English: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Apr 3, 2006 to Jul 3, 2006
23 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
8.101 (scored by 223,561 users)
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SynopsisKyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in—aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural.
Much to his chagrin, Kyon, along with the silent bookworm, Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the perpetually smiling Itsuki Koizumi, are recruited as members. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Koi no Mikuru Densetsu (恋のミクル伝説)" by Yuko Goto as Mikuru Asahina (ep 1)
#2: "Bouken Desho Desho? (冒険でしょでしょ?)" by Aya Hirano (eps 2-9, 11-13)
Ending Theme#1: "Hare Hare Yukai (ハレ晴レユカイ)" by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, and Yuko Goto (eps 1-13)
#2: "Bouken Desho Desho? (冒険でしょでしょ?)" by Aya Hirano (ep 14)
Warning: This review contains some SPOILERS
I've read many reviews of this show, and they're varied - some people love it, some hate it. Personally, I love this show, and am almost surprised that some people don't. But then again, if you don't like the sheer randomness and wackiness that the show builds on, the anime won't appeal to you.
The setting is as following – a girl (Haruhi Suzumiya) has the power to change reality – a sort of God, in other words. She is unaware of this ability herself. Her wish of meeting espers, aliens and time travelers, combined with the aforementioned power, ends up in her making a club where said types of beings come together (she’s unaware of them being any more than normal humans, though) – along with a perfectly normal guy named Kyon; the first normal human to get along with her. Her club is called the SOS Brigade (Save the world by Overloading it with fun Suzumiya Haruhi’s Bridage), and we follow them as they partake in various – and humorous – activities.
Story-wise, you can say the anime is episodic in that there's a new event every episode, but there's still ties between the individual episodes, which makes a true chronological order present. However, they were originally aired in a non-chronologic order, to make things even more confusing and random. Personally, I prefer the chronological order over the broadcast order, but I've heard people say otherwise. I'll try to list ups and down as good as possible:
+ You'll get some good character development
+ The end of the series actually come at the end
- References to episodes that you haven't watched yet
- First episode might scare you off (watch it till the end!)
+ Linear story
- The ending is kinda in the middle of the series
- Character development may feel a bit reset after episodes
Decide for yourself =)
To me, the story was really great, and so was the setting. Each episode contained so much - you may feel that you've watched more than one episode's length at the end of an episode. This is partially due to the pacing - it varies from the slow, standard slice-of-life pacing to hyperactive and fast pacing which fits with Haruhi's character.
The animation style of the show is excellent. Kyoto Animation definitely lives up to their reputation - most of the series they've worked on has an excellent animation quality (note: excellent, not necessarily perfect). The characters move so fluidly, the coloring is great, and other details are good too. Haruhi's various hair styles are a plus too. Lighting effects are good too..Their faces lost detail too often, which drags it down.
The soundtrack is so-so. It's not the best, but it's good nevertheless. The OP/ED themes are catchy and good stand-alone songs, and the BGM is decent for this type of show. Voice acting is really good too; they manage to portray Haruhi's hyperactiveness and Kyon's laid-back, sarcastic character very well.
When it comes to the characters, many people drag the score down because of the near-absence of character development. But, hey, guess what folks? It's a 14-episode slice of life/comedy anime. You don't watch these if you want character development. Sometimes you've got to think about what you're rating before you rate it. I don't let low amounts of character development drag down the score for this kind of anime. Though, watching it in broadcast order presents you with some good character development towards the end.
Okay, the characters may be a little unoriginal - the laid-back guy and the hyperactive girl pair is definitely not something unseen. A quiet and shy girl and a moe/loli girl aren't unusual either. But what made the characters in TMoHS as good as they were was the unique way in which they were presented - it kinda made me forget that they're based on character types seen many times before in the world of anime.
The story is told from Kyon's point of view, and he tells the story in a style that just made me burst out in laughter from time to time. Haruhi's hyperactiveness and, as Nagato said, "absence of universally accepted personality traits", makes her really fun to watch, and she gives me a good laugh more than once per episode. What people may find repulsive about her behavior is her constant sexual harassments of poor Mikuru. But I've seen people who hate the show based on only that, which I find stupid. Anyway, you've got to be prepared for a little fanservice from Haruhi's and Mikuru's interactions, if that's the correct term.
All in all, TMoHS is a series which, to me, lived up to most of the hype. Good way of telling a 14-episode story, good animation, decent soundtrack, characters who were portrayed in a way that made them original, and of course, a unique setting. And not to mention, it's highly rewatchable, both for getting to watch it in both orders and because it's just pure fun to watch over and over again.
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It's not easy writing a review for such a well known and extremely successful anime. I'll do my best though.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is, I feel I can safely say, a milestone in Anime history. Much like Evangelion, Suzumiya brings new light and brilliance to something we didn't know could exist. It brings pure genius comedy and an excellent array of characters to keep you hooked.
What's so good about it you ask? Why's this anime good enough to be deemed a milestone. It's simple. Haruhiism. It's a religion named after Haruhi herself. Her character posses such a strong charisma that you can't help but feel attracted and entertained by her. Her comments throughout the show are comparable with no other characters in any series that I can think of. Kyon along side her completes the two so incredibly well that its near impossible to not want to watch the next episode to see how the two will interact.
Enough rambling, the story is awesome. It's presented to you out of chronological order. That means episode 4 comes after episode 6, and episode 8 comes before 5 (not the actual order of the show). Don't worry though, the episodes are out of order with purpose and intention, and it makes the anime all the more interesting.
The Animation is top notch. There's one episode where a particular character is singing and they have the lyrics/drummer/guitarist sinked perfectly. Beautiful fight scenes (though these are short and infrequent) too.
