The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan
I have no interest in ordinary chibis
(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
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
them, and turns the madness and comedy up to eleven while adding copious amounts of High-Octane Cute
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Haruhi-chan provides examples of:
Tropes in Haruhi-chan
- All-CGI Cartoon - The first few episodes.
- Anachronic Order - Just like with the anime's first run and the Light Novels, the Haruhi-chan shorts are arranged differently than the manga.
- Angrish - Achakura lapses into this when Nagato gives her dog food in a dog bowl to eat.
- Art Shift
- The characters may go back to their normal-looking selves for a gag (and at one point Bishoujo, before reverting back to Super-Deformed style.
- Yuki's doujin Visual Novel.
- Astronomic Zoom
- Every episode of Haruhi-chan except for episode 25 begins with this.
- 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.
- Bad Ass - Tsuruya, especially in Episode 21.
- Bad Ass Santa - Haruhi's concept of Santa, part of a clan of super-muscled old ninjas who infiltrate houses and deposit gifts. And she turns poor Taniguchi into one.
- Bad Bad Acting - In episode 20.
Achakura: (monotone) Oh, no. Kimidori-san has gone flat.
Kimidori: (equally monotone) I can't go on. Please commit my body to the ocean.
Achakura: (monotone) Sorry, throwing you in the ocean will be environmental destruction.
- Battle Aura - Used for a game of dodgeball!
- Bears Are Bad News - Inverted. Tsuruya claims she once defeated a bear.
- Big Eater - Yuki gobbling Valentine's day chocolates... priceless.
- 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.
- Black Helicopter - Used by the Agency in one episode.
- Bland-Name Product - One of the Visual Novels Yuki owns in volume 1 is Fayte/Stay Night.
- Blank White Eyes
- Blatant Lies - Mori after she just jumped through a window.
Ms. Mori: I'm just a normal maid passing through!
- Blood from the Mouth
- Blow You Away - Tsuruya, as shown in Episode 17. Poor Mikuru.
- Blue with Shock
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine - Yuki's interactions with Achakura seem to follow these quite closely. Yuki's the boke.
- 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.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- Achakura contemplates her previous life, until Kimidori says "I'm not going to let you turn this into a complete episode."
- Kyon asks about another episode's title.
- From episode 14:
Kyon: YOU! It's terrifying to have a balloon burst in your face!
Nagato(in-game): If you'd like...
Kyon: That's from Disappearance!
- Brother-Sister Incest - This might be stretching things, but judging from episode 25's opening, Nagato's game contains a "Kyon's sister" route, so if Kyon's the protagonist...
- Butt Monkey
- Taniguchi and Achakura.
- 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.
- Camera Abuse - The Astronomic Zoom mentioned above always ends in the camera smashing into Haruhi's face. It even provides the page image.
- Catch Phrase - Yuki's "Oh" after outbursts from Achakura.
- The show's Catch Phrase is "Here we go!" which is said at the start of each episode.
- Cat Smile - Haruhi and Tsuruya.
- Character Exaggeration
- 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.
- Subverted with Yuki, as her stoicness is overshadowed by her otakuness, which is hinted at in the original series, albeit not as played up. Look at the masks she buys in the Endless Eight. So it could be this subtle aspect is exaggerated even more, making it an exaggerated version of Character Exaggeration.
- Cherry Blossoms
- Clothing Damage - Itsuki's shirt gets ripped when Ms. Mori goes flying past him in episode 21.
- Continuity Cameo - Muu-chan, the "Mugen Lion".
- 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.
- Cooking Duel - With balloon animals and art, and it turns out Kyon and Haruhi don't know how to actually make them.
- Cosplay - Mikuru and Yuki engage in a cosplay contest. Haruhi is nonplussed.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl - Yuki.
- Counting Sheep - Zig zagged in the first episode.
- Covert Pervert - Yuki. Light on the 'Covert', but with extra 'Pervert'.
- Cranial Eruption - Yuki and Achakura do this to each other semi-regularly.
- Depending on the Writer - Deliberately exaggerated with Yuki, who doesn't just read books in this series.
- Determinator - Kyon, considering how often he blows up.
Kyon: I'm a man with motivation.
- Disappears into Light - Kyon in episode 9. "Hikari ni naru!!!!"
