Friday, June 8, 2007

Anime Review - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Overall Rating: A++
Synopsis: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya follows Haruhi, as she searches for aliens, time travelers, and espers. Kyon - the narrator of the series - is an ordinary high school boy who she manages to rope into her schemes. Wacky times are ahead.

Haruhi soon forms the SOS Brigade, a club at their high school to get things started. She then bullies Yuki, the quiet one, Mikaru, the shy but attractive junior, and Itsuki, the mysterious transfer student to join, and the club's anime stereotypes are complete. Soon after, Kyon learns that Yuki is an alien, Mikaru is a time traveler, and Itsuki is an esper. What the fuck is going on?!? Apparently, Haruhi is God?!? It sounds like insanity, but it's a great show. Check it out, now!

The first episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a little disorienting. After watching the end of the episode, and the second one, it becomes obvious that the first episode is a movie made for a high school project. Some people I've talked to don't like the first episode, but I think it's hilarious. The plot is narrated by Kyon, and reminds me of how I would describe what's happening in the episode to one of my friends. Plus, the "special effects" are hilarious.

The series really gets started with the second episode on the disk (the first episode is number 0). We first meet the narrator, Kyon, who is jaded, sarcastic, and completely normal. In contrast, we then meet Haruhi, who announces during her introduction to her high school class that she has "no interest in ordinary humans", and only wants to meet time travelers, aliens, and espers. Kyon gets roped into her antics when he casually asks her about the fact that she constantly changes her hair. It turns out she thinks that each day has an associated color and number to it, and so changes the color of ribbon and number of ties in her hair accordingly. This, is the least of her eccentricities.

On the first disc, we are also introduced to Yuki, a quiet bibliophile, who turns out to be an alien super-intelligence; Mikuru, a shy but buxom moe-type junior, who turns out to be a time traveler; and Itsuki, a charismatic bishounen, who turns out to be an esper. The hijinks are wacky, the characters are fantastic, and I can't wait for the second disc! Oh, did I mention the awesome dance routine during the end credits? There's an awesome dance routine during the end credits. Be sure to watch them at least once. Seriously.

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