The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan (Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yūutsu) and Nyoron Churuya-san are two gag manga spinoffs of Haruhi Suzumiya, animated and broadcast on YouTube as three to five-minute shorts. Though famous for "trolling" on their fanbase as of late, Kyoto Animation was rumored to produce this series as a way to pacify the fans for waiting 3 years for an actual 2nd Season of Haruhi!Both series have now reached their conclusions, with Haruhi-chan 25 and Nyoro~n 13 being the last episodes. Both are available on Crunchyroll, along with the regular Haruhi Suzumiya episodes.Bandai has licensed both series and released them on two DVD sets. Haruhi-chan's manga is licensed by Yen Press.The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan takes the characters and situations from Haruhi Suzumiya, chibifies them, and turns the madness and comedy up to eleven while adding copious amounts of High-Octane Cute.
Author Appeal - Mori-san certainly appears a lot- she's even the focus of the first story in volume 4, where Koizumi gets her to cosplay as Haruhi. And if that's not enough to convince you, there's a surprising amount of bonus art of her in casual clothes or with her hair in a ponytail.
Kyon and Itsuki get bishie shots in their host suits in episode 12, complete with Bishie Sparkles.
In the episode where the whole group is having a scavenger hunt Kyon, as part of the game, tells Itsuki that he loves him, causing Itsuki's face to go totally bishonen, or arguably bishojo, complete with Dramatic Wind and flower petals.
This is a Running Gag with Kunikida, who is regularly forced to cross-dress and is the only boy allowed to show his face in the "all-girls beach fanservice" chapter in volume 6.
Box And Stick Trap: Subverted in episode 8, Ryoko is Genre Savvy when she sees this particular trap made by Nagato. She goes directly to where "Nagato" is hiding and holding the string. Instead, she finds out that it's not her, and a cage falls on her, trapping her.
To some extent Kyon, who always gets the short end of Haruhi's plans. It's a bit like his role in the series turned Up to Eleven.
Came Back Wrong - Played for Laughs. When Ryoko Asakura manages to regenerate herself as Achakura, she's barely a couple feet tall, and has lost most of her powers. Not to mention that she has a somewhat childish mentality sometimes, being placated by a merry-go-round treatment, karaoke singing, the "legendary" obi-spin, and a piece of chocolate cake. Later in the manga it's revealed that Asakura can use her powers to a certain extent, but doing so causes her to become even tinier! Kimidori-san shows real concern that if she overdoes it she'll wink out of existence.
Haruhi is more hyperactive than in the regular series.
Mikuru is more moe than in the regular series.
Koizumi has stopped being remotely subtle in his Shipper on Deck activities, taking every opportunity to try to convince Kyon to couple up with Haruhi. Kyon's having none of it, although in volume 4 he's able to force Kyon and Haruhi to go on a scripted date together as a penalty game. They nearly die.
Continuity Nod - Several episodes feature references from previous episodes. For example, the Computer Club's fossilized kappa introduced in episode 5 was stolen by Taniguchi in episode 7. In episode 19, he snuck it back in disguised as Santa.
Contrived Coincidence - In episode 19 Taniguchi dresses as Santa and sneaks into the school to put back a gift-wrapped kappa in the Computer Club's room on the same night that Haruhi is holding a Christmas party and has Kyon waiting in the Computer Room to catch Santa.
The manga is even more packed with it, largely due to Haruhi taking any excuse to get the female cast into bikinis.
Faux Yay: Kyon's declaration of love to Koizumi, which nearly caused the world to end.
Flipping the Table - Same idea. In Achakura's first episode she becomes increasingly irritated with her treatment by Yuki, culminating when Yuki tries to feed her what appears to be pet food in a doggie dish. Yuki claims that this is a joke and goes to give her some real food but leaves it in the doggie dish, so Achakura flips the dish. Achakura actually does this with a few of the things that Yuki gives her.
Fun Size - Everyone, since they are in chibi form most of the time, but Achakura a step higher lower.
Hatsuyume - The premise of Kyon's dream in episode 01, although with a twist. Koizumi is Mt. Fugi (actually just a regular mountain), Tsuruya is the hawk (or rather, a crane with the heart of a hawk), and Nagato is an eggplant cellphone strap.
Noodle Implements - Episode 3. We never find out exactly what the "Truck vs Kyon" event involves, but it's hard to forget the line "Here's your firework."
Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying Over You: Parodied: Kyon and Haruhi are having a blowpipe brawl, and end up hitting Mikuru. Then they're mourning her while learning the lesson about violence that she taught them with her death, just before Mikuru mentions that she's still there.
Out-of-Character Moment - As you listen to the full intro song, towards the end all three seyus of the girls start to loose their character voice, Mikuru going angry and Nagato losing her monotone singing, for one refrain and then jump back into character for the rest of the song. Listen closely!
Mori as a "skydiver who just happened to be passing by"... without a parachute.
Arakawa counts to a lesser extent with his "taxi driver" who also "just happened to be passing by". Kyon calls them out almost immediately. Then in volume 5 he uses a school uniform and a wig to stand in for Koizumi at school while Koizumi is away... but neglects to do anything about his moustache.
Punny Name - Achakura is a lisped version of Asakura. "Acha" can also be a "wince in pain" interjection, sometimes reacting to metaphoric pain or even someone else's pain. (E.g., watching someone get hit and saying, "Ooh, that's gotta hurt.")
Really Dead Montage - Happens in episode 24 with Kimidori, as soon as the Time Bomb explodes. Subverted since he gets better.
It wasn't translated into English as such, but in episode 19 Kyon says "Ippen shinde miru?" to Haruhi.
Several episodes reference parts of Book 7: the Spring Setsubun Festival (episode 8), the Valentine's Day chocolate cakes (episodes 11 and 12), the treasure hunt (episodes 17 and 18), and Mori and Arakawa riding around in a taxi (episodes 12 and 18).
As of volume 5, Kunikida's been getting his fair share too.
Squee - An in-story example is Haruhi's reaction to cornering "Santa". Her angrily-flushed cheeks visibly give way to a Luminescent Blush, and the resulting squeal echoes throughout the solar system, and even the galaxy.
The ending theme is somehow even more infectious than the opening. Something about it is so unbelievably cheesy that it rolls all the way over back into awesome. Perhaps it's the fact that the lyrics turn out to be one massive troll to the fans about Season 2.
Villain Decay - Parodied. Achakura attempts to avert this shortly after Coming Back Wrong by escaping from Yuki's apartment in order to kill Kyon, but rapidly changes her mind after a cat starts eyeing her up for lunch. invoked
Wall Jump - Achakura attempts this in episode 10. Guess how it turned out.
Haruhi's script for The Gift of the Maid II: Stealing Love Within a Month of Death has Kyon and Itsuki winning the battle-maid tournament and becoming a couple. Haruhi witnessing Kyon's discovery of a "barrier to the heart" put her in a short-term amnesiac coma.
Yuki's visual novel starring the cast included Itsuki and Arakawa as possible paths for Kyon!