Haiyore! Nyaruko-san – 12 (Final): Ultramaniac

Mahiro has a knack for disappointing people…

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.

Final Thoughts:

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.

So that’s what an angry Lloigor looks like…

Nyaruko-tan is KAWAII!

I hope you had more luck than the Alteans.

Did you try using tongue?

Wow that’s like two from Hasuta…

LOL Kuko, but hey it counts.

Mahiro’s diction and statements leave much to be desired…

In hindsight Ghutatan was likely millions of years old, so yeah it was kind of mean.

Well… he is a tentacle monster…

I guess in the future we lowly humans can just make offerings of adult games to sate the Gods.

I guess he likes his games sappy.

Let the shameless product insert continue!

Unlike human otaku, Lloigor have eons to play them all without needing to import save files.

If only Mahiro was more like his mother.

Wow this is so easy to take out of context…

I guess Lloigor knows your secret.

Kuko is such a good waifu following Nyaruko into battle.

What do you mean we?

Oh…I guess Lloigor is president of a sizable fan club.

…Limited editions no doubt.

You could have just asked…

As always.

I guess Prince Ali was part of Kuko’s cult. Good to know that the last Kurd was not a godless man like Jihad-kun.

For once Shanta-kun could be a noble steed.

I am glad that Luhy decided to join the party.

Nyaruko does give the most interesting of choices…

This is not good…

I guess that helmet was more than just for show…

Well if nothing else at least Mahiro is contributing to the fight on his own.

Somehow I think that this is mostly Nyaruko…

TIME FOR A LOVE LOVE ATTACK!

Well it would be more POWERFUL if you gave her a kiss.

FUCK YEAH AWESOME!

Tell me about it, my pile may as well be Mt. Everest…

I guess Nyaruko is going to enjoy the drop she is going to get for killing this boss.

No need to apologize Mahiro never blamed you in the first place.

Yeah about time you thank your Gods for saving your hide since episode 1.

Nyaruko has earned a gohobi…

LOL Mahiro in drag…

Kuko Logic is SOUND!

You know at this point I do think that Hasuta is capable of carrying a kid.

In the end I am certain that Luhy and Yoriko married.

Guess who joined the class.

This engagement party need not be a fancy affair.

Why yes I would like to see a KukoxTamao pairing.

She does indeed. Sadly I get the sense that St. Patrick’s blessings have limited effects on higher beings.

Would you prefer Hasuta?

Why is Yoichi surprised?

I guess Luhy’s cooking is just so good you can’t drop them period.

Kuko will get her kissu, be it direct or indirect.

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15 Comments

  1. Di Gi Kazune
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Yes, Mahiro is not the man he hoped for… Not Loli-siscon enough!

    • Crusader
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      I guess Roy was hoping that Mahiro would have chosen the Ghutatan end…

      • Di Gi Kazune
        Posted June 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

        No, he was hoping that Mahiro would slide down a set of stone stairs while hallucinating about rin and sakura…

        • Crusader
          Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

          Well I guess Roy needed to lower Mahiro’s san points a bit more.

          • Di Gi Kazune
            Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

            Pineapple salad would do the trick.

  2. Ghost of Revil
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    That Malign Deity Roar looks weirdly familiar. I swear to god I’ve seen that pose before.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      I think you can argue that it could have come from any series that had a big huge sword. I agree it looks familiar, but where…

      • Ghost of Revil
        Posted June 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        I remember now, and immediately regret it.

        SEED.

        • Crusader
          Posted July 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

          Ignorance was bliss…

          • Ghost of Revil
            Posted July 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

            I apologize.

    • DarkFireBlade25
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      I have a guess between Symphogear or Night Wizard.

  3. Boboglobins
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I really think Mahiro needed a badass moment of awesomeness in which he uses the power of the fork to at least contribute beyond being the inventory.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Woulda, coulda, shoulda, but in the end Mahiro left his forks in his inventory, still at least everyone else stepped up.

  4. maribell45
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    So it was all for the eroges, huh? Well, that’s par for the course.

    Season 2!! Season 2!!

    • Crusader
      Posted July 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      All for eroge…those kooky malign deities.

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