Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya

Alt title: Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu

Web (25 eps x 4 min)
2009
3.815 out of 5 from 7,845 votes
Rank #1,879

Join Haruhi, Yuki, Kyon, Mikuru, Itsuki, and the rest of the gang in their all-new adventures. From creepy dreams, dodge ball games, quiz shows, and cosplay contests, the excitement never stops! Can Kyon, the only normal student of the SOS Brigade, make sense of all these odd occurrences, attempt to avoid them, and hopefully survive them with his sanity intact? With the adventure and mystery-seeking Haruhi in his way, along with aliens, espers, and time travelers, he certainly has his doubts!

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galacticdude7
8.5

-Story-The Melancoly of Haruhi-chan has no story for the simple reason that it does not need one to be good. This anime makes its impression by using humor and charm. I liked how the humor played itself out throughout ther series. The episodes don't seem to be in any particular order, but each episode is still highly entertaining. It does make a few references to the original Haruhi series, but with this being a spin-off and not a sequel, I didn't really expect there to be much. For the most part, this series was able to capture the essence of that we fell in love with when we watched The Melancoly of Haruhi Suzumiya, or at least the last half of the series. Overall, I enjoyed this series-Animation-For the most part the animation had a cute and charming feel to it. The chibi look was great for this kind of anime, and it really set things up pretty well. It was annoying at times when they had the traditional style in the series, and it felt out of place.-Characters-Pretty much the same characters as we know in the original Haruhi, with a few exceptions. Yuki Nagato has become an otaku in this series, which I rather liked. Haruhi seemed to be a little like Konata Izumi of Lucky Star at times, which was mildly irritating. Koizumi becomes what seems to be a spoiled rich kid who can summon a maid and butler whenever he wants. That annoyed me a bit, but it was still ok. Overall, I still love the characters as much as I did in the original Haruhi series, and maybe even more.-Overall-If you are a Haurhi and Lucky Star fan, I would recommend this anime. It is sort of like the best of both worlds type thing, where you get the humor and non-sequitor-ness of Lucky Star with the light Sci-Fi things that occur in the series. I would recommend this anime highly.

mustardbomb
4.5

Given the choice between a nice, calm, every-day-life sort of anime, and one crammed to the brim with meaningless supernatural drivel, I will, of course, choose the former. Any level-headed person will agree, obviously. Haruhi, melancholy, that train-wreck of a title, starts off as the former. I enjoy seeing the regular high-school shenanigans of the gang. They are all well written characters who are simply a joy to watch prance about. The dialogue sounds natural, they are acceptably (If not averagely) drawn, and they're even funny (!) at times, who'd believe that? Then, and you'll start cursing yourself when the show reaches this point, they dive into the trite supernatural shit. God. Anime producers and writers of the world, hear me clear! No one wants to watch this! Thanks for listening. But honestly, I lose any and all interest in Haruhi here. They take their amazing characters and stick them on the back-burner while aliens and..."espers" (Whatever those are) steal all our screen-time. They aren't even integrated into the show well. It's just "Oh shit, aliens, here ya go." And we're supposed to accept that? No sir, that won't fly with me. You may choose to turn a blind eye, but this is bad writing at it's finest. Sure the dialogue still is well written, but the plot? God no. Things happen out of nowhere with little to no explanation, and sometimes there is just too much explanation! Show don't tell, learn it guys. Odd to have two polarizing complaints, but Haruhi finds new ways to be terrible. Speaking of pitfalls, how about that continuity. True, this is a writing problem, and I hate to keep harping on the same thing, but this deserves recognition. From one episode to the very next, things just...change. Inexplicably! It's like I'm watching the episodes out of sequence. (I'm not.) But that dialogue, I'll keep saying, is a saving grace. It interjects the show with little laughs amongst the overriding shit, and greatly brings the enjoyment up. It's stopping me from rewarding the show with a one, even! If you can watch just one episode here and there? Perfect! Never, and I mean never, watch this entire series. That is a recipe for disaster.

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