A 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.
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.
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: February 14, 2014. Review #79: The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya.
This is about A comical spin-off of the popular "Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" anime series that originally aired back in 2006 involving all the major characters in more child-like forms of their animated selves going through various spoofs of previous plot line; like Nagato and the dreaded laptop with a twist. face offs with the rack of costumes that were stuffed in the corner of the club room. and dodge ball tournaments on a sugar rush.
Yeah, it’s a random spin-off. and this spin-off is awesome. Well, for the most part. During
the first 4 episodes, there was some CGI animation, but afterwards… Kyoto Animation went back to the 2D Animation while staying true to the chibi designs that distinguishes the Main series of Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi-chan is a Kyoto Animation production. It is indeed a spinoff of the series and this is not a TV anime, it is a web series. As far as web series go, the animation is quite good and for it being made in the same year as another web anime known as Hetalia. Haruhi-chan does look impressive for being an Original Net Anime, assuming ONA’s have lower budgets than TV Anime and OVA’s. Despite the first 4 episodes being CGI-animated, it looks great.
The music compliments the spin-off and I don’t have much to say about it since it’s not heavily important in this spin-off
Like the series, The Japanese cast and English Dub cast do not disappoint and both casts do step it up by making the comedy work. I already said enough about both casts when I reviewed the series.
When it comes to characters, everyone is in chibi form and this helps to differentiate from the main series. Since this is a spin-off, I can tell you that you may want to give character development a pass since this is a spinoff that puts heavy emphasis on humor and laughs. Everyone is over the top and even Yuki Nagato is funny in this one. If you liked the characters in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. Chances are, you’ll like this spin-off just as much.
If you got an hour and a half, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya does not disappoint as a spinoff. It’s just as fun as the main series but it is more funnier than the main series. Like the series, this is a great one to watch with classmates if you are in high school or college.
The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya was available by Bandai Entertainment and it was released alongside Nyoron Churuya-san, but unfortunately it is out of print.
With all that said, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya is a fun spinoff to the popular Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. The animation is good for an ONA, character development and plot get a pass, but it is a fun series because of how funny it is. It is an awesome spinoff.
I give The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya an 8.9 out of 10. it is VERY GOOD!
So I’m not really sure about this show. I am not going to say if you liked the normal show that you will like this one. I’m not even really sure if we could call this the same as the main TV show as the art style, the humor, and even sometimes the idea of the characters is a bit different. Each episode is about 5 minutes long and consists of even smaller clips that mimic a day in the life style show. It reminds me a lot of Azumanga Daioh with the humor as each little skit seems to be trying to make a
joke and though most are rather good, some feel like they fall slightly flat. I have a small feeling it’s because of the culture and because of the dub that was done.
I did sort of like the funny story lines that they did with Yuki and a really small Ryoko in where Ryoko was played off as sort of a baby version of herself. They were fun as Yuki would treat her like a pet or kid most of the time and Ryoko would pout about it.. Unfortunately, I wasn't really into some of the story lines with Haruhi. They just didn’t feel like they did the character justice. She was still scatterbrained, but she just seemed to have less of the over powerful girl happening in the god area.
In truth, I really am not sure about what the show was all about. It was pretty much just random.
The artwork is really chibi looking. I mean really chibi looking with large heads, small bodies, and tiny hands that sometimes look like mittens. Sometimes they go back to the normal look but it’s not for very long. Otherwise, the show was bright, cheerful, and a little bit insane much like the first show. The little bits of CG that they did so felt a bit off when placed over the drawn stuff and feel like they were just seeing how it would work. It did fit in with the show in the area of color and cell shading but you can almost always tell in a slight way that it was not like the rest.
The dubbing was done by the same people who did the original show and so it’s done really well. That really is all that I can say about it. It has the right feel for the characters in there personality and yet just enough crazy to make it actually work with the overly cartoon world. The only personality that was a bit confusing was Ryoko since we didn't have that much about her in the original show.
Overall, I don’t really know what to think about this Online show since it was sort of random. No real character story, no real development, just a simple comedy show with slice of life. You won’t understand any of the show if you have never seen the TV version, but you also wouldn't understand if you even watched the TV version. It’s just, it has the characters of the TV version but nothing much in the way of things from the actual show.
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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