Anime Spotlight: Nyoron! Churuya-san

Nyoron! Churuya-san is an original net anime that features a super-deformed version of Tsuruya, one of the characters from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. There were a total of 13 episodes of this anime produced, and they streamed on YouTube in February 2009.

To me, this ONA is even worse than The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya. The animation used for this series was very off-putting, and quite frankly, looked incredibly bad. I also hated the voice used for Mikuru Asahina, because it was way too deep for the character. It really stood out like a sore thumb, since the other characters from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya were able to get voices that sounded much closer to their counterparts in the original anime.

Nyoron! Churuya-san basically boils down to relying on jokes about how much shorter Churuya is in comparison to the other characters, and all the bad things that happen to her. Each episode is basically made up of vignettes, with each one ending with Churuya sighing the same word (“Nyoron”) every time. This running gag wore out its welcome very quickly. The only part I really liked was the music that accompanied the ending credits, because it meant I had made it through another episode.

Even though I thought both The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Nyoron! Churuya-san were unfunny, I thought that Nyoron! Churuya-san made The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya look good (which is saying something, because I didn’t think it was good to begin with!).

I’m glad I finally got the chance to see Nyoron! Churuya-san once, thanks to FUNimation’s Ultimate Collector release of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, I’m in no hurry to ever watch it again.

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