Yet another petition to nominate Haruhi Suyumiya as Anime Goddess.
I like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. You guys like Haruhi. All around the world there are shrines made to Haruhi-God, usually involving the sacrifices of Lulu plushies and other bishies. But why there his such a fascination for the anime? (I’m focusing on the anime since it’s the media more spread in fame.) As some of you know, I had my own blog (still have but it’s technicaly on hibernation…), and one of my posts was exactly a view on the key factors of the anime. Since the announcement of the 2nd season of Haruhi that I was eager to review and adapt my old post and expose my view on THAT. This need was strenghtened recently because I’ve started rereading the novels in my Psp, which refreshed my Haruhihism. You may check the old version of the post here. (One thing that scares me is the amount of typos the old post had ……)
1. The Novels
One main factor for success was the origins of TMHS (short for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) A good amount of anime series start as a manga and depending on the success, it’s decided if it will be converted for Anime. instead , TMHS has started as series of light novels novels published in Japan. Those novels (who are still being released up to date) form the bulk for the story of TMHS. Not every material present in the novels is being used but the adaptation has an impressive direct adaptation to the Anime. This origin as a novel means the plot is more well defined and developed from the root than your typical Anime.
2. Moé Factor
As Haruhi said in TMHS, “Moé is an essential factor”. And we sure haven’t got lack of it in the series. Spanning from the energetical Haruhi to the shy girl Miruku, our meganekko Nagato and even pretty boys as Itsuki to please the ladies (or Yaoi lovers; yeah I know you ladies want to see some Kyon x Itsuki action!!!). Even the side characters are eye candy (Impzie worships Tsuruya and a offering of Tsuruya pics makes his day). We can’t also forget Haruhi’s collection of cosplay suits, ranging from maid, bunny girl, frog (?) and other nosebleeding goodies. Just for this factor, TMHS can create a good share of Haruhiists.
I wonder where are Kyon and Itsuki….
3. Genre Mixing
Another strong point in TMSH: this Anime is invokes so many genres you can’t even name them all from memory. We have Slice of Life, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Romance, Seinen, Philosophical, Postmodern, Psychological, School, etc. The anime envolves so many areas that there is always something for the individual tastes of the viewers. Also, this range allows less stress and monothony of having to focus on the same themes.
The characters, like any story, are a major part of the success or failure of an Anime, and TMSH has all the right elements in this aspect. But the most funny part is each main character seems to be connected to a particular psychological aspect and the group acts as a brain trying to process each situation they encounter:
Kyon – The Realist
Haruhi – The Dreamer
Nagato – The Intellectualist
Mikuru – The Innocent
Itsuki – The Philosopher
…Or it’s just me over analyzing this .
Mental note: don’t let Haruhi fool around with the Evokers….again.
5. Wierdness Factor
We have already seen before animes who were wierd due to several reasons: from oldie Excel Saga, to FLCL ( and the infamous 1st scene who almost costed the whole budget normally planned to a whole season.) and Bobobo. But TMSH really hits a 10.0 on a scale of wierdness. The 1st episode made the viewers go “WTF?” and grabbed them from that point. The airing order ( who showed episodes randon
mdly instead of a chronological order, also known as Kyon and Haruhi order) made the viewers wonder even more about the story and re-track several times on what they have seen. The plot premisse is wierd too: a bored girl who wants to find aliens, time travelers or espers; and gets secretly watched by the same kind of beings who she’s after because she has the uncounscious power to create and manipulate reality; and there is also the poor guy who gets stuck in the middle off all and see all happening around him.
6. Kyon’s Point of View.
Talking about Kyon, the unlucky bastard who gets involved with the Sos Brigade. this guy is a major reason why TMSH is great: every action we see in the anime is seen and commented by him. He has the role of an active narrator, giving his opinion about the incidents that he and the SoS Brigade go through. If we didn’t have the access to his point of view, our perception of the whole plot would be different.
After checking all these factors, we wonder if the producers will keep them as good as they are or change anything when they start doing the 2nd season, mainly the whole Kyon/Haruri episode view. But unless something goes horribly wrong, the 2nd season will originate an even bigger fandom around Haruhi.
“… I don’t want to make the second season! I’m tired enough of having my life endangered and I still didn’t get any girl after 12 episodes!.”