Nyaruko: Crawling with Love

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Nyaruko: Crawling With Love
Cover of first light novel volume featuring the protagonist, Nyaruko
這いよれ! ニャル子さん
(Haiyore! Nyaruko-san)
Genre Action, Romantic comedy, Harem[1]
Light novel
Written by Manta Aisora
Illustrated by Koin
Published by SB Creative
Demographic Male
Imprint GA Bunko
Magazine GA Magazine
Original run April 15, 2009March 17, 2014
Volumes 12
Original video animation
Haiyoru! Nyaruani
Directed by Azuma Tani
Written by Manta Aisora
Studio DLE
Released October 23, 2009March 15, 2010
Episodes 9 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft
Directed by Azuma Tani
Written by Azuma Tani, Manta Aisora
Studio DLE
Network BS11 Digital, AT-X
Original run December 11, 2010February 26, 2011
Episodes 11 + OVA (List of episodes)
Written by Manta Aisora
Illustrated by Kei Okazaki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Miracle Jump
Original run May 6, 2011 – present
Volumes 2[2]
Haiyore! Super Nyaruko-chan Time
Written by Manta Aisora
Illustrated by Sōichirō Hoshino
Published by Flex Comix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Flex Comix Blood
Original run October 5, 2011 – present
Volumes 5[3]
Anime television series
Directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa
Written by Noboru Kimura
Music by Monaca
Studio Xebec
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo, AT-X, TV Aichi, TVO
Original run April 10, 2012June 26, 2012
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
Directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa
Written by Noboru Kimura
Music by Monaca
Studio Xebec
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo, AT-X, TV Aichi, TVO
Original run April 8, 2013July 1, 2013
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Meijōshigatai Game no Yōna Mono
Developer 5pb.
Publisher 5pb.
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released May 30, 2013
Original video animation
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F
Directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa
Written by Noboru Kimura
Music by Monaca
Studio Xebec
Released June 19, 2015

Nyaruko: Crawling With Love (這いよれ! ニャル子さん Haiyore! Nyaruko-san?, lit. Crawl Up! Nyaruko-san), also known as Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, is a Japanese light novel series written by Manta Aisora and illustrated by Koin. It was inspired by the H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. The series' twelve volumes were published by Soft Bank Creative under their GA Bunko imprint between April 2009 and March 2014.

A flash-animated original video animation (OVA) by DLE titled Haiyoru! Nyaruani was published in between October 2009 and March 2010, followed by a television series, Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft, which aired in Japan between December 2010 and February 2011. An anime television series by Xebec aired in Japan between April and June 2012 and a second season aired between April and June 2013. Two manga adaptations have been produced. A video game adaptation, developed by 5pb. for PlayStation Vita was released in Japan on May 30, 2013.


The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Lovecraftian-deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is being chased by a fearsome black alien one night, until Nyaruko saves him. She explains that the creatures from H. P. Lovecraft's works are actually races of aliens, and that she has been sent to Earth by the Space Defense Agency to protect him from being kidnapped by an alien trafficker. Aliens find Mahiro and the Earth strangely attractive, for entertainment, auction or resources. One by one, the Great Old Ones enter Earth illegally. Eventually, Nyaruko and two other Lovecraft-creatures, Cthugha and Hastur, end up being freeloaders at Mahiro's place.[4] Mahiro has become accustomed to his protection detail of Nyaruko, Cthugha, and Hastur making his life fascinating.


