MyAnimeList Rating: 7,27/10
Genres: Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Mystery, Comedy, Parody, Romance, School
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Authors: Nagaru Tanigawa (Story), Noizi Itou (Art)
Seiyuus: Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara
After several months has been passed, I finally watched the series from “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” despite the movie entitled “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” and the spin-off entitled “The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan,” which tells a different story in the parallel universe, I didn’t watch those it yet. I admit that this anime is the one that blends all of its elements than any other anime. It’s a sci-fi, slice of life, comedy, mystery, romance, school, even parody, those combine and create something unusual. I can’t think that the author who wrote the novel itself has a great imagination. But the second season is not what I want. Although the impression is also almost similar to the first season that I’ve watched, the second season has many lapses than I had expected.
Kyon has found himself dragged through many adventures as of late—all because of the SOS Brigade club and its excitable leader, Haruhi Suzumiya. He has stopped believing in the supernatural long ago, but after being forced to join this club based solely on that, he has seen things that cannot be explained logically.
Joining Kyon on his various misadventures is the shy and soft-spoken Mikuru Asahina, the bookish Yuki Nagato, and the ever-cheerful Itsuki Koizumi. Whether it is a summer vacation or a school festival, things involving their club and Haruhi herself always end up becoming strange.
Let me explain here. The second season is a composite of all the episodes in the first season. I watch it according to chronological order rather than from the broadcast date of each episode. If I watch it from the date of the show, then the first episode you watch is “The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina” episode 0 and ends with “The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya” arc where Kyon and all the members of SOS make a short film where the results will be shown in the episode of “The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina.” If I think, you better watch according to the chronology story which will be fresher and more enjoyable. Starting from “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” arc, “The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya” arc, “Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody” arc, “Mystérique Sign” arc, “Remote Island Syndrome” arc, “Endless Eight” arc, “The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya” arc, The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina” episode 0, “Live Alive” arc, “The Day of Sagittarius” arc, to “Someday in the Rain” arc. This is according to the chronological story that was aired on television in 2009. So, it’s up to you. Do you wanna watch according to the story’s chronology or episode’s date?
From all of you who’ve watched this anime, “Endless Eight” arc is the most boring arc ever in this anime. Of all the reviews I read, they have the same complaints including me. I also emphasize that I can enjoy this arc so it doesn’t make me turn back in this anime. Just imagine, you sit enjoying this arc with episodes that keep repeating itself. Be patient in front of your TV or monitor screen and enjoy this arc as if it’s so boring. Although like that, this arc also has an important influence on you watching this anime because if you just turn away from this arc, you can’t see the twist at the end of this arc. So, it makes no mistake if I also enjoy this arc even though the overall is so boring. There are some parts that I like about this arc where the time is narrowed as short as possible even if it only appears for a few seconds. So, I’m used to being wrong if the anime I’m watching has some broken episodes and it sometimes feels deja vu.
The art is more improve after I watched the first season a few months ago. If I compare it, the second season has a beautiful art as well as the ratification of the Kyoto Animation. The music and the sound are also spectacular. I love the opening song itself entitled “Super Driver” by Aya Hirano who also fills the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya. The ending song “Tomare!” by Aya Hirano, Yuko Goto, and Minori Chihara is also good but not memorable. These three seiyuu also certainly fill out the voice of all the characters that exist in this anime. Overall, I enjoyed all of the moments to the whole aspect that shown in this anime. The interesting plot of the story is presented so epic by the author, the characters I think I can say are very distinct, and the various twists that are always found in every arc include Endless Eight arc. In the end, I was so imposing this aim to spend the whole series of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.” I also wanna watch the movie and spin-off later and I’ll review it as soon as possible.
“The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” is an epic tale with the plot stories narrative to be unique and interesting. The whole genre that mixes up the slice of life, as well as school and mystery, is the most compelling thing and I don’t think that far. However, some parts of it make me uncomfortable to watch it and have to impose my self to be able to blow it. However, this is something very interesting to enjoy. Kyoto Animation is the best of all.