Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya S1 (Review)

(Has Spoiler-Content)

Kyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in—aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural.
Much to his chagrin, Kyon, along with the silent bookworm, Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the perpetually smiling Itsuki Koizumi, are recruited as members. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa.

Personally, I love this fucking  show, Having watched it for 5 times already and am almost surprised that some people don't. But then again, if you don't like the sheer randomness and wackiness that the show builds on, the anime won't appeal to you.

The setting is as following – a girl (Haruhi Suzumiya) has the power to change reality – a sort of God, in other words. She is unaware of this ability herself. Her wish of meeting espers, aliens and time travelers, combined with the aforementioned power, ends up in her making a club where said types of beings come together (she’s unaware of them being any more than normal humans, though) – along with a perfectly normal guy named Kyon; the first normal human to get along with her. Her club is called the SOS Brigade, and we follow them as they partake in various – and humorous – activities.

The story is told from Kyon's point of view, and he tells the story in a style that is just hilarious from time to time.

Story-wise, you can say the anime is episodic in that there's a new event every episode, but there's still ties between the individual episodes, which makes a true chronological order present. However, they were originally aired in a non-chronological order, to make things even more confusing and random. Personally, I prefer the chronological order over the broadcast order, but I've heard people say otherwise.

Broadcast Order: The Ending is in the middle of the series, Some characters may not be Introduced Properly.
Chronological Order :   The End of  the series is at the end, Will reference episodes that you haven't watched it yet.

To me, the story was really great, and so was the setting. Each episode contained so much -  This is not your typical Slice-Of-Life Anime and the  hyperactive and fast pacing fits Haruhi's character well.

The animation style of the show is excellent. Kyoto Animation did a great job. The characters move so fluidly, the coloring is great, and other details are good too. Haruhi's various hair styles are a plus too. Lighting effects are good too..Their faces though lost detail too often, which drags it down.

The soundtrack is magnificient, It is catchy as fuck and I still jam to the anime's OP.

There's almost no-character development, but thats to be expected from a 14 ep slice of life/comedy anime.

 The characters may be a little unoriginal - the laid-back guy and the hyperactive girl pair is definitely not something unseen. A quiet and shy girl and a moe girl aren't unusual either. But what made the characters in the series as good as they were was the unique way in which they were presented - It made up for the unoriginality.

It lived up to the hype and it gained cult fans too and the term Haruhiism is a thing.

Score : 10/10

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