Haruhi

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 13

Aug 23 // Anthony Redgrave
It's the end of exam season and the primary literature club members decide to take their president out for the day to celebrate. Asakura passionately suggests a theme park while Kyon asks Nagato where she'd like to go. They end up going to a used book fair to satisfy the bibliophilic Nagato much to Asakura's insistence on the theme park. Don't worry Asakura I'll take you to a theme park. How's about the new Banksy one Dismayworld? We may have to queue for a while to see the cynically satirical construction of the modern world, but I'm sure it'll be worth the inflated ticket price. In the mind of Nagato she is still struggling with her identity. A re-occurring dream of her spectating past events causes Nagato to think that her old self is coming back. Even Kyon and Asakura think that Nagato is reacting a lot more like her old self rather than the tightlipped monotone alien from the Haruhi series. But this isn't a good thing, at least for Nagato. Having become accustomed to the smiles and pleasures of having friends, the new Nagato is afraid of disappearing only to be replaced by the old Nagato. Which explains the dreams. New Nagato has always been there, inside old Nagato, watching but not touching. I think there are also more personas of Nagato too judging by they change clothes in a bolt of static during the dream sequences.  The second half of the episode focuses on new Nagato's last day in this world. After the next night, the old Nagato will reappear and everything should be back to normal. So she spends the day with Asakura and finishes in front of the library with the book she checked out last episode. As the sun sets she recollects about her new found feelings for Kyon and the fact she couldn't express them before she disappeared. Then he calls. The rest of the episode rolls on like a classic romance film scene. Kyon hastily rushes to Nagato's location as the phone call conversation is played over the top. If there are any anime fans out there who have ever been really frustrated at the fact no-one ever confesses their feelings in anime despite their similarities and mutual feelings then this last part of the episode is extremely cathartic to watch.  This wasn't the best story arc of the series. A lot of the time it was slow, didn't have the comedy or charm of the earlier episodes, and was akin to the mysterious elements of Haruhi that nearly put me to sleep by the amount of explanation needed to understand them. The new Nagato was a nice call back to the previous series whether it's canon or not. I like to think it is and the Nagato from Haruhi's series had a little adventure into the Yuki-chan universe. [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!]
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Return of Nagato Yuki
I was listening to a podcast where they were discussing our media's obsession with trilogies. Every new IP has to be a trilogy or at least series that builds on the existing product. However nowadays it's more like trilogies ...

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 12

Aug 20 // Anthony Redgrave
So Nagato and Kyon are in the library. Since this new Nagato is a bibliophile she floats through the aisles of books before resting on one that catches her fancy. While our smart mouthed Kyon clashes with a bespectacled librarian despite other patrons calling out for their mothers or giggling over books and not getting reprimanded. As closing time approaches Nagato is still reading at the same spot Kyon had left her, she is determined to continue to the last second of opening. We learn that the new Nagato, along with a greater affinity for books is a lot more determined and forward with other people. This brings about a nice scene where Nagato does her best pout to try and convince Kyon to return her book that ultimately results in a library card being used.  This interaction between Kyon and Nagato is very similar to what happened in Haruhi except in that series it was Kyon narrating over animation of himself struggling to convince Nagato to move from the library. The show is great at re-creating and re-doing past scenes from the Haruhi series to represent the alternative universe idea of Nagato Yuki-chan. After revealing the existing library card in Nagato's possession, there is a flashback to how Nagato met Kyon which was in the same library. In classic romantic novel fashion, Kyon sweeps Nagato off her feet by stealing her book and checking it out at the desk along with setting her up with a library card. What a hunk! Also, Kyon's sister makes a long awaited appearance. Now I'm just hoping we get to see Shamisen in this series.  As the second half of the episode starts we get more hints at the August fireworks festival earlier in the series cause my speculation glands to start secreting. It also follows Checkov-san's Firework Festival; if there is an introduction of a summer festival in a romantic anime series there needs to be a major flag event between the two leads. This half also gets really meta as Nagato starts to flashback to key scenes from the show; the Christmas party, star gazing, and giving chocolates during Valentines, but she isn't viewing it from Nagato's perspective. Instead she is an observer, watching Nagato as she does all these tasks despite our new Nagato being in control of past Nagato's body. There is a piano motif that plays through these scenes that screams to be Gymnopedie no. 1 by Erik Satie. This track was a major thematic track for the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya that sort of serves as a prequel to this series.  I seriously love Gymnopedie; it's slow, warm, mysterious and embodies Nagato's cold exterior in front of her inner human emotion. An appearance in this show will be welcomed with open arms by me and will also help tie the film and this together in terms of musical theme. The piano score that replaces it is serviceable to as to convey the confusion Nagato is feeling when watching these flashbacks but isn't memorable despite following the similar crescendos and decrescendos of Gymnopedie.  [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
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I am thou, Thou art I
Hey Haruhi fans, remember when Kyon bunked off looking for paranormal stuff and spent his afternoon in the library with Nagato instead, only to get scolded by Haruhi? Would you like to watch it again with a different art styl...

