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These are the real-life books featured in The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

Nov 18 // Anthony Redgrave
Episode 1- Precious Place (Virtual Girl- Amy Thomson) [Amazon]One of the first establishing shots of the club room has Kyon reading this book and Nagato playing her PSVita. Maybe she should've founded a video game club instead. Anyways, this book isn't a literary classic like Dickens and from the Amazon preview page looks like a teen book in the vein of Animorphs or Goosebumps. Supporting the age old saying about books and their covers, this title did win the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been received positively by readers. A story about artificial intelligence and abandonment doesn't have a lot of parallel themes with the Nagato Yuki-chan story so I assume the animators just liked the Japanese cover of the book. Episode 10- Someday in the Rain (Mystery of the Yellow Room- Gaston Laroux) [Amazon]There is a large jump in the anime before we find another identifiable book. After Nagato from this show is lies dormant and Nagato from Haruhi becomes the dominant personality, Kyon and her find themselves back in the Literature Room hanging out, but this time Nagato is actually reading. The name of the book is Le mystère de la Chambre Jaune, a french novel that is famously known as one of the first locked-room mystery books. The cover shown in the show is a faithful recreation of the first edition of the book. The new Nagato has a penchant for the language of love with the next book. Episode 10- again (The Perfume of the Lady in Black- again by Gaston Laroux) [Amazon]This book is actually the sequel to the Mystery of the Yellow Room which is probably why Nagato picks it next. This title features a lot of characters from Gaston's first locked room mystery however, it is more well known as an Italian movie. This part of the episode shows off Kyon's complete lack of linguistic skills too as he is unable to pronounce any of these two titles. Episode 13- The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan III (Inherit the Stars- JP Hogan) [Amazon]In the show, this was Nagato's last book she checks out of the library before confessing and leaving Kyon. She was so engrossed with this book that she didn't want to leave the library before Kyon forced her to. As part of a five-parter, Inherit the Stars was James P Hogan's first book and was inspired by Hitchcock's Kubrick's legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey and a bet with his buddies that he couldn't write a science fiction piece. This is the kind of book I'd expect Nagato and Koizumi to be reading, something science fiction-y and out of the world just like their true identities.  Le mystère de la chambre jaune
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It's a Literature Club, after all
In last season's anime, I had covered The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan dub for this site. The anime has now finished broadcasting and I've finished recapping, but I'm not quite done talking about it. I had noticed t...

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Today in Anime: Happy Birthday Haruhi Suzumiya


The creator of SOS Brigade and the world
Oct 08
// Anthony Redgrave
Today at Japanator we celebrate the patron saint of modern anime Haruhi Suzumiya, the titular character of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She captured the hearts and minds of fans around the globe and because of her addictive personality even created a real fictional religion about spreading lots of excitement around the world. 

