>Anime preview: The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya

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The last episodes of the second season of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” mix mischief, emotional angst and science fiction in a fascinating story.

Despite the general disgust of the “Endless Eight” story arc, the last part, “The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya,” is well worth a second look. Although fans hated this series after “Endless Eight,” they definitely have to stick around to watch Haruhi produce a student film with the S.O.S. Brigade.

The story is simple. Haruhi Suzumiya wants to do something with the club for the school’s cultural fair. For whatever reason, she decides she will hold a film screening for a movie.

And of course, Kyon and the other group members have to participate in it. They don’t have much of a choice, considering that the fate of the world depends on Haruhi’s satisfaction.

This film, of course, is a direct reference to the student film spoof in episode 0 of the first season. This was a cheap, but laugh-out-loud funny movie with Asahina as a battle waitress.

Now, some people might think the film process might be boring. However, Haruhi makes things especially interesting, because anything she wishes has the possibility of coming true. She is a god, after all.

As we saw in the “Endless Eight” saga, Haruhi has the power to change all possible laws of time and space, rendering her as more powerful than even Lain Iwakura from Serial Experiments Lain.

Unlike Lain, Haruhi has no idea she has these powers, making the anime even more chaotic. Haruhi manages to talk store owners into giving her props and film equipment. She even manages to find a colored contact lens for Asahina to wear.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of this series after the “Endless Eight,” no one can deny that “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” is the most unpredictable anime series ever made. It has the tendency to switch from a comedy to a dark drama instantly. The characters are constantly on the edge, especially in this story arc. Everyone is literally hoping that no one dies because of Haruhi’s imagination.

At the same time, the story carries a deep, religious theme. In the 13th episode, Kyon and Haruhi go completely emotional, arguing over how they should film the movie. However, he knows that the film is much more productive than anything that the guys at school are doing. It’s a touching love story with a god, even if it is very unconventional.

The second season is definitely a must-have series. Despite how much people hate “Endless Eight,” this series is a serious reflection on the otaku culture of Japan as well as the fate of a post-war world. It is extremely volatile, because Haruhi is such an unpredictable character who has the potential to explode with anger and destroy the entire fabric of the the universe.

At the same time, it is a comedy. It will probably be one of the most infamous comedies ever created. With the grand implementation of special effects, science fiction and emotional angst, there’s no telling where this anime will go.

Images courtesy of randomc.animeblogger.com

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