Nyaruko (ニャル子?)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi
A Nyarlathotepian (alien from Nyarlathotep) who is sent by the Space Defence Agency to Earth to protect Mahiro Yasaka and ends up falling in love with him. She takes a human form of a girl with long, silver-colored hair. She is always friendly to Mahiro, eager to pursue him, but often shows abusive and brutal habits to any hostile aliens. She is also obsessed with otaku culture. She takes the name Nyaruko Yasaka as Mahiro's cousin when staying at Mahiro's house and attending his school. Her actual age is unknown since she and Kūko always stop Mahiro whenever he becomes curious or questions her age, although she states that she has already graduated from space college. She happens to be smart and self-confident, as she graduated from one of the best universities at the top of her class, and entered the Space Defense Agency after her exam. She is also quite wealthy, capable of spending a lot on otaku-related products. As a top agent, she mainly uses space CQC to fight (note that the definition of "space CQC" is defined by the user and is not restricted to close quarter combat weapons). She claims to be one of the best fighters on Earth, as she states that her combat level is 530,000, while a normal farmer armed with a hunting rifle is 5 (a parody of Dragonball Z). Despite this, she is always unsuccessful when dodging Mahiro's fork attacks. Her power form is a Kamen Rider-like set of black armor that covers her entire body.
Mahiro Yasaka (八坂 真尋 Yasaka Mahiro?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
A human boy who reluctantly finds himself under the protection of Nyaruko. He tends to attack aliens by stabbing or throwing forks whenever they make him angry. He appears to attack so fast that currently no alien has been able to dodge yet. At first he dislikes aliens and wants to kick them out, but as the story progresses he starts to become more tolerant toward their actions. He is attracted to Nyaruko (in her human form), but is put off by her aggressive advances at the same time. He has also kissed her a few times, the most prominent being their on-screen kiss during the events of the final OVA, Nyaruko F. According to Nyaruko and Kūko, Mahiro's appearance is strangely attractive to aliens, which explains why Nyaruko falls in love with him after only looking at his profile, as well as why alien criminals wanted to kidnap him.
Kūko (クー子?)
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
A female Cthughan (alien from Cthugha). She takes the form of a slender, red-haired girl. She is in love with Nyaruko despite that her race is the archnemesis of Nyarlathotepians, and appears to be clingy. She is hostile toward Mahiro and threatens him to stay away from Nyaruko in the beginning of the story. As the story progress, she becomes more friendly towards him. She transfers to Mahiro's school and takes the name Kūko Yasaka, Nyaruko's "wife". She is also obsessed with otaku culture and video games. Kūko was Nyaruko and Hasuta's space elementary school classmate and appears to at the same age as them, although she became a NEET after graduating from high school, and become a Space Defense Agency agent and colleague to Nyaruko later by using the relationship of her uncle who is an employee in the human resource department of the Space Defence Agency. She concealed her feelings for Nyaruko from her family and lied to them that Mahiro is her fiance, as love between Nyarlathotep and Cthugha are considered a shame of the family among Cthughans, however she has displayed having feelings for Mahiro. She possess the power of fire, able to control fireballs, heat, or drones that fire lasers; she refers to them as space CQC - Cthugha version. Her strength in combat is lower than that of Nyaruko's. Her combat form is covering her lower body with red fire patterns.
Hasuta (ハス太?)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya, Tomokazu Seki (young man)
A male Hasturan (alien from Hastur) who was the space elementary school classmate of Nyaruko and Kūko. He is the son of the owner of CCE (Carcosa Computer Entertainment, parody of Sony Computer Entertainment), a famous video game company in space. He was first sent to get intel of Earth's entertainment from Yoriko, but he failed and decided to stay on Earth, and was later hired as an agent of the Space Defense Agency and colleague to Nyaruko and Kūko. He has feelings for Mahiro and enrolls in Mahiro's school under the name Hasuta Yasaka. He possesses the power of air, fights by creating strong wind, vacuum blades, or forming nearby vacuum areas around enemies. He is known to be stronger than both Nyaruko and Kūko; since he is the one who always stopped their fights during space elementary school. His normal form appears to be obedient, shy, and can be easily mistaken for a young girl, but when switched to power form he will change to a more mature personality and appearance.


Light novels[edit]

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san began as a light novel series written by Manta Aisora with illustrations by Koin. The series, spanning twelve volumes, was published by Soft Bank Creative under their GA Bunko imprint between April 15, 2009, and March 17, 2014.[5][6][7] Short stories have been published in Soft Bank Creative's GA Magazine.