The sound/music is pretty decent, with the opening and ending pretty catchy. Nothing amazing though.
I only gave the characters a 9/10 because there isn't enough information given about everyone to really get to know the character. Sure each definitely has their own personality, but we don't "know" them by the time the show ends.
10/10 for enjoyment, without a doubt.
If you haven't picked this series up, do it now. It's one of those "must sees" and you will not regret it. read more
2 things before you read this review:
1) I (unfortunately) watched the series twice, both in airing and chronological order, so I can compare them.
2) This is not a praise Haruhi review, but rather a review from someone who truly dislikes and despises the show. I tried to include all reasons behind this; so even if you are a Haruhi fanatic, please try to understand why I rated it so low.
Now onto the review.
MAL is the place where I usually decide the new anime series I want to watch. Unfortunately, this sometimes proves to be disastrous - like the case of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Reading the synopsis, seeing the nice graphics and all the hype around it, I really expected something great, intelligent and unusual. Instead, I got a really big disappointment - manifested by a boredom and annoyance overdose.
From what I've seen, there are usually two approaches of the show that Haruhi fans support. First is the parody one - TMoHS is supposed to be a light comedy not meant to be taken seriously, destined purely for laughter. Second states that TMoHS is a deep, subtle and intelligent show that has a lot of hidden meanings. I honestly disagree with both. TMoHS is nothing more than a series that delivers to fans what fans want - exaggerated, cliche characters, lots of fanservice, predictability and little to none plot and character development.
You can't talk about the story without mentioning the really unusual way in which the episodes are aired - and that is, not chronological. I admit, this is an extremely intelligent, even brilliant idea - to hide the fact that the plot of TMoHS is basically zero. Nopes. Nothing ever happens; it's just a bunch of high school and spare time events that some teenagers go through randomly thrown in. That's why, it really doesn't matter in which order you watch the show, since you won't miss anything.
Now, the whole 'God is amongst us' concept could have been really interestingly developed - if it wasn't for the characters.
In my opinion, characters truly represent the poorest aspect of the show. Leaving aside the fact that there is no development in their personalities at all, they are so poorly made, that it's almost as if they were created to be mocked at. In an elegant way, you could say that they are one-dimensional sketches or exaggerated caricatures. In a non sophisticated, yet same true way, you could just call them crappy. Either way, they cut off all the enjoyment the story could have brought. Because they are so simplistic, the viewer is basically able to predict anything that's about to happen in the following 5 minutes with an accuracy of 95% - unless he's an idiot.
So let's move onto each one of them.
Haruhi is what every teenage girl would want to be - she's beautiful, she's smart, she's talented and athletic. She could be called either a Mary Sue character or a tsundere - I don't care. Because of all her qualities, her life was probably pretty easy, thus leading her to believe she's special. However, she doesn't want to be special only for herself - she wants the world to know how great of a person she is. So far, so good. Then why is she so unlikeable? Well, Haruhi's way of proving she's something else is definitely WRONG.
If there was one adjective I had to pick to describe Haruhi, then I'd probably choose aggressive. Haruhi is aggressive in everything. Her speech is aggressive, her ideas are aggressive, her way of waving her hands is aggressive, but most important of all - her relationships towards other people is aggressive. She has no value of human morals whatsoever, considering everybody her pawns. Therefore, Haruhi thinks she is allowed to do everything just because she's able to. I honestly waited throughout the whole series for someone to slap her, disagree with her or at least spark the tiniest bit sense of reality into her. Unfortunately, there was no positive development at all. Haruhi started out as a perfect, bossy bitch and ended up as an even more bitchy one, receiving several ego boosts as the series advanced due to her talented, almighty nature.
Yuki could as very well be replaced by a broken alarm clock that rings when it shouldn't or by an old, rusted door and there would hardly be any differences. 90% of Yuki's actions are static - she's just, well, there, reading a book. (The climax of Yuki's passiveness is reached during episode 14, when the viewer is shown 5 minutes in which basically all she does is change the page while voices full of references echo on the school corridor. That's 5 freaking minutes of NOTHING. Yet I, as a viewer, should find this utterly amusing.) The rest 10% of Yuki's actions make absolutely no sense. She's just programming computers or fighting cute aliens while being equally cute, silent and moe.
Mikuru's only purpose in this show is to bring fanservice. Lots and lots, if possible. Mikuru has this high-pitched, squeaky scream and this shy personality which enables her to make all fanboys fall for her. She's like a sickening cute, fluffy hamster that starts squealing every time she's touched (and she sure gets touched a lot, mind you.) Every once in a while, she might give you the unpleasant surprise that she's not actually a commercial item and she can exit her tormented animal state too and be human - by speaking.
I haven't read the original novels so I can't tell for sure what role Koizumi plays in them - but to me, it seems as the creator of TMoHS had, at some point, reached a pinch. He had to create a new character. Therefore, his line of reasoning was probably something like this: "Hey, I already have 3 extremely moe and likable female characters. I should make a guy too, so the female audience would be pleased. Yeah, yeah, I should make a guy - as elegant and charming as possible." Thus Koizumi was born.
Basically, unless you're a crazy fangirl or something similar, you'd barely be able to notice Koizumi - I, for once, kept forgetting his name all the time. To be honest, the only time I acknowledged his existence was when he kept staring at Kyon's hair in the middle of a mole fluttering in the ocean breeze. I thought it was the most irrelevant and repulsing thing TMoHS had brought so far.
Koizumi serves as the voice through which the strange events occurring around Haruhi are explained. Translation: his speeches are long, boring and put you to sleep. When he talks, he talks. When he doesn't talk, he still talks.
