Here we are at the fifth week of the Anime Girl of the Week feature and for those who don’t know, this feature focuses on one female character from a currently airing anime and place the spotlight on them by providing background information, personality details as well as a slew of fan-art and official artwork.
This week we’re focusing on a girl from the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san anime series, of which the second season, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W is currently airing. In this series the creatures from H.P. Lovecraft’s works aren’t the things of nightmares, but actually a race of real life aliens which live on individual planets across the Universe. When a girl named Nyaruko is sent to Earth and saves the life of a high school boy named Mahiro, she begins living with him and protecting Earth from various aliens who seek to harm him or the Earth, which is actually the most popular destination for aliens thanks to Earth’s culture.
Rather than focusing on Nyaruko, who is meant to be the creature Nyarlathotep, this week we’re looking towards another alien from the series, a girl named Kuuko. Kuuko is from the planet Cthuga and her real name is Cthuko, though everyone calls her by the name of Kuuko. Despite appearing to be the same age as a high school girl, Kuuko’s actual age is unknown and when someone tries to discover her age, she stops them. Kuuko originally came to Earth in pursuit of Nyaruko whom she is childhood friends with and is initially hostile towards Mahiro because of the love Nyaruko has for him.
The reason Kuuko came after Nyaruko is because she has a one-sided crush on her and follows her everywhere she goes, though she also is in love with all of the video games that exist on Earth. This is a major taboo for Cthugans because the Nyarlathotepians have been enemies for years and are meant to hate one another. Despite this however, Kuuko is deeply in love with Nyaruko and despite being constantly turned down and receiving a lot of abuse from Nyaruko, her somewhat obsessive love remains.
Kuuko tends to sound like an emotionless and quiet girl however she is extremely perverted and will go to great lengths to try and seduce Nyaruko, despite failing every time. Although she is very perverted she can be shy and blushes when she imagines various situations with Nyaruko. However as the story has progressed, Kuuko has begun started going to school with Mahiro and the rest and she seems to be developing feelings for Mahiro. She shows this by blushing when he acknowledges her or demanding attention from him occasionally. In fact, due to the taboo nature of her love for Nyaruko, she has lied to her family, saying that she is engaged to Mahiro and that is her reason for hanging around Nyaruko all of the time.
As you may notice in the artwork below, Kuuko can control fire at will, allowing her to summon intense heat and control balls of fire. When she is emotional, or being extremely perverted, Kuuko can begin emitting fire unknowingly. Besides her ability to control fire, she can also summon aerial lasers which surround her and attack her enemies. Currently Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W and it’s predecessor Haiyore! Nyaruko-san have not been licensed for release in the West by any company however both seasons of the anime are currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
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