Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Darkness, the show where we take the creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos and make them moe, because somebody was crazy enough to do that and risk plunging the world into insanity. Thanks for that, guy.
Well, with no major issue happening, will we have more slice of life adventures? Let's find out.
And before I forget, our reference guide for this episode.
-Our episode begins with Nyarko declaring her love for Mahiro in a very sincere manner. We quickly cut to Mahiro with the words repeating in his head. It's the next day and clearly he's thinking of the end of the date with Nyarko. He's snapped out of the memory by his mom, Yoriko, telling the group that they'll be buying souvenirs, so the first thing they'll do is window shop. Nyarko is all excited for this treasure hunt, especially with these rustic shops, but probably to spend more time buttering up Mom. As the girls continue forward making small talk, Mahiro... seems suspicious of the silver haired girl. He thinks she's up to something and goes to join the girls. Why do you need to be suspicious of an alien declaring her love for you? Sure, some of them tried to kidnap you early on, but that doesn't mean they're all trying to kidnap you.
-We get some shots of the characters looking at various stuff, and while the girls are looking at some goods at a window, we see that Mahiro is blushing red. Yoichi asks if there's anything wrong, but he denies it. Suddenly, Nyarko announces a major fine in a twenty year old game, and it's in mint condition and at a price that is clearly below what it should go for. Score! She continues the search while Mahiro watches on, wondering if maybe he's getting a bit paranoid about the declaration. As he walks in the store some more he accidentally hits a box filled with old games. He picks one up as Hastur comes by and points out that the pink system he has is unusual. Nyarko appears and comments that it's the WonderTswan Crystal. Kuko appears, wanting to play it, but Hastur asks if the console still works. Yeah, cause clearly it should have any charge after being left like that for a while. Mahiro hits the power switch, and shockingly enough, it turns on. And... opening title!
-After the opening, we're back at the Yasaka home. Huh, that's odd. Weren't we at the shore just a while ago? That's a hell of a timeskip. But hey, this show has been weird, so why not have a time skip? Anyway, Mahiro is slowly waking up, commenting that he was just in a hot springs town. Glad I'm not the only one who noticed. Yoriko calls out for her son, but instead of "Hiro", it's "Mahiro." That's very unusual.
-We then see Yoriko... surrounded by bubbles and wearing an apron? What kind of visual novel crap is still? Anyway, mom is upset that Mahiro wouldn't get up and is upset with her son. She tells him to hurry or else he'll be late. He's a high schooler now, so get it together! Mahiro, however, has an important question. What's with the noise she's making? She's making this "Hmph" noise, or something that would translate into that. Yoriko doesn't answer, but instead, throws the bag into his arms and rushes him out the door. There must be a game she really wants to play and doesn't want Mahiro to watch. What, is it the new Final Fantasy game?
-Still, it's unusual. Mahiro walks down the streets and starts questioning what's happening. For that matter, where's Nyarko and the rest? Perhaps plotting some prank? But that's when we see Nyarko, in this cliche school uniform and performing the cliche act of running in the street with toast in her mouth, running into our main protagonist. Okay, not a visual novel cliche but every meet cute cliche. Nyarko, overacting as if her life depends on it, blames Mahiro for coming out of nowhere. That's when Mahiro notices something that is also a cliche, the panty shot, but this anime is too high class for something so low base, even for a joke. So the toast, like a knife, is pinning the skirt to the street. That is one sharp bread.
-Anyway, in a very un-Nyarko fashion, turns around and calls him a pervert and begins to cry, saying that she'll never be able to marry now. And then something about not being able to be the next queen or Draogn God priestess. Now that does sound like Nyarko is pulling a prank. But she rushes off, still crying, leaving Mahiro to wonder what the hell just happened? You're stuck in the worst world ever, a world filled with all kinds of anime romance cliches. I know of some people that would kill to have your place, though.
