Haruhi Chronology

April 4th, 2009  | By: Daichi  | Categories: Anime  | Tags:

I had a little unplanned marathon of the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya today. An anime about an eccentric girl who decides to start her own club to keep herself from being bored. Thankfully I wasn’t alone, I enjoy company when I watch TV, so having someone willing to watch something with you is always nice. I have had the LE boxes sitting around for quite some time. I just never had a real incentive to open the boxes up and watch them.

I have known some really big Haruhi fans over the past two or three years, and it is a series that is a bit hard to avoid on the interwebs. So quite a few plot elements have slipped into my head from idle Internet osmosis. And I was able to recognize quite a few of the screencaps I’ve seen before.

Haruhi Chan
Also, I have been casually watching the short SD anime shows, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan and Nyoron Churuya-san since they started a month or so back. I just love anime you can watch in short time spans. Even not knowing the characters too well, it’s still fun stuff and Nyoron is just great regardless.

Nyoron Churuya

Also, last week I also had the first volume of the manga in front of me, so I read that in one sitting. Having recently read some of the manga was certainly a good incentive to actually sit down and watch the anime series. I will say, after reading a little of the manga, and having watched the anime, the shorts makes a bit more sense. But you certainly do not need the entire backstory to enjoy them.

Anyway, I’ll just simply say it was a fun show. What I do want to talk about is the episode order. If you don’t already know, Haruhi wasn’t aired in the order of chronology. And I must say, it makes a heck of a lot of sense why they did this. First off, I would say that show has two main climaxes, “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 6″ and “Live Alive”. (Which in broadcast order are two episodes apart at the very end.) I think it’s best watched if you end with either of these two climatic episodes. Personally, I watched it in Chronological order up to “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 6″ and then in broadcast order (skipping what I’ve already seen) after that, which ends with “Live Alive”. And I don’t think it was a bad way for me to watch it. It would certainly of been rather anti-climatic if I watched the last two chronological episodes last. Having these two episodes shown right before the Culture festival episode, “Live Alive”, it allowed for much better pacing. And at least in the order I watched things, it was also pretty clear around when things were actually taking place, since they poked some nice chronology hints in.

I also got to give props to two or three early episodes I watched dubbed. They did a fairly good job with the voice acting and the dialog script. I’ll probably have to give it a dubbed re-watching eventually.

On a partially random note, I got a Haruhi puzzle from my best friend for my Birthday in 2007. I took some photos while we were putting it together. This was all before I knew any character names aside from Haruhi.

Haruhi Puzzle 01 Haruhi Puzzle 02 Haruhi Puzzle 03 Haruhi Puzzle 04
Haruhi Puzzle 05 Haruhi Puzzle 06 Haruhi Puzzle 07 Haruhi Puzzle 08
Haruhi Puzzle 09 Haruhi Puzzle 10 Haruhi Puzzle 11 Haruhi Puzzle 12

Ah, presents, the few joys of getting older.

Now, I’ve only talked mostly about my impressions. Aside from my one sentence attempt at the beginning of this post to summarize what Haruhi is about, I do not have the best idea how to explain it to someone who has never heard of it. Find a non-lengthy way to explain the Haruhi series without confusing them or without scaring them away. Honestly, I’ve seen some rather bad explanations in the past two or three years. With these conditions, how would you describe it?

  1. theonlymegumegu
    April 4th, 2009 at 18:02
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    “A slice of life comedy where a girl who is bored with mundane life wants the world to revolve around her… and doesn’t realize that it does, pretty much right in front of her face (in more ways than one).”

  2. AnimeAelita
    August 10th, 2010 at 18:59
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    A manga series that took Japan by storm of where a girl pretty much controls the world, and looks for the intresting things in life.