Review: Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love(craft-sensei)Posted: March 3, 2011
Anime: Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love(craft-sensei)
Animation Studio: DLE
Number of Episodes: 11
Length per Episode: Approximately 4 minutes
First review of the Winter season! It’s also the first review of a show I’ve done a preview of. I gotta say, this preview and review format is working for me a lot better than episodic reviews did. Mainly because of how much I like to write per post.
Though maybe I shouldn’t jump the gun on that last statement. This review won’t be as long as my usual posts. Though it’s not like I can help it, the show is only 4 minutes long, which includes the ED (or is it an OP?) which takes up like half of that time.
Oh, and I’ve also thought up my next surprise post. That will be out either tomorrow or the day after.
Haiyoru! is an interesting show for a few reasons. The first notable reason is that it’s done almost entirely in flash animation. This isn’t a bad difference or anything, but it’s certainly unique.
The second reason is that you hardly ever know what the hell is going on. Each episode is its own story, with no real connecting story. Every episode is just a bunch of jokes, with the occasional parody or two.
There really isn’t much else to say about the show other than that. It features Mahiro, a teenage boy, living with a bunch of moe-fied characters from the Cthulhu mythos, and they do random shit each episode. That’s it.
At the end of each episode, a short scene showing a giant… thing (it looks like a creepy Lego block) heading towards the Earth, with the number of days decreasing by seven each week. For those of you blessed by the Math gods, the counter hits zero on the final episode.
Everyone who figured this out after two episodes started throwing around theories. Maybe the final episode would be full-length? Maybe it’ll be fully-animated? Everyone got tense when the second-to-last episode aired.
The characters themselves were bringing in some hype in a pretty amusing way.
I’ve gotta say, the CG scene of that second picture, with the view shifting down over the town as the Lego block got closer was gorgeous. The town looked absolutely beautiful, even though the town was pretty far away. I think we found out where their animation budget went.
After all of this, I was personally impatient for the last episode. I was even looking for it in raw format after it aired.
So what happened?
Well, alright, not nothing, but jeez the guys at DLE are starting to make names for themselves as trolls. The whole episode pretty much had Mahiro and Nyarlko just chatting it up in the hallway. Nyarlko was mentioning how she had to leave to do important shit or something, and Mahiro wanted to join her but wasn’t allowed to, Nyarlko got emotional and said she loved him, etc.
Honestly, I’m hoping it was supposed to be a parody of those kind of cliché endings. It’s possible, considering I almost laughed at how robotic Mahiro acted near the end, with the view constantly switching to him just standing there doing nothing with a dumb smile on his face.
The episode was still a pretty big troll though, considering all the build-up for it.
The main problem I had (and a lot of other people had) with this show was that it just wasn’t as funny as it could have been. The OVAs that came out before it were a lot funnier, mainly because of one thing this TV series seriously lacked:
Where were all the fork punchlines?! The OVA got almost somewhat of a cult following due to the fork jokes, and the only time we see it in the TV series is at the very beginning and end of the ED/OP.
Well, regardless, the show was still pretty funny a lot of the time. Some of the jokes weren’t that funny, but I was laughing more times than I wasn’t. The main thing drawing the show down is the feeling that it could have been so much more, even with their limited budget.
RATING: 7 out of 10. Still worth a watch, IMO.
*No slideshow for this show because :effort: …Actually, it’s just kinda hard (read:impossible) to get good preview pictures for a comedy series, let alone one done in flash.*