Haiyore! Nyaruko settled for a serious delivery last episode, yet this one of course doesn’t follow suit – however, it does traverse a separate path to the same destination, a parody ridden route to pure romance.
A divergence into a gag-free state was unforeseen with the previous episode – and certainly, such a thing would not carry through the series as that would plainly sully the reason many watch it, however, the subject introduced is still sustained. Nyaruko made a fully legitimate and entirely sober confession of her love to the incompetent male lead character – and while this episode may essentially exemplify the term “ridiculous”, the core of it is a progressive addition to the genuine love tale.
Instantly, one can and should note that the petty male lead is actually starting to grow a bit in terms of development – one aspect now apparent is that he’s not all so idiotic after all. A significant reason behind why he’s been denying Nyaruko isn’t as he’s terrified by attractive females, or simply lacking in the mental region, yet he doesn’t take romance lightly – and Nyaruko’s high-powered personality had him thinking she could simply be teasing him. Yet as he’s now starting to understand, that’s not the case – and he’s even recognizing her more himself.
Still at beachside, the crew of generally important characters stumble upon a souvenir shop – and then further come across a rustic gaming device. Aged as it may be, the console appears functional – and a press of the power button by our kid protagonist apparently sets him within a game world of the bishoujo dating simulator genre, minus the explicit erotics.
Mahiro nearly noticed this facet himself as everyone was acting odd – yet the elderly woman of green hair somehow entered the realm and proceeded to explain the situation to him, telling Mahiro that to return to reality, he must score a good ending with either one of the three ripe females in the series, or the yellow shota. It would seem obvious to anyone that Nyaruko is the obvious choice – yet the foolish male lead extends the matter far longer than it should have taken.
Yet he’s not completely to blame, as when he learns of the actual situation, everyone else does too – and thus each of the parties with a purpose of doing so, such as the hot loli, or the yaoi shota, then attempt to tilt the matter in their favor, ultimately leading to a shipping vessel’s worth of lampoons on everything from Haruhi Suzumiya, to Guilty Gear. And on that note, the sight of the yellow yaoi character playing as Bridget during a Guilty Gear spoof is absolutely brilliant to the highest degree.
However, when all the jokes are said and done, the episode meets a Tokimeki Memorial reminiscent junction of creeping cuteness, and enviable yet thick-witted male lead meeting up – resulting in a kiss, thereby restoring the characters to their proper world. And while it appears everyone has forgotten the experience save for the fatuous male lead, Nyaruko seems to still recall the event as well as she glares at him with quite a searing visage which almost peers into the soul – the abilities of Nyarlathotep are certainly impressive indeed.
This proves to be a splendid episode, with essentially everything being hilarious, familiar with the parody or not – and most admirable is how it still succeeded in contributing to the plot. Shady as it may sound, this is indeed a series with service, comedy, and story in a single serving.