-Moving on to Doki-Doki Private Academy... wait, that doesn't sound like the name of their school. For that matter, do we even know the name of their school? I'm guessing not since Mahiro comments on it. And that's when he's greeted by Kuko, who actually calls him by name instead of "boy". She's even in a different school uniform, this one a darker blue from Nyarko's lighter shade. She notes that Mahiro's tie is crooked and fixes it for him, saying the he must maintain his appearance. And suddenly, flowers! That's when she uses this opportunity to get in close, a blush on her face, and tells Mahior that Azathoth watches over them. He doesn't watch over you guys in your private time, does he?
-So, at this point, Mahiro is clearly going "what in the flying hell is this?" He decides to move on, hoping that maybe, just maybe, if he ignores everything thats happened, he can proceed with his life. Like that'll be easy, for as he's putting away his shoes, Hastur appears... in a basketball uniform, dribbling a basketball, and telling him to hurry or he'll be late. But you don't have to abandon hope, once you give up thinking it's too late, the game's over. Wait, what? Did that make any sort of sense? Is that suppose to make sense? Why is this world not making sense?
-Also, Hastur, what's with the Jason Kidd getup? Mahiro wonders how the more sensible one is also involved in this prank, but Hastur just laughs and goes about his dribbling... before losing the ball and having to chase after it. Clearly this is going to be one of those days, isn't it?
-So, to recap, we have Nyarko playing the new transfer student, Kuko playing the doting childhood friend or president (but definite love interest), and Hastur as the sports nut and the boy option. Sounds like we're hitting the tropes properly here. And just in case you thought my visual novel line was just a gag, the show makes it happen by having the first meeting between Mahiro and Yoichi in VN form, with the latter having a text box and introducing himself to the former. But he's also the person providing information about the girls.
-One thing I like is that they have the mouth flaps for Yoichi just move up and down, like if he was a static 2D image. It's a nice touch to keep it going. Mahiro, who's already suffered enough already, can't believe his friend is helping the others in their prank. Oh, and Yoichi has a text box in front of him as we get a side image showing the box in front of him. Mahiro, who's finally snapped, runs over and shakes his friend, tears in his eyes about the broken trust between the two. Tamao appears and seems to be fine. No box or anything. Mahiro is happy to see some normality, though I suspect she's the super hidden fourth option. You know there's one in every game.
-Hey, Yoichi isn't done with his speech! He needs to give Mahiro his current standing with the girls. He shows the note to him and we get the notes. Nyarko is advancing love heart, Kuko is falling full speed int desire, Hastur, who I add isn't a girl, has the line "Tenthousand years and two thousand more, has wanted to become one", and Tamao is listed with the line "seriously fell in love 555 seconds ago." According to the reference guide these are all parody lines from songs of either other anime shows, other songs, or Kamen Rider references. If we were doing a drinking game, I'd tell you to take a drink there, but I don't know enough about Kamen rider to do that, so we'll carry on.
-Mahiro, who has apparently never played a VN in his life, asks what is this. Or maybe he has but his brain can't wrap around the fact that he's in a VN world. That's when Luhy appears and drags him off. What, does she play the sexy school nurse, because we need to fill in that trope, and she fits the bill for that. He wonders if maybe she's changed, too. But when we cut to the nurse's office, we find out that she isn't. Though that didn't stop the game from putting her in that role anyway.
-So, yeah, Mahiro finds out that they're in a game. More specifically, he's been sucked into the cursed dating simulation game "Doki-Doki High School." He tries to think when that happened and remembers when he turned the game console on. We get to see the aftermath of the powering on scene as the group were sucked into the game by a black hole. But Luhy wasn't in the group, so why is she here? She happens to be accessing the game from the outside, but for everybody else, they've been assigned characters from the dating sim. I'm trying to decide if Yoichi lucked out with his role or had a crap role given to him?
