Haiyore! Nyaruko arrives bewitchingly with a lighthearted story of fast-paced comical loli action which outshines any other of the season in terms of moe – yet still retains excellence in other respects as well.
If there’s any single negative to this series, it is simply one which is common amongst a slew of Japanese animations – the leading male is a dunce with no functioning cognitive process. Yet thankfully, the heroine of this spectacle is so lovable, she overpowers any single fault this anime may have.
With the sight of some loser being just short of getting torn apart by a monster under a red menacing sky, the series begins – the one about to die is the leading male, and as is natural, he yells for help. As soon as he does so, an adorable voice replies with “okay” before we then see a cute loli dicing apart the monster – a flash of a frame later, and now we’re shown the same loli indulging in a meal whilst chattering at rapid speeds within what is apparently the home of the person she saved.
Right here and now, this loli heroine will have one’s attention captured as not only is she immensely cute, yet a chatterbox character isn’t too common in anime – especially not as a leading role. One will begin to wonder if she’s merely acting in such a manner as per some sort of short boost of spirit, or perhaps for a developing comic relief moment – however it quickly becomes clear that indeed, our leading loli is one who speaks at light speeds.
She emanates high levels of moe as she continues babbling away at various menial things – entirely ignoring the worthless protagonist who keeps trying to rudely interrupt her, the one who saved his miserable life, as if he actually had anything important to say. Realizing she’s not listening to his petty thoughts at all, the lowly protagonist resorts to such a distasteful and childish action – taking a fork and dangerously darting it at the one who saved his ignoble soul.
Our righteous lolita heroine of justice warns this imbecile against such threatening stunts and decides to listen to what this toddler minded teenager has to say – he merely asks the typical “who, what, where, when, why” which our self-professed Cthulhu Mythos loli named “Nyarlathotep” answers to the best a dolt like our protagonist can understand. And with the minor details out of the way, she grasps the sack of rubbish she proclaimed to have been assigned to protect and takes him out to somewhere “safe”.
A scene later and our pair of leading characters are within a shop which caters to otaku merchandise. As if one hasn’t already found themselves in an unshakable affection with the loli for her moe aspects alone, she appears to love erotic games and doujinshi – turning glee with desire at the very sight of some. Meanwhile, the incompetent protagonist again gives us reason to despise him as he exhibits his lack of culture – being unable to understand the wonders within doujin and eroge.
Our beloved loli even has to teach this fool a basic rule he should have learned long ago as she speaks of smuggling eroge back to her homeplanet – “it’s not a crime if you don’t get caught”, though he despicably responds to her statement with blackmail.
In any case however, the loli buys her eroge – and as she continues along with the leading idiot, unfortunate as it may be, she admits her love to this loser. Admirable is her straightforward admittance and sincere confession – yet again, the pre-pubescent male lead who doesn’t yet understand how mating works simply replies to her heartfelt assertion with disgusting and needless violence.
Interrupting that moment of a lover’s quarrel is yet again more brutality as a monster manifests from nowhere – hoping to have had an upper-hand through a sneak attack on our loli’s love interest, yet unluckily for that monster, our loli is not only powerful, she’s a complete sadist when it comes to fighting.
Now having essentially acquainted us with all the basics of this story, a loli tenacious and adorable in love with some obnoxious kid she was assigned to protect, the episode further goes to show our loli transfer into the school of her lover. That event is followed by a highlight of many more a scene of her inexplicable cuteness, alongside a quick parody of Pokemon being made in the process, till finally the episode ends on a note of how the leading male might be only interested in other males as he denies the loli’s kind and irresistible offer of bathing together.
It’s our heroine, Nyaruko, who truly makes this series so surprisingly splendid – she’s packed with so much personality, providing everything positive this anime has to offer, comedy, cuteness, action, and story. She’s a loli who does it all.
Sadly, the same can’t be said of the male lead who deplorably takes to violence for no comprehensible purpose. He’s not grateful the loli saved his life – and he acts cold towards an honest love. He’s a character equivalent to garbage, yet that is in fact why his role is necessary in the case of Nyaruko – he’s an excuse for the loli’s existence and purpose.
An unmissable facet of this series as everything plays out is the quick moving, nonstop steam roll of elements – something is always ongoing, and someone is almost always speaking, which again, is all thanks to the loli whose lightning tongue is quite charming.
Combining the above mentioned accelerated story flow with a prodigious loli who satisfies so much in a manner that could incite tears of joy and beauty, among other things, this proves to be not necessarily a series everyone will enjoy – however those fond of a silly comedic tale alongside some moe will certainly love Haiyore! Nyaruko dearly, or at least such is the case if episode one is any indication.