I did not see this coming. I had no idea that the butler was the one behind it all. Still I guess it was inevitable that there would be another tentacle monster that had a particular fondness for eroge. They did foreshadow it only I thought Roy was a useless one off character, and to be honest I should have known there was something fishy about a butler who seemed physically incapable of performing the most basic of servant tasks. At any rate Mahiro did in the end regret his wish and finally show his household gods some respect and gratitude. It is a shame though that they did not show the lengths that Nyaruko, Hasuta, and Kuko went through in their efforts to wake Mahiro.
Roy may have been a piss poor butler but the guy did have quite an appetite for eroge. I am not sure how they were able to get away with the name drops but it did serve nicely to highlight Roy’s tastes. As final boss battles go this was one to remember since Luhy and Yoriko joined the party, in fact I was getting ready to see Nodens lend a helping hand but sadly he must have gotten lost. Not that Nodens was needed though, since Luhy’s ice powers and Malign Deity Roar were enough to crush Roy and his fellow alien otaku. Nyaruko has certainly worked hard all season and while the harem end joke had to be made, Nyaruko is leading by lots and Kuko is only interested to indirectly claim Nyaruko as waifu. It was a mellow end, and it is probably better this way. It would not have helped much if Mahiro was still a knuckle dragging human that did not pay proper respect to the Gods. Besides Nyaruko had been working so hard to apply Patrick’s teachings, it was going to work eventually and while the process has been slow, time is meaningless to a malign deity.
I kind of feel bad for Roy though, because at the end of the day he was just a eroge otaku who was massively let down when Mahiro turned out to be plain boring human instead of the shameless otaku that Nyaruko was. To think that all this could have been avoided if Mahiro were more considerate of the feelings of malign deities who were hopelessly smitten with Earth entertainment goods.
It was a fine comedy that was more genre savvy than most, but that is also the problem. For the unwashed masses that are ignorant of the Lovecraft Universe, a good number of jokes will be missed. However for the most dedicated of nerds, whose knowledge encompasses more than anime this show will be one to remember. Episode 8 was the high point for me, and while I enjoyed all the episodes 9-12 did not have me falling out of my chair. I was surprised that for a show that featured so many tentacle monsters the ecchi fanservice declined as the series progressed. I think that this was a good thing as there was little need to remind us how Nyaruko and Kuko were sexual deviants. It was all done in over the top fashion and as a result I was able to look past it. Moreover the comedy was far more reliant on the audience’s nerd level than crude sexual humor of limited laughter.
Nyaruko maybe the star, but Kuko’s stock shot up with each passing episode. Cthugha was certainly the girl on fire as her hawtness seemed to increase even as the ecchi level declined markedly since her gift wrap gambit. Kuko’s love for gaming in general and old games in particular cemented her status as the patron Goddess of Videogame nerds. It also helped immensely as she was the yuri counterpoint to Nyaruko’s tenacious emotional honesty. Also one cannot argue with her impeccable powers of logic. Sure getting things directly would be better, but as Nyaruko is not so forthright Kuko showed much more intelligence and love by getting whatever she could from Mahiro. Sadly Mahiro wasn’t into giving much either, but I appreciate Kuko’s efforts to make Mahiro her waifu in order to have Nyaruko as waifu.
Mahiro may well have the oddest harem in all of anime, but it is not due to the interested parties lacking brain cells. Kuko is all in to get Nyaruko even if she has to take on Mahiro to get her, even if Mahiro is taken as waifu Kuko will have little to do with him unless it is for indirect Nyaruko contact. Thankfully Luhy wasn’t throwing herself into the Mahiro sweepstakes, and I do wish her the best of luck as she pursues her dreams of being an Evil Magical Girl. If there is to be a second season then I hope that Yoriko and Luhy get more screen time. Hasuta may have caused some confusion but with Moyashimon on the horizon Hasuta’s bid to be trap of the year is far from being a lock. Still I have to hand it to the Trap in Yellow, not only did he preach the Kawamori gospel of “gender means nothing,” but Hasuta also stole the first kissu and then plus one.
I am going to miss Uuu Nyaa Mondays, and if the Gods are kind then we will have another season in a few years. I kind of wish I knew more about Kamen Rider in order to better understand Nyaruko’s habits, but for those who do I think they are all the better for it and derived maximum enjoyment. It is a niche comedy that I understand why some people would not find it funny due to low nerd IQ. If your nerd-fu is weak this show will expose you. I am not sure whether or not to call this show a silly comedy or a nefariously clever one (the whole Star Child Guardian skit indicated that the staff had more political awareness than the Gundam 00 team), but it probably matters little so long as there is fun to be had. A show that revels in all things nerd doesn’t come along very often and as a nerd in multiple disciplines I am going to be fonder of this series than most who focus on a single aspect of the nerd way.
Final Grade: A (for AWESOMELY Nerdy)
Warning: Do not take if you are allergic to fun, or if your nerd-fu is feeble and limited. People with a history of losing sanity points may find themselves joining a cult or becoming an investigator sausage to some fathomless entity that slumbers in the unknown places of the earth… Please consult your mad scientist before watching Haiyore! Nyaruko-san as side effects may be lasting and irreversible. Side effects include: interesting gift wrap, long-lost cousin syndrome, personalized goods, sleeping in dakimakura, falling into yellow traps, girls on fire, creeping and crawling, Unspeakable Bar syndrome, GENDER MEANS NOTHING, temporal distortions, indirect contact, occasional instances of Nishi-shi and nii-nii, a significant drop in san points, sticking forks into random objects, Boys are GREAT, Boys are AMAZING, stabbing people with forks, fear of the DEEP, Oh Rl’yeh, aversion to octopus dishes, trapped in visual novel, Yoichi end, Yithmas, love for old games, console collecting, console war, super hero poses, MALIGN DEITY ROAR, kissu theft, horrible pun, eroge obsession, and magnificent white beard. Let your mad scientist know if you are also taking doses of Cthulhu RPG as this increases your risk of losing all of your san points.