Thursday, April 19, 2012

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san OP and ED References


References in the opening:

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The white creature is the Twitter profile picture of Aisora Manta (逢空万太), the author of the "Haiyore! Nyaruko-san" light novel. Screen capture for reference:

The paper being held up has a depiction of the Yellow Sign, which is used as the sign of Hastur in the Cthulhu Mythos.S1 Image for reference:

Source of image:

The style of this scene mirrors a scene of Aida Hikoichi in chapter 34 of volume 4 of "Slam Dunk", a manga written by Inoue Takehiko and published from 1990 to 1996.S1 Image for reference:

Mahiro's house has a gambrel roof. Buildings with such roofs often appear in the Cthulhu Mythos, like in the fictional city of Arkham, Massachusetts.S1 A description of Arkham goes as follows:
What lay behind our joint love of shadows and marvels was, no doubt, the ancient, mouldering, and subtly fearsome town in which we lived—witch-cursed, legend-haunted Arkham, whose huddled, sagging gambrel roofs and crumbling Georgian balustrades brood out the centuries beside the darkly muttering Miskatonic.
This is an excerpt from "The Thing on the Doorstep", a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft and first published in 1937.

This scene is referencing Arino Shinya and "GameCenter CX", a Japanese TV show he stars in, wherein he plays retro games and aims to reach the ending within a day. Recurring themes of the show are Arino's forehead cooling pads and a large pile of snacks next to him. In the above picture there is a blue package that presumably contains cooling pads since it says "Hie Hie" (冷え冷え), meaning something like "Chilly Chilly", and has a picture of a child with a cooling pad on his forehead. Also a lot of snacks can be seen. The chair Yoriko is sitting in also resembles the chair that Arino sits in after he receives it as a gift in episode 100 of the show. Lastly, Yoriko is playing a game in front of the TV screen with a similar camera angle often used on the show. Images from episode 100 for reference:

The left image shows Arino playing "Wrecking Crew", the challenge game of the episode, him wearing his signature cooling pad on his forehead, a bunch of snacks to his left, and the similar camera shot facing him and the back of the TV. The right image shows Arino showing off the new ergonomic chair. The headrest, shape, and color of Yoriko's chair look exactly like Arino's.

The girl, Kurei Tamao, is eating baumkuchen, a popular pastry in Japan. This is referencing her voice actor, Ootsubo Yuka, who is nicknamed "JK Baumu" (JKバウム) after Toshinou Kyouko, a character she voices in the anime "YuruYuri" whose favorite food is baumkuchen. "JK Baumu" is derived from the phrase "baumukuuhen suki no joushi kousei" (バウムクーヘン好きの女子高生) or "baumkuchen loving high school girl".S2

The pose Nyaruko makes here is based on the cover art for the first volume of the "Haiyore! Nyaruko-san" light novel. Image for reference:

Source of image:

The Japanese text that appears in this shot goes as follows, "Meijou shigatai seisaku iinkai no you na mono" (名状しがたい製作委員会のようなもの), or "Unspeakable production committee-like thing". The word "unspeakable" (名状しがたい meijou shigatai) is an adjective that often appears in the Cthulhu Mythos.S3

References in the ending:

Nyaruko is riding on a space ship called the Fortuner, which appears in "Uchuu Eiyuu Monogatari" (宇宙英雄物語), also known as "The Future-Retro Hero Story", a manga series written by Itou Takehiko and first published from 1988 to 1992.S2 Image for reference:

Additionally, the Fortuner is based on Captain Future's ship, the Comet, from "Captain Future", a series of science fiction stories primarily written by Edmond Hamilton.S2 In the stories, Hamilton describes the Comet as teardrop shaped. From Hamilton's story, "Calling Captain Future",
"Ten minutes later a small ship shaped like an elongated teardrop rose from an underground hanger on the lunar surface. It was the Comet, the super-swift craft of the Futuremen, known far and wide through the System as the swiftest ship in space."
Depiction of the Comet for reference:

Source of image:

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There are two references here:
* The blue book nearby Mahiro's head reads 「クトゥルー神話の謎と真実」 (Kutouuruu Shinwa no Nazo to Shinjitsu), or "Mysteries and Truths of the Cthulhu Mythos", which is referencing a book by that name.S5 Here is an isolation that might be easier to read:

* Nyaruko and company are playing the "Call of Cthulhu" role playing game. Nyaruko is rolling percentile dice that the "Call of Cthulhu" RPG uses, and the screen in front of her is a keeper's screen, a player aid that is often used in tabletop RPG's. Also, the screen bears a depiction of Derleth's description of Lovecraft's Elder Sign.S4 Images for reference:
A "Call of Cthulhu" keeper's screen:

A depiction of Derleth's Elder Sign:

Image sources in respective order:

This scene and Nyaruko's puppets are referencing "Romeo and Juliet", a play written by William Shakespeare. In particular, the above scene is referencing scene II of act II of the play, in which Juliet is standing at a window overlooking an orchard while Romeo is in the orchard below and calls up to her and they pledge their love for each other.

