English: The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya
Synonyms: Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuutsu
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 13, 2009 to May 8, 2009
5 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.751 (scored by 26114 users)
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SynopsisA parody series featuring the entire cast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in a smaller form factor. Among the changes are: Yuki plays eroge, Haruhi is even more obnoxiuous and loud, Mikuru is even more emotional and Koizumi harbors a deep love for Kyon. Kyon, on the other hand, is generally the same as ever.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu
Spin-off: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Characters & Voice Actors
In the never-ending wait for a real second season of Haruhi, Kadokawa decided to present us with this short web series called the Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya. And to be fair and honest, these series of short mini-episodes was more enjoyable that I would have ever expected. Here is a short and fast review with its ups and downs
+ Nice and funny situations ensured in every episode
+ Many overused themes in animes but taken to the extreme for extra lols
- Could have been a little longer in length per episode but thats just me wanting more
- Those wanting actual substance should go look somewhere else
+ Rich in color
+ Nice blend of chibi and normal character animations, making some scenes even funnier
+ Chibi forms look very cute
- Obvious ploy to save animation budget (lol)
- The first couple of episode look downright bad
+ All the original voice cast is present
+ Some nice selection of background music
- Haruhi sounds like Konata 80% of the time (although its obvious because of the chibi)
+ All the characters that made the original series a hit return with their quirks turned up to MAXIMUM
+ A lot of forgotten side characters are given many great moments to shine
- Haruhi is WAAAAY more docile and calm than her original version (good for those who didn't like that about her original version)
Enjoyment: For a small series that runs for approx 5 minutes per episode. I have greatly enjoyed watching this. It really was a great way to kill time when I had nothing else to watch.
Overall: If you were a fan of the original series then I would highly recommend you check this out. They are short in length so its something simple to watch and they are a perfect watch when you want to just flat out kill some time and have a nice and light anime break. In the wait for a real second season, this will surely be a great way to kill some of the anxiety. read more
Throughout all of human history, we have been searching for the an answer. Who created us, why, when, and how? These are the questions that have pushed scientific discovery, religious fanatics, and Nagaru Tanigawa. These questions have pushed him so far as to create an alright anime about our beloved creator, a high school girl. This is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
The story, if you’ll call it that, is about our wonderful Nick Caraway character, Kyon, and his trip though high school as he is accompanied by a miss Haruhi Suzumiya (Who we will refer to as HZ). The main meat and potatoes of this anime is that HZ makes a club to find and meet otherworldly beings, time travelers, and espers. Little does she know, the 3 other members of her club are an otherworldly being, a time traveler, and an esper. It is also revealed that HZ herself is some kind of god/temporal anomaly/secret to the universe, but she doesn’t know it. It’s up to Kyon to keep it a secret from her, because hes chosen by her or something, and help keep HZ from destroying the world with her explosive attitude. Thats only for the first 6 episodes though. The first 6 are known as the story episodes while the rest are your average slice-of-life episodes, BUT with the whole time traveler, esper, alien thing to make situations. My one complaint for the story is that their isn’t enough of it. This is a great setup that, if handled properly, could have made a great scifi romantic comedy, but we have to play to the slice-of-life-rules. The story almost feels wasted, because it is never fully explored. So many more interesting ideas and story arcs could be created if they continued it, but I digress.
Colorful cast, aren’t they? Not really. The characters in this anime are ok. The main characters, Kyon and HZ, are fleshed out and well rounded. They can develop and change, as characters should. The sides however, ehhhhhhhhhh, no real development. The other characters, even with the new introduction of their powers or the reveal of their interesting lives, they don’t change their base personalities or change their cardboard cutout stereotypes the quite moe stays the quite moe, the silent one stays the silent one and so on. they never seem to break character boundaries and evolve past their stereotypes other than interesting backstories.
Music & Voices
This anime doesn’t have any standouts when it comes to music. My only gripe is the overly sugary sweet opening. My lord, its like a lollypop dipped in caramel, covered in powdered sugar, then wrapped in a bush of cotton candy, finally being chopped up and baked into a apple pie. I watched this anime dubbed, so I can’t say much for the sub, but the dub is fantastic. Crispin Freeman is a wonderful Kyon, and Wendee Lee makes a great HZ, although, you may have to get use to her when she goes from serious HZ to frantic, spontaneous, and air headed HZ. All and all, the dub is the way i’d go.
The anime itself is a standard sort of animations. Sometimes still frames, sometimes overly bubbly animation to increases the wackiness of the situations, but all in all, a standard animation. Nothing special, except the opening. Its the perfect thing to go with the music, but its so overly sweet and bubbly. Its too bubbly.
The comedy is a standerd sort of funny. The show is littered with crazy and ineresting things that our Nick Caraway Kyon must react to and deal with. This makes a very good juxtaposition between the insanity of HZ world, and the straight guy Kyon. Their individual personalities also bring a few good laughs to the mix. However, this show is a SoL, so it has to have sexual comedy. Weird groping, panty shots, embarrassed characters with their loud shrieks, the whole package. This has the standerd sexual jokes & situations package that they flaunt whenever possible. Problem? The sexual situations are pretty much the same joke over and over, and some of Kyon’s reactions are repeats as well, But for a SoL, the comedy is great.
Story 8/10, Good the first 6, but has wasted potential in the story sense.
Characters 8/10, Great development of main, but sides fall flat.
Music & Voices 9/10, Fantastic Dubbed, Opening is too sugary sweet .
Visuals 6/10, Very standerd, nothing spectacular, except the opening, MY GOD.
Comedy 9/10, Kyon’s reaction to things makes it funny, HZ personalty is over the top, but too many sexual situations for comfort (Basically reusing the same joke).
Overall this anime gets a: 8/10
This anime is available on Crunchyroll for Subs and YouTube for Dubbs.
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Both are Chibi. Lucky Star is only Chibi in specific scenario's, though. They are also both about a group of teens going through comedic scenario's.
Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu's like a hybrid of Lucky Star and Suzumiya Haruhi
It's both funny & cute and have the same personalities. The Genres are both slice of life and comedy, although i have to say Haruhi ONA was much more fun to watch.
Both are incredibly adorable shows about absolutely nothing, but that's where their charm lies. Whilst Lucky Star is more about the everyday lives of the characters, Haruhi-Chan is about random/impossible side adventures that the cast from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu get up to. If you're looking for a good laugh then check out both.
Same comedy style, same Seiyū for the heroine, same animation studio.
Conclusion: Aya Hirano (Seiyū) = Izumi Konata (Lucky Star) = Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu)
Opening Theme"Ima made no Arasuji（いままでのあらすじ）" by SOS Dan
Ending Theme"Atogaki no You na Mono （あとがきのようなもの）" by SOS Dan
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