Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is a 12 episode long anime that was adapted from a light novel. It was produced by Xebec, which is known for shows like To Love Ru! and Pandora Hearts. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san was also part of the spring season 2012 and aired from April till June 2012.
There already have been short ova adaptions of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san; Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love and Haiyoru! Nyaruani, but Xebec finally brought us a full anime season.
As short intro of the world of this show ; Aliens are attracted to earth, because of the rich entertainment industry, super hero shows, manga and games are very popular in the universe. Most of them visit the earth in disguise to get their share of entertainment, but there are also bad aliens who travel to earth to commit crimes, the Planetary Defense Organisation is there to protects the peace and enforces the law.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is a little inspired by the Cthulhu myth, there are a few locations which also appeared in the story. The story of this anime centers around Nyaruko, an agent of the Planetary Defense Organisation, Nyaruko is a Nyarlathotepian and appears in the shape of a pretty girl. One night the quite normal teenager boy Mahiro was chased by a scary winged demon, in the last moment he was saved by Nyaruko, she fell in love with him on first sight.
In order to protect him and surveillance the planet, the Planetary Defense Organisation sets the main base for operations on earth into Mahiro’s house, mainly to his dissagreement.
Nyaruko is a always hyper and cheerful character she’s also a quite bold and ecchi alien girl, who would like to do any kinds of things with Mahiro. Her approaches torwards him appear somewhat silly in a hilarious way, it’s just like she enjoys to tease Mahiro as much as she can, but she is just too embarrassed to approach him in a normal way. As a matter of fact her actions doesn’t have the desired effect on Mahiro who always uses a fork to keep her on distance XD
Mahiro just wants peace in his every day life, but as soon as he gets in contact with Nyaruko, his peaceful days are over. He is quite annoyed by her crazy and bold personality and acts always a little grumpy torwards her. He doesn’t hate her but he deals with her in a tsundere like manner.
In the first few episodes Mahiro and the earth are targeted by different villains, in these episode Mahiro gets in contact with Kuko, Cthuko alien and Hastur, the deity of the wind. All of them move into Mahiro’s house and he has to deal with the ruckus these upbeat aliens create.
Kuko always speaks in a silent voice and loves videogames. She is obsessed with Nyaruko and approaches her in a creepy manner. Despite her innocent and cute appearance she acts even more sexual and bold than her big love Nyaruko. She is causing the yuri vibes in this show.
Hastur attended the same space kindergarden and space elementary school with Nyaruko and Kuuko. He has the appearence of a young girl, but it is mentioned that Hastur is actually a boy.
Within the characters a love interest tangle is created, Nyaruko ♡ Mahiro, Kuuko ♡ Nyaruko and Hastur ♡ Mahiro. The show follows the comedy adventures of the 4 characters. It is a straight yet crazy comedy show with a little romance and ecchiness. In the middle there are also a few short romantic scenes between Nyaruku and Mahiro, but it isn’t developed much further here.
The anime also makes use of many references from popular animes like Pokemon, Gundam, and even older animes and super hero shows I never heard of. Luckily it doesn’t follow the “it’s funny because it’s a reference” pattern, which often appears forced and boring in other comedy shows. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san makes good use these references and combines them very well with the story of each episode, these scenes are just hilarious XD.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is none of these easily forgettable comedy animes that are passing by each season. This show actually was one of the best comedy animes which I’ve seen in a long time, be it the setting, the crazy comedy or the likeable and quirky alien characters. The comedy caused me some serious paroxysms of laughter, honestly I was cracking up regulary. The setting is already hilarious, but also the likeable characters make the show overly entertaining.
The technical aspects are also good, the animations are nice and solid and the characterdesigns are very appealing. The comedy is directed and timed very well. Opening and Ending theme are both very good, the Opening might be weird but it’s quirkyness makes it damn catchy.
I would recommend Haiyore! Nyaruko-san to every fan of good and weird comedy.