Nuns, DeLoreans, and Big Daddy (Mama?) Cthulhu

 Anime, Haibane Renmei  Comments Off on Nuns, DeLoreans, and Big Daddy (Mama?) Cthulhu
May 082012

So that nun chick with the DeLorean in Nyarlko, who is like totally awesome and stuff because she dresses like a nun and has a DeLorean, is probably the anime’s Cthulhu equivalent. Right? Yeah, I think I’m right.

The obvious proof for this is that little chibi-Cthulhu dangling from her hair from the commercial break eyecatch. That should be proof enough and stuff. But such an observation isn’t worthy of a blog post. Hell, it isn’t even a tweet. It’s just, like, a stray electron hitting a synapse– the sort of thing your brain barely acknowledges for longer than a second. “Mini-God. Girl. She’s Cthulhu. Bam.”

But this chick is too awesome to not waste precious words and time upon. She has a DeLorean, dude! And it flies! She isn’t just 1955ing here, she’s 2015ing as well. She plays the time and space awesomeness spectrum in multiple dimensions.

What struck me about pitting Nyarlathotep against Cthulhu (again, assuming this green haired maybe-nun is Cthulhu) is that this sort of butting of cosmic heads already happened in the Mythos. Indirectly. The dude that effectively took over the Mythos after Lovecraft died, August Derleth, tried to turn the Great Old Ones and Elder Gods into embodiments of the elements. Cthulhu became a water elemental. Cthugha was created to make a fire elemental. And Nyarlathotep got shoehorned into being an air elemental.

What’s interesting about this is that Derleth didn’t pit the traditional elemental opposites against one another. He pitted Earth against Fire and Water against Air. Not sure why that’s the case, but that’s the case. What this means is that Nyarlko is already paired against this new lady by this elemental nonsense. Nyarlathotep and Cthulhu are opposing beings and their duking it out over Mahiro’s mom is to be totally expected. This new lady is so meant to be Nyarlko’s nemesis. It’s already written in the stars.

Except I turned around and read the Nyarlko Wiki and found out that this new pseudo-nun just works for the Cthulhu Company. So actually all of what I just wrote is yet another one of my failed conspiracy theories. My shit’s already busted and I haven’t even finished this post.

But wait! This has created an even more elaborate conspiracy theory that allows for this new character to both be and not be Cthulhu. Check this out.

I’ve had this idea rummaging around my brain ever since I started watching this series. There has to be a reason why all of these Elder Gods take the form of cute girls and shit. I’m not buying into this “Nyarlathotepians are just an alien species and not one single God Being.” That’s just a ruse– a lie to tell mortals to make their existence a bit more palatable.

See, there’s no such thing as “Nyarlathotepians” and these other space “races.” Nyarlko isn’t a member of an alien species, she is Nyarlathotep in one of his many Masks. In order to keep Mahiro and other humans from going completely bonkers and lose all of their SAN, Nyarlko and Kuuko and the other Gods not only take cutesy human forms to soften the visual blow, they also concoct elaborate backstories to make the very concept of GOOs a bit more comprehensible. A mortal mind can’t handle knowing that the moe girl in front of it is just an Avatar of a creature so powerful its akin to a force of nature, but it can handle the concept of such gods being misinterpretations of entire species from another planet that just happen to have superior technology and magic and shit.

It’s the sort of effect you get from World of Darkness games like Werewolf or Mage. The human mind needs to rationalize the fantastic in order for it to allow such stuff to exist in its paradigm. Seeing something that goes beyond the human scope of reason breaks the mind, so for the Elder Gods to mingle and get their otaku swag, they have to play by The Masquerade and lower their conceptual level to more manageable levels.

That’s why this new girl isn’t Cthulhu. He’s the Big Daddy of the GOOs. She can’t just rationalize it away as saying “I’m a Cthulhuian. My species is the basis of Cthulhu and I really do have tentacles instead of green hair.” That shit’d still freak out humans. We can handle a fire being taking mortal form, but not Cthulhu himself. So he has to pretend to be an employee of a company called Cthulhu Whatever and not even use his name to refer to himself.

That’s why this Cthulhu chick is and isn’t Cthulhu. It’s to make sure we have some modicum of sanity left over for the next story arc.

Also, I want her car so bad.