Nyaruko Premium Edition Blu-ray Review
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love (Haiyore!
an anime series based upon a series of Japanese light novels. It has
adapted into a manga series and into a video game. This
is sort of the common result of a lot of
adaptations and this series isn't one to really break from the mold in
regard. The series is loosely inspired by the fiction works of H.P.
which conceptually is utilized as the starting point for the series.
The story begins
with a boy named Mahiro running away from a scary looking monster who
actually an alien creature who was trying to kidnap him to sell the
star of a intergalactic
alien soap opera. Mahiro is rescued from this alien by a silver-haired
named Nyruko, who is an alien of the species Nyarlathotep who
on the form of a human girl and who was sent from space to protect
the evil aliens. Nyruko is an anime-obsessed otaku who is more akin to
typical anime fan than to an alien. Over the course of the story, the
up fighting off other alien baddies and meet other similarly human-form
characters who wind up joining up with them and crashing at Mahiro's
story essentially focuses upon the oddball, goofy scenarios of the
amidst the scenario of the girl being an alien from space, and the rest
simple run-of-the-mill anime shenanigans.
The animation style is well-produced from a
standpoint with good attention to the details of the art. The
overall environmental landscapes impress, and the character designs are
sufficient for this type of show. However, the art is still bland and
unfortunately too generic to stand out from the crowd of other anime
much. It's too uninspired. There is no sense of originality here. Yet
the art seems to be the best element of the entire production.
Stylistically, even though the art is sufficient
there's an odd approach to the show that doesn't mesh well
creatively in the way it blends together a dark, menacing, or doom and
of the alien intruders with the bubble-gum cheerfulness that resides in
other series characters and general scene-to-scene dynamic. This odd
combination doesn't really work the way the artists intend and it feels
out of place
and detrimental to the style of the show succeeding.
The series writing is the weakest point of the
show, and by
relation to the writing craft on display the characters developed
this series are similarly underwhelming. There's an issue in any series
hard to connect to or enjoy the characterization of even a single
the storyline. Just one character that
is somehow relatable or believably conceived in script can go a long
Crawling with Love lacks any interesting or likeable characters.
The story is by the numbers and generic. This
not feel original in the slightest. The writing is weak, in part,
presumes that it is successfully working out to be a comedy series. Yet
show is never funny. The characters behave in a Three Stooges sort of
nothing about this translates well with this setting and with the
and their interactions.
The plot is one where in each episode something is
with an evil alien encounter and random goofiness happens at the same
This just doesn't work too well. To make things more problematic, the
constantly tossing out pop-cultural references to other anime series,
the likes of gigantic phenomenon's like Pokemon and One
but these references feel both jarringly out of place and seem to serve
reminder that writing-wise Nyaruko: Crawling with Love is
lacking its own voice and so it instead references other, better series.
The direction is fairly typically over-the-top and
seems all over the place with a quick pacing which is detrimental to
ever seeming to grasp onto something more interesting or dramatic. It
jumps around from one odd element to another and relies on many different
typical anime tropes, including the introduction of Nyaruko to
school as a new student who causes a lot of commotion for Mahiro along
This feels like anime 101 and it's not done in a way that causes the
feel more interesting or successfully comedic.
I wish I had more positive things to say about
because it's a bit of a downer when yet another anime is released which
to be essentially mediocre and uninspired, but that's the best way to
sum up Nyaruko:
Crawling with Love: mediocre and uninspired. It falls flat as an
almost every way.
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love is presented on
in its original 1.78:1 televised aspect ratio and the 1080p High
presentation is uniformly excellent with good color reproduction, fine
and clarity that makes this a mostly excellent presentation of the
will not find this element disappointing.
Presented in lossless uncompressed 2.0 stereo
Crawling with Love has a strong Japanese language presentation with
English subtitles. Clarity is strong with clean vocals, good dialogue
reproduction, and a nice ambiance that includes strong implementation
series music. This is a notably good lossless audio presentation that
is a good
fit alongside a similarly stellar video presentation.
NIS America's best extra is the Premium Edition
with comes with a gorgeous art-box and artbook with more details,
and sketches relevant to the series. If you do happen to like the show,
Premium Edition is of stellar print quality and has once again been put
together by NISA.
probably wouldn't be too pleased with this loosely inspired by anime
It's not intelligent or involving. Instead, it's a rather generic anime
about fighting aliens and getting into typical zany scenarios with the
over-the-top characters. I didn't care for this one at all, and don't
it in the slightest. However, for those who are
fans, know that NIS America once again delivers a stellar package from
and packaging perspective.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.