-But yeah, that's why the others are acting like walking romance cliches. Luhy doesn't know what caused the situation but she does know how to get them out of it. And it's rather simple, too. Just reach a good ending with someone and they can escape from this world! See, simple. But that also means we're kind of forcing Mahiro to choose between the three potential love interests. And just in case it wasn't obvious, Luhy gives the choices. Nyarko, Kuko, Hastur and Tamao. In the end, Mahiro must become lovers with one of them or they'll be stuck in this world forever. At least it isn't Fate/Stay Night where making a wrong choice leads to death. Unless this is one of those games where it seems happy at first, but can lead to some really nasty, bloody endings. If I see a boat here I'm leaving, you got it?
-Mahiro asks why Hastur has to be one of his choices, but I think we've already established that earlier. But before she can answer, Luhy starts fading out. Looks like she's out of time. She tells Mahiro to happen, because not even she knows what will happen... and she's gone. Well, at least Mahiro can play the game knowing that the other girls are acting out roles and are in no way pretending to be other people. And I'm immediately proven wrong when we see Nyarko, under the bed, acting like herself, She's laughing it up because she knows that Mahiro has to choose one of them and must accept this dating game world. She's happy because it means Mahiro has to cooperate, no matter what flags she sets.
-As for Kuko, she's overheard the conversation and is already making her plan by having Mahiro hook up with Hastur so that she and Nayrko enjoy their very own Endless Eight. You mean stuck in the same, mind numbing story for several episodes in a row while losing audience members due to the receptive nature of said episodes? Yeah, that'll work out real well for you. As for Hastur, well, he's just looking longingly at Mahiro, but really hates being the sports type as it doesn't suit him. But since he's already in the game, might as well play out the role given to him.
-And we get a triple screen split of the three characters, all holding up glasses and knowing how this game will end. Wait, so it's going to end with the main character picking a girl that is outside of the potential choices, going with a third option love interest? Yeah, I hated the way that ended.
-Tonight's episode is titled Nyarko's Exciting High School. Yeah, it's going to be exciting, all right. Though I wonder how much the three will be able to do? Will they be limited to what they can do? Will they be forced to follow the game rules and would not be allowed to deviate from it? Because honestly, I think it would be funny if Kuko actually flirts with Mahiro and finds her words twisted to have him look at her instead of trying to hook up with Hastur.
-So, after that little prep talk, Mahiro wonders why he has to be in a dating sim? What, would you rather be stuck in Dark Souls instead? I bet that would be real fun. Anyway, time for the action to step up. Nyarko shows up and calls out to Mahiro, but makes sure to keep it proper by using his family name and runs over to him. Mahiro, however, heard Nyarko's out of character moment and calls her out on it, but she's going to play the role she's been given, dammit, and you will appreciate the hard work she'll put in it! Anyway, she wants him to set all sorts of flags with her, showing that, nope, we aren't going to follow the game rules here. That would have been so much funnier.
-Nyarko grabs Mahiro's arm and is ready to start Super Nyarko-chan Time! Though she turns to the camera to say that, in English, they call it a quick start. She then produces dice that say "Don't Lose!" and "Way of Life." I should also point out that she's got snake eyes in her hands, which is never a good thing to have. Now it's time for swim class! Huh, why was the next even a swim class?
-Well, it's because Nyarko is going to drown now! She actually announces it, but it's also because she wants to be given mouth-to-mouth. I knew that demure Nyarko wasn't going to last. That's when Kuko appears, hugging Nyarko and forcing her to the ground, wanting mouth-to-mouth, then mouth-to-breast, mouth-to-inner-thigh, then back to mouth-to-mouth. But Nyarko in's amused by this and keeps her back while trying to seek help from Mahiro. However, he's disappeared. Where could he be? Why, Tamao, the fourth love interest, says that Hastur collapsed, so Mahiro took him to the nurse's office. Hey, look at that, little Hastur created a flag. That sneaky kid!
-In the nurse's office, Mahiro takes care of Hastur, who appears to be breathing heavily. It looks like a genuine moment, but as Mahiro reaches over, Hastur expects a kiss. However, it seems our main hero is actually taking out a thermometer that was in the armpit, noting that his temperature is normal. Hastur is not amused by this and grabs his arm. He tells the main hero that they should make their final fusion today! Wait, does that mean they're being attacked by Majin Buu? Where's Goku when you need him?
