Friday, February 14, 2014

Rewind: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The star of the show, Haruhi, in ep 8. Yes, she's always like this:
confident, cute, and sometimes abrasive. She tends to get her way.

It was early 2011, I believe, and I was on Anime-Planet all the time, active in the forums and frequently moving anime through my "watching" list to my "watched" list. Haruhi was a popular figure, featured in forum signatures and avatars. Her movie had just come out the year before. The year before that, a 28-episode version of the show aired.

I decided to check out The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Before I could start watching on Crunchyroll, I had to do some research. What was the difference between the 2006 version and the 2009 version? The 2006 version only had 14 episodes, so what did they change? Was one a sequel? Which one did fans recommend I watch? What were those related anime, like Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan, all about? Which one is her surname: Haruhi or Suzumiya? And why can't everyone agree which way to order her names in the translations?

I finally started watching the 2006 version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was a fun ride. Unfortunately, I only remember bits and pieces of those thirteen episodes. I don't have any blog posts or even recommendations to use as sources for this post. But I know I laughed a bit and gave the show five stars (granted, I was more generous back then, so I don't know what I'd rate it now).

What I remember: poor Kyon is a normal guy surrounded by not-so-normal people. The important one, of course, is Suzumiya Haruhi. She's... well, here, read the Anime-Planet description. I'm tired, I have a cold, my memory is foggy, and I can't do Haruhi justice like this.

So, instead of saying anything else, Let me share a bit from my long-past adventures in Photoshop:

The theme for the Signature of the Week contest was "Insanity."
No, of course I didn't win, or even come close. But I had fun.
This one was just for fun. Look at those numbers! My watched
list was 83 titles long. That was quite some time ago.
I should probably get around to watching the 2009 version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya sometime soon. I'd like to see the movie, too. Eh, I'll get to it someday.


  1. I've had this show recommended to me a few times now so it's definitely on my to-watch list. I wasn't aware there were two versions of it though...did you ever find out the difference between them?

    1. I think it's the order of episodes and how the story is developed. It's been three years since I researched it, though, so my testimony is not the most reliable.

  2. The 2009 version has 8 episodes that are exactly the same (aka "Endless Eight"). It's a big reason why the popularity of Haruhi Suzumiya significantly dropped. So if you watch that, make sure to only watch the final episode of the "Endless Eight."

    1. Thanks for that information, Tommy! If I watch it, I'll probably watch all of it - it's been so long since I watched the 2006 version, and I could use the refresher. But that's good to know.


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