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 11

Aug 10 // Anthony Redgrave
The episode opens with a recap of last episode narrated by Nagato (H) in a similar manner as Endless Eight, lots of reused footage with different framing. We learn that Nagato (H) is aware she has hi-jacked Nagato (D)'s body but is having problems with the memory side of things. Fortunately, she is still in tune with Nagato (D)'s feelings and can act accordingly when interacting with Kyon and Asakura. Mother bird Asakura takes this news very well considering her friend has a completely new personality and chooses to treat the new Nagato in the same way as Nagato (D) until Nagato (D) resurfaces. With the blessings from the hospital, Nagato (H) is discharged to continue treatment at home and attempts to live the life of the previous Nagato (D). See what I mean by confusing. The first quarter of the episode has the same muted tone as last episode to match Nagato's new personality. The next half is more in line with the fluffy slice of life comedy expected from the show complete with comedic facial reactions and friendly smiles to counter hardships. However, the elephant in the room prevents the show from recapturing the spirit of a high school rom-com. Nagato is no longer Nagato so the beats and timing of each gag take a pause to see whether Nagato (H) would react the same as Nagato (D). In this way, the show does a grand job in exemplifying the disappearance part and how it affects the characters on the show. I think introducing Nagato (H) was a good choice. A lot of the romantic elements in anime tend not to lead anywhere and constant hinting/ near misses puts me in the frustrating situation of wishing the show would shit or get off the pot. Another 9 episodes of will they/won't they would get old unless it was backed up with some solid comedy, so introducing a familiar face helped mix things up. [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] The episode opens with a recap of last episode narrated by Nagato (H) in a similar vein as Endless Eight, lots of partially reused footage with different framing. We learn that Nagato (H) is aware that she has hi-jacked Nagato (D)'s body but is having problems with the memory side of things. Fortunately, she is still in tune with Nagato (D)'s feelings and can act accordingly when interacting with Kyon and Asakura. Mother bird Asakura takes the news very well considering her friend has a completely new personality and opts to treat Nagato (H) in the same way as Nagato (D) until Nagato (D) resurfaces. With the blessings from the hospital, Nagato (H) is discharged to continue treatment at home and attempts to live the life of the previous Nagato (D). The first quarter of the episode follows the same muted tone as last episode to convey the tone of uneasiness of Asakura and Kyon to Nagato's new personality now that they have deduced it is no longer Nagato (D). The next half is more in line with the fluffy slice of life comedy expected from the show with facial reactions to dramatic situations and friend's supporting each other emotionally. However, the elephant in the room prevents the show from recapturing the spirit and feel of the whimsical nature of a high school romcom. Nagato is no longer Nagato so the beats and timing of each gag take a pause to see whether Nagato (H) would react the same as Nagato (D). In this way, the show does a grand job in exemplifying the disappearance part and how it affects the characters on the show. I think introducing Nagato (H) was a good choice for the show. A lot of the romantic elements in anime tend not to lead anywhere and constant hinting/ near misses puts me in a frustrating situation wishing the show would shit or get off the pot. Another 9 episodes of will they/won't they would get old unless it was backed up with some solid comedy so introducing a familiar face helped mix things up.
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The real disappearance
I never thought I'd miss the new dopey Nagato Yuki but I really do. It's going to get confusing talking about the two Nagato's so I'll label them as such; the new Nagato to this series will be Nagato (H) as she...

