Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
|Alternate title : Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu |
Studio : Kyoto Animation
Licenced by : Bandai Entertainment
Length : 14 Episodes
Year : 2006
Genre : Slice of Life - Comedy - Supernatural
When introducing themselves to the class. A stunning beauty stands and says, "if there are any time travelers, espers, or aliens come see me. I don't want to know any ordinary people". Her classmates didn't know how to react wondering if they should take it seriously or as a joke.
Haruhi joins every possible club in the school, and excels in all of them. However, she doesn't stay in any club stating that it's too boring. She then forms her own club called the S.O.S Brigade, dragging people along with her.
Other Notes : The first episode was set as an amateurish home-video setting.
This series ranked #1 in Anime-Source's Best of 2006 poll.
Added : 2006-04-06
Synopsis by : Himitsu
Last update : 2009-05-27
Last update details : Link added
Score : 9.1 Ranked #20 by users
Number of reviews : 90
Official #1 : ASOS Brigade - A Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Fansite (English)
Official #2 : Kyoto Animation's Haruhi Website (Japanese)
Official #3 : Official Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Website (Japanese)
A-Source #1 : Anime-Source In-Depth Review by XenoCrisis0153
A-Source #2 : Anime-Source Spotlight Review by XenoCrisis0153
A-Source #3 : The Second Season
OP1 : Koi no Mikuru Densetsu/Mikuru Legend of Love
OP2 : Aya Hirano - Bouken Deshou? Deshou?/It's an Adventure, Right? Right?
ED1 : Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, and Yuuko Gotou - Hare Hare Yukai / Sunny Sunny Happy
ED2 : Aya Hirano - Bouken Deshou? Deshou?/It's an Adventure, Right? Right?
Other #1 : Aya Hirano & ENOZ - God Knows
Other #2 : Aya Hirano & ENOZ - Lost My Music
2013-01-03 -- Episode(s) 1-28 by Elysium. BT Link
2011-08-02 -- Episode(s) 1-24 by Doki. BT Link
2011-08-02 -- Episode(s) 1-24 by Doki. BT Link
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Posted by : Konachibi
Posted on : 2011-08-26
If you haven't seen, or at least heard, of The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya by now, then it's time to come out from under that rock and experience it for yourself. It is, in many regards, and in my opinion too, one of the greatest anime series ever created. Therefore, my review is somewhat biased. The plot is designed in a truly exceptional way, and now that the second season and the movie have come out, it's become a real roller-coaster ride. You won't want to turn it off, and you'll keep coming back to watch them time and time again.
The story is this: Kyon, a normal average guy who can tell the difference between fiction and reality, has just started high school. During their introduction seminar, the girl behind him stands and says, "If any of you are aliens, time-travellers or espers, come and see me." Turning to face the speaker, he's graced by the sight of Haruhi Suzumiya, the main female character of the story. The moment you lay eyes on her, she'll steal your heart away and demand that you love her; there's no other way to say it.
During the course of the series, Kyon will encounter all the things he never thought were real, and his definition of real and unreal gets turned on its head. It's all because of Haruhi Suzumiya, who, in all aspects, is the center of the universe, or a god. She's able to turn false things into reality at will, but doesn't know that she can do it.
The other main characters are Yuki Nagato, an alien that's sent to observe Haruhi Suzumiya because her creator believes she is the catalyst for evolution. Mikuru Asahina, a time traveller sent back to watch Haruhi to found out how she managed to alter time in the past. And Itsuki Koizumi, an esper sent to monitor Haruhi to try and stop her changing or ending the world.
It's hard not to love this anime. The characters are done wonderfully, the story is solid and enticing, the visual quality is absolutely exceptional, the soundtrack is fantastic and fits each scene perfectly. It's almost impossible to pick at faults.
If there is a fault to pick at, though, it would be that, if you also have the second series, the episodes entitled Endless Eight will eventually start to grind on you: they're essentially repeating themselves. However, they do fit into the storyline well and it's understandable how it came about. Plus, each episode is drawn differently, so it's more like watching the same thing from a different camera angle, rather than a constant loop.
