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Moe Cthulhu episode 1

I know that’s not the actual name of the show, but the real name seems to change every time I checked it. Besides, everyone knows what show I’m talking about. The one where the famous beast of Lovecraft mythology into a moeblob.

The concept is as it sounds. Take the mythos from Lovecraft and turn it into a sudden magical girlfriend anime, complete with all the usual trappings of the genre. In that very basic sense, Moe Cthulhu succeeds. It filters all the usual shtick of a moe sudden magical girlfriend stuff through this ridiculous premise. I wouldn’t call it a parody. It’s more thinking the idea of that genre is inherently funny when combined with such a contrasting concept in Lovecraft.

Plus there’s the explanation of why Lovecraftian monsters give a shit about earth. They all love earth’s entertainment and will do anything to get crappy sitcoms from the planet. I was a little bit disappointed that the only entertainment Moe Cthulhu seemed to care about are shitty light novels with covers and names like “my big brothers semen is so oishii~!” or something like that, but I suppose since that’s the exact genre they’re drawing from, it’s the one they should be drawing attention to. Still though, I’d like to see another Lovecraftian beast try to smuggle out some western movies or Bollywood productions or something like that.

Is it actually ‘good’ though? Not really. While I know the general gist of Lovecraft, I’ve never had any experience with any of his stories before. There’s a very basic disconnect that means I can’t get the jokes, especially since they seem to drop in an awful lot of references. Actually they drop a lot of references to other stuff too. I’m pretty sure there were a bunch of obscure Gundam robot names dropped, which ties into the whole “Lovecraft monsters are otaku” story they’re going for. But that Lovecraft referencing is the only thing it has going. The animation is pretty poor by Xebec standards, and considering their usual standards are laughably horrible, that doesn’t say much for Moe Cthulhu. The main character is a blank slate, which he sort of has to be for this play on the sudden magical girlfriend genre to work, but it doesn’t make it interesting to watch.

Look, it’s harmless. Maybe I have been mellowing out recently, but Moe Cthulhu is all right. It achieves what it sets out to do, but does absolutely nothing beyond that. Good for a quick chuckle if you’re one of those strange people who have a crossover interest in sudden magical girlfriends and Lovecraft. Pretty limited audience really.

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  1. ペーパー先生
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Earth; We have the best porn!

  2. Nebulous
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    This is not the Scamp I know. Return him at once, foul imposter!

    • Gunslinger
      Posted April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      True i think this never ending bomardment of moeblos has mellowed him.

      • G.S
        Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

        No kidding, the fact that he has not criticized any show this season with his usual vigor seems a little out of place. In fact, he seems to be rationalizing all the negative aspects as he points them out. Hmmm…as “Welcome to N.H.K” puts it, CONSPIRACY.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

        Read the Accel World review again. That’s the only one I’ve outright despised.

        I guess any moe hate has been drained out of me. I now have more hate for wish-fulfillment shite

      • asd
        Posted April 12, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

        I know right? I came here hoping for a bit of wisdom on which shows to weed out and then Scamp this season goes ape shit on raking up all the shows. Wtf.

  3. Someone Else
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Wow, as much as I loved the first episode, I actually expected another moe genre hate post by Scamp. I guess I got too used to you being annoying when its right

  4. RogerMoore
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Terrible “otaku” humour, awful art and some vaguely irritating excuses for fanservice girls.

    All in all, I thought it was a masterpiece and can’t wait until episode two.

    • diz1776
      Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      This guy is right and you should all try to be more like him.

  5. ZabiLegacy
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Honestly? I think the most intiresting part of this show is the relationship between the two leads. In most of moeblob terribleness, the lead isn’t just bland as vanilla pudding but also has no spine. This guy is just not putting up with this shit. When she gets out of line he just straight up smackers her up. I don’t know if that is mysogonistic, or just a bizare flip of the formula, but it goes a long way to making this watchable. As does the fact that this show is just not even trying to pretend that she isn’t totally into him at the get go. Much preferable to tsundere stupidity.

    And yeah, I do find it kind of funny that they are making a gneki magical girlfriend show with the elder gods. The end result is a show that despite the handicap of bieng xebec moe, is oddly watchable.

  6. Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really care for moe, and I like Lovecraft (even though I haven’t read any of his stuff, only played the Call of Cthulhu game), but I’ve always found the series strangely appealing. Yeah, I actually liked the flash shorts.

    It’s a bit interesting they made Mashiro more tsundere in this one though, it’s kind of funny to see a sort of gender reversal for the trope in play. The closest thing to a heartfelt interaction Mashiro had with her in the flash shorts was stabbing her with forks, which he does still attempt to do, but sometimes out of tsundereness rather than say, her trying to make a body pillow of him.

