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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

===About this Book=== The 1st Book in the Internationally Successful Haruhi Suzumiya Series When Haruhi Suzumiya introduces herself to Kyon by asking if he's an alien, time traveler, or psychic, he knows his chances for a normal high school experience are ruined. Bold Haruhi takes a shine to him, and uses the force of her irrepressible personality to draft him into her club to find paranormal beings. Kyon soon discovers what she's looking for: Haruhi herself has the power to destroy and create entire universes at her whim. But if she knew about her ability, it could spell disaster for everyone.
Dark Arcanine blogged
Jan 22, 12 12:54am

Taking a departure from the usual win by a video game, the forty-third round has been won with a DVD review for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol.1 by Insanity Prevails. Describing it as a complete package, taking something as simple and overdone as a high school drama but giving it enough magic to make it a standout show and something worth taking the time to watch.

 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol.1     Score: 4.9/5
 Genre: Anime

 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is one of those series that I cannot recommend enough. It takes the normal premise of a high school drama and then changes things up with more than enough flair to hook the viewer and keep them there until the end.

quote Insanity Prevails
Imagine what it would be like to be able to bend the world to your will; where whatever you want to exist does and events unfold as you desire. Now imagine if that power was investing into a single eccentric girl with boundless enthusiasm for the strange but who was blissfully unaware she had such power. It's a nonstop rollar-coaster ride into the bizarre and Kyon's along for the ride, whether he likes it or not. Such is the premise of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a story where the weirdness of the world is all around and it seems the only one unaware of it all is Haruhi herself.

The DVD starts off with an episode that would typically be placed after episode 11 chronologically, showcasing the members of the SOS Brigade making their own movie. Here we get hints at the personalities of each of the brigade's members as well as a peek at a few secondary characters, with the episode leaving a proper view of Haruhi and Kyon until the end. For first time viewers it might be hard to understand the significance of this episode and it will be with hindsight that a lot of things make sense here. However, it does give us an idea of the kinds of crazy antics that can and will happen for the rest of the series and certainly serves as a more unique opening episode. After that the remaining three episodes sit properly in chronological order and we get the events as they appear in order, making following the story a lot easier than the original broadcast order (though Haruhi enthusiasts can obtain the original broadcast order by buying the special editions).

When the main stars of the show Kyon and Haruhi are introduced to us in a more traditional sense in the second episode we easily establish Kyon as the sensible realistic guy and Haruhi as the eccentric crazy girl. Their class introductions showcase this perfectly, as Kyon delivers a normal speech about looking forward to the year ahead, promptly followed by Haruhi declaring she has no interest in normal human beings. Events begin when Kyon attempts talking with Haruhi, not knowing of her infamous antics at her old school.
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