Also, if you've watched the English dub of Lucky Star, and decide to see the English dub of Haruhi, then YES that is the same voice actress that voiced Konata, which only adds to the hilarity of it all as you'll see Haruhi doing things that Konata mimicked (there's a few videos on youtube that show the connection of Haruhi - Konata, including a remake of the opening title of Haruhi but with Konata.) The moment I heard Haruhi say, "Moe!" and I realized it was Wendy Lee voicing her, my head almost exploded with joy.
If there's another fault, it's simply that I can't put into words exactly how much I love this anime. It's just such an influential thing. From learning all the words to 'Bouken Desho Desho?', the anime's opening theme, to all the words AND the dance to 'Hare Hare Yukai', the ending theme, and also 'Super Driver', the second series opening theme, it'll leave you demanding more and more. The movie, entitled The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya, is an absolute feast for the Haruhi fan too. It's THREE HOURS of wonderful anime, and the build up before Haruhi first shows her face on the screen is almost unbearable. I never realized I could squeal so loud until her smiling face suddenly popped onto the screen with it's usual look of defiance.
So if you like the sound of all of these things, or you want to see where Konata got her attitude from, or you want to see where the Hare Hare Yukai dance came from, or you want to know why millions of people across the world are joining in with Haruhi-ism, go and watch this now!!! My only regret is that I can't push the rating system above 10. :3
Posted by : joem20
Posted on : 2010-04-20
Even if it only has 14 episodes (including episode 0), they manage to create a very good storyline (6 episodes) and another 6 episodes for fun. The plot is very original, serious, but at the same time very hilairous.
The high level of animation make this series different from everyone. The fight scenes are very fantastic and the AMVs are really great.
Powerful cast of characters, and when I say POWERFUL, I really mean it. I love Yuki very much, and Kyon is really cool.
All the music is cute and lovely that makes this anime very relaxing to watch. The song they played in their cultural festival is one of my favorites.
It deserves all the good ratings they get from their fans. Unforgettable.
Posted by : Lightningcount12
Posted on : 2009-09-20
I can understand why this anime quickly became famous.
Story (10/10): For me, comedy's with school backgrounds do not usually have, or rely on, stellar storylines. That is why this anime surprised me with a very unique story. Basically, the title character, Haruhi Suzumiya, is at least akin to God and it is the job of main character Kyon and other members of Haruhi's S.O.S. brigade to keep Haruhi happy so she does not destroy/reformat the world. Opting to show the episodes out-of-order turned out to be a brilliant move. It lends well with Haruhi's bizarre behavior, and thus the odd world that results. Sure the first episode seems strange, and almost turned me off completely, but in sticking with the show I was engulfed with the otherworldly dangers Kyon and co. are forced to face as a result of Haruhi's crazy mind.
Characters (9/10): There is a reason why Haruhi is an overwhelmingly popular female character. One can understand why Kyon is so attracted, charmed and annoyed by her commanding personalty. She certainly plays the role of a "god," unaware of her own powerful influence, very well. While Haruhi can drive a cast, Nagato comes out as my favorite character. Nagato displays amazing abilities of her own, as she constantly saves the others from Haruhi's out of control influence. She is a silent, emotionless type who never breaks down, yet still manages to display specs of human emotion, causing you to love her character even more. Kyon is a good lead and narrator, acting cynical and pessimistic when really he likes following Haruhi. Unfortunately, the other brigade members, Koizumi and Mikuru, are very bland fanservice characters. I thought the limited screentime Ryoko and Tsuruyu got defined them as better characters than the former two.
The voice acting is filled with 5 star performances across the cast. I particularly liked Yuko Goto doing Mikuru's whimpers when Haruhi exploits her moeness, and Yuki Matsuoka doing Tsuruya's distinct, uncontrollable laughter. Aya Hirano delivers a great tsundere performance as Haruhi.
Animation (9.5/10): The girls were all beautiful. Great character designs became exemplified by great character poses in the OP and especially in the dance number ED, where Haruhi has the gang do I kind of "Ginyu Force" pose. The crusty first episode was also really well done, as it was just a low budget film created by the S.O.S. brigade. But the best animation comes in episode 12, during the very detailed musical performances. Seeing Nagato play the guitar in God Knows was an impressive display of animated detail.
