?It’s finally happened. Japan got its nerdy, cute-obsessed hands on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, and is making an anime of them — specifically, about the Outer God Nyarlathotep, shown in his more traditional form on the left, and in his new, adorable anime form on the right. From ANN:
Softbank Creative’s blog for its GA Bunko imprint has revealed
on Tuesday that Manta
Aisora‘s Haiyore! Nyaruko-san “high-tension,
chaotic comedy” light novels are being adapted into a FlashHaiyoru!
Nyaru-Ani. The story centers around Nyarlathotep, a
formless Cthulhu deity who can take on the shape of anyone it wishes,
but particularly the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl.
Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school student who is chased by aliens
one night, until “Nyaruko” saves him.
Wikipedia says that Nyarlathotep can change him form and does often walk the earth as a human, so, oddly, there’s some actual basis in Lovecraft’s stories for this. I doubt Lovecraft intended for the Outer God to go waking around as a pre-teen girl, but there’s something inexplicably evil about this whole thing that I think Lovecraft — or at least Cthulhu — would approve of. Thanks to Karsing for the tip.