    I think it’s just fun to watch a female lead that’s both horny and seems to be on Speed. It’s hard not to get pulled into her wacky antics. Plus, it’s a but amusing to know in the back of your head that even if you vaguely start to like her or think of her as moe, you might wake up in an insane asylum.

    No, there’s no depth at all, but it’s about the same entertainment value as sneaking into a kindergarten and swapping the juice with coffee.

    • Zabilegacy
      Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

      But, putting coffee in juice boxes would be hilarious, where as this is just really good for moe

      • Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        If you mean making her hyperactive is even more moe, then I don’t agree. Most characters seen as moe are “pure” and are usually quiet; they’re not motormouths that are batshit horny and turn into a sadistic psychopaths during fights.

      • Zabilegacy
        Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

        No, I didn’t mean the charachter is more moe. Just the show is a moe show, and it’s writing and direction are above the usual quality standards for shitty moe shows.

      • Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

        Maybe I’m just in denial, but I can’t see the show as moe. Her appearance is really the only thing that can be considered moe, since pretty much all of her actions are just underhanded attempts to get into Mashiro’s pants. And we can only imagine what sex with an Elder God would do to you.

        It’s certainly trying to channel Lovecraft into a moe show, I’ll give you that, but it’s like that feat itself is impossible since they’re practically opposing ends of the spectrum, so it’s stuck in some kind of middle ground limbo.

        Even if I am crazy and it is indeed a moe show, I agree that it’s far more enjoyable than the usual trash.

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Hey Scamp, how much money do I need to throw in your direction for you to play Hatoful Boyfriend?

    At least play the free demo you wussy. You can do all of the routes in less than a day.

    • Posted April 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t that the game where you date birds? This can only end in hilarity.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

        It’s one of the best dating sims I’ve ever played.

      • EquestrianLT
        Posted April 12, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        I actually love playing various dating sims and visual novels but
        that’s basically the one that i can’t take seriously at all. Staring at pictures of pigeons for a few hours is not exactly what i look forward to doing when i get on my computer.

    • Chipp12
      Posted April 12, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      Don’t listen to him! Just play Katawa Shoujo!

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      No, I’m not playing anymore visual novels

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        Oh come on, the free demo is literally like an hour long!

  8. Edraii
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    This show somehow turned out better than I ever thought it would, it’s just impossible to hate something that mashes so much together based on the first episode…

    On another note, even if it’s 6th on that list you should concider Jormungand, I would have voted for that if I knew more about what kind of show it was… Finally another show with starring less than good guys!

    • Shogun
      Posted April 12, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      Jormungand is awesome.

      It’s like Black Lagoon, if Dutch was replaced with the bizarre lovechild of Kaiki and the snake man from Tekkonkinkreet.

  9. Kioku from Mobile
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    have some lovecraftian stories, free for you to read. Dagon, Transition of Juan Romero, the Call of Cthulhu, good ones. Cthulhu is also the last one i read, so im sure theres more good ones in there too.

  10. Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Actually, I commend the show’s producers for one thing. By first making Moe-C a piece-of-crap five-minute webisode series, the actual product looks better than imagined. I like the comedy, I like the struggling animation, and I like the direction, only because it was all SHITE before.

    That’s why I hate this show. How dare they use the initial series as a mere foil to make this one look good?

  11. Erif
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Mellowed out is fucking right, man. :/

  12. Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Oops. I came in expecting it to be bad…but I ended up busting a gut with the show. Maybe it’s because I had low expectations, that’s why I liked the episode so much…

  13. Shogun
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Scamp became the universal symbol of Moe Hate, only to have his best friend stab him and liberate us from his elitist reign.

    It’s… Scamp Requiem!

    Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    damn didnt know so many people read this post just to see Scamp trash it.

  15. Adrian
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Strange, I actually liked the first episode. To watch the guy act like a tsundere while the girl is straightly going for him instead of beating around the bush is kinda refreshing. It’s entertaining in the least. But I think it’s because I’m acostumed to the opposite male/female stereotypes. If they do more shows like this, I’ll probably start getting bored of the same stuff. And I’ll probably say: “Oh, this show X is not as good as Hayore! Nyaruko-san was”. The same way I use Love Hina as a standard every time I judge Harem shows.

  16. skylion
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    H.P. Lovecraft. In short: Obtuse with his word choices, sheltered, anti-social, loved the fiction of the past and hated anything else, racist, culturalist, communicated only by mails, didn’t like 3D women (probably would have hated 2D as well, but beside the point), few friends, obsessive.

    IOW, the otaku of Providence RD in the later part of the 1920’s.

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