If you fancy yourself as an anime fan you may have come across the name Haruhi Suzumiya at some point. Maybe you’ve seen her dance into AMV in her sailor uniform, or seen her fellow club members shoot cheesy laser effects out of their eyes, or perhaps you’ve flummoxed why an anime has an online fan religion called Haruhiism. If you’re on the bench about giving this series a go, trying to decide just where to start or simply wondering what the hell this series is then look no further.
From the title and school setting you may think that this is a story about a girl struggling with the dullness of everyday school life. What you don’t expect is a story about an average schoolboy’s adventure with Haruhi Suzumiya through time, space and alternate dimensions. Created by Nagaru Tanigawa, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a slice of life series that stands out in the genre as it blends a healthy dose of science fiction and the paranormal with the usual school-life comedy routine.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The story is narrated by a laid back, sarcastic High school student known simply as Kyon, who upon starting his first year as a freshman student feels that he has outgrown his childish dreams of aliens, magic and so on and has become accustomed to the normalcy of the world. That is until the girl sat behind him utters the words that change his life forever. “I’m Haruhi Suzumiya, from East Junior High. First off, I’m not interested in ordinary people. But, if any of you are aliens, time-travellers, or espers, please come see me. That is all!” After trying out and disliking every club in the school Kyon finds himself talking to this strange girl and suggests that she form her own club. Words he soon comes to regret as he’s dragged into her weird little club along with other unusual individuals to seek out the extraordinary. As it turns out though Haruhi’s already found the extraordinary she just doesn’t know it.
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