I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) when I started watching it. What I saw was a poorly sung OP, a terribly acted anime, and lame production values. And I enjoyed every minute of it!
This first episode of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu was really episode “00” as it didn’t actually take place in the “real world.” The episode was actually a film produced by Suzumiya Haruhi called “Asahina Mikuru no Bouken.” In it, events happen rather randomly, and the narrator struggles to try and explain what is happening. After the “screening” of the film, we see the members of the “SOS Brigade,” with Haruhi as their leader talking about how well the movie was done.
As far as their movie itself, it was really awesome. As a former Media Arts major (read: Film Student), it was great seeing everything that’s not supposed to happen in a movie being filmed in anime form. Especially funny was when a character would talk to another facing left, and the character talking back would also be facing left. Another scene involved the bunny girl running across the camera three times with gratuitous bounce zoom-ins. I also liked how the teachers yelled at the SOS Brigade for using fireworks on the school roof. And the eye beam special effects were hilarious!
The character designs were interesting for the movie. I think in the main anime, all of the characters will be wearing normal school kid clothes. All the characters fill a certain niche (energetic loudmouth, shy busty girl, quiet gray-haired girl), but they don’t seem that generic to me. They’re all actually fairly cute. I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters act in “real life” versus the film within the anime.
The OP for this episode is probably not going to be the op for the whole anime. It consisted of bad karaoke style singing and cheesy lyrics. I have a theory that most anime OPs sound like this before the sound engineers work their magic. Having recorded music in a studio before, there’s a lot of magic that can be done with audio software! The ED is not bad (compared to the OP), consisting of vocals from the three female seiyuu. The actual sequence for the ED is really cute and features some really good animation (I wish it was bigger). (If I get the new OP, I’ll put it in the MP3 section)
Download OP 1: “Koi no Mikuru Densetsu” by Yuuko Gotou
Download OP 2: “Bouken desho desho?” by by Aya Hirano
Download the ED: “Hare Hare Yukai” by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, and Yuuko Gotou
The real plot of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu has yet to be explained, but for now, the anime is looking good. It’s nice to see an anime take a risk and do weird stuff every now and then. I’ll be looking forward to more bad anime, as long as it’s kept inside Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu as a wrapper.
If you actually read Japanese, check out: The Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Novel