Sunday, 28 February 2010

Wittyreviews: Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu/The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya season 1

Oh damn a quote uh...."Mikuru Beam"?

I don't want to be here.

True,I am about as pure as a Haruhiist puritan can get but that just makes my job harder.True,we cannot deny our love for the first series but we also cannot deny that the seccond one blew the horn of battle for Haruhiist crusaders everywhere.And with the movie fast approaching (in fact it's already out in Japanese cinemas by all acounts) it is my sacred duty to bring you my review of Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu AKA The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

In truth,the show is one you either love with all of your might or hate with the fury of a thousand suns.I'm the first of the two but I know enough people who support the latter to understand both arguements.Oddly enough despite the title the story is not told by the perspective of Haruhi Suzumiya,in fact it is told by one of her many man servants friends Kyon...just Kyon we never find out his name.This is actualy kind of a nice perspective to be told the story from as Kyon is just so ordinary,dull life,dull things happen to him and no body in his life actualy give 2 damns about him,untill he meets Haruhi of course.In most other anime the story would be told by Haruhi's perspective and in this case I think that would actualy drag it down,it's nice to be told a story from an ordinary bloke with no special features or note worthy atributes,he is in the words of The Doctor "Not special,not powerfull,not connected,not clever and not important".But now I'm getting off topic,the story centers around the aformentioned Kyon after he meets a very strange girl during his first day at his new school called Haruhi Suzumiya when she makes an iconic announcement to her class "I am not interested in ordinary humans,but if any of you are aliens,time travelers or espers please come and see me".Most of the class,including Kyon brush this off and label her as a wierdo however by the process of plot and time Kyon somehow gets roped into helping Haruhi start up a club to find and track down these strange beings called The Spreading Excitement All Over The World With Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade AKA The S.O.S Brigade.All plans to go out and find these mysterious beings are ready to be put into practice,the only problem? The Brigade happens to be filled out with Kyon,an alien,a time traveler and an esper on top of that Haruhi has the powers of God...following me so far?

Sounds really stupid I know,but believe me they do a good job with making it funny.Now to talk about the characters,I'll skip Kyon since I've pretty much explained him already so I'll go right on ahead to the lady of the moment.Haruhi Suzumiya is,in a word,excentric.She is obsessed with finding aliens,time travelers and espers simply because she finds humans to be boring.She spends most of her time coming up with crazy plans to find them or being depressed that they didn't work.The only problem is that somehow she has the powers of God,able to create whatever reality she wants and when she feels a strong negative emotion giant blue Flubbers appear and destroy things inside a 'Closed Space',however she is unaware she had this power.The only way to prevent this from happening is to keep her calm and entertained.As a result,3 individuals arrive at the Brigade to ensure she stays that way,they are Koizumi,Mikuru and Nagato.Nagato is the first one we meet,she spends her time reading books and I mean every single seccond.She's quiet,has about as much presence in the room as a sack of potato's but over the series develops of a character,she's the alien by the way.Mikuru is the seccond member we meet,she is basicaly moe incarnet.She's cute,she's nervous,she wears a maid outfit,she has huge...importance.And don't say you never drooled when she was wearing that bunny girl outfit,come on.She has alot to hide however,in my opinion anyway.She's the time traveler.And lastly we have Koizumi,the gayest of the gays.I swear,he guy wants Kyon so badly it practicaly burns through the screen at you.He never shifts from his cheefull demeanor although he apparently seems to know the most about what Haruhi's powers are.There are more characters of course but they're only there for supporting roles.

The main thing you have to keep in mind while watching this is that it's a comedy,not meant to be taken seriously.If you go in expecting "ZOMG THIS R TEH MOST EPYC SHITE EVAR!!",you will be disapointed.If you go in expecting a laugh and maybe a peice of helpfull advice or two you'll be pleasently supprised.Now it's a given that some people will dislike this anime and I can understand why,sure you could argue that the characters are 1 dimentional but they're aren't meant to be super deep.

Final rating:4/5

Ah,but it doesn't end there does it? Oh no,so good was this anime that people had demanded a series 2 for years on end,myself included.Inbetween this and the fabled seccond season we had a few video games and even a spin off series called The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Chan which made fun of the context,and no I don't include that other spin off show.But little did we know that those spin off shows would be alot better than the season 2,coming up next.

By Wittyreviewer

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