Kyon is a sword with two edges. On one hand, he's really sarcastic, being quite innovative to the ordinary guy genre - thus proving to be the only aspect that might seem slightly interesting during the series. On the other one, he's extremely unlikable due to the fact that he doesn't take any action at all - unless forced by Haruhi. Kyon was the viewer's last hope of Haruhi redemption - yet he fails miserably, by making her even worse than how she actually started off.
Art and Sound
Art and sound are probably the only positive aspects of the show. TMoHS manages to create a pretty good atmosphere - the movements are flowing easily, the colors are bright and clean, the background music fits in - even though it doesn't stand out as more than ordinary. The OP and ED are either really addictive or annoying to the core - I'm more inclined to the latter. Voices are OK, the actors managing to catch each character's personality - which only adds up to how you, as a viewer, perceive them. Overall, no major problem.
Zero. Zero enjoyment. I can't quite comprehend how a normal, rational person can watch a show where the characters are horrible and the story is predictable - and, at the same time, enjoy it. Haruhi is a mediocre anime for the masses. It was meant to be liked by all those who want to stand out but have no means of doing so. I honestly expect much more from my anime when I watch it. I want to be hooked or at least slightly entertained. Leave aside the fact that I constantly kept staring elsewhere asking myself 'when will this crap be over?'; I couldn't even grin ONCE throughout the series. That's how uninteresting it was.
When rating, I usually consider two aspects. One is enjoyment; the other is the effort that I feel the creators put into the certain anime. Animation-wise, KyoAni really overdid itself. Plot-wise, it was a total wreck.
Therefore, I really cannot rate TMoHS more than 4 out of 10. read more
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya really only falls flat on the character that bitches her way to success and continuously cleans her superiority complexion. Allow me to elaborate.
I mean, normally those kinds of characters are just a means for comedy and we just see them scoffed off for fun. But, actually seeing one have their way was a bit strange and made the anime feel awkward since she was literally a god and had to be pleased or else she could destroy the world she lived in; unintentionally that is.
Just Haruhi alone is almost worse than the Endless Eight was; only because she started out good and then progressively became worse. It had a fun story, sure, but the story felt a bit plain in the long run; no thanks to the aforesaid arc and Haruhi. For what it is worth, I do remember it having pretty good visuals.
CAUTION: The rest of this review mainly contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. Actually, you know what, once you see an arc where the episodes begin to repeat themselves, just skip to the end of it. There are eight episodes in it and the eighth episode resolves the whole ordeal. Besides that, the rest are vital spoilers; but feel free to skip this arc when you come across it.
But if you are a fan of character development, this anime falls flat after the beginning. Mikuru gets tortured constantly, up to the point where she inadvertently drank a spiked beverage and was told to kiss Itsuki just so that Haruhi would be satisfied with her film; makes sense to have a love scene and all, but she was drunk and had no say in the matter.
Oh, and she probably had the most grief caused throughout that whole movie arc than anyone else, up to the point where Kyon almost punched Haruhi in the face to knock some sense into her until damn Itsuki had to stop him; she was about to finally have some justice served to her. At one point, Haruhi gives Kyon an arbitrary task just so that she could be alone with Mikuru for more torture. In the long run, character development just suffered thanks to Haruhi.
Well, except for Kyon and Mikuru that is. And I admired how the way Kyon was thinking in the anime is a reminder that even the nicest guys can still be perverts, but that does not mean they are bad people on the inside; simply means they are normal and healthy as they have urges like all men do. It sure stays true to a quote that Family Matters brought up once: "If you think it, that is just your imagination. If you do it, then you will suffer dearly" which can be applied to lots of things, such as this.
If I have to be completely honest, though. Well, actually I was being honest. It was thanks to how arrogant Haruhi was that the anime fell flat. After sharing her tale to Kyon about the vastness of the world and how it changed the way she viewed things, I imagined that she would have simply been rude on the outside, but showed a soft side to him whenever they were alone; which I believe was a recurring instance during the first season. But, after the next season, Haruhi became an indefinite tsundere and it ruined the nice nature of the previous season.
Though if you enjoy characters that torture other characters and do not mind that the bitchy character finally has her way, then this anime might be alright. But, in all fairness, outside Haruhi, the story is alright and pretty imaginative. But, nothing out of the ordinary that I would call incredible and unforgettable; besides how Haruhi got away with how mean she was to people. But, in all honesty, when she is not being rude, she is actually one of the more attractive anime characters that I have seen; I give them points on giving her a design that stands out from other female leads.
Should you watch it? Only if you are in a hiatus and have been unable to find anymore good anime in the past while. Otherwise, I would skip this one completely if you are on a roll and have been watching lots of good ones before this. read more
Both series have clubs ,Some band playing, Gods, Fighting, and the Main characters are alike.
Many similar characters, both have some kind of club and supernatural aspects
Some band playing in animu, characters, gods... Just gives the same feeling.
Both main characters have extremely similar personalities and furthermore, both series give similar feeling while watching it.
Yurippe is extremely similar to Haruhi, in both appearance and personality. There are other character similarities as well (Otonashi = Kyon, Angel = Yuki) although they aren't quite as strong. The more lighthearted episodes of Angel Beats remind me of the non-Melancholy episodes of Haruhi, although the shows have different styles when it comes to dramatic plots.
Angel Beats main character resembles Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's main character a lot. Yuri as crazy as Haruhi and have same kind of personality besides not only main char even story is unique too [ this is also same for another way :) ]
School setting with a group of teens and a suttle aproach to the supernatural.
Leaders in both teams are know-it-all girls with an agenda (who also look alike), whilst the leading males are the non-doormat yet not highly assertive type.
Both have fantasy and very similar atmospheres and main characters, and don't take themselves too seriously.
Both have clubs, gods, and main character look alike.
