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.