Heads Up – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2009

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Animation Production – Kyoto Animation

Director – Tatsuya Ishihara

The long awaited return of the original season that aired in 2006 is back and is starting to air some new episodes. This return is a combination of the 14 original episodes along with 14 new episodes. The reasons to watch this show stem from the fast paced comedy with the energetic Haruhi, and jokes making fun about Otaku culture mixed with a lot of dry humour. Basically the people behind this show are very self aware of their audience and do a fine job of exploiting it for humour.

The first new episode ‘Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody’ involves Haruhi’s latest obsession, tanabata. Tanabata is a Japanese tradition where they hang pieces of paper with their wishes on a bamboo tree. It celebrates the meeting of the stars Altair and Vega. Below are the wishes of the main characters and give a good account about their personalities. The rest of the episode involves time travel.

Wishes

  • Mikuru Asahina – I hope I get better at cooking/sewing
  • Yuki Nagata – Change, harmony
  • Itsuki Koizumi – World peace and safety of my family
  • Kyon – Give me money, give me a two storey house
  • Haruhi Suzumiya – I wish the world would revolve around me, I wish for the world to rotate in the opposite direction
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