February 13, 2012

Anime Review: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

Literally an all-rounder anime with many bits of genres all mashed into one well directed anime. With the wide range of genres available, it is possible for this anime to appeal to a wide target audience with varied success.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (2009)Synopsis:
Kyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in; aliens, time travelers and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural.

Much to his chagrin, Kyon, along with the silent bookworm, Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the perpetually smiling Itsuki Koizumi, are recruited as members. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa.

One word: breathtaking. The amount of content that is compacted into these episodes are of such capacity that even I can't being to describe how good it is. How does this anime mash up comedy, mystery, parody, school, slice of life, sc-fi and romance into one? Well you have to watch to find out. The mysteries are good, the comedy is funny and the whole presentation of the story was not sloppy or ambiguous at all (unless necessary). All I can say is that I was extremely surprised at the varied content at first, but I gradually got to enjoy the anime very much. Somehow, the all story actually made sense and how each character came to be. It is well worth to analyse the story. The 2009 re-release edition contains extra episodes that explain additional information regarding the characters than the 2006 version. However, if you are watching the 2009 version, skip the 'Endless Eight' episodes as they can get quite tedious. Trust me.

I would say that the art was well presented is many ways. The characters had their personality drawn to style and the environment was really beautifully illustrated. I watched the 2009 re-release of the anime so I am unsure if the artwork was better or not. However, I must say that even for a 2009 anime, the illustrations were simply stunning. Each different scenario and events all had their own unique art style to it. You will be amazed in what the artists accomplished in producing this anime.

Voice acting was well recorded and accurately portrayed on-screen. The anime included some popular voice actors that did many other anime, so it I could safely assume that the voice quality is up to high standards. The background music and theme songs were appropriately selected.

The characters were of a wide variety and personalities. Trust me, when I say wide, I mean the main cast are totally different from one another. I will not spoil it here as to why I mean that. You will have to watch for yourselves! Anyhow, I love the characters, their style, personalities and their interactions with one another. You definitely will not be bored of them.

Overall, this is one good all-rounder anime to watch. I really can't put this anime in one single genre category since it contains so much more. The emotions and feeling brought out by this anime really felt that the directors really put in effort to make this anime a success. I am sure that the manga would be better, but I must say, this anime adaptation is excellent.

What better story to have that contains all bits a pieces of genres mashed into one and then presented really well?

ART: 8
Good illustrated artwork brings out the emotions from this anime.

Voice acting was excellent due to the many popular voice actors that were part of the cast.

Plenty of different characters and mysteries surrounding them. So good!

I loved the anime right from the start to the end! Seriously, I did.

One of the AAA grade anime to be produced! I only wished there was a second season, however the long anticipated OVA that follows is somewhat better than this series.