Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dawn of the Third Week: Haiyore! Nyarlko-san (part 1)

As we are now three weeks (or more) into the current season of anime, I plan to start doing more in-depth reviews of the series that I'm watching.  These review will consist of three parts:
  1. A Summary of the episodes that have come out so far
  2. Two bulleted lists, one of the show's "Pros" and another for the "Khan" "Cons"
  3. Actual post-like content where I talk about my reactions to the episodes in more detail.
The first series up for review is Haiyore! Nyarlko-san.

(edit from later: Since these posts have taken longer than I'd initially expected, I'll be most of them as individual episode summaries rather than in the groups of three that I'd planned on earlier.  In later seasons I may start drafting these posts earlier so that I can get them done as intended)

Episode Summary

Episode I: Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind

Our first episode opens up with boy running through alleyways.  It may be nighttime, but it's rather hard to say for sure, because the sky is full of eerie-looking red clouds.  Possibly related to these red clouds are the ominous chanting music playing in the background, and the monster with the vagina-face that seems intent on eating the boy.  Given these occurrences and the usual conventions of stories that open with monster attacks, one would assume that by the end of the episode, he will either be revealed to be the Main Character, who must deal with the horrors of the supernatural throughout the rest of the story; or, he will be dead, and the paranormal perils will become somebody else's problem.

Fortunately for this boy, rescue arrives in the form of a silver-haired, green-eyed girl who drops out of the sky to karate-chop the monster in two, relieving the boy of his troubles but presumably causing many more for whoever's job it is to clean up bloodstains from public streets.  As the boy stares in amazement, the girl introduces herself: "I'm the chaos that always crawls up to you with a smile, Nyarlarthotep!"