The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part II

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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