-Mahiro, of course, is confused, but Hastur tells him that he wants to have his child. Again, alien, so who knows how the biology works for them. Hastur goes in for a kiss and, suddenly, Mahiro is in the classroom late in the day. Well, that was unusual, and lucky for Mahiro, who avoided a bad situation. At least one for him. But why is he here? Well, Kuko can explain that. Apparently she's grown tired of observing a static subject, and as a humanoid interface, she can create explosions of data using force and gather information through observation. Okay, I can get making the joke here, since it was made already, but aren't we cutting it a bit close to copyright with that uniform? Sure, different color, but that hasn't stopped people from being sued before.
-Moving on, Mahiro asks whose class president Kuko thinks she is, but she's the type that pulls out a giant sword from her skirt. Yeah, that wasn't suggestive at all. So, yeah, Kuko has decided to stop playing matchmaker and play killer, looking for a response after she kills Mahiro. I think you should be more worried about how Yoriko will react when she finds out you killed her son. I don't think your species will have much of a future.
-Mahiro attempts to run, bumps into some desks and knocks them over. As Kuko comes in for the kill, he suddenly finds himself in a darken room. He wonders if this is the next event. He's worried about what will happen next, but that's when, on the stage, we have Nyarko, dressed in a familiar bunny girl outfit, on stage. She's holding a guitar and has a band set behind her, but she's the only one on stage. Guess she's the band. Anyway, this next song is for him, for her song is "Malign Deity Knows."
-I... I don't even know what's going on anymore. We started out making fun of Visual Novel tropes and now we're taking jabs at Haruhi Suzumiya? This is less funny and more confusing at this point. Before the song plays, which sounds like it would be a killer metal song, Mahiro, who apparently isn't into metal, takes the guitar from her hands and calls her an idiot. You're being mean again, Mahiro. It's not her fault she's acting like this, but the game's fault!
-Anyway, Nyarko is upset because this is her best scene with excellent key animation, but gets a chop to the head for her trouble. Poor girl. Anyway, on our eye catches, we have our three main love interest in their respective outfits from the VN section, all saying "Doki-Doki Private Academy". The second half is Mahiro, our hero, with a silhouette of a girl under a large tree, also saying "Doki-Doki Private Academy."
-And now we're at a restaurant called Derleth. Nyarko, dressed as a waitress, welcomes the customer in, all with hearts. She then breaks character and runs to Mahiro, dressed as a waiter or the manager, asking what he thinks of her greeting? He's working now, so he's in serious mode. Nyarko points out that this is the perfect event to raise her standing with him. Realizing that this is going to get back, he walks away, planning to resign. Nyarko stops him and warns... er, threatens him that if he isn't careful with the manager, a beautiful employee with a Japanese sword will cut him in half. I don't think that's how you're going to raise his standing with you, Nyarko. But maybe the game works that way.
-That's when a bell is heard, which means customers! Nyarko pushes Mahiro forward to take care of them. It's Kuko and she's got a bell at her table. She's pushing it furiously, to the point where Mahiro tells her to stop doing that. He then asks for the order, but apparently she wants a change in server. Too bad for her that they don't use that system here, so deal with it! Nyarko, watching from afar, is upset that Kuko is trying to interfere with her route. However, this was a bad decision as Kuko is getting a good look at her in the waitress outfit and is head-over-heels for her. Admittedly, I do think Nyarko looks cute in her waitress outfit, but then again, Nyarko is generally cute all around.
-Of course, Kuko keeps going by saying that she wants to violate Nyarko and make her unable to live without her. Okay, I'm saying this now. Nobody let Kuko play Yandere Simulator. Ever. Nyarko is irritated and whacks Kuko over the head with her serving tray, but that just makes Kuko keep going stronger than before, wanting to wear the same clothes as her. Nyarko, still irritated, decides to say that such an outfit wouldn't work good on a girl with tiny boobs like Kuko. She response by saying that they're not tiny, but apparently Nyarko gets this weird feeling that somebody stole her line. I had to look this up but this is a voice acting gag as Nyarko's voice actress plays the character Popura from Working!!!, and her catch phrase is to say she isn't tiny. Hence the meta joke.