The similarities are astounding: both center around clubs, both leaders are charismatic and random, both involve supernatural elements, both take place at schools, both leaders are eccentric and wear arm bands, the male protagonists both are very bland and just follow along... The list goes on!
If you liked Haruhi, you'll like Angel Beats!
i would say , they are both great animes to watch
and characters are very similar
Like Otonashi - Kyon , Haruhi - Yuri , Kanade - Yuki .
And they both have mysterious surrounding xD .
haruhi is the leader of the sos brigade
yuri has the SSS
both have bands gods school fights
both characters also stay away from the ordinary
haruhi b/c she thinks its boring
yuri b/c she will disappear
also kyon and otonoshi are sorta similar
huruhi and yuri also look exzctly alike
I find the two main characters of these TV series strikingly similar. Suzumiya Haruhi is very similar to Yuri. They are both headstrong characters with great leadership skills that lead their groups to "mischief" (to put it generally). If you love Haruhi, check out Angel Beats! Both are supernatural series but other than that they are pretty different.
Paranormal things that happen are controlled by a certain person.
They are both amazing animes that have some similar qualities. While Angel Beats also has a more serious and sad side to it, it is also very humerus and comedic like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. They both have the light-hearted school/club element, and the club leaders are both very enthusiastic. While neither of them are very focused on romance, they each have some romance between the characters that make the stories more interesting. I think that regardless of their similarities and differences, both Angel Beats and the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are amazing shows that deserve to be watched, and you will love them.
Very similar in main characters being rebellious females leading a group. A lot of supernatural and slice of life as well as humor, romance and action. Also, similar music/concert scenes.
Both main characters look the same act the same it has a super natural aspect some sort of love story involvements and involves a club
They are just too alike!Both series discuss the "God" topic.Also Haruhi is similiar to Yuri,Kyon is equal to Otonashi & Nagato looks like Kanade(Angel)(Tenshi).Although I think Angel Beats! is better.Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu is awesome too but it feels a little random especially in season 2.
It has a person that looks like Ms. Suzumiya and mentions "god" in it. Also has a character similar to Ms. Nagato.
Both series have a brigade that involves supernatural things. Also the brigade leader (Haruhi and Yuri) have a very similar personality, and both series have many references to "God".
In both there are some episodes with music concerts too.
Element of "god' in both series, except that in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Haruhi is the god, and in Angel Beats, Yuri is opposing the god. Supernatural elements in both (monsters). Both use character flashbacks for character development. Also, Yuki and Kanade are both danderes who are good at fighting
Suzumiya Haruhi is very similar to Angel Beats. There is a strong female lead character with involvement with sci-fi aspects, there's also minor romance involved in both series. The variety of characters in both series do share similar character archetypes. If you liked Suzumiya Haruhi, you'll enjoy Angel Beats.
Both are mystery comedies based on similarly strange supernatural premises. Both do a great job of revealing a little bit more information each episode, which changes how you view the story and keeps things fresh.
-psychological, philosophical elements
-religious questions (about god)
-female leader and male protagonist
-characters have disturbing past
-alternative reality themes
-high school theme
-sense of humor
-both entertaining and without shallow scripts
Both take place in a school type setting. Both involve clubs/bridges. And both deal with clashing ideologies of life. The main characters of Haruhi and Yuri also share similarities with each other.
both involve one forceful girl leader, both center around a concept of rebelling against god in some form, both have a guy that changes the main girl, in some form
It's obvious that angel beats took some parts here and there from Suzumiya Haruhi. Both are the leader of a Club, both have a similair style especailly the sailor school uniform looks really close
angel beats is suzumiya haruhi no yuutsu just with more emotion but a much more senseless story and a very devastating bad 13th episode
Similar female protagonist (in looks and in personality)
Both feature a club established by the female lead
Both contain a quiet girl with hax powers
-Both main characters (Yurippe and Haruhi) are very similiar.
-In both histories there is a club.
-Supernatural elements and Gods.
Slice of life meets Sci-Fi. Watching them both, you'll see small similarities. Both great short series.
They both have action though Angel Beats has more, both have decent characters, and they are both funny :D
both yurippe and haruhi have almost the same character
Not long after starting Angel Beats, I was surprised of how similar it was to (The Melancholy of) Haruhi Suzumiya series.
First of all, the MCs:
Otonashi (Angel Beats!) = Kyon (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Both are the "normal" type of guy, who's enrolled into something despite themselves. They follow a group, somewhat uninterested, but enjoy it in the end. They are VERY similar.
Afterlife Battlefront (Angel Beats!) ~=~ SOS Brigade (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Both take place in school (Slice of Life), and their "headquarters" are both a Club room.
Both series don't take itself seriously thus include comedy.
You follow the MC mostly. School life, meets people, enjoy company, makes friend. However, Angel Beats! is more a Fantasy Action with some Slice of Life while Haruri Suzumiya is more Slice of Life with a bit of action.
If you enjoyed one of these, I highly suggest giving a try to the other!
Yuri = Haruhi, Otonashi = Kyon, both animes have a highschool-setting and are about clubs and supernatural things.
The main female characters are very alike. Both lead a group that they made and actually, they kinda look like each other. The main male characters are also similar because they are the ones who realize the weirdness of their plans and also serve as a very important member of the group.
The female protagonists, Yurippe and Haruhi, are very similar characters.
Both are energetic Tsunderes
Both are leaders of school clubs that deal with the paranormal
Both have a knack for having their way.
In addition, the male protagonists are characters one can connect to easily. They are your average down to Earth teenagers who have to deal with many weird occurances.
The genre of the two animes is also the same. Both are school life shows with a supernatural twist. The main difference between the two is that Angel Beats! has a much darker side to it, while MHS is lighter in terms of plot (its episodes are slightly episodic) but arguably more entertaining.
