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Hey, remember Haiyore! Nyaruko-san? It was that rom-com about a bland boy with a high voice and the Lovecraftian eldritch abomination Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, the God of a Thousand Forms, except as a loud, energetic, young girl who is also a massive otaku. There were hijinks and some nice moments and like a metric fuckton of obscure geek references every minute. I thought it was pretty funny and entertaining, and as a result quite liked it.

It got a sequel! It’s called Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W! It’s… more or less more of the same. But not as good.

Huh. That sucks.

\(・ω・\) SAN値!( /・ω・)/ピンチ!

\(・ω・\) SAN値!( /・ω・)/ピンチ!

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the season started and I’ve watched at least the first episode of everything I wanted to*, so I figure having a bit of a discussion about it all now would be timely.

First things first: this season is really good. Really good. I’ve picked up way more than I did in either the winter or spring this year, and have been enjoying a greater proportion as well! I haven’t had this much consistent fun in a season for a long while. Feels pretty good.

So without further ado, here’s what’s hot and what’s not:

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Yuyushiki

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Sometimes, it really feels like the whole ‘cute-girl-doing-cute-things’ formula is getting a little played out and tired. Given that this little sub-genre’s idea of innovation is ‘cute-girls-doing-cute-things WITH X’ where ‘X’ is something ever so slightly different to what has come before. The preferred staple is to have ‘X’ be some sort of after-school club, and even then it’s getting utterly banal. A bunch of girls in a light-music club! A bunch of girls in a club where they ostensibly cheer up other students! A bunch of girls in a club just amusing themselves doing whatever the fuck they want! And now comes Yuyushiki, and what does it bring to the table?

A bunch of girls in a data-processing club!

Riiiiight.

But Yuyushiki is not done laughing at its less-imaginative peers! For it has yet more ground-breaking, bar-raising innovations to make:

There are only 3 main girls!

Seriously though, Yuyushiki is fucking fantastic.

Super fucking fantastic

Super fucking fantastic

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