I shouldn’t have waited so long to watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
With the slow down in production I am prioritizing shows I have always wanted to watch and Haruhi Suzumiya has always been on the list. I am not done yet, but so far it has been an incredible journey. The cast and the audience are held captive to the whims of Haruhi Suzumiya who is trying to cure her own boredom with the world at large. If Haruhi isn’t kept entertained the world as we know it will end. Why? Because Haruhi is considered the god of the world, if espers, aliens and time-travelers are to be believed. Whatever Haruhi wishes will become true.
Well the premise is very interesting. To make matters more interesting we get the story told through the perspective of Kyon, who tells the story through his point of view. Kyon is a level headed no-nonsense individual who is a realist. He doesn’t believe in nonsense, just the cold facts of the reality around him. His personality and beliefs are pitted against the god of the world, Haruhi Suzumiya, who doesn’t know she is the god of the world.
When Haruhi introduces herself in class she says that she wants anything unusual such as aliens, espers or time-travelers to reveal themselves to her. Of course that doesn’t happen. The strange thing though is because of Haruhi’s wish, Kyon finds himself surrounded by aliens, espers and time-travelers. They reveal their true nature to him, while pretending to be normal students in front of Haruhi. They all have a vested interest in keeping the universe the same as it is and preserving the universe from ending. If Haruhi wants to create a new universe she can, destroying the old universe or at the very least abandoning it in the process.
Ironically Kyon is the one who gets to live the interesting life that Haruhi dreams up, while Haruhi herself is led to believe that there are no such things as what she is wishing for.
The show is all-around good natured and fun. I am excited to see how the show will continue to address its core concern of keeping Haruhi entertained and learning why Kyon is involved in her world to begin with. She chose to talk to him and bring him along for all the fun that she was planning on having. At first glance there is nothing special about him. He has no powers and he is a realist. The only special thing about him is that Haruhi chose him to be along for the ride. Is he a serious romantic interest for Haruhi? Or is there something else? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but if the show keeps up its same momentum I am sure I will find a satisfying and engaging answer.
So far I can say that I am loving The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
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