Both shows have a similar atmosphere and share a high school setting (although angel beats is set in the 'afterlife'). They both have elements of mystery and humor and some of the characters are quite similar like Haruhi<-->Yuri and Otonashi<-->Kyon.
Both follow a female "club leader" who are really similar to one another. Also, the comedy in both series a very similar.
Deadpan snarker protagonist, tsundere jerkass leader, and super powered dandere.
Basically the music, both animes have awesome musics and the fact that both talk about teen's story and the main characters
Both have hot-headed female leads who are somewhat incharge of the rest. Both shows are bottom line hilarious, not to mention the fair share of seriousness they both contain. Comedy, Romance, Tragedy, and action in both shows. If you're a Suzumiya fan, you'll definitely be a fan of Angel Beats!.
Both build off of the supernatural and revolve around it. Both have clubs and similar male and female protagonist.
Both take place in high school and both revolve around an eccentric club leader. Both shows are comedic and enjoyable. The Melencholy of Haruhi Suzumiya also has an incredible movie to conclude the series much better than the Angel Beats ending.
Each show focuses on a group of students dealing with the supernatural. Haruhi and Yuri have very similar personalities and go about things the same way. Feature slice of life elements and not so slice of life elements throughout the series'.
Both animes are just great and involve with school clubs that deal with a lot of
supernatural elements and they have a very similar style of humor. Also, both animes have an eccentric girl as a leader of a group and normal guy suddenly thrown into a
strange world where all the physics rules are no more working :)
both have similar atmosphere and tone settings. They will make you laugh and from episode one you will fall in love with the main characters .
They have similar casts and the quirky humor is still there. Both are also slice-of-life (like) anime.
You've got to watch Haruhi before you watch Lucky star. There's just too many references in Lucky star you wouldnt get if you hadnt watched Haruhi. Plus theres Seiyuu and same animation company Kyoani.
There's a lot of Haruhi refences in this anime, Konata (the main role) is an otaku, and is also a fan of the Suzumiya Haruhi anime.
Also, she dresses like her in one episode, and share some of the voice actors.
Both anime are funny.
It is pretty much a prerequisite if you want to get a lot of enjoyment out of the series. Otherwise, these jokes will be lost. Watching other KyoAni titles would help, but not really necessary.
Just like another of my recommendations. These 2 differs.. But the concept might be the same, It's what you can call slice of life. And both are very random. The two anime's is also linked in a way. So if you ever feel like watching [i]Lucky Star[/i], I highly recommend that you watch [i]The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya[/i] first. Since some Haruhi moments will appear in Lucky Star. Same goes for the voice actors/actresses.
Excluding the fact it's made from the same company, Kyoto Animation, in almost every episode there's a Suzumiya Haruhi parody as well as parodies from other anime. Most of the seiyuus from Haruhi are also in Lucky Star as well. Don't judge it by the 1st episode, it gets better!!!
they are both ironic in a way, and the dance for the opening (or ending?), is kind of similar, how they're both dancing with pom poms and cheerleading outfits (come to think of it, their outfits are similar also, just a different color) and how theres like 5 or so people dancing.
These are both a 'slice of life' anime. The main characters are a bit on the odd side, but still lovable. Both animes have a strange sense of humor. These are so similar that fans have made up the names "Konaharu" and "Izumasuzimiya". In Lucky Star, many references of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are made.
Both shows are pretty random but are so funny. Also Lucky Star plays of TMOHS because one of the main characters, Konata, loves Haruhi and cosplays as her in a cosplay cafe.
hmmm well lets see lucky star takes some scenes from the melancholy of haruhi suzumiya and its so funny its a must see if you like it and also stupidity makes it more enjoyable and puts a smile on your face ^^
Both Lucky Star and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have slice of life school comedy elements to them. Lucky Star has tons of references to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which will be really funny if you've seen the show.
Haruhi and Konata has the same seiyuus, both have random comical scenes, both are random, and Itsuki and Daisuke (Daisuke comes in Lucky Star episode 20) has the same seiyuus too.
has many references and made by the same team
There are lots of references to TMOHS, as well as other shows. Both are centered around a group of friends in high school with random, loose, hilarious storylines. Plus, both are basically from the same creators.
Lucky Star also has comedic performances on the scale of Haruhi, although quite a different kind. Lucky Star is more laid back and less serious but has a similar style which will please fans of either series
They are sister series, and if you watch Lucky Star after Haruhi's Series, then a significantly greater percentage of its jokes will be gotten.
Its comitic value,and you can relate to the characters of both anime
Not too many similarities outside of certain parodies and the amount of references in Haruhi, but admit it, they both have the exact same fanbase so... =P
Well, Both anime have random plot which is full of humor. If you like TMHS you'll definitely like Lucky Star. One of the main characters in Lucky Star, Konata is an otaku hs student. You can see haruhi suzumiya whenever there is reference to anime in this series. The only difference is the way the characters are designed. But overall when you think of Lucky Star, TMHS comes to mind and vice-versa ^^
Haruhi and Konata are the same voice actors and both main characters are loud and random :)
In LS, the super-otaku worships a god. And that god is Haruhi Suzumiya in SHNY. There are also plenty of Haruhi references in LS episodes. Aya Hirano voiced Haruhi and Konata, while Minori Chihara voiced Yuki and Minami. Both feature fun dance routines. If you worship LS or SHNY, you should watch the other as well.
It uses a lot of the same cast--most obviously, Aya Hirano (Haruhi) is Konata, but everyone else from the brigade makes at least a cameo, sometimes more (For the dub, I know Wendee Lee is in both, but I haven't checked out the other actors). Lucky Star makes jokes about other anime, and a lot specifically about Haruhi Suzumiya. It's the same company, and has similar humor. Art is somewhat different, but still has some similarities.
