Saturday, December 30, 2006

hoa's review of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi is a story about a high school freshman who believes in Aliens, espers and time travellers. On the first day of school she introduced herself in a spectacularly bizzare way, the class didn't know whether it was a joke or if she was actually serious about it. But one boy Kyon questions her about this and the only response he would ever get would be "Moron", "idiot" or "Who would care!" until one day he realises that she changes her hair style for everyday of the week and uses a different coloured ribbon for everyday of the week. He inquires about this and so the story starts.

This is a very long anime in terms of storyline, even though it is 14 episodes. The creator has placed the episodes in different order as to keep you watching what happens next or how that story began. The storyline for this is original, too original for my likes.

Beware the following contains a spoiler:

The World Revolves around Haruhi, and so aliens and such are created

At the very start you are left in confusion due to the fact that it Begins showing you the movie that they are producing and even though it has no true relationship to the storyline but it is a must watch to understand what happens later.

personally, i did not like the music in this except

Beware the following contains a spoiler - Highlight to view (can't work out how to do two boxes in the same go...)
the episode where they have the cultural festival and Yuki and Haruhi perform. I liked the first song

put plainly, I myself am more rock orientated so I guess people who are into pop might like the OP and ED songs more. I did not like the songs but I do admit they were catchy.

The Colour use in this was bright and extravagant. Colour was suitable for the right spots and it wasn't too dark. The actual graphics, the style it was drawn in was great, nothing out of proportion or nothing that looks absurdly silly.

to watch this you need to be one of those people who can sustain a thrashing of a few boring episodes, and be able to keep up with the story even though the stories are all over the place. The good thing is the ending suited the story, it did not leave you hanging and it explains everything you need to know.

Story: 7/10
Music: 6/10
Graphics: 10/10
Overall: 8/10

IMO this is a must watch for the highschool style fans also for the slice of life fans. You also need to be one of those people who understand life with alot more depth to pick bits of the storyline.

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