Music (10/10): Both the OP and ED were catchy songs, especially the ED, which matched musical notes with strikes of showy dance poses. But the real gem in Haruhi is the score God Knows, a masterpiece that can be listened to anytime. Sound was good.
Entertainment (10/10): Not much more can be said. It is a great 14 episode ride. You can feel free to re-watch this one anytime in any order and still be entertained.
Overall, Haruhi and her anime are worthy of fame.
Posted by : vaveh
Posted on : 2009-04-05
Haruhi is a girl who was bored with the ordinary life and decided (3 years prior to the story) to change her ways and look for interesting things in the world. After failing to find anything interesting in all the clubs of her high school, she decided to make her own after being inspired by a classmate (Kyon). After recruiting some members, Haruhi, Kyon and the SOS Brigade go on adventures to find interesting things. Little does Haruhi know about the consequences of her desires...
Some scenes had very nice visual effects but due to low budget, the anime had some visual issues. Sometimes, the scene transitions were awkward or abrupt and seemed to lack some important elements. Nonetheless, the anime's strength does not rely on visual effects so it's a minor issue in this case.
The soundtracks were good and very appropriate for the anime. The voice acting was also very impressive (Japanese version).
All the characters had their own particular characteristics and were used accordingly. Haruhi's eccentric and egocentric personality is one of the most captivating in the history of anime. The relationships between characters stayed on a perfect level to keep the viewer well-informed and interested.
A great anime with a unique protagonist, good graphics/music, and a strong story. Original and unforgettable, a must-watch for any anime lover.
Posted by : Veld
Posted on : 2009-04-04
*This review is for the English Dub
Just seeing the reviews, I really wanted to see this one. Looking back, I think it was much better that I did not know what the series was about when I started watching it. Everything came as a surprise, but was never too weird.
Animation: The animation was good to great. A couple random fight scenes had some very good animation. The rest of the series was colorful and better than most others.
Comedy: Everything about the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was hilarious. Each and every piece of the plot was truly funny and quite interesting.
Plot: The plot was absolutely unique. I have never seen something so original. How all the characters were brought together was a bit weird, but quite funny.
Characters: The characters were well fit to the anime. They all had their uniqueness and each fit his/her role well. Haruhi was quite loud and very enjoyable to watch. Kyon balanced her out quite well being so much more realistic and collected.
Nothing really comes to mind. I think there might be something, but can't think of much.
The English dub was surprisingly good for this anime. It is quite refreshing to see an anime in English that has acceptable voice actors. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was hilarious, unique, and kept me totally glued to it till it was over. I'll probably rewatch it a few times.
A really good and truly unique anime 9/10.
Posted by : AJtheFourth
Posted on : 2008-12-09
How does one deal with the fact that they are ordinary?
This is a question that many of us ask ourselves as we stumble through the routine of our everyday lives, waiting for something interesting to happen to us.
Haruhi Suzumiya answers this question by refusing to be just another ordinary person, quite literally.
Animation: Kyoto did a fantastic job with the animation for this series. Even the computer and digitally animated parts are well done, never over the top, and don't feel contrived, or entered into the series simply to say, 'Hey! Look! We can animate with computers now too!' The entire series is very beautiful. 9/10
Story: This should be prefaced with insisting that you watch the episodes in original broadcast order! You'll be slightly more confused at times, but you won't regret it by the conclusion of the show.
