Monday, April 27, 2009

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

****The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa****

Originality- 20/20
Characters- 18/20
Remembrance- 8/10
Quote-ability- 9/10
Entertainment- 19/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 91/100
Grade- A

Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her. Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.

The story sort of revolves around Haruhi but it's told in the persepctive of Kyon. As a main character Kyon was very likeable. He was persistent enough with Haruhi but still couldn't control her. He was very cute and somewhat quirky. Haruhi on the other hand was wild. She was out of control and even before Kyon knew the dangers of Haruhi he still didn't try to stop her as much as he should. Some of the things that went on I found very unbelievable and I'm not even talking about the "Haruhi controls the universe" stuff. It was small things like Haruhi forcing one of her club members to dress very sexy and taking off her clothes in front of everyone. I knew she was strange but you have to draw the line somewhere right? In a way I like that the line wasn't drawn. It gave Haruhi room to grow and expand to something bigger.

The whole premise of the story was very interesting. I started to ask my friends questions that were from the book and they thought I was getting philosophical on them. I also enjoyed how the story was set in Japan. I was able to get a view of their culture and how the schools are like there. The ending felt a bit unfinished but I believe that's because the author is still working on the Japanese Manga, which is what this book was translated from. I honestly can not wait to see how Haruhi reacts to what Kyon has to tell her about all of the things he learned that we right in front of her the whole time.

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