Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nyarlko-san 2 - Good-bye, Nyarlko-san

(This post was originally written back in 2012, when Haiyoru Nyaruko-san was airing.  I found episode recap posts to be too labor-intensive and stopped doing them, but this one was nearly complete.  I haven't done any additional writing on this post beyond what I did five years ago, in part because the series in question's style of humor got a bit stale as it went on and I lack the motivation to go back and rewatch it just to finish this post)

Our second episode opens with a brief recap of the first.  Immediately following this is a scene in which Nyarlko defends Mahiro from a horde of Nightgaunts with a new facet of her Space CQC: the Blasphemous Hand Grenade. (At this point, I feel as though I should make a joke about each appearance of this supposed "Close Quarters Combat" being less and less accurate with regards to its title, but since Mahiro makes that joke in the episode, it would be rather redundant).  After she finishes ridding the park of the foul creatures (as well as some unoffending dirt which was tragically caught in the crossfire), Mahiro berates Nyarlko for not doing anything other than defeating Nightgaunts as they attack, suggesting that she should attempt to be more proactive in finding their foes.  Nyarlko protests that it isn't that simple, then announces that they will be immediately going to R'lyeh to stop the monsters at their source, thus demonstrating that it is simple.
Ah, the Cthulhu Mythos. Where even something so simple as checking to see that the stars are in the right position requires the stars to be in the right position.
As we return from our Overly Energetic Opening, we are treated to a scene in which a bearded man (who shall be referred to as "Poseidon" for the time being) speaks to a random naked flaming girl (or possibly less random, given that she appears in the opening credits) about how the success of their plan depends on Nyarlko.  The girl asserts that nobody will harm Nyarlko.  What could they possibly mean?

We now see Nyarlko and Mahiro traveling through the ocean on the back of a giant frog-thing.  By sifting information out of a string of One Piece references, we learn two important things:
  1. Nyarlko has poor taste in anime.
  2. The two of them are traveling to R'lyeh

 ...actually, we already knew that second one. Anyway, Nyarlko also explains that they will be crashing an auction in R'lyeh where banned or restricted goods will be sold.  After sighting many other beings of an abominable nature traveling to the same location, they finally arrive at the World Famous Albuquerque Holiday Inn R'lyeh Amusement Park.
Roller Coasters and Carousels? If a more authentic Lovecraft adaptation exists, I know not of it.
After Mahiro finally gets Nyarlko to stop acting like a spaz (being voiced by Asumi Kana, this is a task difficult enough to justify the fact that he, like most Main Characters of Supernatural Harem shows, doesn't really do things very often), the two set off to stop the auction.  Before entering the auction hall, Nyarlko gives Mahiro a charm for him to open if he needs protection.

Inside the auction hall, Mahiro remarks on the size discrepancy between the interior and exterior of the building.  He is immediately indifferent upon learning that it's due to warped space, which Nyalko refers to as him becoming more used to the oddness of Lovecraftian things, but which is much more likely due to the fact that this is pretty much the first time that Mahiro has encountered a Lovecraftian thing that actually matches up with what Lovecraft wrote about.

At the centre of the Auction hall, they encounter Poseidon (now more properly identified as Nodens).  Nyarlko, upstanding pillar of honour and nobility that she is, announces her intent to kill Nodens and all of his guests, until Nodens reveals that he has a trump card in the form of Cthugha, the Living Flame and Nyarlko's nemesis/former space-kindergarten classmate.  After a brief struggle between the two girls, Nodens banishes them to one of his alternate dimensions, leaving Mahiro undefended in the Auction Room.

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