The story involves entirely around the question posed at the beginning of this review. For anyone who's ever contemplated or been saddened by their average-ness, this show will strike a very deep chord with you. In basic synopsis, it revolves around Haruhi Suzumiya, a bored high school freshman who dabbles in everything and is satisfied by nothing. After a conversation with Kyon, a male classmate, (and the narrator of the entire series) she decides to form her own club, 'The SOS Brigade,' to search for all things mysterious and interesting. She is joined by Koizumi, Mikuru, and Yuki, who each embody a different mysterious type of person that she wants to meet. The reason that this story excels is the presentation and the amazing mixture of very real and easy to relate to emotions with philosophical ideas and theories. 10/10
Characters: Each character is well-crafted with care. Haruhi herself represents well the gambit of different emotions we feel day to day. She is cheerful and cute one moment, and petulant and bossy the next. The male lead Kyon, is a very likeable character who behaves exactly like a normal human would when thrust into the various situations that he is. His internal monologue that we hear narrating the story juxtaposed with Haruhi's dialogue makes for amazing comedic timing. The rest of the supporting cast are also very humorous and well-rounded. Especially enjoyable are watching Yuki kick ass when needed, and Kyon's philosophical conversations with Koizumi. A few tweaks and these characters could have ended up as dreadful stereotypes; however, in this series they are brilliantly done and entertaining to watch. 10/10
Music: The music in this series is fantastic! The opening theme is enjoyable, as is the voice of Aya Hirano, Haruhi's seiyuu. The background themes end up adding a lot to various scenes. I personally enjoyed the music played in the ending episode (episode seven) as the enclosed space is crumbling around Haruhi and Kyon. 'Hare Hare Yukai' is light and fun, spreading the ending dance all over the world. 10/10
Overall: This series takes an age-old philosophical question and addresses it with all of the vigor and buoyancy of Haruhi Suzumiya herself. For anyone who's ever asked themselves, 'What the hell am I doing here?' or, 'How do I deal with being ordinary?' this is certainly the show for you. On the other hand, I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone who doesn't really want to think while they watch something, or hates non-linear plotlines. 10/10
Posted by : rukaio101
Posted on : 2008-11-12
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is sort of like Marmite. You either love it or hate it. The ones who love it usually always talk about it while the ones who hate it stand around thinking what the hell's so good about it.
This plot is like nothing I've ever seen before. It combines normal school life with a far out sci-fi look. It may be a bit confusing at times, but it still is an excellent plot with lots of comedy and such.
Most characters are likable, like Kyon and others, and while Haruhi is a unique anime character, there are some instances when she does get annoying.
The music is awesome. Especially the Hare Hare Yukai dance which has spawned a thousand bad cosplayers.
Overall 9/10 It may be a bit annoying or confusing at times but nothing can stop this being a great anime.
Posted by : nitrojin
Posted on : 2008-09-25
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is just one of those "hate-it or love-it" animes. Its very hard to put into words what I’ve seen in this anime, but here goes nothing.
Story: (10/10), Out of all the school life animes, this by far was the most unique and addictive. Light hearted, funny, explosive and creative with a small dash of romance but still loads of "Haruhism". The only turn-off which I decided not to put into consideration was the fact that after the first few episodes the show began to lose plot.... but nevertheless, it stay fun and enjoyable.
Music/Soundtrack/VC: (10/10), this is just one of the many amazing feats to the show it self. Containing many excellent music and OSTs; this is definitely another trait that makes this show worth watching alone.
Art: (10/10), there aren't many animes that fit this criteria in my opinion. The art was clear, crisp and well refined; a definite score.
Overall: (10/10), This show I enjoyed so much I watched it about ten times and still didn’t get bored. But being less opinion based, I think that its plot was unique, music was stellar, and art was astounding. A favorite for any anime lover.
Posted by : moonstar
Posted on : 2008-06-06
This anime has one very unique and interesting story, stemming from a very simple concept of a boring school life and turning into a bizarre one. The story and the world evolves around a naughty, egocentric girl - Haruhi - the one that can and will decide the fate of the world based on her mood alone. The concept regarding the formation and recreation of the world is both interesting and well-explained. As a result, the story makes an everyday unimportant task of 'searching for fun' into a necessity for the survival of the world. However, the placement of the chapters is a bit confusing and requires a little bit of thinking to sort them out in order.
Apart from the sub-main character, Kyon, all the other members of the SOS are not normal. All of them are different and they complement each other well. Haruhi stands out of them all with her mischievous, naughty behavior, while Mikuru's cute-shy behaviour makes her the perfect victim. Nagato's quiet-serious behaviour, is not only not boring, but hilarious to watch.
The graphic is very well done as well. The scenerios offer not only the scenes in a real-world, but also a world in the 'alternative space'. They are very well-drawn. The female characters are particularly cute. Their fun and loving actions are a joy to watch. The opening theme song is very nice while the ending one is not bad either. Not to mention you get to enjoy more songs along the story, like the hilarious opening theme song of the SOS movie production sang by Mikuru as well two beautiful songs sang by Haruhi during the School Festival.