The make alot of reffernces to this anime through out the series and it will help you understand a bit of the humour involved
Lucky Star makes a lot of references to Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. The main chacter Konata even cosplays as Haruhi in one episode.
Lucky Star often refers to anime Haruhi, there are some episodes with characters from Haruhi anime, and what is interesting, Aya Hirano lead her voice to main character in both series.
Both anime offers something more than just crazy humor - Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu has some philosophical, psychological elements, while Lucky Star gives us interesting view on japanese pop-culture and japanese way of life.
Maybe this too series are not extremely similar, but generally both are great choice for everyone, who wants something more from anime, somthing "smart"
Lucky Star is an anime also created by the company who made the Haruhi Series. Any fans who enjoyed Haruhi would greatly appreciate the various references and themes it links to the series as well as it own twist on the slice of life genre. Featuring its own set of interesting a well developed characters, with the same amazing art style Kyoto Animation is known for.
Both in a high school setting, both including females with peculiar tastes, in both friends and recreational activities. Both with a popular musical number that includes a dance, and both are light-hearted enough that you can watch them without ripping your heart out.
It's like Haruhi but with more cuteness and less crazy events.
also all those Haruhi references.
Judged by how character setting is almost man-to-man similar, can't refuse that it will make the overall mood and tone similar too. That's how it's happening.
The leading male and narrator, Kyon and Oreki Houtarou, are made from the same mold. Average, not standing out, and does not want to take initiative whatsoever in school activities. And guess what, they are getting pushed around by girl of course, The ultimate reason why any straight man go out of their comfort zone.
The story of Hyouka revolve around solving mystery, not a grand one, but very well made. Well made enough to be believable, even when portrayed by 2D fictional character and produced by a studio responsible for one of the most surreal, unbelievably insane jokes show ever.
For watching these shows, you got two things to enjoy. First, how the story develop, how the string of mysteries is getting solved, and how the world around main characters reacts. And second, you get to see the development in attitude of the main character, how he sees and reacts to everything changed little by little. We don't see that in every anime. Most of character in animated series are cold-cast and do not change for the rest of the show. So if you want to see a person that is inspired to change themselves, even if they are fictional characters, look no further. You might found some inspiration of your own.
Basically both are about school club doing stuff because the club president wants to (solving mysteries in Hyouka & searching for supernatural in Haruhi), male protagonists are very similar, + both are by KyoAni
Haruhi has more action & little bit of sci-fi , while Hyouka is kinda slow and more realistic, but these 2 series are very alike
As main characters, Kyon and Houtarou have similar demeanors in which they approach school activities. Their interactions with fellow club members are also similar.
- It's a mystery based inside of a school about a certain character's past.
- It's based around a club
- The main MAIN characters are 1 female, and 1 male.
- There's a fairly moe female character
- There's a certain kind of sadness, which is hard to describe.
- Quirky solutions to the mysteries
- Most of the characters in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are some what extroverted, at least there is a seemingly big difference in the extroversion and introversion of the characters.
- MHS has more of an alien solution, like an alien was here watching over- as the solution of the problem. Where as in Hyouka there are more practical solutions and leaving you sitting there thinking "... I should've thought of that." Given a little more time, to think about it you'd be able to figure it out sooner or later. However if you do manage to figure out what happens then you wouldn't be as impressed.
Same kind of feel. Both KyoAni production. Clubs are involved, with Hyouka having a more realistic, serious tone and atmosphere.
Oh the parallels. If you like one premise, you'll probably like the other.
-literary club turned SOS brigade-esque, seeking to help others/solve problems or mysteries
-cutie female lead/ Genki Girl
-apathetic male lead/ Deadpan Snarker
-typical male student + somewhat abnormal girl who’s interested in EVERYTHING
-There is a girl who likes books.
-mysterious unfinished confession by second episode
-some big plot mystery in the making
The setting of both is a Japanese high school, and both deal with club activities. The male protagonists of both series slowly get pulled into the worlds of the female protagonists. The male protagonists also start out as people who want to conserve energy and remain ordinary.
Hm...somehow the atmosphere around forming a club reminded me of the brigade in Haruhi Suzumiya. Also the main character's personality of both animes were similar. And each member of the club had a unique skill!
Each series has a lazy, snarky male lead character, and an eccentric, upbeat female character.
Both have a mystery aspect to them: Hyouka has outright mysteries that the characters solve. Haruhi has more of an air of mystery, because the viewer doesn't know all about the supernatural happenings.
Both are animated in a similar way, a bit moe and with smooth animation.
Both are set in a high school setting, particularly, a high school club setting.
Same animation company and art style. Both have relatively passive male leads that narrate the show and inadvertently drive the show in a particular direction with their interior monologue. Both have very enthusiastic and likable female leads that mesh well with the aforementioned male lead. Hyouka leans more on the slice-of-life mystery and Haruhi is more of a comedy school life, but overall the vibe that one gets from both shows [Focus is on fairly avant-garde clubs [SOS brigade and classics club], two lead characters that clearly like each other but show little romantic interactions, clubroom hangout].
Both have an apathetic male lead and hyper/curious female lead. Both involve a group of unique friends who go on various adventures or solve mysteries. Both have strong artwork and soundtracks. Both also include hints of romance, drama, and comedy.
Somewhat they give me the same vibes.... like Haruhi and Chitanda being pushy and... Kyon and Satoshi is somewhat pro Haruhi and Chitanda... while Kyon and Hotarou is somewhat lazy and kinda being forced to do things they don't want to do....
