Have you ever watched a series and realized that everything about it is ridiculous? Have any of those series appealed to you in a way that you can’t really explain? Well, this is one of those series when it comes to me. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is a romantic comedy, with a heavy emphasis on the comedy, from Xebec. I can’t really recall the specific reason that I started watching this series, but I finished it. In fact, I am writing this review specifically because I started covering the second season of the series. Before we get too far into this, I have some words of warning for potential viewers. If you cannot handle sexual situations, then you should avoid this series. Not your regular ecchi, but kinky ecchi. I would also avoid this series if you are not the biggest fan of parodies. Not only are pop culture references the driving force for a lot of the comedy, but the anime’s concept is parody in and of itself. If you are still on board after all of that, then let’s look at this series in a little more detail.
Have you heard of the Cthulhu Mythos? If your answer to that question is no, then you probably didn’t know the weird kids at your high school. I was one of the weird kids, but even my knowledge is limited. Let’s just say that they are deities with mighty power that appeal to people who are fans of the occult. Something that Japan likes to do is turn things that are not high school girls into high school girls. Gods, historical figures, and animals have all fallen victim to this reimagining. Why stop there? Let’s take characters from an occult, western mythos and throw them into a romantic comedy. Now we’re cooking. That is the premise of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san. Mahiro is a human boy who is attacked by a crazy alien. Right before the worst happens, a young lady with silver hair saves him. It turns out that there is an advanced society of aliens out there. That kind of fits into what scientists have theorized for decades. However, they did not theorize that these aliens would be obsessed with Earth culture. That’s right. Not only are the aliens members of the Cthulhu Mythos, but they are a bunch of Otakus. Mahiro just so happens to be a major target of some criminal groups and that means he needs protection. Nyaruko is a member of a law enforcement agency, so her protection should be well received. The only problem with that is the fact that Nyaruko is also after the young man. Although she has some slightly more erotic plans in mind when it comes to what she wants from Mahiro. Well, I would say that if the other groups weren’t after him for similar reasons. The story follows Mahiro and Nyaruko as they live their lives together filled with unrequited love, parody comedy, and justice. Mostly unrequited love and parody comedy.
Although we meet a lot of characters in this series, only a select few get quality screen time. Mahiro Yasaka is a regular human and our main character. Although there does not seem to be anything truly unique about him, Mahiro has become the focus of far too many alien groups. With such a heavy focus on comedy, Mahiro is given the burden known as being the straight man. Nyaruko is a Nyarlotephian , but they never get very specific regarding the different types of aliens, so just consider that the reason why her name is Nyaruko. Although she looks like a young lady, Nyaruko is actually a very skilled fighter that uses close range combat as a member of an intergalactic law enforcement agency. Her mission is to protect Mahiro and eliminate illegal alien activities on Earth. She would be doing a great job if protecting Mahiro means making sexual advances on Mahiro every ten seconds. Nyaruko is very high energy and she loves manga and anime from Earth. Kuuko is a Cthuko and another agent of justice. She uses fire and laser attacks to aid Nyaruko in her mission, althogh Kuuko’s ulterior motives tend to get in the way of that. The girl is in love with Nyaruko and her sexual advances are even more bold than what we see from Nyaruko. This does not fit with her otherwise quiet personality. The only other thing to say about Kuuko is that she loves Earth video games. Hasuta is a Hastur and the male member of Mahiro’s harem. That is right, we have a trap. Hasuta may not be a space cop, but he received permission to stay on Earth. The guy just so happens to be a wielder of very powerful wind attacks which does aid in missions. Hasuta is the classic pure boy character and the boy part of that makes him a non-factor in the harem. We meet several other aliens and humans along the way, but they don’t really show up a lot. Well, Kurei, Yoichi, and Mahiro’s mom show up, but they don’t play a huge role in the story. Given, there really isn’t much of a story.
This series really confuses me. I know that it is way too ridiculous, but I just can’t stop watching it. The Cthulhu Mythos characters being aliens is crazy enough. That literally sounds like a line straight out of Ancient Aliens. That is a show on the History Channel that you should watch if you are ever in the mood for a good laugh. Then you take those aliens and turn them into Otakus that take the form of high school girls in order to seduce a young man. The animation quality is actually pretty nice, but that doesn’t really make up for the lack of a story. I know, an anime with a heavy focus on parody comedy will rarely have a story, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t want one. The sexual situations can get really graphic, so do not watch this series with other people around. I know that these all sound like reasons to not watch this series, but I swear that I enjoyed this series. At least I think that I did. No, I definitely did. This series is funny. I guess that is its most redeeming quality. Honestly, what more can you ask of a comedic series? This is the kind of series that I enjoy even though I cannot conjure up a real reason for why I feel that way. I am sorry if you are looking for more out of me because even I am disappointed in myself. Just accept the fact that life has its mysteries.
I recommend this series to anyone that enjoys quick laughs and is alright with an almost nonexistent story. Don’t take it the wrong way because a lot of us can handle stuff like that. This series is like a drug. I know that it isn’t good for me, but I just can’t stop watching it. Season one gave us a nice start and they did not disappoint the fans that wanted more. Three spin-off series and a second season have been released, so that can speak to the quality of this series. The first season did get translated and brought over to North America, so you should try to support the series if you really enjoy it.