Melancholy: In The Case of Suzumiya Haruhi

Suzumiya Haruhi

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.

9 Comments

  1. Crusader Said,

    June 26, 2006 @ 5:45 am

    Ah yes genius and madness are only seperated by degrees of success. Hopefully the last ep of what better be just the first season with more to come will go off with a bang. Haruhi also noticed Nagatoochi’s missing glasses perhaps more jealousy will ensue. I am hoping for one more Fang-tan scene.

  2. buh Said,

    June 26, 2006 @ 6:34 am

    I felt that this episode was very slowly paced compared to the rest of the series. While that alone is not a bad thing, it becomes clear that greatest weakness of novel to a movie/television format are the over-extended monologues which are perfectly acceptable in written literature but comes out as somewhat awkward and boring when it comes to the film. It happens all the time: Harry Potter movies, Da Vinci Code, etc. So while it’s not really the fault of anyone, KyoAni has done such a commendable job of making things very interesting with these explanations of Haruhi’s universe (see episode 5), it’s a letdown to say the very least at what was a completely direct conversion from the novel.

    Still the last episode should have more “walk than talk” so I eagerly await the final episode of what I hope to be the first of many seasons.

  3. Jigoku Shoujo Said,

    June 26, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    I can’t believe this is the second last episode…. LIKE, wut’s gonna happen to episode 11 and 12, which they’re suppose to make the movie…? and there is really really good episode in book 3 (forgot wut it was called) but it was between “boredom of suzumiya haruhi” and “misterique sign”….

  4. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 27, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    Not all the stories in the novels have been animated yet. From what I’ve read, there will be a few main arcs in the Suzumiya series and this current series is focused on the 1st arc, which the is the first novel, introducing the characters of Suzumiya Haruhi to us.

    It’s much easier to think like this… The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi is focused on the first novel interspersed with the “omake” parts of the series( the murder mystery, school festival etc..) to make up for the lack of episodes.

    Trust me. After being spoiled to the rest of the story arcs, I am eagerly anticipating the next season of Suzumiya Haruhi. KyoAni is riding on such a huge wave of success and sitting on such a extraordinarily exceptional source material to say that it will be heresy if they do not make more of it.

  5. Shiroi Hane Said,

    June 30, 2006 @ 12:42 am

    buh Said: “..the over-extended monologues which are perfectly acceptable in written literature…”

    You obviously have never read Mamoru Oshii’s Blood: The Last Vampire novel…

  6. Akira Kurusawa Said,

    July 3, 2006 @ 2:35 am

    Who would get off Haruhi as a kid? That’s pedophilia . . . People on the internet are weird–Itsuki and Kyon camp . . . sigh . . .

    Anyways, regarding the comments, you can read the translated novels on Wikipedia or I think actually one of the wiki-subsites . . .

    They don’t really need to show them making the movie. The movie is funny enough by itself with Kyon’s comments and pretty much self-explanatory.

    I agree that “over-extended monologues” should not make a difference in terms of the medium. “Written literature” (isn’t that redundant?) is simply the recorded words of a narrative. When you read it, you are decoding the words as meaning in your head, but most people hear the words and imagine scenes.

    As far as a second season, I hope they do make new seasons. However, they made Samurai Champloo to be only the first run of 26 episodes sadly . . . so even if it’s good, then there is no guarantee that they will keep producing it

  7. Akira Kurusawa Said,

    July 3, 2006 @ 2:37 am

    Also, I am just waiting for someone to post the fansub up. I wonder if it’s aired in Japan already . . . It’s July 2nd already . . .

  8. Akira Kurusawa Said,

    July 4, 2006 @ 6:49 am

    Raws are posted. Tomorrow the sub! YAY!!!

  9. 1234567890!@#$%^&*() Said,

    July 6, 2006 @ 7:40 am

    is it definite that there will be a second season?

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