Hiperactive girl and her eternal lazy lackey. Houtarou is the boy that can't unfollow the eyes and curiosity of chitanda. (very similar about kyon and Haruhi, but maybe haruhi is most freaky than eru).
The characters are similar and the Mysterious theme is present.
- Both done by KyoAni
- Feature a high school club
- Haruhi has some mystery elements, Hyouka is full mystery
- Both are slice of life
- Kyon and Houtarou are both snarky, and want nothing to do with the club at first
- Haruhi and Chitanda both constantly try to get Kyon/Houtarou to do something
Both are non-romance shows with a sense on comedy.
Both are clubs formed by the main girl and the boy is forced in.
My opinion -- For both I wish they were romance .
What the clubs are about are different though. I like Suzumiya more.
Deadpan, snarky protagonists that want to do little more than live out their average, ordinary lives until a strong spirited girl forcefully drags them out of their shells.
These are VERY similar. Haruhi is a bit more exciting than Chitanda and while Hyouka focuses on solving mysteries Suzumiya Haruhi doesn't really focus at all. However if you liked one you will probably like the other, it is difficult to say that though since these are both shows that some people just can't watch. Haruhi is funnier while Hyouka is more cognitive.
Solving mysteries in both, although Hyouka doesn´t have any supernatural characters. The style of both shows is also similar, with big changes in the personalities of main characters (mostly Kyon and Houtarou, they are basically the same). I greatly recommend both.
Both Hyouka and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) feature at first reluctant protagonists who grow through trying new things and going along with the group. Houtaro Oreki is a young man who has a policy of energy-saving, until he meets Chitanda and his world turns upside down. Kyon, at first reluctant to go out on the tangents of Haruhi Suzumiya, eventually finds himself not only being able to put up with the adventure, but loving every minute of it. All in all, these two anime are very similar and I would recommend them both.
both have clubs activities but without something specific
they are about to find interesting things
the flow of the anime is the same
the main characters are similar (kyon haruhi-chitanda oreki)
for example both males are straight-man who gets their self involved in the curiosity of the female one
though haruhi is more upbeat they are both wonderfoul
Both series are really similar with the idea of a male protagonist being pestered/bullied comically by a very strange/publicly embarrassing female protagonist that believes in the occult. Both girls make hybrid clubs which a few characters join for various reasons, and along with these people the main protagonist must figure out the story behind this strange girl in order to help her.
-Both male protagonists have to take care of a peculiarly eccentric girl
-Both animes are school life that have a balance of comedy/romance/drama
Our normal hero gets dragged into a weird club by the main heroine and other seemingly normal people join in the clubs crazy antics. Not only to form outstanding friendships but even love.
Both involve a guy who more or less prefers a normal life, at the start.
Weirdo girl who does as she pleases, and forms a club.
Both Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu are base off novels from the main guys point of view.
Also both series are about a guy trying to move on from his past involving supernatural and occult things.Then get the exact opposite when the main girl protagonist comes in and drags them along into making a club to help them search for and do supernatural and occult things.
Both shows feature a weird girl and a normal boy. While Haruhi is a firm believer in the supernatural, Rikka thinks she has supernatural powers. Both series will make you laugh from their randomness.
The similarities in these two series are quite alike in my estimation.
First of all, both series takes place at a school life setting that have been adapted from a novel. Both series also employs the same studio hence the similar feeling and atmosphere.
In regards to characters, both series has a fun cast to get to know with. The main male protagonist is a normal boy who has to deal with the strange personalities of the other characters namely the main female protagonist. The main female protagonist in both series are strange and has a strange fascination with a mind strange of ideas.
Both series has great comedy, drama, fictional delusions, and a little romance here and there.
both have a normal guy taking care of a weird girl, or he trys to in haruhi lol
they both act like they dont want to be involved with her but they're always there supporting or guiding her. (or trying to guide her)
Almost the same plot :)) Male protagonist drag into creating a weird Club then start going there because of beautiful of girl
Both tell the story about a fairly normal, socially conscious boy who meets a girl with strange obsessions and is near enough forced to hang around with her, and he may even fall in love with the mysterious girl.
Female protagonist is very similar to Haruhi, both in her delusions of extradimensional grandeur and her domineering personality. Both involve useless, quirky high school clubs. Chuunibyou is definitely more light-heated, but fans of Haruhi will enjoy.
Both stories feature school clubs which focus on the super natural and mysterious, which naturally leads to the members said clubs standing out and looking foolish in front of their peers. Also, there is a decent amount of action in each series, although (possible somewhat spoiler here) it's imaginary in one series and not the other.
Both have a girl who has trouble socializing with others, thanks to their own supernatural/fantasy interests. Their obsession makes the people around them not want to interact with them, so they are isolated. Then there is the guy, who helps them slowly be able to connect with "normal" people. The guys are also forced into building a club with them, both clubs being fantasy/supernatural based. Plus, they are both really good :)
A crazy yet loveable girl drags around a passive guy against his will into shenanigans inspired by her hyperactive imagination. Each series has a similar comedic style and story development, although Chuunibyo is more dramatic while Haruhi Suzumiya is a bit wittier and more unpredictable. Both shows are also produced by Kyoto Animation.
-Similar Male Protagonist who has abandoned a past way of thinking which is awoken by a female lead
-Similar female lead who creates a club to do with a magic/supernatural theme
-Yuki and Kumin both involved in respective clubs due to lack of members for their own
Basically the same thing-
Main character starts high school and meets a girl obsessed with the supernatural. They meet in a club room with friends after school and go on adventures and stuff, and then everyone falls in love yay...
Tells the story of a guy seeking a normal high school life, only to be caught up with the most eccentric girl in the school. Both include the formation of a club, collecting members and the friendships between them, as well as the careful monitoring of the lead girl to make sure her imagination doesn't get too out of hand.