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 10

Aug 06 // Anthony Redgrave
Because the hot springs episodes may have been a bit too racey and fast paced for regular Nagato Yuki-chan watchers with the inclusion of Haruhi, episode 10 slows the pace way down. Even though our heroine had escaped the crash relatively unscathed, Asakura goes super protective mother bird mode on her discovering new injuries every minute. Even if the physical injuries are relatively minor, Haruhi watchers will be familiar with the state that Nagato has reverted to which compliments the slower pace of this episode. For a while I thought it was because of shock from the car incident and it would take the collective efforts of the literature club to pull her out of this funk. This episode reminds me of the Digimon Adventures episode Home Away from Home where Tai gets to return back to Tokyo without his friends. It's vastly different from all the episodes before it with a muted tone and feel making it slightly eerie. At the literature club, Kyon tries to make conversation with Nagato but is greeted with the same specific answers as Asakura. This new Nagato does have a penchant of reading french books like The Mystery of the Yellow Room which Kyon has a hard time engaging with. How is Kyon going to get it together with Nagato if he doesn't understand the language of love? I loved the ending of this episode as it has me hungry for more. I was really tempted to watch the next one subbed just so it'll quench my curiosity. If you were thought Nagato Yuki-chan was too lackadaisy slice of life then this episode will revitalise your interest in the series even if it's quite slow. [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!]
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Wait, you can add cheese to curry?
Whenever I'm watching too much anime I tend to see anime in my anime. Like characters looking like other characters from other anime series' or storylines that have been covered by older anime. In this case, it's the Toyota A...


Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episodes 6-9

Aug 03 // Anthony Redgrave
Those expecting lots of T&A in this trilogy will be sorely disappointed. We spend more time looking at the bare chests of Kyon and Koizumi than the girls. These episodes feature more Haruhi and Koizumi as they drag the North High Literature club around the tourist sites. Haruhi brings the selfish bold headed charm into Nagato's meek world and it comes as a nice change of tone from the lovey dovey storyline. Laughs can be found in each episode from visual gags to Kyon being treated like shit throughout the trip. I especially liked the boy's interaction with one another as Koizumi is played off as an extreme version of himself from Haruhi which means some uncomfortable situations for Kyon.  Despite Haruhi energizing the show, the first episode has the pace of Aunt Jane's Japan Holiday slide show. They spend too much time going to different sites, messing around in the gift shop, praying at the shrine, and even on who sat next to whom instead of pushing the story along. The show had slowed down and I don't think it can handle more characters than Nagato, Asakura, and Kyon at once. There are fewer character interaction and more time on what they're doing which proved to be charming but meaningless. Asakura gets some character development in this trilogy as we finally understand her fear of getting Nagato with Kyon. However, these set of episodes contain almost no drama. Whenever it gets to be an interesting moment it is immediately diffused in place for a joke thus losing all tension.  Ultimately I think these episodes can be skipped. Viewers that pay attention to this show will already know why Asakura is worried about Nagato's relationship and if they don't then a synopsis search online will clear it up. They are nice distractions but don't provide any information that we have not seen before. [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!]
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The Hot Spring Trilogy
We've now hit the middle of the season so it's time for some fan service-y filler episodes. In Haruhi they went to Koizumi's beach house to solve a murder, in Nagato Yuki-chan they're heading to Tsuruya's Hot Springs under th...

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 6

Jul 09 // Anthony Redgrave
Kyon may be quick with the comebacks, but he's lacking in the conventional intelligence department. With exams on the horizon, he seeks assistance from Asakura which causes a misunderstanding from Nagato because of their increased contact. Fortunately, the misunderstanding trope does not smother the whole episode as the show outright says that it's a misunderstanding straight after the suggested relationship. This is something some anime shows need to catch onto *cough* NISEKOI *cough*, instead of overexaggerating the reactions and wasting whole episodes of building up misunderstanding.  Haruhi and her lapdog Koizumi make an appearance having been granted official access to the North High school grounds under Nagato's absent minded request. Being from a prep school Haruhi states she is leagues ahead of Kyon and Asakura which brings forth a Mathematics challenge between the two rival schools. Yep the main conflict is down to an algebra 'solve for x question'. I've been out of high school for half a decade, and I swear it was never this difficult. The saviour surprisingly (or unsurprisingly if you consider she is still the same person) is Nagato Yuki as she answers the question without writing anything down. Her method is something to be desired as she will not be scoring marks for jotting down the random garbage that starts spewing out of her mouth. Honestly, I was not expecting that from a love stricken PSVita addict.  [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] Kyon may be quick with the comebacks and wise enough to ask the right questions, but he is sadly lacking in the intelligence department. With exams on the horizon, he seeks assistance from Asakura since she is a paragon of studentship. Cue misunderstanding from Nagato Yuki because of their increased contact and everything is resolved. Fortunately, the misunderstanding trope does not smother the whole episode as even this series has caught on and outright says that it's a misunderstanding. This is something some anime shows need to catch onto *cough* NISEKOI *cough*.  Haruhi and her lapdog Koizumi make an appearance having been granted official access to the North High school grounds under Nagato's request. Being from a prep school Haruhi states she is leagues ahead of Kyon and Asakura which brings forth a Mathematics challenge between the two rival schools. Yep the main conflict is down to algebra solve for x question. I've been out of high school for half a decade, and I swear it was never this difficult. The saviour surprisingly (or unsurprisingly if you consider she is still the same person) is Nagato Yuki as she answers the question sans working out. Her working is something to be desired as she will not be scoring marks for jotting down the random garbage she starts spewing out. Honestly, I was not expecting that from a love stricken PSVita addict. 
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Hot for Teacher Asakura
We are nearing the half-way point of Nagato Yuki-chan and so far it's been very good. I really like the familiar elements and emphasised comedic moments when comparing it to Haruhi. A lack of Asahina dials down the uncom...