No. Release date ISBN
1 April 15, 2009 ISBN 978-4-7973-5414-0
2 July 15, 2009 ISBN 978-4-7973-5540-6
3 October 15, 2009 ISBN 978-4-7973-5635-9
4 March 16, 2010 ISBN 978-4-7973-5801-8
5 August 15, 2010 ISBN 978-4-7973-6148-3
6 December 16, 2010 ISBN 978-4-7973-6292-3
7 April 16, 2011 ISBN 978-4-7973-6407-1
8 October 17, 2011 ISBN 978-4-7973-6644-0
9 April 16, 2012 ISBN 978-4-7973-6891-8
10 October 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-7973-7186-4
11 April 16, 2013 ISBN 978-4-7973-7333-2
12 March 17, 2014 ISBN 978-4-7973-7424-7


A Flash original video animation titled Haiyoru! Nyaruani (這いよる!ニャルアニ?) was produced by DLE and directed by Azuma Tani. The first episode was streamed on October 23, 2009. Further episodes were published on December 19, 2010 on DVD as part of the GA Magazine Vol. 3.[8] All 9 episodes were released on March 15, 2010 as part of the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 4: Special Box (這いよれ!ニャル子さん4 スペシャルボックス?, ISBN 978-4-7973-5782-0). The first eight episodes are about one to two minutes in length, while the final episode is about six minutes long.

Another anime series titled Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft (這いよる!ニャルアニ リメンバー・マイ・ラブ(クラフト先生) Hayoru! Nyaruani: Rimenbā Mai Rabu(kurafuto-sensei)?), also produced by DLE and directed by Azuma Tani, aired 11 episodes on BS11 Digital between December 11, 2010, and February 26, 2011.[note 1] Each episode is about four minutes in length. The twelfth episode was released as an original video animation included with the Haiyoru! Nyaruani 1&2 Perfect Box, a DVD compilation containing both Flash anime series.

An anime television series produced by Xebec aired in Japan between April 10 and June 26, 2012.[note 2][9] Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles outside Asia, along with the two Flash series, under the name Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos.[10] A DVD containing a short original video animation based on the short story "Easy Way to Kill Enemies" (やさしい敵の仕留め方 Yasashii Teki no Shitome-kata?) was offered to those who purchased all the BD/DVD volumes of the first season.[11] NIS America licensed the series in North America and released on subtitled Blu-ray Disc on April 15, 2014.[12]

A second season called Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W (這いよれ!ニャル子さんW?) aired in Japan between April 8 and July 1, 2013,[note 3] and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll.[13] An OVA episode on DVD was released for buying all of the second season's Blu-ray Disc or DVD volumes.[14]


Opening themes
  • "Taiyō Iwaku Moeyo Chaos" (太陽曰く燃えよカオス?, The Sun Says "Burn, Chaos") by Ushiro kara Haiyori-tai G (Kana Asumi, Miyu Matsuki and Yuka Ōtsubo) (Season 1)
  • "Koi wa Chaos no Shimobenari" (恋は渾沌の隷也 Koi wa Kaosu no Shimobenari?, Love is a Servant of Chaos) by Ushiro kara Haiyori-tai G (Season 2)
Ending themes
  • "Suki, Suki, Daisuki." (好き、好き、大好き。?, Like, Like, Love.) by Kana Asumi (Haiyoru! Nyaruani)
  • "Koisuru Otome no Catharsis" (恋する乙女のカタルシス?, Loving Maiden's Catharsis) by Lisp (Kana Asumi, Azusa Kataoka and Sayuri Hara) (Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft)
  • "Zutto Be With You" (ずっと Be with you?, Always Be with you) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Nyaruko-san (Kana Asumi) (Season 1, eps 1-11)
  • "Magamagashiku mo Seinaru kana" (禍々しくも聖なるかな?, The Evil and Young are Holy too) by Ushiro kara Haiyori-tai (Kana Asumi, Miyu Matsuki and Yuka Ōtsubo (Season 1, ep 12)
  • "Yotte S.O.S." (よってS.O.S?) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Nyaruko-san (Season 2, eps 1-2, 6, 11)
  • "Wonder Nanda? Kataomoi" (Wonderナンダ?片思い?, What's a Wonder? One-sided Love) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Jashin-san (Kana Asumi, Miyu Matsuki and Rie Kugimiya) (Season 2, eps 3, 8)
  • "Kirai na Wake Lychee" (嫌いなワケLychee?, I Hate Lychee) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Tamao-san (Yuka Ōtsubo) (Season 2, eps 4, 7)
  • "Sister, Friend, Lover" by RAMM ni Haiyoru Kūko-san to Kūne-san (Miyu Matsuki and Ryōka Yuzuki) (Season 2, eps 5, 9)
  • "Ai Crusader's†Striver" (愛クルセイダース†ストライバー Ai Kuruseidāsu Sutoraibā?) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Mahiro-san to Yoichi-san (Eri Kitamura and Wataru Hatano) (Season 2, ep 10)
  • "Kimi no Tonari de" (キミのとなりで?, Right Next to You) by RAMM ni Haiyoru Nyaruko-san (Kana Asumi) (Season 2, ep 12)


