The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Complete Collection
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In high school, it's hard to develop an identity and stand out without being an outsider but for Haruhi Suzumiya, she enjoys her offbeat sensibilities. Declaring in school that she's not interested in anyone unless they're time travellers, aliens or espers (psychics in other words), Haruhi soon is introduced to Kyon, a sardonic high school student who enjoys just not doing anything. But their world gets changed when in comes Itzuki, Yuki and Mikuru, an esper, alien and time traveller, respectively. Turns out Haruhi is seen as a sort of god-like figure who can bend the universe and possibly even destroy it and start over lest she get bored. Luckily Haruhi is quite...eccentric.
One of the more well-known factors consider the show was that the show's episodes were not presented in chronological order.Read more ›
The show is based on an oddball story, focusing on a high school boy named Kyon, who meets an unusual high school girl named Haruhi Suzumiya. The girl is a strange firebrand, who is more interested in aliens, espers (psychics) and time travelers than in actual humans. Somehow, Kyon strikes up an unusual friendship with this girl.
However, Kyon never planned on getting involved with starting up Haruhi's own club, the S.O.S. Brigade. The club's mission is to spread happiness around the world, through all the fetishes that anime geeks would love. Aliens. Psychics. And an adorable time traveler girl with big breasts. The show pretty much covers all of Kyon's experiences with Haruhi, the bossy dominatrix who may have mysterious powers of her own.
Although it is hard to discuss this series without revealing some major spoilers, the show is a major hit with college anime clubs in America for many reasons. The first episode is a big home movie spoof, where the high school characters try to act like Haruhi's favorite anime characters in an embarassing film project loaded with weird jokes. The ending credit sequence features the funniest and most infamous anime dance, performed by Haruhi and the other members of the S.O.S. Brigade. And the philosophical members of the S.O.S. Brigade always treat Haruhi like she's a supernatural being who has the willpower to change humanity as we know it.
Religious pundits will no doubt scoff at this off-kilter combination of sexual tension and philosophical dialogue.Read more ›
The series is great. I have not watched the English dub because I am a huge fan of the quality of the Japanese voice acting in this series. It is a romantic drama/comedy, but one with a lot of 'supernatural' events and powers. Animation quality is fluid and clean. Sound is excellent. Often the translation for the subtitles is questionable, but it doesn't really detract overall. They are pretty spot on for the most part.
I would say that this is one of the must own romantic comedy/drama series of the past few years (along with School Rumble) and I am happy that it is part of my collection.
Of note: you can look online to find the original Japanese air dates if you want to watch in that order. Or you can do what I did: watch in order on the DVD, then go back and re-watch in the Japanese air date order on your next go through. Either way is fine. Just make your own call... do you go with the novella order (which is this release's order) or go with the Japanese episode air date order?
Regardless it is a stunning series.
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I saw Anime long time ago. The artwork and story was good. I hope it's as good as I remember!Published 7 months ago by 8888
One of my all time favorites. Great story, music, and random. Haruhi is very eccentric and keeps you wondering what she's going to do next.Published 10 months ago by Nicholas Yates
Love Haruhi and the English voice actress Wendee Lee who is the perfect match for Haruhi. She is awesome even being crazier than a $1.50 bill. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Graham
The most hilarious, creative, cute, random, feel good anime I have come across. One of my all time faves along side Fullmetal Alchemist and Trigun. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Aaron Cameron
This was a great movie for someone who enjoys anime like all my small nieces do.Published 17 months ago by icefire2
One of my favorite anime series. Unique storyline, likeable characters, hilarious moments.
It was a pricey purchase but I'm definitely glad I added it to my growing... Read more
2 or 2 and 1/2 Stars, I thought this was over hyped. The idea was fine the finally product left a lot to be desired. I think I need just a bit more action or something was lacking. Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. E.
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