of trouble
they both have ecchi elements To-Love Ru is way more ecchi though
both have some romance though the romance in Haiyore is more comical
they cause the main character lots of despair and drive them crazy
- Both have an MC with love interests flocking him
- Both have a main girl character who have similar personalities/aggressively pursue MC
- To LOVE-Ru is more ecchi/romantic
- To LOVE-Ru's MC is more flexible and accepting
- To LOVE-Ru has more love interests and is basically the ultimate harem
Binbougami ga! started when Nyaruko-san ended, but the feel that those two anime brings are the same: supernatural elements in a comical way, lots of parodies of other animes, similar humor and situation and a little bit of romance. Watching Bimbougami ga! is like continuing watching Nyaruko-san.
Similar humour style that revolves around parody. Both are downright hilarious if you are a fan of comedies that don't take themselves seriously.
Oh wow, I lost count the number of times I've laughed when I watched these two series. But jokes aside, Binbō-gami ga! and Haiyore! Nyaruko-san has quite a few stances in common:
Both series has parodies and makes fun of culture and nearly everything around them.
Both series has an overenergetic female protagonists who has a strange personality. Yet deep down, they are caring towards their friends.
Both series contains theme of supernatural.
Both series has a ridiculously high levels of comedy that pokes fun at nearly every moment or chance when the opportunity calls upon.
Both series takes places at similar places including the school.
Overall, these two series are highly entertaining and a fun way to enjoy anime.
Fairly normal person gets visited by an bizarre supernatural deity and their life gets flipped upside down. Plenty of references to other anime & manga are present in both.
Finding an anime with some funny moments? Both of these shows are know to have a laughable, yet slapstick moments, when characters interact with each other in a comedic way. There are numerous references throughout the show which makes you find them in various spots. Also, there are fighting scenes though it is funny in a sort of way.
Nyaruko-san is about a girl who wants to protect a boy from being in danger, and somewhat a big fan of anime and manga. Also it features a main male character. Binbougami ga, features two main female character, having a bickering argument, and mostly fight several times.
-Lot of references to/parodies on other franchises, though binbougami only references/parodies anime and manga while haiyore references/parodies more then just anime/manga
-Good OP and ED
-Very easy to binge through
-Very enjoyable even if you don't get all references
-Very similar feeling to it
Supernatural flavored lovey-dovey-bishoujo-fanfare anime. Sci-fi element is weak and less worthy of mentioning than your average Star Trek. The fun part of Nyaruko-san is obviously not wet tentacles trying to ass-rape random teenage boy, but hot chicks that spout sexy nonsense and wear easy-to-took-off uniform.
They both are anime with hot chick, slight of life, comedy and mild sex sell. But with some extraterrestrial topping. Possibly mark the era that the legendary romance harem like Love Hina is a little bit too boring in normal world setting, so Japan added robots and aliens to them. Now you understand where all those animes came from.
What else is worth mentioning? Not really. The pace are different, the humor are not at all similar, the art direction is all cool but not worth pointing out, the voice acting is not the same style for most part of the show. End of discussion. Now choose your porn, if you have high tolerence to everything, both are funny. If you hate overly fast paced comedy, go with Denpa Onna. If you fall asleep when watching Titanic and fall asleep again decade later when watching Titanic3D, go for Nyaruko-san. No one can sleep with that thing on. read more
Crazy, random stuff happens. One has aliens and one talks about aliens. They also have similar character styles.
Both have aliens in them. In Denpa Onna Erio believes she's an alien, but she's not unlike Nyaruko who is.
They have a similarly light mood with a harem-ish cast of weird but cute characters with no real point to the story.
They are both based off of comedy however Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka has a much more responsible lead and more of a plot
Both have a male that loves to relax, loves peace, etc.
They live their life normally until one day a person comes and completely changes them (kore wa zombie desu ka being Eu) (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san being nyaruko)
Both are really funny. Plus the similar plot.
The main difference I would say is that in kore wa zombie desu ka ayumu has powers unlike in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san mahiro doesn't have powers
It gives the same feeling. Both have supernatural elements and superpowers mixed with comedy. A normal life that starts to change completely. Whenever he meet someone, they gradually start living together in a same house.
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