Nyoro~n Churuya-san certainly is a unique series. Based off a four-panel manga strip and the character Tsuruya from the series Haruhi Suzumiya, it chronicles the tale of Churuya, a small, adorable green haired girl and her quest for delicious smoked cheese. It takes place in the Haruhi Suzumiya world and should be seen as a stand-alone series, not integral or part of the original plot.

Every episode is roughly two minutes long and generally follows Churuya-san’s weakness for smoked cheese being exploited by the SOS Brigade and usually ending up with a happy ending, even if she doesn’t get the cheesy comestible. The whole joke behind the series is usually Churuya asking someone if they know of, where is, and how to make Smoked Cheese (dubbed Smochi by the chibi herself,) then being denied and feeling embarrassed, spouting her catch phrase “nyoro~n.”

While the series itself is particularly short (counting in at 13 episodes) it has a high re-watch value as it is entertaining and the jokes and situations always feel fresh in a way that you can’t describe in words. It just feels happy-go-lucky, even when you’ve seen it the 5th time.

It’s a really lovable series and the manga strip itself has so many adaptions and parodies, it’s no wonder how it manages to be everywhere you look on the internet. The fandom has no limits and there are many shirts, cups, and even wallclings of Nyoro~n Churuya-san.

One gripe I had with it though, was how the series kind of just ends and kind of just begins. There really isn’t any plot, and if you didn’t watch or know of Suzumiya Haruhi-san, you might be a little lost.

Overall though, it could be considered pretty accessible to most audiences. It is certainly a great series and it definitely deserves a spot on your list of Anime to watch in 2011. I’d give it four and half onigiri. Speaking of which, now I am hungry for smochi and onigiri.

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