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Wouldn’t it be cool if you had the power to change everything? It’s a really huge responsibility but still completely and utterly cool. With that, I could restore the rainforests, reverse the greenhouse effect, make annoying politicians disappear, bring back dinosaurs, and loads of other stuff. I’d never be bored again. Haruhi Suzumiya has this power, but she’s still bored stiff, probably because she doesn’t know she has them.

 

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (anime) (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) follows the life of Haruhi Suzumiya, a teenage girl who has the power to change reality, through the eyes of her classmate Kyon, a normal teenage boy mixed with real life aliens, time travelers, and espers.

 

Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya

I heard about Haruhi Suzumiya through the anime “Lucky Star” (Konata’s favorite is Haruhi). Japanese light novels/manga aren’t being sold here in Pampanga so I had to content myself with the anime.

 

The first time I watched the anime I was confused. The order of the episodes is screwed up and I kept wondering if there were missing episodes and if I’ve been somehow duped by the dude who sold the DVD to me. And then I realized that it’s normally that way, arranged following the confusing and jumbled up mind of Haruhi Suzumiya. Apparently, the seven chapters of the first novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya were kept and inserted in between them are chapters from the other following novels. At the next episode previews, we are given two episode numbers, one from Haruhi (the order of the episode in which order they are supposed to appear according to the story) and one from Kyon (the chronological order of the episode).

 

As said, the point of view of the story is through Kyon’s eyes. At the start of classes Haruhi quickly declares that she has no interest in ordinary humans and wishes to meet aliens, time travelers, and espers. Kyon, one day, finds himself actually having a conversation with Haruhi (he sat infront of her). Why Haruhi spoke to him in the first place is a mystery but their daily conversation became normal for the two. One day, Kyon lectures Haruhi about her “club-hopping” which gave Haruhi the idea to make her own club.

 

Kyon was then forced to co-make Haruhi’s club: The SOS Brigade or the or Spreading Excitement All Over the World with Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade (界をいに盛り上げるための宮ハルヒの団 Sekai o Ōini Moriageru Tame no Suzumiya Haruhi no Dan), where the club’s aim is to find and have fun with aliens, time travelers, and espers. Haruhi then finds a near empty club room where the Literary Club used to use and claims it as her own, thereby recruiting the one and only member of the Literary Club, Yuki Nagato. The next to join is 2nd year Mikuru Asahina, because of Haruhi’s design to add a “moe” feel to their club. Third is Itsuki Koizumi, the “mysterious transfer student, as Haruhi had explained his presence. Over time Kyon learns that Haruhi actually has superpowers and the people in their club are actually what Haruhi wished she would meet: an alien (Yuki Nagato), a time traveler (Mikuru Asahina), and an esper (Itsuki Koizumi). Though the series also involves Haruhi’s different schemes to relieve boredom, the main plot revolves around Haruhi and Kyon and their role in each other’s life. It’s like a screwed up love story.

 

But my fascination with this anime lies on the fact that I know how Haruhi feels~ the constant boredom and feeling of helplessness, and feeling that life needs a little more spice to it. Plus I’m a geek.

 

Episode summaries with screencaps I’ll put up when I feel like it. For more (characters etc.) see my Haruhi Page (tab above my banner). ~Still scouring for the light novels.

~Names in Japanese Characters were taken from Wikipedia.org

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