Hilarious, fun, unique is what make this anime a must watch. The fun you get from watching it is what make it one of the best animes ever.
Posted by : kevinchaosvs
Posted on : 2008-05-23
As expected of the anime crowned the "Fav anime of year 2006". It is without a doubt a fantastic series. Indeed, one must not judge a book by its cover and dismiss Suzumiya Haruhi no yuutsu as a mere Lolita-school-life comedy and nothing more. Of all anime I have ever watched, this has the most unique plot and most unique (and outstanding) character.
And thus begins the legendary Haruhi-ism.
Who said sci-fi genres must always have big-guns, spaceships and big robots? Of all anime I have ever watched, this is definitely the only one to have profound discussions of Philosophy and Science Theories in a simple and seemingly typical school life environment. Not to forget the subtle romance and hilarious comedy aspects.
This has got to be the most original series, be it in terms of concept or story line, ever. The way the story progress was rather unexpected for me, as I certainly didn’t expect sci-fi elements in this seemingly normal school environment. I had fun watching the series and I’ll have to say there is no boring moment, with every scene delivered excellently at the right dose: no overkill, redundant stuff or underdeveloped situations.
"Why take life so seriously and lead life in such a boring manner when life itself is already so mundane"? That is the message I get when watching SHnY, which I consider a refreshing outlook at life, in how Haruhi attempts to make an otherwise mundane school life interesting; or rather, an unorthodox perspective. Why unorthodox? Because while there are so many slice-of-life anime out there with their own concepts of expressing the theme of living life differently/interestingly, none are as unique or memorable as SHnY. Another notable factor about SHnY is how it maintains a certain air of innocence and fun throughout the series.
Then there’s also the part about Haruhi being hailed as "God". True, there are lots of anime with the concept of "high-school protagonist with special powers", but SHnY certainly has taken that idea to a whole new level. In addition, while many find the idea of messing up the chronological idea annoying and confusing, I personally liked the idea. I presume they are trying to make some sort of reference to the Time traveling concept, which is rather innovative. (Especially in the Light Novel series, which complicates the matter by introducing alternate time lines and dimensions/worlds)
The main focus is obviously on Haruhi and Kyon, so not much emphasis is placed on the side cast (namely Koizumi, Mikuru and Nagato, who are in fact rather generic archetypes in anime). And it certainly was a great achievement in fleshing out the personality of Haruhi, who is crafted as being enthusiastic, hyper and bossy (tyrant) without being considered annoying. Throw in the sarcastic narration by Kyon as he comments on Haruhi’s antics ---- WIN! The gags between Haruhi’s overzealous actions and Kyon’s exasperated expressions are priceless. Indeed, the scenes are perfected by their seiyuus, with Hirano Aya bringing out Haruhi’s hyper active voice and energetic personality paired with Sugita Tomokazu voicing out Kyon’s sarcastic narration very well. To me, Haruhi has got to be most eccentric and the same time, most lovable character ever.
In short, the excellent storyline sets the foundation, while the characters build upon it and drive the series to its success.
Animation is fluid and its quality (and effort put in by the production crew) is evident in the little actions and gestures by Haruhi, the occasional shocked reactions by Kyon, as well as the actions by some of the other characters. Most importantly, they manage to capture Haruhi’s expressions very vividly: from her sparkling face to her sulking, to the annoyed face and so on.
The music is splendid and the OP and ED are among my list of favorite anime themes. The background music used is also very suitable, giving the series a very cheerful, light and lively atmosphere. There’s also the two insert clips played by Haruhi during their school concert, which showcase Hirano Aya’s talent not just as a seiyuu, but also as a singer. (Though that has pretty much been shown already, in the OP/ED.) Of course, one must not forget the epic dance routine in the ED.
This one’s a winner in every way. The way the series ends is also very memorable.
If possible, I highly recommend reading the Light Novel series along with watching the anime. (there are some aspects which aren't in the anime, while some scenes are shown in the anime, but not in the novel.)
