Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (1st Season)

Editor’s Note: From the Unwound archives. To celebrate Tanabata, we’re reliving our review for the first season of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. Enjoy!

All other religions don't matter! Only Haruhi-ism matters.

I know I need to wait until we broadcast the first episode, but I don’t think I can properly contain my being almost completely enamored with Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. I finished watching this fourteen-episode series just yesterday and all I can do is keep humming the ending theme, Hare Hare Yukai, which comes complete with a crazy dance sequence that many many people are trying to emulate on YouTube. Haruhi reminds me exactly what anime is all about, and that’s good all-around fun with a dab of drama and romance to it. This series literally has it all, from sports junkies to space opera fans and everything in between. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was skeptical beforehand, but when you hear from many many people about how awesome a series is, there’s something inside that tells you to believe them and I’m so glad I did!

Haruhi's loyal followers.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’re probably in need of a torrent download. Head over to Animesuki and download the torrent right now, if you haven’t yet. Go ahead. I’ll wait. (Editor’s Note: DON’T download this anime; instead buy it at your local defunct video megastore or Amazon.)

Done? No, seriously… go and grab it.

Okay, now that you’re about to embark on this riproaringly funny journey, you need to understand that not since School Rumble have I been so completely enraptured by this series. You’ll rush to your nearest SOS Brigade branch and join up! Check with Negi Springfield on the forums, because I think he’s starting a chapter up as we speak. Hell, I think I might have to sign up, myself.

Normal time-traveler greeting.

The only problem I could even think of with the series is the fact that it’s a mere fourteen episodes! C’mon, folks… a series this good needs at least twenty-two to twenty-six installments so I’m not going crazy waiting for a second season (which rumor has it, is in the works). However, I think the beauty behind Haruhi was the order in which the episodes were broadcast. Instead of telling the story in a linear fashion, the episodes were shown out of order, starting with the eleventh and ending with the sixth. Therefore, if I wanted to, I could rewatch the whole thing in chronological order. For the new viewer, I would recommend experiencing it in the broadcast order first and then electing to do what I will be doing, which is spending more time with Haruhi in a new way. This makes the series rewatchable! And it’s like I have 28 episodes instead of just 14!