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 16

Sep 13 // Anthony Redgrave
I've noticed that the last few episodes framed Kyon as the main character rather than the titular Nagato Yuki. He is the one to deliver the opening lines and the episodes follow him and his awkwardness around Nagato. Summer is halfway over and he still hasn't gotten over the confession Nagato had made before she had disappeared. But since he's in possession of a Y chromosome, the thoughts and feelings nonsense is best suited bottled up until Summer is over. With some Haruhi interference, Kyon finds himself meeting with Nagato a lot more and still struggling to talk to her about anything. I think the show displays this awkward behaviour very well through Kyon's internal dialogue. Many times I have internally chastised myself for not speaking up or acting strange in front of a lady of interest making Kyon's struggles understandable. The activities of baseball batting and bowling aren't particularly interesting to watch as there aren't many gags during these activities. They are used to show the lack of interaction between Kyon and Nagato compared to earlier in the series when he was very friendly towards her. There is also a lack of Asakura intervention and Asakura in general in this episode. No overly mothering tendencies or calming Haruhi down. She is more of a background/ side character than one of the main leads. An Asakura redemption with her accepting the impending relationship between Kyon and Nagato and being more forceful with Kyon to interact with Nagato would've brought her arc full circle instead of being pushed to the side in the last episode. Haruhi is another character who's arc goes forgotten too. As the fireworks festival is in full swing, Kyon drags Nagato away from the group to finally clear the air. The show subtly hints at Haruhi accepting her defeat in pursuing Kyon, but I felt that this wasn't fully explored as an option. Throughout Nagato Yuki-chan, there were hints that Haruhi had some history with Kyon and it was the source of conflict in the Valentine's day arc. Only in the last few episodes does this resurface as Haruhi remembers more about John Smith helping her write messages to the aliens implying feelings for Kyon. This is why it doesn't feel complete as Haruhi doesn't pursue Kyon or make any indication of her feelings known. The two characters didn't spend enough time together so bringing it back up in the last episode makes the arc feel incomplete.  As Kyon runs through the crowds and fireworks, he pours his heart out to Nagato about everything. His feelings, the reason he's been acting weird lately, and that yes with time he would've grown to like Nagato too. It's a very sweet scene made more poignant at the glimpses of the new Nagato smiling at Kyon's reply to her confession. Unfortunately, this is not for the titular Nagato as Kyon's entire speech is completely muffled by festival noise. I was honestly expecting Kyon and Nagato to get together by the end of this episode or at least admit their feelings for one another amongst the colours of fireworks but alas romantic closure isn't anime's strong suit. At least one version of Nagato Yuki is happy. The episode concludes with a post credit sequence continuing the tradition of linking Haruhi's and Nagato Yuki-chan's universes together. Some fans will like this reference but if you're like me, you'll groan at its implication. As a fan of Haruhi, I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I could get back into watching a show set in a different genre. I grew to like the show's art design, re-familiarise myself with their comedy, and the light-hearted premise encapsulated all the fun aspects of the previous series. An ending like this is expected; everything returned to the status quo so if it were to be picked up again there can be more of the same i.e. light hearted adventures with the same character quirks and relationships. Fans of the Haruhi series may want to watch an abridged version of this show; first few episodes to get an idea of the characters again, skip to end of episode 10/11 for the real disappearance and then finally maybe this final episode to close out Nagato Yuki's confession. You'll get the drama, some laughs, and a lot of classic Nagato Yuki. [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!]
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Closure for some
As the summer fades from 2015 it does so with Nagato Yuki-chan marking the finale for the show. The foreshadowed fireworks festival is finally upon the Literature club, but Haruhi still hasn't had her fill of Summer activities so you can expect more wacky antics in this episode before the series is finished.

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 15

Sep 07 // Anthony Redgrave
The show has skipped over the highly pressured and stress filled exam season of High School life and now it's time for the summer holidays. With Haruhi at the helm of the Literature club, their summer activities will be completely unrelated to reading or even associating with books. Instead, it is a beach visit thanks to the rich friend and associate of the club Tsuruya. Whenever the show/ Haruhi wants a massive set piece or a trip to exciting places in Japan Tsuruya is always the answer. It's a bonus she brings the fan service too in the form of Mikuru.  At the beach, they do the usual activities of showing off the ladies bikinis, swimming, and watermelon breaking. Nothing out the ordinary if you have seen any other anime beach episode. During the holiday, Kyon's little sister is along for the ride but she isn't what I remember from Haruhi. Previously she was a cute tag along, content on sitting in the background looking very sweet and adorable. Here she is just what Kyon describes her as, a brat. Definitely doesn't work well in her favour as she acts spoilt throughout.  Yuki is back to being her reclusive and shy self, absorbed in the glow of the PSVita rather than partaking in the beach activities. Yellow bikini Asakura orders her to play with Kyon and it transpires to some incredibly boring filler. The scene shows the ball being passed from Yuki to Kyon as silence lingers in the air. We feel the same as Kyon as the awkward silence is very apparent whilst Yuki feels joyful at the seclusive play session with her crush. However the awkwardness isn't translated well as the silence and repeated animation made this scene feel boring, as if they were padding the episode's run time rather than showing the conflicted feelings Kyon has for Yuki knowing that she likes him. As I watched the ball fly across the scene time after time, it reminded me of Endless Eight.... The second half moves the group away from the beach and into the mountains for bug hunting and late night ghost walking. It's a typical Haruhi led game so Haruhi wins and Kyon loses thus getting a penalty in the form of an X on his forehead that is swiftly removed in the next scene. Winning games was common for Haruhi in the previous series as a depressive turn for the girl could lead to world destruction which is why I think a lot of the characters catered to her best interests. A happy Haruhi means a safe world. But this is Yuki's world so why does Haruhi still win? Is she really that good at all the wacky stuff she puts the rest of the club through? The ghost walk was the final activity that would've been un-eventful if it weren't for the finale. I thought that this episode was taking a step back for Kyon and Yuki's relationship. They were no longer talking as much, both had different opinion's on each other, and I thought they had lost the initial spark that had me invested in seeing them get together. It's the penultimate episode and if nothing happened here I assumed everything would be crammed in the next episode or it would end with nothing being accomplished except for some nice times together. I'm still leaning on the latter as it's an anime and it is rare to see love interests end up together at the very end. What this ending brings is a small chance that everything will be resolved in the next episode. [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] tsuruya
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Beach Time Fun
The beach episode has come later than I expected for a slice of life high school romance anime. Usually, it'll be mid-season to serve as fan service-y padding and an excuse to put the female characters in bikinis since a beach is the only socially acceptable place to wear a bikini outside of an RPG. 


Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 14

Aug 30 // Anthony Redgrave
  The bibliophilic Nagato Yuki hasn't been struck off the show as of yet as she converses with her lazier self about the events that had occurred after she was hit by the car. It's nice to see these two characters interact as the contrasting personalities with the same appearance re-enforces that they are two different people using the same body. I wish there were more scenes like this. We learn that despite this interaction occurring, Nagato will not remember it when she finally wakes up thus causing it to be semi-pointless. She does reveal the confession she had made to Kyon, and the old Nagato takes it very well surprisingly. (I guess hearing it from yourself is a form of self-discovery). On the opposite side, Kyon has not forgotten the confession and continues to have mixed feelings about his relationship with Nagato. Normally Kyon has warm interactions with Nagato but in this episode he plays off every interaction quickly and cooly. He doesn't want to spend time with Nagato at all and gets by with as little interaction as possible. The awkwardness of the situation is understandable as it's a classic "I know that she knows but she doesn't know that I know, but she told me she knows" that punctuate many soapy dramas on the television box. The situation isn't lingered upon too much as Haruhi makes her triumphant return and proclaims from now on the club will be celebrating Tanabata. The show doesn't explain what this celebration is so it's up to the audience to do Japanese culture homework via tangential learning. From the episode, I gathered it's a celebration originated from two gods that were lovers and people celebrate it by writing wishes on bamboo. It's an excuse to the get the club back to their fun having ways and for Haruhi to feature as a big part in the second half. Koizumi and Asakura start to exchange Oxbridge pleasantries over their wish writing choices. Both of these characters display polite, courteous behaviours and just from this one interaction I started to think they'd make a cute couple. (Oh god, have I really started to ship characters in this anime!?) Haruhi, having discovered the awkward feelings Kyon has Nagato confronts him about them. Strange seeing that she wasn't present for the last 4 episodes so she should be in the dark/ confused about a lot of the details. The lighting and colours in this portion of the show are dark and kind of menacing. Haruhi's fringe casts a dark shadow over her eyes making her look like a killer or an eroge protagonist. However, the dialogue doesn't match this mood as Haruhi states bluntly that Kyon shouldn't worry too much about it. There is an internal aspect to Haruhi's dialogue as she starts to remember when a young Kyon had helped her write a message to potential aliens 4 years ago on the school grounds. I'm quite confused. Wasn't Kyon a lot older when he helped her out or was that only canon in the Haruhi series. Also why would young Kyon use the name John Smith? He didn't time travel like older Kyon so there is no need to hide his identity. I think Haruhi knows Kyon was the John Smith from the past and has started developing feelings for the guy thus bringing the show back to; who will Kyon end up with. But if this was true about identity confirmation then why didn't Haruhi have a stronger reaction to meeting Kyon again back in episode 3? Was she hiding these feelings really well or were they a recent occurrence that she had just remembered? There's too many questions that need answering you just made it more confusing Haruhi! [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!] [Watch The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on FUNimation!]
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Awkward morning after...
And we're officially back to normal high school life with Nagato Yuki-chan. This episode returns to the literature club hanging out and having jokes at Kyon's expense with a dose of Haruhi to liven things up. Watchers may be ...

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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