The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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  • Falcen7  - In summary
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    The real reason we all love it is the genderbending it started, and the hundreds of ItsukoxKyonko fanboys it spawned...and made question their sexuality.
  • JesuOtaku
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    Ha ha, my Skype avatar is and may always be Kyonko. XD
  • Lukewarm With Destiny  - Old material!
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    Which isn't a bad thing. You should upload more of the old stuff! And everyone else, you should all go check out d2brigade.net. Fresh content nearly every day, not to mention like 30 JO Reviews that aren't on tgwtg. Also fun stuff Like Pocky Spot and Most Awesome Thing. I highly recommend it! *entirely too animated thumbs up*
  • sleap.  - Thank you for appreciating dubs
    Finally, somebody who doesn't believe that all dubbing is instantly bad and inferior to the japanese dub.

    Anime fans usually get crazy about dubs and I was almost booed out of my schools anime club when I asked if we were watching it with dubs.

    Just know that there are others out there as the sub vs. dub war will rages on.
  • Toreka
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    I personally prefer subs 80% of the time, but I've never met anyone who's that extreme about dubs. I think it has to do with many people's personal experience with bad dubs; they hear one and are forever turned off from them.
  • batfan
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    Yeah, the consensus I have with my friends is that a good dud is preferable to a good sub, a bad sub is preferable to a bad dub, and a good dub is much harder to come by, so subs are safer, but dubs are more rewarding.
  • JesuOtaku
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    Wow. That's pretty much my philosophy, except the "good dubs are harder to come by" thing. It's more that bad dubs are easier to [i]recognize[/i]. With the Japanese, it's waaaaaaay harder to tell if something sucks. But if it does suck, you'd totally rather watch it in the language you don't understand anyway.
  • Dawgstar
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    I was just thinking the other day, it's only now, after watching this stuff for way too long that I'm finally able to appreciate a good [i]sub[/i]. (This was one of the shows. The other was [i]One Piece[/i]. Who knew?)

    I enjoy the heck out of this show, and even tracked down the live concert. Aya Hirano's un-mixed voice is... well, she's very cute and has a bag full of charisma.
  • Torgo
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    That was actually how I felt about Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In 2001 and I was screening it in my dorm for 2 American students and 2 Chinese students, none of them had seen it. They wanted to watch the dub to accommodate the Americans, but once everyone realized the English dub was awful, we switched to subtitles. The Chinese students immediately began groaning and making fun of it because apparently everyone had an atrocious accent except Zhang Ziyi.

    We ended up watching it in French. :0
  • KyaStar
    Well. Here's how I think the dub haters are born.

    Subs can be better just for the fact that some things just can't be translated well (like a pun on the main characters name in Kyou Kara Maou. that one is just sad in English) and then there's just what you're used to. Most hard core anime fans watch anime online before dubs are in existence, and usually you prefer what you hear first (except in extreme situations. When a character is cast so bad you are willing to switch languages so you don't have to listen to it--It's happened to me, and usually it's the English side at fault. )

    I think that's how the extremists are born.

    I think every should be respectful of opinions, and of the hard work that went into creating that particularly version of dialogue, but if the whole world was peaceful, we wouldn't have the badass shonen we have today. xD
  • LeGrotesque
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    Hear, hear! I mean, tbqh, I USUALLY find the original voices to be superior. But in some cases, they're equal (or close to equal) - like, say, in "Elfen Lied" - or perhaps even BETTER (in my oh-so-humble opinion) than the original! ...Like "Death Note".

    YES I SAID IT THE ENGLISH VERSION IS BETTER HA HA FUCK YOU.

    ...Okay I'm going to stop being prematurely defensive now.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Like Lucky*Star, I just couldn't finish this series. I'll always remember them for the techno remixes, the cosplay para-para, & the Motekke Sailor Fuku/Hare Hare Yukai crossovers.

    I REALLY wanted to like it, because I addore scary unpredictable domineering female protagonists & the men who weep submissively at their feet. Perhaps if they'd subdued her sex appeal & made jokes at how blandor violent she was, kinda like Chidori Kaname & Lina Inverse. I almost stuck with L*S because of Konata, but her friends annoy the snot out of me.

    I kinda liked the grey haired chick; she reminds me of Jiyuu Nanohana, the Haruhi from Ouran, this one girl from Gall Force, & Kino from Kino no Tabi. But the long-haired brunette is my least favorite type of character.

