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Anime Profile: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaSuzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱)The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
14 TV Episodes
April 2, 2006–July 2, 2006
Bandai EntertainmentKyoto Animation/SOS Dan
Nagaru Tanigawa
Tatsuya Ishihara, Hiroshi Yamamoto
Comedy, Paranormal, Sci-FiComedy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
The Disappearence of Haruhi SuzumiyaSuzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu
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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chanNagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Characters: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Computer Society President Computer Society President Tsuruya Tsuruya
Emiri Kimidori Emiri Kimidori Yuki Nagato Yuki Nagato
Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya Arakawa Arakawa
Itsuki Koizumi Itsuki Koizumi Kiyosumi Morimura Kiyosumi Morimura
Kyon Kyon Kunikida Kunikida
Mai Zaizan Mai Zaizan Sonou Mori Sonou Mori
Mikuru Asahina Mikuru Asahina Takako Nakanishi Takako Nakanishi
Ryōko Asakura Ryōko Asakura Taniguchi Taniguchi

Description: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

In this very unusual anime, we follow an eccentric schoolgirl named Haruhi Suzumiya. She is getting ready for her first year of High School. However, she proclaims that instead of other regular students, she requests the company of aliens, time travelers, and other paranormal beings!

The story is told from the point of view of Kyon, a boy who sits in front of Haruhi and is the only one that talks to her. After trying in vain to fit into the schools clubs, she decides to start her own. And the S.O.S. Brigade is born. The only ones who can apply are the same paranormal beings she's been searching for. However, Haruhi finally gets her wish as aliens, ghosts, and cross-dimensional beings finally cross paths with our heroes, and things only proceed to get even weirder after that...

Unlike most anime shows, the episodes in Haruhi Suzumiya are laid out in a more disjointed order. One early episode can actually take place much later chronologically within the story.

Description: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Ever wonder what life with a god would be like? Ever wonder what a god looks like? Like bunny suits? Then this anime is probably for you!

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu) is a fourteen episode anime based on a simple notion: keep a cute high school girl entertained or the world will end.

The anime follows Kyon, Haruhi's not-so-apparent love interest and reluctant friend, and how he deals with the situations she unconsciously puts him in (including a space battle and fighting a giant cricket). Unconsciously? Yes. Haruhi isn't exactly aware she has superhuman powers over the structure and fate of the universe.

As their high school lives go on, Haruhi eventually surrounds herself (and Kyon) with a set of strange characters including an esper (Itsuki Koizumi), a time traveler (Mikuru Asahina), and a humanoid interface (Yuki Nagato). All three attempting to keep Haruhi happy, and observing her in the process. Combine that with an apathetic Kyon and a hyperactive, bossy Haruhi, and you get one fantastic ride! The only problem is it's too short!

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