Under Your Radar: Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos

We! ((」・ω・)」 Ooh!) Geez! ((/・ω・)/ Meow!) The world is dark! (Cosmic!)
(」・ω・)」 Ooh! (/・ω・)/ Meow! (」・ω・)」 Ooh! (/・ω・)/ Meow!
(」・ω・)」 Ooh! (/・ω・)/ Meow! \(・ω・)/ Let’s Meow!

Sometimes, something going under one’s radar is a matter of where you live or what you’re into. This week’s feature (which should have been last week’s, but life happened) is about a show that caused one of H.P. Lovecraft’s books to see a quite significant sales spike the moment its first episode aired, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. Still, I’m confident in you not having heard of it.

Yes, I’m referring to Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos (known in Japan as Haiyore! Nyarko-san, literally “Crawling Up! Nyarko-san“, with “san” being an honorific, if you’re not aware). The light novel series only recently got an actual anime adaptation (as opposed to several ones made in Flash before).

The premise is simple, take stuff from the Cthulu mythos, turn them into moe anthropomorphisms of themselves. The pivotal one, in this case, is Nyarlathotep:

Left: The Crawling Chaos, Nyarlathotep
Right: The Crawling Chaos, Nyarlathotep

She’s an alien who falls in love with the main character. The plot mainly concerns how aliens are obsessed with entertainment that involves Earthlings, and how her job is to stop aliens from taking over/destroying the Earth over it. Of course, the first thing she does when she arrives is buy a bunch of adult games and anime. Which leads me to think that it’s mainly the tentacle rape stuff that they want. Curse you, Japan, you’ll be the death of us all! XD

What’s the explanation for her looking like a girl? Well, technically, Nyarlathotep is supposed to be formless. that said, she claims that she took the form of a human girl for the sake of the protagonist, Mahiro. Both for his sanity and so he’ll fall in love with her. Of course, nearly every attempt she makes to make a move on him results in being hit with a fork.

The series is a mostly comedic one, which is good because the comedic writing is top-notch. When something’s easy to make annoying by doing too much, they seem to push it just the right amount of times and stop, among other things. References are made to a variety of things, including media related to the aforementioned Cthulu mythos and stuff like The World God Only Knows. In fact, there are at least 15 references per episode, apparently. Even when you don’t notice them.

“Because I know how this game ends!”

Eventually, as pictured above, more and more of these moe versions of Cthulu deities show up, and they’re all apparently quite accurate conversions.

The opening theme is quite popular, too. It’s an inherently whimsical song about… how good darkness feels. Wait, what? Well, it’s called “The Sun Burns to Chaos” (Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos), I literally copypasted a direct translation of the first three lines at the start of this post, and the Japanese even went and did a mass fandub/cover of the song, mimicking parts of it at points while doing so:

Crunchyroll is steaming the anime, so it can be found here.

I’m the chaos that always crawls up to you with a smile, Nyarlathotep!