Personal Overall Rating: an overwhelming 100%+++
Posted by : Gen3s1s
Posted on : 2008-05-20
Watched In Order Of Series And Order Broadcasted
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is something special; it wasn't something I was expecting from Kyoto animation, when you compare it to the other animes such as Clannad or Air. I was expecting an epic anime what with the raving reviews and, the fact that it won best anime of 2006, and Im happy to say that I was not disappointed.
The story in order by series is awesome for the first couple of episodes. However, the plot starts to go nowhere. I literally mean that the plot just... disappears and it ends up being a couple of episodes about nothing. As for the parts that matter; it's interesting, fascinating and unique. I loved it all but, when the plot started to disappear, I began losing interest and started to get bored and frustrated with it. I watched this in the order by series first, which was a big mistake. If you’re going to watch this then I suggest you watch it in the order broadcasted, things are so much better that way, the story makes sense and you’re not disappointed in the slightest.
The animation is nothing short of what you'd expect from Kyoto. They’ve created beautiful scenes with attention to detail, amazing character designs that suit their personalities and again the big eyes. The big eye's are pretty common these days so, it's not that big of a deal or maybe I've gotten used to it.
The characters are the pinnacle of the anime, well actually that's only true because of one of them. Haruhi, she's amazing I love her personality the fact that she's always cheery, bossy, kind, and brutally honest but most of all fun is what makes her an unrivaled character. You can’t possibly hate her she’s just way to lovable. Her personality never changes throughout the anime and if it did, it would be a huge mistake. This is supposed to be an anime filled with happiness, and the only reason for that environment being created is all thanks to her. Other characters are nice a little boring compared to Haruhi though it's hard to hold them in a positive light if you think of it that way. There not so bad, they have there parts and such, but than again there presence isn't really much of a presence without her there.
The music fits the anime well, with perfect background music to go with the scenes within the anime and it goes without saying there mostly fun moments. This part is rather confusing as people say that there is an OP, I however didn't see one, so I can't talk about it. The ED however goes with the anime splendidly, I especially love the little dance they do i can totally join in if i felt like it, I never would though... I wouldn't feel right.
The downsides to this anime (if watched in the order of series) are that it ends to quickly and in my opinion there isn't really an endin. Also, like I said before, the plot disappears and the show continues on to something pointless. If watched in order broadcasted then there are no disappointments what so ever. I completely recommend this; this is something that can really cheer you up on those bad days. Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is 100% fun the only time your going to feel upset is when you see it end but no worries; you can just watch it over and over.
If in the order of series than I give It a 8.
If in the order of date broadcasted, I give it a 10.
Posted by : haosama
Posted on : 2008-04-08
In a world that revolves (literally) around one special girl, the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya excels due its highly unique characters and premise. Describing the main character, Haruhi Suzumiya, as just "different" is a vast understatement. As one of the most highly eccentric anime characters of all time, her (hyper and somewhat annoying) personality clearly provides a unique spark that makes the series infectiously entertaining.
The first six episodes (chronologically) nicely convey the soul of the series as funny, charming, childish, lighthearted… never possessing a dull moment. But from then on, the quality drops. Episodes after six lack any real purpose or direction; humor becomes bland and repetitive, stories make even less sense then they usually do, and characters act totally whimsical. As a result, the anime loses its enticing originality and gets tiresome, failing to inspire and adequately entertain its audience.
Posted by : Jasonite
Posted on : 2008-02-12
This is one of the most annoying anime's I've ever seen. Granted, the whole 'slice-of-life' type of anime usually isn't my cup of tea, but honestly I'm puzzled by the number of excellent reviews this one has received, as this anime is enough to put me off the entire sub-genre for good. The reviews were the reason I tried watching it in the first place, but what a waste of time. The eponymous character, Haruhi, is about the single most annoying character I've seen in a long, long while. For me, I have to like the characters otherwise there's no point in me watching the anime, and about the only person I liked is the main male character through which we're introduced to the story. He is fairly likable because he actually seems to have a head on his shoulders, but nobody else really is. Also there's no real resolution to the story, and in fact the story really does seem to go nowhere anyway. Take my advice and avoid wasting what few free hours you have to watch this, unless you enjoy watching a pushy, overbearing, bitchy woman bully everyone into doing what she wants and the other characters follow like lemmings throughout the series.
