The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part II

December 13, 2012 on 1:25 am by Mikoto | In Anime, Kyoto Animation, Legal Buying, Lookback, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya | Leave a Comment

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part II

Continuing the planned series of Haruhi-rewatch blog posts that started with the first episode, during the beginning of 2008  (yes, I’m *that* bad). Considering it was 2008 back when I wrote that, these subsequent posts won’t be from the same viewing – by this time (the end of 2012), I’ve already re-watched the series AGAIN over thirty times (might be exaggerating, but it is one of my favorite anime and light novel series of all time). And, of course, I promised to resume this along with my Cardcaptor Sakura posts in my summer anime blogging list. This may also be the first in my series of “finishing things that were never finished being blogged as an apology for the fact that Mikoto is a lazy dirtbag that lets life get in the way too much” posts that revisits crap I never gotten around to finish blogging.

Same as the first post, screenshots are taken from my The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya complete first season set and I’m planning on doing these posts in chronological order. Oh, and guess what? I’ve brought Kyon back.

The morning face of sadism

It was the morning after Haruhi had formed the SOS Brigade. Enthusiastic about this new development, she informs Kyon, who had just arrived in the classroom, about the need of acquiring (you mean, kidnapping) a mysterious transfer student as an addition to her brigade of weirdos. After failing to define exactly what “mysterious” was, it was clear to Kyon that she didn’t give a damn about what he though.

Kyon The perfect way to ruin someone’s morning after trekking up that monotonously steep hill. Little did I know, the transfer student that eventually joined the SOS Brigade indeed ended up being “mysterious.”

And had an equally mysterious penchant for long-winded explanations.

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Mikoto Well, it’s not like we would rely on you to give us a clear ideas on what the heck is going on, you bogus narrator.

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Only idiots believe idiotic rumors

At lunch, it appeared that there was a rumor spreading around North High that Haruhi and Kyon were plotting something. Taniguchi had this strange idea that Haruhi and Kyon were dating, which Kyon quickly debunk. Regardless, the idiot warns Kyon that Suzumiya’s plots wouldn’t have sat well with the school staff now that they’re in high school.

Kyon I guess it’s natural that getting caught up in a moron’s life, you would be caught up in the moron’s rumors as well. *sigh* At the time, I thought I could prevent Nagato and Ms. Asahina from coming to any harm from Haruhi’s antics. Boy, was I considerate.

And boy, was I wrong. Once Haruhi gets started, it’s impossible to stop her unless she decides to for herself. Oh brother.

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Mikoto

I’ve met some brash girls in real life, but watching these strange events unfold around you and your companions, it seems that when Haruhi wants something her way, she’ll end up getting it eventually regardless of how many people are opposed to it.

It helps that they aren’t… you know…

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Kyon I didn’t realize how right that was until later that day…

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Bridage Leader of the Morons

It seemed that Haruhi had adorned the room with various household appliances, eating utensils, and other electronics as if she was planning on living there. Suddenly, Haruhi exclaimed that the brigade needed a computer. How were they going to manage to get their hands on a computer? It’s not like the school was giving Haruhi’s unknown little “organization” that she just made school funding.

Kyon And thus, the illegal extortion begins!

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The brigade (or rather, Haruhi!) barged into the Computer Research Society’s room without even knocking. Understandably, the president of the club refused to hand over one of their computers, considering that they paid a good amount of their own money to buy them.

Kyon Have you ever heard of the sweat and tears of the hard working people of Japan, Haruhi?!

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Oh god no

She actually went there

Not giving a care about what she was about to do and wanting that computer no matter what, Haruhi resorted to using Mikuru’s body to blackmail the Computer Research Society into giving up one of their top model computers.

Kyon She even got them to set up internet access for her. After witnessing that, it was safe to say that on top of being crazy, Haruhi does not care about the feelings of other people’s integrity as long as she gets her way. Truth be told, I felt sorry for the club president. Especially, poor Ms. Asahina. Going as far as to lie about gang rape…really?

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Mikoto
Weren’t you the one that took the pictures?

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Kyon I have no idea what you’re on about. Haruhi’s clearly the one responsible for the camera, as you can plainly see in that screenshot.

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Mikoto But in the novel…

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Kyon Er, moving right along!

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Ah, the angel of brilliance

Trying to comfort Mikuru Asashina, Kyon suggests that it might be best if she didn’t get involved in Haruhi’s affairs. For some reason, though, she said that her joining the brigade was avoidable, as if it were supposed to happen either way, and shrugged it off. Calling her “Asahina” all this time, Asahina asks Kyon to simply her her “Mikuru” if he wants.

Kyon Ah, that smile… for all the woe and headaches Haruhi has caused me, that smile has the potential to be the panacea for everything…

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Mikoto Oh boy, his mouse-over text feels excruciatingly deprived…

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Computers are somewhat fun after all

It appeared that along with needing the computer as a tool to surf the web, Haruhi also planned to make a website for the SOS Brigade. And lucky Kyon got to be in charge of making it.

Kyon Oh gee, how swell. Although, surprisingly enough, building a web site turned out to be a lot of fun. It would have been more fun if I knew what to put on the website. I didn’t even know what the SOS Brigade was even all about, yet. Before I knew it, the lack of things to do made me doze off.
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Mikoto The next thing you know, Haruhi’s gonna get the bright idea to make a Tumblr for the SOS Brigade.

