Kyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in—aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural.
Much to his chagrin, Kyon, along with the silent bookworm, Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the perpetually smiling Itsuki Koizumi, are recruited as members. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa. – My Anime List
Based on 26 review scores:
CG Mag Online
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is still a definitive landmark for Japanese animation, and Funimation’s stellar re-release is a worthwhile purchase for both newcomers and fans alike.
Mad Maz Reviews
There is a reason why the phrase “Haruhi is God”has caught on in the anime community. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is among those essential anime series which everyone should check out particularly for those who like a good science fiction or slice of life series. The series offers a little bit of everything from comedy to mystery to scifi elements. The cast is quite memorable with some of the best characters in any anime series. The story is unique and energetic and will keep you guessing throughout the series. The animation and sound are worth checking out and they only add to the experience of the show. This series is certainly a must see for any anime fan!
The show is perfectly presented in a balanced mix of Kyon’s thoughts, narration, and speech. It’s the most successful comedy show of 2006.
Of the hundred or so anime series broadcast in 2006, this was by far the biggest hit. The quirky story, clever writing, hilarious characters and first-rate animation caught the attention of millions of viewers. It catapulted the small animation studio to the front ranks, and made a cult idol out of Aya Hirano.
It lived up to the hype and it gained cult fans too and the term Haruhiism is a thing.
J And J Productions
One year since watching it, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a very important anime for me as a fan of the medium. It opened the door to one of my favorite genres, the slice-of-life drama/comedy. Before this series, it was a genre that I generally ignored, which is one of the many reasons The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is one of my favorite anime.
In anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is definitely a unique show and that’s a big point in its favor. With most anime having plots points that are easily predictable and full of tropes that are a dime a dozen it is refreshing to see something different and different in a way that works. The main thing that loses the show points and then paradoxically enough wins them right back for use of very good meta effect is the Endless 8 section. That you are better off watching to see the reason, it makes sense in context.
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For all it cleverness, the first volume of MoHS does not portray it as an especially deep or philosophical title, and can be fairly accused of being derivative. Though many aspects of the series may provoke discussion, it is still, at heart, a humorous otaku funfest (albeit an extremely good one), and is best appreciated if one does not lose sight of that. Not everyone will “get” the series, especially if you’re a novice anime fan, but for those that do this is just the start of one hell of an entertaining ride.
People talk about the sickly state in which modern anime is in. I can’t see it; not while convention-shattering anime like Suzumiya Haruhi are being made. Gorgeous aesthetics, top-notch comedy and an unforgettable lead character makes this, with the exception of the final episode, an experience unlike any other in anime. Kyoto Animation‘s triumph will likely be talked about for a very long time to come.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is very entertaining and very well executed anime, which largely lives up to the hype. Clever, funny and quite unique, there is much to recommend. It is however short, and incomplete, and if you don’t like the characters, you will be wondering what the fuss is about.
I found this story very rich and deep in the way it came across. Very well executed and beautifully written. With a cast of characters that we can relate to, and feel a certain emotion towards. If you think anime is no longer daring and inspiring, I would say, you may want to see this first to make that decision after. This one is very easy to follow and very rich in the way it comes across. Very highly recommended and it is that season, to start planning on the gift giving. This could be the perfect stocking stuffer for that fan young or old.
Nevertheless, Haruhi is one of those shows in which the whole is definitely not equal to the sum of its parts. Overall, the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an impressive accomplishment. It’s entertaining, fun, and sometimes thought-provoking. Not often do we see a show that so obviously caters to the fans and yet still manages to provide an interesting, albeit overly complex storyline. And while it’s missing a certain endearing quality, it certainly has its moments of brilliance—definitely not a show to be missed.
This is one of the best animes I’ve ever watched. It has a unique premise and the varied plot and characters make every episode entertaining. Definitely worth watching.
Though the intentionally screwy episode order and filler episodes can be distracting, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a vibrant and beautiful anime that delivers pure entertainment all throughout.