Posted by : DagetAwayMaN421
Posted on : 2008-01-07
Wow... This was pretty damn amazing.
I have to be honest here. I saw the first episode a while ago, like right after the series had completed. One of my friends kept pushing me to watch, so I was like, sure whatever... I saw the first episode and I was like... wtf? Trash it. That was the end of it... or so I thought. So this winter break I came home, found an old external and started it up. I started sifting through them and eventually came to one I hadn't seen. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Eh, wth. I'll give it another chance. After I got past the first episode, I was like wow. This show is hilarious, cool, exciting, interesting, and awesome. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. I actually felt a personal connection with the series, cuz that's kind of how I went through elementary school and early middle school. Just kinda blowing through school and trying to find something that would make it different and more interesting, although not to the extent that Suzumiya wanted it. Well, onto the review!
Animation: 10/10~ I liked the animation, especially for the opening. But in general, it was pretty good for all the backgrounds and during the course of events in the anime.
Story: 11/10~ Like I said, something completely original and by far one of the best. I really enjoyed how they kinda cut up the story and bounced around from episode to episode. There was also a two-parter that aired with another completely different episode in between. It was kinda weird, but pretty funny during previews when Kyon is like, no it's this episode when Haruhi says it's something else. It was also pretty interesting how there were so many references to things that aren't explained until later in the show. Some people many not like it that way, but I find it refreshing from the simple linear storyline. There's actually only one episode that was in the right place in terms of sequence. I really liked it though. It felt like you could pick up anywhere and end anywhere and it would still make sense. It was an awesome story that had so many things put into it. Action, comedy, sci-fi, drama, school-setting, the list goes on...
Characters: 10/10 ~ The story focuses on two main characters. Kyon and Haruhi. Then there's three supporting characters Asahina, Nagato, and Koizumi. Those three really made it something else. What I liked most was character development. Kyon seems to be the only sane guy in a group of nuts. I don't want to spoil the plot, but Suzumiya isn't the only one that is different from everyone else. Those three also have their differences, yet at the end, all seem to be working towards the same goal.
Music: 10/10 ~ Loved the opening and ending, as well as the insert songs. It's actually pretty good.
Fun Level: 100 ~ If you can stay with this one after the first episode I guarantee it'll probably be the most fun to watch!
Posted by : ErwinRommel
Posted on : 2008-01-05
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is enjoyable and well-deserving of the hype that came after it. Thankfully the sequel isn't far off in the horizon. This series is charming and very much worth watching.
Bandai made the right decision in putting the episodes in chronological order relative to the series plot. The original I saw on youtube months ago while recently I bought the Bandai DVD version and I have to admit the Bandai version is much better. The out of order episodes are simply confusing and the way Bandai structured it made the series very enjoyable.
The main focus of the series is the characters and they were done excellently. The characters were atypical of an anime series. You rarely see an Alien, Esper, Time Traveler and God Incarnate all in the same anime (A school drama to boot!). It works as the characters were lovable and their personalities are varied nicely. The wonderful comments Kyon makes is well balanced with the constant recklessness of Haruhi. Nagato is silent to an extreme degree but the usage of her powers is by far the most amusing.
A problem I found is that the series tend towards gimmicks in the plot that just wastes time. As much as I think Yuki Nagato is cute but seeing her read a book for about 4 minutes is ridiculous. Nor did I enjoy the exceptionally long philosophical discussion between Koizumi and Kyon because it is pointless. The audience by that time already knows how he views Haruhi and that discussion does not tell you anything more.
Those flaws are one thing that kept me from a 10/10. The other is the order in which the anime is shown in the original. Bandai did a good job while I found the original order confusing.
This anime is perhaps the BEST in terms of animation quality and music. The story is entertaining if nonsensical but animes like these are balanced by a solid cast and that is definitely true for Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya; hence, 9/10 for this series.
PS: I'm not usually into English Dubs but I strongly recommend you check it out. Bandai did a fantastic job with the dubbing.
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