-And suddenly, we're back at the Yasaka residence. Mahiro is trying to recover as Yoriko decides to play up her being the new, hot stop mom, but as Mahiro already knows that nobody is being forced into these roles, tells her that she doesn't have to keep pretending anymore. She's upset by this, as she was hoping they would finally be lovey-dovey. Please tell me she's joking. Still, being a gamer, she's curious to know who Mahiro is pursuing in this game in order to escape. She's got a backlog to deal with, after all. He hasn't, so Yoriko suggests that, if he waits long enough, Yoichi will confess his feelings for him. Nope, Mahiro wouldn't want a bad ending like that to happen. Well, bad for him, that is.
-Well, since they're stuck until Mahiro choose, Yoriko suggests just picking somebody. He's uncomfortable with this, as it means they're going to confess their feelings to him and, to him, this isn't decision to take lightly. I should also point out that Nyarko did that in a genuine fashion in the previous episode. Just bringing that up, tis all. Yoriko agrees, but still, that backlog of hers.
-The next day, or in this case, the next event, Mahiro is back at school and talking to Yoichi. He says that the recommended dating spot is the amusement park. We see Nyarko and Mahiro together, and while she's having a blast, he's clearly not. We then transition to a school festival where... Nyarko and Kuko are having calvary battle with actual weapons. Somebody is going to be spilling blood soon. We then transition to the staple of any visual novel romance game, the school festival. More specifically, the made cafe, where Nyarko presents Mahiro with a desert filled with tentacles. Kuko isn't doing any better. At least Hastur's looks somewhat normal, but it's mostly blocked by Mahiro, so who knows what evil it's hiding.
-And our next scene transition is winter. Somebody kept the skip button on and forgot to take it off until now. Mahiro is at a church with Hastur as it's snowing. It appears to be Christmas now, which means the Christmas event! Hopefully we won't have any poor communication and have one of the detective love interests suspect the hero of attempting to kill her. I mean, that's just weird, right?
-Hastur thinks that the malign deity of romance is blessing them, but Mahiro wonders if maybe they're being cursed instead. It's fine, because Hastur has a Christmas gift for you, Mahiro! He's a little nervous about it but takes it anyway. And inside is a mini Hastur! Now that's just a weird gift to have. Anyway, it's handmade by Hastur, so Mahiro can sleep with him, bathe with him and do whatever he wants with him. And it's a cast off figure, but do so at your own risk. So it is going to be that kind of Christmas event.
-Well, with Hastur out of the way, it's time to look at the oddities to come. In this case, it's Kuko. And it appears to be something of occult in nature. Dammit, somebody got her Yandere Simulator, didn't they? This is Space CQC, Pearl of Wisdom number 5, anywhere lighter. She actually lit up a bunch of candles. And she used it to light the candles on a cake. Well, this is rather normal, isn't it? Mahiro, just defeated at this point, says it's rather convenient. But it turns out that Kuko, the one person who's indifferent to Mahiro, has a present for him, too. It's a bomb, isn't it?
-And inside of the gift is some lacy undergarments. Apparently Kuko wants Mahiro to give it to Nyarko. He throws it at her and says she should do it, but this is more in anger and irritation. Fine, this was Kuko's plan all along. But she's going to try it on first before giving it to Nyarko. Mahiro doesn't care anymore and just wants to move on to the next event.