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Kyon Already did.

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Mikoto … well shit.

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She, indeed, never goes to class

Before dozing off, Kyon wonders if Yuki Nagato, not being of any use in getting content up on the site, ever went to class. Does she just sit in the club room all day, reading her thick books?

Mikoto Considering what you find out about her later, I’ll be surprised if she even needs to go to class for enrichment purposes.

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You expect me to finish this monster of a book?

Waking up from his “nap,” Kyon realizes that he’s gotta go to class. Before he rushed off to class, Yuki Nagato hands him a thick sci-fi hardcover book, telling him that she’s lending it to him. What? Did she expect him to read such a thick book? Unfortunately, Nagato had left the room before he has time to refuse the offer.

I wanted to reassure her, but...

I should have kept my mouth shut

The next time Kyon was at the SOS Bridage clubroom (which was really still the Literary Clubroom) he tries to reassure Asahina that he won’t let Haruhi do anything bad to her like she did when she was extorting the Computer Research Society. Heroic as it sounded, unfortunately Haruhi came in and started stripping her down in order to put a bunny girl costume on her.

Needless to say, Kyon couldn’t do anything to stop her.

Mikoto “I’ll protect you,” you said. “It’s a pleasure to be counted on,” you said.

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Kyon It’ll be much appreciated if you could just shut up.

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Can't say I don't find this alluring

Apparently, Haruhi had bought these bunny girl costumes online in order to attract attention while passing out flyers for the SOS Brigade. Probably from a shady web page.

Mikoto Haruhi, mai waifu can’t possibly be this kinky.

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Kyon …your what?

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Mikoto …Moving right along!

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While picking up the girls’ clothes on the floor (which were still so warm with body heat), Kyon reads what was on one of the flyers and quickly gets an idea about why the SOS Brigade was formed.

We members of the SOS Brigade are searching for the mysteries of the world. People who have experienced something mysterious in the past, people who have run into something mysterious recently, and people who plan on a mysterious experience in the near future should come see us! We will solve your problem on the spot! Guaranteed. However, a normal mystery will not do. It has to be a mystery that wows us.

It not hard to guess what happened next. Two bunny girls passing out flyers in front of a high school gate obviously didn’t sit well with the school staff. And it probably would have been the same for the authorities.

Can't keep your eyes off the skin

Mikoto Dem legs, dat busom. Huminahuminahumina…

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Kyon Would you mind keeping your drool to yourself, please?

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I will marry you Asahina!

Surely, after that incident, Mikuru Asahina had been ruined for marriage. Also, it seems that his little sister’s stupid nickname for him has a bad habit of catching on, even with Asahina.

Kyon Marriage and Asahina… Now the prospect of that I have no problems with.

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Mikoto It’s all fun and games until she becomes her own grandmother.

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Kyon …Keep the disgusting fanfiction to yourself, please.

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The bunny girl incident at the main gate definitely helped spread word about the SOS Brigade, but not in a positive way. For obvious reasons, no doubt. However, Haruhi doesn’t seem to get this, as later that day, she had been whining about the brigrade’s site not getting any emails despite the publicity. Have you ever heard of bad publicity? Obviously not. From Kyon’s perspective, Haruhi should just give up her delusions of grandeur and just get a boyfriend or something.

Mikoto You know, Kyon, you could…

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Kyon …Don’t finish that sentence unless you want my foot up your face.

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As soon as Haruhi had decided to leave, Kyon decided to call it a day as well. But before he left, Yuki Nagato asks him if he’s read the book she had lent him the day before.

Kyon “Did you read it?” she asks. Have you ever decided to randomly lend someone an encyclopedia and expected them to enthusiastically plow through the pages? Her novel was as thick as a school textbook. Of course, I had yet to find out her real reason in lending me that book.

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Nagato had urged him to read the book as soon as he gets home.

A very Nagato-way of making plans with people

So, when he got home, as Kyon flipped the pages of the extremely thick book Nagato had lent to him, a bookmark had fallen out of the book, telling him to meet at a certain location.

She couldn’t have been…?

Well, crap

…she did. Ever since she had lent him that book, she had been waiting at this cold station at night.

Kyon Before I left to confirm this, my sister had asked me, “Where are you going, Kyon?” Boy, I miss the days where she simply called me “onii-chan.”

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Mikoto I’m willing to bet a certain ESPer boy will be willing to call you “onii-chan” in place of your sister.

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Kyon Why would you even suggest such a disgusting thing? Back off before I punch you.

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Elevator music would have been a nice complement to the awkward silence

It seemed that Nagato had something to talk about with Kyon at her home. When they headed to her apartment, Kyon notices that she has more eccentricities to her other than just being purely robotic in emotion – she lived in an empty apartment room, and appeared to lack parents. After an awkward moment of (bland)tea-drinking and tehcno-babble, the words that she wanted to convey to Kyon finally came out of her lips in a pretty “easy-to-understand-but-this-is-still-outrageous”-way.

I'm an alien

“I believe I would be classified as an alien.”

>mfw

“An…alien…?”

Mikoto Just straight up, “I’m an alien.” This Yuki girl.

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Kyon At the time, I just thought I had the misfortune of getting involved with not one, but two morons. What was it called? “Chuunibyou?” I just thought Yuki Nagato read too many science fiction books and lost her grip with reality

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Next Episode

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part III

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