Series Of The Week: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006)

Over in Japan, shit is wacked. You can find it all, hostess clubs, whale burgers (yum!), vending machines full of panties with dookies in them, I love it all. But most importantly, in Japan there resides a very powerful young woman who’s subconcious abilities may just shape the entire universe.

Some organizations call her a temporal distortion, some call her evidence of self-evolution, some call her god. The only thing we do know for sure is that her name is Haruhi Suzumiya and like all things in Japan, she’s goddamn nuts.

Haruhi is for all intents and purposes your normal 16 year old girl. Well, maybe not normal. Utterly bored and frustrated with anything normal and mundane, she stubbornly stands by her belief of espers, aliens, and time travelers.

As it turns out, she’s right. They exist because (theoretically) she wants them to exist. Haruhi possess the power to create and destroy matter and entire universes based on her emotional and subconscious state, what’s even scarier is she doesn’t even know she can do it.  If she gets too angry, depressed, or spiteful, she could theoretically destroy the entire universe. It’s up to a few chosen individuals and one poor, poor, boy stuck in the middle of it to keep her in check.

Among this crew lies (ironically enough) an esper, an alien, a time traveler, and Kyon, a freshmen boy who wants nothing to do  with it.

The shows quirky humor and beautiful animation make this a bit of a cult favorite, although watching it in anything but Japanese with subtitles is a proper crime. In fact, the shows popularity has spawned a spin-off religion called Haruhiism, a fun little group if there ever was one. It’s one of the more inventive shows out there, and is certainly well done.

If you’d like to buy it, feel free to check out the DVD, although you can just as easily watch all the episodes for free online. It had a relatively short run, so it shouldn’t take too much time to go through. Make sure you’re watching it in chronological order though, it’ll be rather confusing if you watch it according to it’s release schedule.

So come on in, the S.O.S. Brigade is always looking for new members…


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