    I think it was the moe fanservice that turned me off. I usually avoid animes made after the 90s because it's all the Japanese studeos seem to focus on anymore. Thumb me down all you want, but when you've been watching anime for more than 10 years, you get nitpicky.

    Crispin Freemen...Slayers' Zelgadis. The fangirls would have screamed bloody murder if Funimation hadn't gotten him to reprise his role from Slayers Revolution & Evolution-R.

    I hadn't seen the dubb. It does sound fairly good, WAY better than the hackjob Viz did on Hunter x Hunter.

    Wow, the CG of that giant cricket blends poorly with the cell art. Same thing happened in Gensomaden Saiyuki & Zoids...It's just so obvious that it ripps you out of the moment.

  • uberjoe19
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    You're not joking, the Japanese voice actress for Haruhi sounds just plain crazy.

    On a completely unrelated note, I have always wanted to see a dark gritty mecha series with a soundtrack consisting of death metal and related genres instead of J-pop. Some may like the genre, but I DESPISE J-pop.

    Or better yet, a slice of life show with a heavy metal soundtrack.
  • gaaralee1234
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    I just bought the complete seires at amazon.com and it's on it's way I can't wait :3 nyoro~n for the win!!!
  • eddievercetti
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    Did I see the Logitech USB microphone?

    Is it good, I'm thinking of buying one too?

  • JesuOtaku
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    Well, you hear the results in all of my reviews. You decide. ^_^
  • TheClassicCritic  - confusion
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    Wait a minute. You already did the Melancholy of Haruhi Shizumiya I thought it was gonna be Great teacher Onizuka this week? :huh:
  • Darnis
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    i always thought about watching this show
  • Torgo
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    That was a really good review, I never gave this series a fair shake because [A]the only feedback I have seen on it up until now was the friggin' theme song and all its various remixes that turned me off and [B]I tend not to like anything that crosses the Pacific in the past decade. For me the golden age of anime fell around the same time as the twin towers - too soon? for which? - but maybe this series proves that assumption of mine wrong. I'll give it a watch.

    I hope you'll do Ranma ½ someday, it's easily one of the most over-hyped yet under-appreciated series out there. In terms of animated weirdness it certainly pales compared to even most mainstream series today, but the complexity of its storylines were almost Shakespearean and it was made back in a time when anime could actually have humor that didn't revolve around otaku culture.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Ranma wasn't underappriciated in the late 90s & early 2000s, but it was banned from highschool anime clubs due to all the nudity. (Oh noes! Cartoon nudity! Children will catch on fire if they see it!)
  • Torgo
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    I thought it was under-appreciated. I remember a few years ago I was talking to some students from Japan, we were all undergrads so that put us all in early high school when Ranma originally aired in Japan. They grew up on anime even more than me, naturally the guys loved Eva and the girl loved/lived Sailor Moon, but they all seemed to brush Ranma off as just a kid's show.

    A lot of Americans I've known that were into anime said basically the same thing, yet it certainly has at least as much complexity as anything that got syndicated on US television around that time...and it's not like they didn't censor nudity out of Sailor Moon. Sure it has that same childish facade that Melancholy and other series JO reviewed had, but I hope we get to see a review on it.
  • pharmmajor
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    Oh, I love seeing JO do the Haruhi dance.

    Surprised you didn't go into more detail on "Endless Eight" though.
  • Kayomie
    I've heard a bit about this anime and seen a few demotivational posters about it, but that's really about it. It sounds like a good watch and I have to admit that I'm interested... I HAVE been wondering if anyone's suggested Saiyuki to you yet. It was one of the first animes I got into that wasn't on tv that I knew of and probably the reason I ever got into anime after Toonami went off the air. FYI, it's also nice to know that it's not just me and a couple of other people who like dubs too! Yays!
  • LikaLaruku
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    I suggested it a few weeks ago, or was it last month. I'd love to see a review showing how the change from shounen to jousei drastically changed the 2ed & 3ed seasons from the first..even though the changes only effected the anime & not the manga.
  • michaelarroyo01  - sigh!
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    All this does is remind me of the horrible things I will have to do soon... I'll put up a link later to explain what I'm talking about.
  • GreyGuitar  - re:
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    [quote=LikaLaruku]Like Lucky*Star, I just couldn't finish this series. I'll always remember them for the techno remixes, the cosplay para-para, & the Motekke Sailor Fuku/Hare Hare Yukai crossovers.

