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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, Vol. 5 - manga Paperback – March 27, 2012
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I didn't care for the 4th volume of this series, at all. That lead me to hold off on purchasing this 5th volume until its price had dropped appreciably, and even after that I held off on reading it until I needed something to cheer me up from the depression that a series of bad purchases (so bad that I've returned to reviewing things here on Amazon after deleting all my old reviews and going on hiatus for like five years) had thrown me into.
With great trepidation did I crack this book's spine, but it wasn't long before it had me laughing not only at its contents, but the ridiculous over thinking I had fallen into over a gag manga that may well have kept me from it. To be sure PUYO developed a formula and has since firmly adhered to it, but like Agatha Christie's murder mysteries and Mariano Rivera's cut fastball (get well soon Mo!), the truest exhibition of greatness is when everybody knows what's coming, but there's nothing they can do to resist it.
Case in point, whether you've devoured everything Haruhi that you could get your hands on for the past six years like I have (time sure flies...), or have never even glimpsed it aside from this book's cover, you'll grow more and more certain of what the punchline for the first chapter is going to be the closer you get to it, but can you really keep yourself from being amused by it?Read more ›
The earlier chapters of the book include "Identity Loss" where Haruhi loses her hairband; "It's Always My Turn" where Haruhi creates a new trading card game (with Kunikida in women's clothes) and "The Activities of Mikuru Asahina" where elder version of Mikuru returns and starts questioning her identity. Not bad, not great.
The 4-panel comic section is, as usual, about Kimidori-san and Achakura-san and their antics. Mori-san, who was so impressive in the previous volume, is almost forgotten. When we are getting a little tired of the jokes, the book suddenly gets better with a hilarious episode about Arakawa-san "replacing" Koizumi, becoming the school's most popular student.
Doing the same kind of jokes is usually the sign of a comedy series running out of ideas. Creator Puyo's parody comic "The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan" has managed to avoid the common pitfall of becoming repetitious so far by constantly giving some new twists to the characters. This time, however, not everything succeeds and in some episodes the parody comic starts to parody itself, as seen in the opening chapter. The comic is still amusing, and Puyo's artwork is cute (especially that of tiny-sized Nagato), but some part of it has become totally incomprehensible to the uninitiated including fans of the original "Haruhi" franchise that spawned "Haruhi-chan."
Haruhi and the SOS Brigade's antics will go on (with the sixth volume already published in Japan), but the series needs something new and fresh.
While its still funny, it also lacks in some places. must buy for fans, but if you bore easy go onto 6. :3
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Other than the annoying crossdressing, this manga's pretty much all clean humor, and easily made me laugh more than the previous volumes. Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Micah