Protagonists dragged by heroins into super natural club to do something akwardly and distinctive from other people and both featured various characters that made you like them. Eventually,these two animes are produced by KyotoAnimation too.
Both main female leads are domineering and somewhat naive gods, and both animes are slice of life.
Sure, they both have similar characters, supernatural circumstances, and both are hilarious comedies but Kannagi is really one of the few animes that are good enough to compare to this colossus and a potential candidate for best comedy/romance of the year. I hope they make a second season because I will be looking forward to it as much as I am looking forward to season 2 of Suzumiya.
Both are comedies with a high-school aged cast. Both have eccentric and hilarious female leads with a straight-man comedic companion.
Both shows have loveable characters and is filled with pure comedic genious...It's like watching Scrubs or Arested Development. You could say they are both post-modern romantic comedies. It's got parody and a lot of 'breaking the 4th wall'. I love the interactions between Haruhi/Kyon & Nagi/Jin:)
The show includes HEAPS of fan service, which is great considering how cute Nagi is.
So if you like Haruhi, then you'll love Nagi...
the same storyline and atmosphere: random 'God' who is contained in a schoolgirl's body, and is energetic, confident, crazy which gets involved in trouble and creates weird situations out of normal life and school. no real storyline, normal innocent good guy who gets caught up in all the crazy plans.
Both of the series' main character is a very talented in singing but has weird / unusual / extrovert mind and want everything done their way... both are very fun to watch :D
I love this two animes and they are quite similar.
Both main female charecters are infatuated with themselves and are gods. Kannagi shows the same random plot turns that seemed to devlop with haruhi.
I enjoyed watching both series.
Both kannagi and haruhi are nice anime that are both comedy and sort of sci-fi and that both the main char have the same attitude (haruhi and nagi)..
In general same type of show-->supernatural, comedy, slice of life anime with dynamic female leads that change the male leads lives.
Furthermore they contain some romantic moments without belonging to the romance genre. Both of them have lively and colorful art style and cheerful and catchy music.
But the main similarity is in the plot goddess and common human affect each other, have a unique relationship.
Same kind or characters. 12-14 episodes for each serie. Some paranormal stuff occuring, a great ending. What more do you expect ? :p
Similar story and genres.
It's the whole idea that the female is "God" and the male has to put up with them! They are both very slice-of-life with a bit of comedy thrown in.
It is the same sort of humor and Nagi and haruhi are both gods.
The same humour. Both have little magic, they are about school life and a selfish girl who makes a boy do everything she wants.
First of all, both anime have these following themes in common: comedy, slice-of-life, supernatural, and school. The settings are the same; they are both a school and the characters are part of a club that only consist of five members: two boys and three girls. I also feel that the characters have similar personalities with some slightly differences.
Both are shows with a highschool setting that have supernatural theme.
Both start as random comedy but end up evoluting to something serious/darker.
Both have two males and three girls in a group.
Two boys and three girls who dedicate much time for their little school club. They are involved into the supernatural and must keep it secret. Many conversations take place inside the club's room in many episodes, and some events and moods are similar.
Same genres: School, Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural and Mystery
5 main characters: 3 girls and 2 boys,
Cultural Study group = SOS Brigade.
School kids vs. Aliens; interaction and the existence of other beings in the universe, learning about feelings, friendships and relationships, as well as impressive characters.
-after school club whose sole purpose is friend-making
-groups of friends hanging out, 3 girls: 2 guy ratio (my gosh they're like guppies)
-romance in the friend group
-"weirdness club": (one is about the consequences arising from random body switching,
one is centered around an omnipotent alien.)
Both shows are about a group of friends in the same clubs experiencing weird supernatural phenomenon. If you enjoyed Haruhi Suzumiya, then you're bound to enjoy Kokoro Connect.
When I watch Kokoro Connect, I keep think how similar it is to Suzumiya Haruhi. Both story focuses on a club full of teenagers, both consisting of 2 boys and 3 girls. Both clubs end up doing weird/random things that start affecting their daily lives. Both of them are light novel adaptions. Iori and Haruhi are both cheerful club presidents.
Wacky stuff happening to high school kids. Both shows have the same vibe. Kokoro Connect is much more heartwarming and less about the paranormal and more about the relationships between the characters.
How can Kokoro Connect not be the most recommended next to Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuuutsu? Five main characters that all participate in a club, two males and three females. During their time spent at school, a series of supernatural events set off around them being caused by one person.
Both have a group of five friends, 2 boys and 3 girls, who have to deal with various supernatural events that affect their lives. Both have comedy but are also serious at parts, they also have a great cast of characters. If you like Haruhi and her SOS Brigade going through supernatural occurrences while trying to solve them, watch Kokoro Connect! If you haven't seen any of these anime, watch them now!
Both series revolve around five students, two boys and three girls, that are all in a club together that deal with paranormal activities.
Both have a mix of comedy, drama and (as mentioned) paranormal activities to varying degrees.
Kokoro focuses more on romance between characters and character development
Kokoro is much less episodic than Haruhi, i.e. they will have to deal with a specific situation over a series of episodes not just one
Haruhi is much more episodic, i.e. each episode usually has its own separate focus
The character tropes are similar but Haruhi takes them to more of an extreme
In my opinion are both well worth watching if you haven't already. read more
Clubs, School,Comedy ,And Epic drama scenes!
-Both of them start with a sense of humor, after that they start getting in to somthing darker.
-Both of the supernatural events happens in school (club)
-The number of the club members the same
-Same genres School/Slice of life/Comedy
Both involve a school club slice of life anime style that eventually turns into more of a supernatural theme.
Both shows have main character ratios of two boys to three girls.
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