-Said next event is with Nyarko. They're meeting in that cliche spot where the trees are decorated with lights at night. She calls out to Mahiro, who turns to look at her, but she's playing the ditzy character and tries for crash into hello, but he effortlessly side steps it, causing her to crash into the ground. In his defense, she did it on purpose. Maybe. But that's not going to stop her form giving her gift. It's a marriage registration. More specifically, she's giving him the present of her life. He takes it into his hands and, after a moment, rips it up, much to her horror. Why would you destroy her flag like that, Mahiro? Because it is a legally binding document, and even if their in a game, it may end up being legally binding in the real world, too. Assuming they escape, but with the way things are going, that doesn't appear to be the case... unless he's going for the tricky harem ending.
-But that's fine. Nyarko actually has other gifts like... a hand-made scarf? Wow, that's actually rather normal and typical of romance stuff, but not typical of Nyarko. She makes sure he's all bundled up in it before saying that it suits him. This genuine cute moment catches Mahiro off guard, but she then ruins it by wondering if the flag she just set ensured her victory. She's exploding with emotion, after all. Looks like she's winning, but Mahiro says that he can't choose anyone like this. She comments that he's serious about the strangest things, but being sucked into a game doesn't change the fact that it is actually them and not computer simulations, and who knows, they may actually remember what happens in here. Still, despite all of that, that's what she loves about him.
-But now, Nyarko has no choice but to do battle! Wait, battle? Apparently, if Nyarko can defeat her rivals, then there is only one ending. The ending where everybody is killed? This leads to her declaring that it's time for the final event, hand to hand combat! And it's called the Bloody Valentine. Seriously, if I see a boat at all, I'm leaving.,>
-We cut to the school as our rivals get brief stats, all dressed up in different outfits. Nyarko appears to be going with a Pai Chan outfit from Virtua Figther, with Kuko wearing what I believe to be Mai's outfit from King of Fighters. And lastly, we have Hastur dressed up as Bridget from Guilty Gear, because really, no other outfit was going to work with him but that. Nyarko explains that the final event is St. Valentine's Day. She goes on to say that, in pursuit of Mahiro's purity, the rivals will speak with their fists to their hearts' content! Clearly, it's because the fist is the best ambassador to settle disagreements, especially in the realm of love.
-We get a long pan of Kuko in the Mai outfit, only white with red trimmings instead of red with white. She proclaims that Nyarko will be hers and will not allow her to follow the route with Mahiro. As for Hastur... seriously, he's working that Bridget outfit well... right, so Hastur will not lose to these girls! What do they have that he doesn't? With that, Nyarko tells them to follow their racing instincts, awaken their souls, and if you do not fight, you will die. Question: Why racing?
-So the three charge into the middle of the field and just brawl, but of course, we have dust covering it up, so we don't see anything, but the girls want their ending! And they'll do anything to take it!
-And we suddenly cut to the gym storage closet with... is that Tamao? She's straddling Mahiro and asks if this is his first time. Wow, did not see that one coming. He states that things are getting interesting, but he's confused as to what's happening. I'm a bit confused, too, thanks to these sudden cuts, but Tamao, blushing up a bit, explains the situation. A boy and a girl are accidentally locked inside the gym storage closet and have to spend the night together. And depending on the work, either nothing happens or everything happens.
-So Tamao comes in for a kiss but Mahiro objects, saying this is too sudden. I know what you mean. What happen to all the scenes allowing this route to happen to begin with? His complain, however, is that it's turning into an erotic game and his mother never lets him play those. Tamao breaths out a sigh to take her out of serious mode, but apparently was playing along to get the surprise ending. Mahiro comments that she shouldn't take these jokes so far, but she mutters that she wasn't joking. She was completely serious. She really does like Mahiro. Well, that explains why she was a choice early on and not stuck in an NPC role. But Mahiro won't buy it, recognizing it as her trying to plant a flag. I guess she doesn't like him that much after all.
-So, about that fight? Looks like Nyarko won as she's the last girl standing... or not as she falls to the ground. We transition to a boy standing under a tree and it's Mahiro waiting for the victor. He's honestly hoping it's not Yoichi, given how he tried to avoid setting flags with the other girls. That's when we see a silhouette of a girl approaching. It's Nyarko and she's wearing the typical school uniform of their proper school. As it looks like she's going to give her confession, it turns out that she throws out her fingers in the V sign, announcing her victory. Way to ruin the moment, young lady.
