I whined, bitched, and complained about the first episode of Nyarlko a few weeks ago, and rightfully so. That damn episode fucking sucked, and I figured the rest of the series was gonna suck as well.
Then I watched the next two episodes. It ain’t awesome or anything, but it’s back up to the same level of the original OAV episodes.
Each of these episodes introduces a new Outer God/Great Old One in chick clothing. Episode two brings us the moeification of Atlach-Nacha, the spider being whose shtick in the Mythos is spinning a web which, upon completion, will signify the end of the universe. Somehow said being has been corrupted into Atoko, a chick in a kimono who gets off on talking like a dirty old man. This leads to an amusing gag in the third episode, where she’s berating Cthuko for her unrequited love of Nyarlko. The fact that half the conversation is bleeped out, so you can fill in the blanks like some sort of non-euclidean Mad Lib, makes it pretty amusing. Some of the bleeps last a little too long for anything that immediately comes to mind, so who knows what the fuck she’s talking about. Maybe Elder God Sex has far more possibilities as far as perverse, not-safe-for-work shit goes, making it necessary for the extra-long bleeps. I wouldn’t be surprised.
What’s a bit more interesting, concept-wise, is the Outer God introduced in the third episode: Nyarle. I was wondering what was up with this chick in the opening/ending/whatever, since she has the same hair color and antenna-hair sticking out of the top of her head as Nyarlko, and her name says it all. See, Nyarlathotep is the sort of being that has many aspects to himself. Depending on the situation, he takes on a different “Mask,” but I can’t think of a situation where two or more of these avatars have been in the same place at the same time. Seeing how Nyarle’s appearance is very similar to Nyarlko’s, as well as her name matching up even moreso than Nyarlko’s with their parent god, I gotta assume that they’re both “Masks” of Nyarlathotep.
This is another one of those little tidbits that appeals to a Cthulhu nut like myself. Nyarlko and Nyarle may look alike, but they have different personalities. Granted, said personalities boil down to broad moe stereotypes, but they’re distinct from one another and don’t really overlap based on the minute or so we saw them together. Nyarlathotep’s ”Masks” very often have little similarities with one another outside of a penchant for “darkness.” That is, Lovecraft was a fucking racist and everything that was evil had dark skin. But yeah, having Nyarlko and Nyarle share the same hair color and such is a little not to how these Masks function.
I also dug how Nyarle was conflicted as to whether she was “allowed” to love the main dude. This is assumedly because Nyarlko also digs the dude, so she’s wondering if it’s OK for her to muscle in on the territory of an aspect of herself. The same but different but blahblahblah. Shame that these episodes are TWO MINUTES LONG AT MOST so we can’t actually see if there’s anything to my inane conspiracy theories.
So yeah, I’m certainly took me longer to write this post than it took me to watch the damn episode, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes you longer to read it than it did for you to watch the damn episode (assuming you’re even bothering with this damn series). Whatever, man, it’s motherfucking Cthulhu here. I’ll find ways to fucking dig this shit, no matter how much SAN I lose in the process.