The maid outfit Nyaruko is wearing is the same as the one she wears on the cover of the volume 4 of the "Haiyore! Nyaruko-san" light novel:

Source of image:

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List of sources:
S1. Japanese Nyaruko References Wiki (這いよれ! ニャル子さん 元ネタwiki)
S2. Commie Subs translators
S3. A blog post by convexity
S4. Comments on this post
S5. A blog by servitors about Cthulhu Mythos inspired works (クトゥルー/クトゥルフ神話作品発掘記)

Thanks to everyone who contributed! This list wouldn't be nearly as long without you all. See you next episode!

Last updated May 25, 2012


  1. In the library scene in the ED, Nyarlko, Cthugha, and the two classmates are playing Call of Cthulhu. Nyarlko's rolling the percentile dice that CoC uses, and the screen in front of her bears the image of Derleth's version of Lovecraft's Elder Sign.

    1. Oh snap, good call! I'll add this, thanks!

  2. great detective work^^ and thanks for the Wakamoto-style cover link

  3. The arcade machine at around 20 seconds in the opening song that chtugha was playing looks like Mushiking: King of Beetles.

    1. Hmm, that's an interesting observation, but unless Mushiking machines are particularly well known for being green in color, I don't think one can objectively say that it is the game she's playing since we can't see the actual game contents.

  4. the scene when nyaruko is beating up the nightgaunts at around 1:16 reminds me of the end of the benizakura arc when gintoki is beating up the aliens that come at him one at a time (gintama lesson 61)

    also, kuuko is a flame haze (shakugan no shana,

    and hastur is using eido's pose to use a wind attack (zatch bell,

    1. In regards to the to the Gintama scene, I watched episode 61 and nothing stood out to me that looked exactly the same as Nyaruko fighting the Nightgaunts. Nyaruko, with the crowbar in her right hand, does a horizontal swing from right to left, then switches the crowbar to her left hand, spins it a couple times before doing another horizontal swing from right to left, then spins the crowbar some more before switching it back to her right hand, and finally does an upward swinging motion. In the last fight against a bunch of grunts, Gintoki, with the exception of his first slash, wields his sword in his right hand or both hands at all times.

      In regards to Shana, there is no connection between Cthuko and Shana. Cthuko is based on Cthugha, the Great Old One from Cthulhu Mythos who is a fire deity.

      Hastur's pose is very generic looking. He's just holding his hands out in front of him. I don't think one can say that pose derives from any one place.

  5. Could the album art for the ED be referencing the album art for the OP of "Ano Natsu de Matteru"? (Nyaruko) (Ano Natsu de Matteru)

    Because of a few plot similarities between the two shows (alien girl falls in love with earth boy, for one), this cannot possibly be a coincidence, right?

    1. Ah, that's an interesting idea. I'm going to have to say that I think it's a coincidence, though. The overall pose is similar, however they are not the same. Nyaruko's legs are crossed while Ichika's are not. Nyaruko has her arms under her legs while Ichika has her arms over her legs. Ichika's head is resting on one knee while Nyaruko's head is up. These may seem like minor points, but I believe that if it were a reference, then Nyaruko's pose would be exactly the same as Ichika's. The "Tokimeki Memorial Only Love" reference in episode 8 is a good example of this. Nyaruko, Cthuko, and Hastur's poses are all exactly the same as those in the source image in terms of the positioning of their bodies, heads, hands, and legs. So, due to the inconsistencies, this case with the album arts is not concrete enough for me to really think it is intended as a reference.

  6. isnt the way that nyaruko pulls mahiro kind of like the way kagura pulls gintoki in gintama 4th op (kasanaru kage)? or is it a coincidence?

    1. I would consider this a coincidence. Getting dragged along by the hand isn't something uncommon. Haruhi does this to various characters in "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu" for example.

  7. You misspelled Yuruyuri as 'Yuriyuri'.

  8. I think this is most likely a coincidence, but that scene in the sky at 1:15 is animated similarly to the first scene in Kara no Kyoukai 6 (at around 1:02)... check just to be sure?

    1. Interesting observation. The scene in Kara no Kyoukai does look similar to the scene in the Nyaruko ED, however I would consider this to be a coincidence. I don't think that visual effect is that uncommon, or at least I don't think it is so unique that it could be attributed to Kara no Kyoukai.