-Mahiro decides to run with it and congratulates her on winning. But Nyarko is ready for the big event. She explains that, in order to reach their good ending, under this tree with some sort of a history about couples and stuff, they must pledge their love to each other for eternity with a kiss. Because, you know, these games have to end it that way. Mahiro objects, even if they are in a game. Nyarko points out that the games rules are absolute. if they want to escape, they need to kiss. Mahiro is looking for excuses, but flat out says he can't do it. As he turns to leave, Nyarko stops him by grabbing his arm. Oh, did you accidentally set the yandere flag?
-Actually, Nyarko, in her genuine voice from the last episode, says that she really does love Mahiro and to please accept how she feels. She's been working hard towards this moment and he should appreciate it. Mahiro slowly turns to face her, his face red hot. He thinks back at the end of their date in the real world and her confession. As Nyarko places her hands on his shoulders, Mahiro resolves himself, as this is only to escape from the game and has no significant meaning behind it.
-As Mahiro repeats this, Nyarko comes in for a kiss, but we pan back from the tree so we only see their silhouettes as the screen fades to white. We return to the real world as our cast returns. They all appear to be confused as to what happened, apparently remembering nothing of what happened in the game. They remember they came to buy stuff, but that's about it. Luhy appears and is happy to see them back in the real world, but this draws more confusion. When questioned, Luhy, but then asks Mahiro about it. However, it's clear he remembers what happened in the game. This draws questions from the others, mainly about why his face is so red, but he's not going to answer that.
-With that, shopping comes to an end. Bringing up the rear, Nyarko runs over to Mahiro with a smile on her face. When he questions that look, she says it's nothing. When he asks again, she gives the same answer. They keep that up as we pan up to the sky. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Nyarko is all happy to be in the preview again with Mahiro. He tells her to calm down but she keeps going, saying that the setting of the next episode is Onomichi. And it's a three parter. This leads to more confusion on his part. In the shots, we see Shanta-Kun in a suit of armor as Kuko and Hastur are tied up. We get a shot of Kuko in pajamas, but then we see her kneeling in front of Nyarko, apparently declaring an allegiance or something. And our last shot is that of Tamao pulling a piece out. Why is she going to shoot us? All this and more in our next episode, I am Him and He is Me.
Honestly, I think this was a wasted episode. Here's what I mean. The VN/Romance parody has been overdone a bit, so clearly I didn't find those particular parts funny, but then we got random anime shots here, too, which seemed to come out of nowhere, really. Because the setting was already done, I felt that the episode would have really been good if the episode established rules for the characters to follow. Mainly that they all had to play their role, with Nyarko the transfer student who may or may not be a tomboy, Kuko the demure childhood friend and/or Class President, Hastur the outgoing athlete, and Tamao the surprise option. In the end, it was just the same old stuff, though that bit at the end with the tree was rather well done and continued the characterization Nyarko had going for her in the previous episode.
Though one thing is bothering me a bit. Now, I know why we had Nyarko, Hastur and Kuko as options, though Kuko is a bit of a stretch, but why was Tamao an option? I know we got a scene of her playing it up near the end and playing it off as a joke, but I can't help but think the game wouldn't assign her as one of the potential love interests if there wasn't something there. I don't know if we'll see this, but I honestly think Tamao has genuine feelings for Mahiro. And if that becomes the case, then Nyarko and Hastur are going to be in trouble because she gets an advantage of being a normal human... maybe.
So, yeah, not a big fan of this episode, but it looks like we're finishing things up with a three episode arc. How will it end? Will Mahiro choose somebody? Well, since it's got a second season I don't think that's the case, but we'll see what happens then.
Until next time, remember, when you find a random game console inside a box of stuff in a store that sells a class, mint condition game well under market value, don't turn it on. Who knows what crazy world you'll find yourselves sucked into.