A manga adaptation titled Haiyore! Nyaruko-san illustrated by Kei Okazaki began serialization in Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine on May 6, 2011. A four-panel comic strip manga titled Haiyore! Super Nyaruko-chan Time (這いよれ!スーパーニャル子ちゃんタイム?) illustrated by Sōichirō Hoshino began serialization in Flex Comix's Flex Comix Blood on October 5, 2011. An anthology was published by Holp Shuppan on November 11, 2012.[15]

Video game[edit]

In December 2012 5pb. announced the development of a visual novel, titled Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Meijōshigatai Game no Yōna Mono (這いよれ! ニャル子さん 名状しがたいゲームのようなもの?).[16] The game's story is based on the first season of the anime TV series, with some additional content.[17] The game was released on PlayStation Vita on May 30, 2013, in both regular and limited edition.[17]


The English language dubbed anime by NIS America has received reviews from various reviewers. Aiden Foote from THEM Anime reviews gave the first season (Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos) a 3/5 star rating. In his review, Foote says that the anime "should have been a whole better and could well have been" citing the over-pandering as an issue. He went on to say that a character as well-liked as Nyaruko deserved more when it came to a love interest.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft was advertised as airing on BS11 Digital's Friday 24:30 (00:30 JST) time slot, which meant the series officially premiered on December 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos was advertised as airing on TV Tokyo's Monday 26:00 (02:00 JST) time slot, which meant the series officially premiered on April 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos W was advertised as airing on TV Tokyo's Sunday 25:05 (01:05 JST) time slot, which meant the series officially premiered on April 7, 2013.


  1. ^ "Nyarko-san Romantic Comedy Anime's TV Ad Streamed". Anime News Network. March 27, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ 這いよれ! ニャル子さん 2 (ヤングジャンプコミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "這いよれ! スーパーニャル子ちゃんタイム(5) (メテオCOMICS)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Haiyore! Nyaruko-san TV Anime". Retrieved April 22, 2012. : Quote: "The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him."
  5. ^ "這いよれ! ニャル子さん(GA文庫)" [Haiyore! Nyaruko-san(GA Bunko)] (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "這いよれ! ニャル子さん 12 ドラマCD付き限定特装版 (GA文庫)" [Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 12 Special Limited Edition, Bundled with Drama CD (GA Bunko)] (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "這いよれ! ニャル子さん 12 (GA文庫)" [Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 12 (GA Bunko)] (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "「ポリフォニカ まぁぶる」も付いたGAマガジンVol.3が12月19日発売!!". GA Graphic (in Japanese). Soft Bank Creative. November 30, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Novels Gets New TV Anime by Xebec". Anime News Network. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Haiyore! Nyaruko-san TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  11. ^ "Nyarko-san Short Story Spinoff Gets Original Anime". Anime News Network. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  12. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-15/nisa-adds-nyaruko/crawling-with-love-anime
  13. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Haiyore! Nyarko-san W Sequel Anime". Anime News Network. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  14. ^ "Nyarko-san W BDs/DVDs Listed With Bonus New Anime". Anime News Network. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  15. ^ 「ニャル子さん」アンソロにぷよ、道満晴明など33名参加 (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. November 8, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "5pb. to Release Nyarko-san Game for PS Vita in 2013". Anime News Network. December 26, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "5pb's Nyarko-san PS Vita Game Slated for May 30". Anime News Network. January 22, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ Aiden Foote. "Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos". THEM Reviews. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 

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