    I REALLY wanted to like it, because I addore scary unpredictable domineering female protagonists & the men who weep submissively at their feet. Perhaps if they'd subdued her sex appeal & made jokes at how bland or violent she was, kinda like Chidori Kaname & Lina Inverse. I almost stuck with L*S because of Konata, but her friends annoy the snot out of me.

    I kinda liked the grey haired chick; she reminds me of Jiyuu Nanohana, the Haruhi from Ouran, this one girl from Gall Force, & Kino from Kino no Tabi. But the long-haired brunette is my least favorite type of character.

    I think it was the moe fanservice that turned me off. I usually avoid animes made after the 90s because it's all the Japanese studeos seem to focus on anymore. Thumb me down all you want, but when you've been watching anime for more than 10 years, you get nitpicky.

    Crispin Freemen...Slayers' Zelgadis. The fangirls would have screamed bloody murder if Funimation hadn't gotten him to reprise his role from Slayers Revolution & Evolution-R.

    I hadn't seen the dubb. It does sound fairly good, WAY better than the hackjob Viz did on Hunter x Hunter.

    Wow, the CG of that giant cricket blends poorly with the cell art. Same thing happened in Gensomaden Saiyuki & Zoids...It's just so obvious that it ripps you out of the moment.

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    I couldn't make it through this or "Lucky Star" either, and I think I know why...it feels like Otaku Masturbation. There's no plot, no real character, just inside jokes to Otaku culture that go right over the heads of the casual audience. In this respect "Lucky Star" is a much worse offender. They get so deep into the anime and Japanese pop culture references they're like the Japanese version of "Family Guy".

    In fact, the relation of "Haruhi" to "Lucky Star" is one that I find rather perverse. "Haruhi" is basically the wish fulfillment fantasy of every outcast Otaku. "Lucky Star" shows those very Otaku's reaction to the series. It's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Otaku! Not to mention since both series star Aya Hirano, and everybody in the respective series likes the characters she plays even if they act cruel or ridiculous, it becomes Seiyuu Masturbation as well!

    I suppose in the end, Haruhi as a character kind of terrifies me. Reality bending to the will of a bratty loud-mouth Otaku? And not only that, but a whole OTHER anime series ("Lucky Star") has been produced starring a girl who worships this character played by the same actress?? Sounds like my version of Hell.

    Personally, this is the reason I enjoyed "Welcome to the NHK" w...
  • Sakarii
    Well, it IS basically masturbation for the hardcore anime lovers or the "Otaku". It was made for the niche market with no other intentions for the other audiences.

    Haruhi can be enjoyed by most anime fans as it mostly parodies anime/manga (if I remember it correctly). While Lucky*Star is like Gintama without the action and grim setting. It was created for Japanese audiences in mind and unless one understands much of Japanese culture, it's really hard to get into. I don't know how I made it through Lucky*Star. x_x
  • Toug
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    Season 2 is better if you watch it while picturing a big, fat Japanese TV executive lighting a cigar with a 10,000 Yen bill and laughing his ass off.

    It's for him, really.
  • turmamint55
    i would like to see her review mai-hime its a good older anime
  • SpotTheShingo
    This still amuses me: [url]http:// www.youtube.com/watch? v=QJ26vTZN0OM[/url] (Also, somewhat relevant!)
  • Destron D-69  - I'd love to someday get a part 2 to this review
    and hear your thoughts on the second season, as well as the movie...in greater depth.

    mostly if you found any growth in the supporting cast..

    I enjoyed both, ..I KNOW, even the *spoilers* in season 2 I thought were okay

    but then again I'm a bit crazy for that groundhog day/quantum leap stuff.

    and yes its nice to see the old reviews again.
  • mikuruxbeamx
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    I love this show! I remembering buying the first limited edition dvd back in May 2007 with the special box.

    Then a couple of years later, being soley disapointed by season 2. It IS a waste. 8 endless epiosides which took most of the season was mindnumbingly repetitive. and I'm a crazy bastard for sitting through all 8 torturous episodes.

    The best aspect of season 2 was only the detailed explanation of how they filmed that video with Mikuru. The rest was painful.

    I also saw the vanishment recently through a crappy cam rip, it was GOOD.

    According to Anime Corner Store, they already have the 2nd season listed as a pre-order. It's 44 bucks for the entire season, all the episodes. Guess Bandai was being wise not to release them individually. As nobody would be sane enough to buy 2-3 DVD volumes of the endless eight.