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 5

Jun 28 // Anthony Redgrave
So we finally get a resolution behind the drama filled finale worthy of a soap opera; the meek girl finally plucks up the courage to give her crush chocolates only to find her crush receiving chocolates from another girl! Shock! Horror! Scandalous! It's like something right out of a tamer Dear Deidre (for the British Sun readers). The true meaning behind the chocolate giving mishap is, of course, a misunderstanding as Valentine's Day chocolates come in two varieties; courtesy chocolate for friends and the more recognisable love chocolates. I'm guessing the courtesy chocolates that are being given don't have to be homemade or nice or even special in any way as Haruhi was giving out the Japanese equivalent of $1.00 Hershey bars to Kyon and Koizumi. In true mother bird fashion, Asakura flies off in a rage at Haruhi for hurting Nagato but is wise enough to find her own faults in pushing her ideals onto Nagato. I've said this every week of recapping Nagato Yuki-chan but I really like Asakura as a character and this bit of character development is the cherry on top of a sundae. Catching up with Nagato it is revealed that is even more misunderstanding. Nagato wanted to leave Haruhi and Kyon alone so she can give him the chocolates in private and dropping the chocolate was a mistake. It still doesn't explain why she had to run out of the building and out of sight. Finally, Kyon and Nagato have their moment even though the former is still oblivious and the latter has her confession interrupted by secondary characters.  This episode had a lot of interaction between Haruhi and Asakura, two characters that didn't interact a whole bunch in the Haruhi series. While Asakura has to take a parental role when talking to Nagato, she sees Haruhi as an equal so can voice her concerns and thoughts for a second opinion. I really like this as it shows that Asakura is not this perfect protective person and still has insecurities when it comes to advising her friend.  There is a post credit scene in this episode so don't switch off when the ending credits appear.  [Watch the disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] So we finally get a resolution behind the drama filled finale worthy of a soap opera; the meek girl finally plucks up the courage to give her crush chocolates only to find her crush receiving chocolates from another girl! Shock! Horror! Scandalous! It's like something right out of a tamer Dear Deidre (for the British Sun readers). The true meaning behind the chocolate giving mishap is of course a misunderstanding as Valentine's Day chocolates come in two varieties; courtesy chocolate for friends and the more recogniseable love chocolates. I'm guessing the courtesy chocolates that are being given don't have to be homemade or nice or even special in anyway as Haruhi was giving out the Japanese equivalent of $1.00 Hershey bars to Kyon and Koizumi. In true mother bird fashion Asakura flies off in a rage at Haruhi for hurting Nagato but is wise enough to find her own faults in pushing her ideals onto Nagato. I've said this every week of recapping Nagato Yuki-chan but I really like Asakura as a character and this bit of character development is the cherry on top of a sundae. Catching up with Nagato it is revealed that is even more misunderstanding. Nagato wanted to leave Haruhi and Kyon alone so she can give him the chocolates in private as that is what she wanted and dropping the chocolate was a mistake that made for a dramatical shot. It still doesn't explain why she had to run out of the building and out of sight. Finally Kyon and Nagato have their moment even though the former is still oblvious and the latter has her confession interuppted by secondary characters.  This episode had a lot of interaction between Haruhi and Asakura, two characters that didn't interact a whole bunch in the Haruhi series. While Asakura has to usually take the parent role when talking to Nagato, she sees Haruhi as an equal so can voice her concerns and thoughts for a second opinion. I really like this as it shows that Asakura is not this perfect parental person and still has insecurities when it comes to advising her friend.  There is a post credit scene in this episode so don't switch off when the ending credits appear.  [Watch the disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!]
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Boys are soooo oblivious!
It's par for the course that every love interest in anime that is out-numbered by the opposite gender by more than 1:2 will be completely ignorant of another's feeling. It's the harem curse that falls on all protagonists. The...

