May 19, 2006

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

If you've read just about any anime blog recently, you've seen someone writing about this show called "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya."

Apart from the odd title, what is it that makes this show stand out from the rest, that makes it the breakout series of the year, even though it's still running over in Japan, and the last episode won't air for another month or so? What's making people hit bittorrent in quantities that would make your head spin (I saw 3000+ seeders the day episode 7 was released to the world via AFK fansubs)?

HER. She's odd. VERY odd. As in "there's something not quite right about her" odd, but you can't figure out what it is. But you want to find out, very, very badly.

And it's worth the trouble. The show is very well done. I've not been able to watch all seven available episodes yet, what with the goings-on at the Duck U. Bookstore, but what I HAVE seen confirms that.

Oddly, I've noticed that the shows I've liked the most (Azumanga Daioh, Noir) are the ones that I've had problems with at the beginning. I read the reviews of Azumanga Daioh, watched the first two episodes, and said "what's the big deal?" It took me a month or so to start watching it again, and then I got it.

Same thing with Haruhi. Episode 1 (which is actually episode zero, or episode pi, or something like that) BLOWS... unless you watch it all the way through. Then you realize JUST how good it really was. Trust me: watch it, even though you might want to drive pencils into your eyes. It'll be all right.

I'm being vague here, I know. It's kind of hard to talk about the show without dealing spoilers left and right. It's safe to say that she's only interested in aliens, espers, time travellers and sliders. Woe betide you if you aren't one of the above and you try to talk to her... and god help us all if you ARE one of them.

Try the show. Just... watch. There's not much more that I can say. Become a convert to Haruhism.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 05:32 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I am Pixy of Haruhi. Resistance is futile. You will be Suzumiated.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 21, 2006 08:21 AM (jBRXz)

2 I'd say "Haruhi rules!" but that isn't quite true.... it's more like "Haruhi creates!"


Prepare to be Suzumiated! I've got to put that on a t-shirt. Or maybe...

"Haruhi happens?"
"And on the seventh day, Haruhi rested?"
"My Boss is a Japanese Schoolgirl?"

Posted by: Ubu at May 22, 2006 04:34 AM (dhRpo)

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