The thing is, I cannot summarize this anime, I cannot put it into a neat little box, and that is the highest praise I can give to it. The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi defies convenient description; it is a treat; an anime that surpasses the good, and the very good. In five years time we will be discussing this anime in much the same way as we discuss Kino no Tabi, Ghost in the Shell, or a Ghibli movie. This anime is a classic; it’s just too new to be called that. All I can say is: watch it.
As a beginner’s anime, it really hooks you in and gives you an idea of what anime is all about; imagination, and exploring the places it can take you. TMoHS is all about imagination. It’s a unique experience and something anyone who likes anime should give a go, even if it turns out not to your liking.
So what are you waiting for? Go watch it if you haven’t already!
Really, this turned out to be quite a good series, only with the “bad main character”-syndrome. When the second season arrives, I hope that the creators will continue to build upon what they’ve established now, and keep their focus as much away from Haruhi as possible.
Ultimately, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi is anything but melancholy, but rather, a wild, imaginative journey through a world that isn’t as mundane as it looks. After all, just how normal can this world be if it’s got Haruhi in it? She’s a real trip, and while the entire show is an exercise in making sure Haruhi isn’t (ahem) melancholic, this should do pretty well to cure the boredom of even the most jaded fan.
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All in all, TMoHS is a series which, to me, lived up to most of the hype. Good way of telling a 14-episode story, good animation, decent soundtrack, characters who were portrayed in a way that made them original, and of course, a unique setting. And not to mention, it’s highly rewatchable, both for getting to watch it in both orders and because it’s just pure fun to watch over and over again.
In short, I love this series for some reason. By its very nature it is something that I generally dislike, but its execution is so unique and well-carried out that I can’t help it.
As a fan, I do urge people to at least give it a try. It is honestly one of KyoAni’s best work, if only for its story line and characters. I can only imagine the amount of planning that must have gone into the creation of this series; especially in the movie, which deals more with time travel. Even though it’s not moe at all, nor is it the type to be instantly attract an audience from the get-go, it is definitely worth the watch. All those whom have watched it can definitely testify to that.
This anime is a “hit and miss” you either get hit full front by the unique and refreshing nature of the plotline. Or your turned away by Haruhi being an arrogant stuck up girl. You need to watch half of the episodes and then decide whether you want to carry on or not, its only 7 episodes. When I first watched the anime I was thinking “why, why is this anime so popular!” I was still thinking this when writing this review. But as I have explained early, you just need to clear your mind, relax and let the anime take you on a journey of the unknown. The unknown of Suzumiya Haruhi’s twisted and complex mind. There is not really much bad complaints about this anime, you can only hate it completely or love it completely. This anime as proven does not appeal to everyone, some people hate and loathe this anime, while millions of others are dedicated fans. This anime is groundbreaking but not earthshattering.
Shin Anime Review
Thats a tough one, you can switch off your mind and enoy the series/movie as an odd high school drama/comedy, or sit back and really think into the various theories presented by three conflicting points of view, each with their own very specific and technical backgrounds which are laid out in full for the audience to hear in long explinations. I think in all honesty that this story has SERIOUS potential to become something amazing, but the two season and movie are but the tip of the iceburg of it, and as such, as they are right now, are not really something you’ll regret missing for now. I would say that if you want in on something that may in the future grow into something wonderful, check this series out, but if you’re just jaded from the endless dance routines from hairy guys in sailer uniforms at conventions, best to keep avoiding this one
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is by no means a bad series, but it doesn’t deserve even half the praise it seems to get. I don’t honestly know how much difference watching the out of sequence season one version (which excludes Endless Eight so already wins points in my eyes) makes to overall experience, but the season 2 chronological version is average at best. The concept is completely sound , but with so much focus on multi-part stories and a cast of mostly one dimensional characters makes Haruhi really fail to live up to its potential.