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The new Haruhi visuals have me quite worried


Not feeling it
Mar 06
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptati...
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Haruhi Suzumiya and the SOS Brigade return to TV in April


Oh yes!
Feb 17
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's no hiding the fact that I am bananas for Haruhi Suzumiya and the entire SOS Brigade. It was actually one of the shows that brought me back into anime fandom heavily, during a time that my interest was really starting ...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Our Favorite Anime Endings


Apr 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Well guys and gals, it's that time again! We peek into that dark and disturbing place known as the souls of your all star Japanator editors. We had a great time sharing our favorite openings with you on The Daily Dose, but th...
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The appearance of Haruhi Suzumiya... coffee!


Dec 13
// Chris Walden
Beverage giants Asahi have just announced that as of December 20th, they will start bundling Haruhi figures with special packages of Wonda Morning Shot coffee. You'll have to be quick in picking them up (or arranging a middle...
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Monday MADness: The Inception of Haruhi Suzumiya


Sep 19
// Itsa Timmy
I hear Disappearance is being released this week so I guess that would make it a good time to get everyone pumped up with Darkreu's awesome trailer for it. On the surface "The Inception of Haruhi Suzumiya" is clips from ...

A Look At: The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan

May 10 // Tyler Jones
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan vol. 2Published by: Yen PressWritten by: Nagaru TanigawaIllustrated by: PuyoTranslated by: Chris PaiRelease date: May 31, 2011MSRP: US$11.99 Haruhi-chan does a lot of the same things the normal series does, with Haruhi dragging the SOS brigade along with her zany plans and ill-conceived ideas. Also featured are the adventures the daily life of Achakura-chan, the miniature reincarnation of Ryoko Asakura, now a very tiny chibi person living in Yuki's apartment. This volume also introduces Kimidori-san, the the green dog-like creature that Yuki made out of a baloon and gave life. It's a cute, silly manga, but is unfortunately not amazingly cute or hilariously funny. The artwork ranges from passable to pretty cute, with each character having a certain specific way they're depicted when deformed. Yuki has a sort of blank, nonchalant gaze, Haruhi has a strange smushed sort of face, and Mikuru's eyes become big black dots to illustrate her confusion. However, the normal sized characters' faces sometimes looks a bit amateurish, with unusually dark outlines around their eyes. The humor goes everywhere from slice of life silliness to character detonation to moon exploration, but the range in quality of the writing is even more pronounced than that of the artwork. There were times where I did indeed laugh out loud, but just as often I ran into jokes that were over-explained and/or didn't translate very well from Japanese. That's no fault of the translator, of course, but jokes involving politeness levels  just don't work so well over here. I'd recommend Haruhi-chan to hardcore Haruhi buffs in an instant, but to the casual fan or non-fan who wants to spend their $12 on a cute comedy manga, you could do a lot better. Score: 5.5
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I like the idea of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan. For those of you not aware, Haruhi-chan is the official Haruhi parody manga, consisting mostly of four panel comics. Each character is a slightly odder version of the...

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New trailers for upcoming Haruhi game


May 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Fans of the The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie should definitely keep their eyes on the upcoming The Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya game. We got a peak at the title in December, and now have some character focused g...

A look at The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya #8

Mar 26 // Crystal White
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya #8Published by: Yen PressWritten by: Nagaru TanigawaIllustrated by: Gaku TsuganoTranslated by: Chris PaiRelease date: March 29, 2011MSRP: $11.99  Having never read any Haruhi, I found myself needing to look up who certain characters were along the way, as the plot simply dumps you into the middle with no exposition and no explanation. I found this really frustrating, and once I discovered the actual plot, I was even more confused. An alien, an esper, and a time traveler? And Haruhi is practically a god? WHAT? I found the plot to be a little too crazy for me to be sufficiently drawn in. In terms of the manga's actual layout, I was also a tad disappointed. I found that the art style just wasn't my thing, as faces lacked a lot of detail with minimal features, and dialog was confusing since many speech bubbles did not contain the appropriate "tail" to indicate which character was speaking. So for a newcomer like myself, this made the personalities and speech of the characters even more difficult for me to understand. As for where I'd like the plot to go, I'm really rooting for Kyon to restore his world back to what it was. I mean, wouldn't it be terrible if he never got back to his original world? And since most of the other characters are clueless as to the change in the world, it's all up to the one guy who doesn't have any special abilities. Also, I think I could stand for future issues to forego the random side stories. They don't contribute to the plot, and I feel like small things like that only detract from the cohesiveness of the plot, and aren't really that entertaining. So what do you think? Are you a Haruhi fan? Did you like this issue better than I did? Score: 6.0
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This volume of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya wastes no time in completely dumping the reader into the midst of the plot. However, it did become immediately apparent that to the narrator, Kyon, the entire world h...

