The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi.
The second to last episode of Suzumiya Haruhi and those expecting an episode on the lines of Live A Live would be devastated. Yet still, this is one of the more important episodes of Suzumiya Haruhi, mainly for the fact that the reasons for Haruhi’s eccentric actions is explained clearly here.
Personally, I have experienced first-hand before what Haruhi has said in this episode as there was a time before anime where I’d start thinking about completely normal stuff and then my mind’s tends to wander and soon, I’d be asking questions like Haruhi did. Asking the same existentialism questions as Haruhi does put you in a state of high melancholy, and is why I think the series’ name is aptly thought off.
This episode gives a very deep insight into Haruhi’s personality and her actions stem from her questions about herself and the meaning of life. The english saying, “There Is A Fine Line Between Genius And Insanity” is undoubtly suited for her as she has proven herself to be a talented person from the earlier episodes, and we can see here that Haruhi is definitely much more than just a costume-rapist and a UFO freak.
While Haruhi provides an explanation for the source of her melancholy and her actions, it is Itsuki who reveals the true inner feelings of Haruhi’s current self, struggling against her desire to have “fun” (the id) and the common sense indoctrined in to her (the superego), explaning the reason of such ludicrous situation of which she is in right now, being surrounded by the very people she is desperately trying to meet, yet clueless about their existance at all. In a sense, Haruhi is just a very smart, yet insecure person, facing a constant battle among her id of which the Shinjins are an appropriate representation, and her superego which is Itsuki’s Organization, ironically generated by her own desires.
Development aside, the episode offers almost no fanservice to normal hot-blooded otakus apart from seeing how cute Haruhi was when she was a kid (she needs her long hair back) , but it does have a large dosage of Itsuki and Kyon interaction which will undoubtly be welcomed among the Itsuki x Kyon camp. KyoAni’s level of detail does not fail to surprise me as throughout the taxi ride, the traffic conditions of the road are accurately done and viewers can notice the cars overtaking each other and such. The next episode will be last of the current season and I hope will be able to lift down the curtain on the first season nicely.