  • Eniac
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    That ending alone was worth the 5 stars :lol:

    I know everyone seems to HATE the 2nd season, and I know it was a torture to watch, but call me masochist because I loved it.

    It's all about suffering together with the characters (or to be more accurate, suffer with Nagato). And when you finally get to the end, you just feel as good and dizzy as they do. Something you could not possibly do without all the looping.

    I think 2nd season is more of an experience then just an anime. (also, as a Haruhist freak, it was more Haruhi! Yay! :3)

    And I liked Haruhi-chan:
    Kyon: "Koizumi, I love you"
    the absurdly freak-show that was mini-Tsuruya-chan living with Nagato
    Mikuru: "Piiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ Piiiiiiiiiiii~"

    But Nyoro-n Churuya-san was just BAD.

    *SPOILERS*

    About the 3 characters with no personality, I think that's exactly the point. They just don't WANT Kyon to know anything about them, and as Kyon is basically "the viewer", we don't get to know anything as well.
    They're basically 'factions at war' anyway, none of them will tell their secrets to anybody, not even to each other.
    And the best way not to spoil anything and ruin the "Haruhi observation project" is exactly not to interfere, or as they do:

    "Kyon, we better not do that, you're her pet... [i]I mean[/i], the human, be nice and do it for us ok? ^^" *Koizumi smiles*/*Nagato stares*/*Mikuru bounces*

    Long post is long...
  • itsmeyouidiot
    Thanks to TVTropes's obsession with this particular series, I can't get it out of my mind.

    GAHHH MAKE IT STOP. GET HARUHI OUT OF MY HEAD.
  • Angrygamersoldier2010
    Man two minutes into the review and the dub is so painful...i do respect your opinion but the girls are just so damned loud! I have watched a few episodes of the dub with a friend but i just can't sit through the series of course i prefer the sub.

    That aside, I really enjoyed this series it was very unique and it combined quite a few genres. I went in thinking it was just gonna be a boring harem/slice of life series and it truly was far more then that.

    If your looking for something to watch as of late i'd suggest checking out this show. Very much worth a few watches with the different orders.
  • Knifewounds
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    I wish they didn't waist 90% of the last season when they were basically remaking the same episode 8 times in a row. Its almost tragic they did that because I loved the first 2, and last 2 episodes of the second season. Personally, I'm deathly afraid of Haruhi. Something about an angsty high school girl with the powers of a god seems to strike fear into me 0_o
  • Thatpirate
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    Sounds like a fun show... I'll watch it right now. Plus the dancing was cute, don't be so hard on yourself.
  • Zersk
    Ah, Haruhi Suzumiya. Thought of uploading the reviews here, eh?

    Personally, I enjoyed the first season. Though the light novels were better. Especially the second one, since Endless 8 only comes up in the third or fourth novel, and even then it's only a short story.

    I wonder how many people even know that Haruhi Suzumiya's a light novel. And a really well done light novel at that. And I hear it gets better in later novels.
  • Squishy69
    You can dance as well as sing; who'da thunk it? That fall at the end must've hurt though :pinch:
    I preferred this series in Japanese but I'm a purist like that; either way this was an enjoyable show and it was nice to see your review of it. You do awesome work for ignorant anime fans everywhere ^o^
    Hmm, I don't know if [u]Gurren Lagaan[/u] is on DVD or not by now but if it is you should review it in the future. Or perhaps [u]Midori Days[/u]; that one is especially good IMO, with a plot that makes sense! (For the most part)
    Also, though you've sung the opening to [u]Spice & Wolf[/u], have you done a review for that yet?
  • Phantom Roxas
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    Nice review, I'm amazed I haven't seen your other ones yet.

    I have to agree, Season 2 was a complete waste; Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody was the only good episode. I somehow managed to watch the entire thing, though.

    We have encountered an endless recursion of time.
  • Zersk  - re:
    [quote=Phantom Roxas]
    We have encountered an endless recursion of time.[/quote]

    Kyon-kun, denwa?
  • Eniac  - re: re:
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    I just loved when Koizumi repeated this line a couple times xD

    [quote=Zersk] [quote=Phantom Roxas]
    We have encountered an endless recursion of time.[/quote]

    Kyon-kun, denwa?[/quote]
    We have encountered an endless recursion of time.
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