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Gaze upon the cover of the new Haruhi novel


Mar 08
// Josh Tolentino
And...it looks like the covers of every other Haruhi novel. What did you expect? Well, I suppose fans might have expected something different, considering that it's been four-odd years since the last novel was released, but i...
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Watch 8 episodes of Haruhi season 2 on Crunchyroll


Feb 12
// Josh Tolentino
...because the other 6 are just the repeat installments of Endless Eight, after all. I've made that joke before, I know, but at least you don't have to cough up for the DVDs this time, since you can just stream  the ones...
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Screenshots of upcoming PS3/PSP Haruhi game now available


Dec 20
// Crystal White
Namco Bandai has just released a bunch of screenshots for their upcoming title The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya, which will be available on both the PS3 and PSP. These particular screens are from the PS3 version, and both ...
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Watch the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya in...Hawaii?


Oct 04
// Josh Tolentino
Hawaii, a non-continental state and my birthplace, is oft-ignored, I've found. Hawaiians have to pay extra to get stuff mailed to them, they aren't eligible for most contests, and what do they get in exchange? An endless floo...
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Minori Chihara's new music video is so pretty


Aug 13
// Dale North
I'm really digging Minori Chihara's new PV for the song "Yasashii Boukyaku." Bandai Entertainment was kind enough to post it on YouTube today for us. Lovely song, lovely photography, and from a music nerd standpoint...
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Haruhi Fruit Juice...has Haruhi on it! How unexpected!


Jul 12
// Bob Muir
This summer heat wave has been brutal for me so far. I know many states probably have it worse than New York, but that doesn't mean we're not suffering here too. We're even seeing massive power outages from people using too m...
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Crunchyroll bringing content to Zune Marketplace


Jul 08
// Ben Huber
Crunchyroll has been streaming a large portion of the recent seasons on their site pretty consistently now. Not only that, they brought an iPhone and iPad app out so you can catch your shows on the go. But what about people w...
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AX 10: Notes from Bandai's panel


Jul 01
// Tim Sheehy
So I've got some notes from the Bandai's panel today. We were a bit late arriving to the convention -- thanks, Los Angeles, for the awesome traffic -- so we missed the first few minutes of the panel. That said, we didn't miss...
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Oh hey, here's how much you'll pay for Haruhi S2 DVDs


Jun 23
// Josh Tolentino
Care to buy fourteen episodes of high-end anime? How about buying seven episodes instead? You might be surprised, but those two questions are inseparably intertwined, for the subject at hand is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumi...
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Man travels to USA to watch Haruhi movie for viewing #100


May 19
// Jeff Chuang
Over the years I've heard the usual sorts of crazy things Japanese otaku do with money, like buy 9001 copies of some K-ON CD single so it charts on Oricon weekly, or spend a lot of money to pin down a film strip of Yuki's cla...
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The Summer of Haruhi Suzumiya promotion announced


May 07
// Dale North
Bandai Entertainment, Crunchyroll, and Yen Press are getting together to premiere The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie on May 21st at the Viz Cinema at NEW PEOPLE, in San Francisco. Cristina Vee, who you know as “...
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Brilliant: Akiba store sells Yuki as 'My Wife'


Apr 19
// Dale North
At Iosys, a mobile phone shop on Akihabara's main drag, Chuo-dori, a girl that you'd normally call Yuki Nagato is being sold as "My Wife," or as we say here at Jtor, Mai Waifu. Check out AkibaBlog's picture of a jus...
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It's happened.  Bandai Entertainment has acquired the rights to the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. The movie takes place after season two of the series, and will be shown subtitled by VIZ Cinema (in other wo...

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Crunchyroll gets The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya


Apr 09
// Dale North
Yay! It was just announced that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is coming to all things Crunchyroll, in Americas, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa. World domination would make Haruhi happy. Crunchy...
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The Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou DVD on sale now


Feb 26
// Ben Huber
The new release of the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou, an orchestrated album featuring everyone's favorite Haruhi music. You can check it out at CDJapan.co.jp.To be honest, originally we thought this was an announcement about the ...

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