- The Ditz - "Mikuru got confused, and stopped thinking."
- Dojikko - Itsuki gets into a discussion about Mori dropping by in episode 17, and actually uses the word.
- Double Knockout - Episode 10.
- Dramatic Wind - Episode 17.
- Drives Like Crazy - Arakawa. With how that car was spinning he's even worse than Yukari-sensei.
- Dynamic Entry - Kyon's sister gives one to Kyon in episode 1 with a spinning drill kick.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Churuya's first appearance is actually during the intro of episode 25◊.
- Embarrassed by a Child: In episode 7 of the anime, Haruhi organizes her own quirky sports festival, and Kyon falls to this trope just for standing there, watching the event begin. Then he's used as a rope in an extreme tug-o-war contest and flung up naked, with the kid still watching.
- The End of the World as We Know It
- Everything's Better with Spinning - Yuki spins Achakura right round in episodes 6 and 8.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Itsuki, nearly all the time.
- Kyon, every now and then, unless he has Blank White Eyes or is looking intense.
- Fanservice - Itsuki's randomly open shirt in episode 18.
- 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
- Gag Series
- Gamer Chick - Yuki. Mostly Bishoujo Games.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "...and I'm Itsuki, the Crimson Super Ball. Guess why they call me that. Hollaaaa."
- Giving Up the Ghost: Happens to the Computer Club members after the dodgeball game in episode 5.
- Gratuitous English
- "Trick or treat. Search and destroy."
- "Nice Kyon!"
- "Hey Kyon! Pass!"
- "COME BAAAAAAAACK!!!"
- "Too vague."
- 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.
- Heroic Sacrifice - Episode 24, by Kimidori.
- I Am Not Left-Handed - Mori pulls this in episode 21 during her rooftop fight with Tsuruya, by getting out of her costume.
- Idiot Hair - Much more noticeable here, always appears during Haruhi's silly moments.
- Implausible Fencing Powers
- In Episode 16, when Yuki sets a sword to homing mode to cut an object in any way possible.
- Subverted when Kyon tried it and his wrists got twisted and his body got thrown around like a ragdoll, since it was the first time he had ever used a sword.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me! - What Yuki does with Achakura. Although she doesn't do it because Achakura is cute, but rather so she can keep an eye on her.
- Infodump - Parodied. When Yuki was describing a particularly nasty Sealed Evil in a Can, everyone else promptly announced that the explanation was too long and they couldn't understand it.
- I Was Just Passing Through - Frequent excuse made by Arakawa and Mori whenever Itsuki calls them in for favors.
- Luminescent Blush
- Kyon of all people gets one after Yuki thanks him for the balloons.
- Haruhi during her encounter with "Santa".
- Made of Explodium - Kyon.
- Mood Whiplash
- Every time Yuki abuses Achakura and then does something incredibly cute to make up for it.
- Episode 24.
- Mundane Made Awesome
- Supersonic dodgeball. With Battle Auras.
- The mock kaiju battle in episode 25, with Mikuru as sort-of Mothra and Yuki as Godzilla. Kyon can only watch in stunned silence.
- And from the same episode - Death Note-style doodling.
- Mori and Arakawa's various entrances.
- No, Emiri Kimidori appears in the series as well. Both times she gets put into a swimsuit.
- Ninja Maid - Mori.
- 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.
- Otaku Surrogate - Yuki.
- 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!
- Paper-Thin Disguise
- 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.
- Parody - The intro to the final episode is a Dating Sim intro parody.
- Puni Plush
- 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.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter - Kimidori-san.
- The Rival - Tsuruya vs Mori. This reaches Dragon Ball levels.
- Rule of Cute - Aww!!
- Mikuru-chan's crying in episode 12 is the cutest thing ever! She sounds like a little kitten.
- Kyon's Little Sister shows up in the second New Year's Eve dream sequence. She's half turned into a cow and is adorable!
- What? No mention of Achakura? She's the cutest thing on the show!
- Rule of Funny
- Running Gag
- The Scream - Achakura in episode 20.
- Serious Business - The balloon modelling contest, with Trash Talk from Haruhi and Kyon and Itsuki as the judge and commentator.
- Also the dodgeball game. There's freaking battle auras for crying out loud!
- Sexy Silhouette Shower Scene - Non-chibi Yuki in episode 24.
- Shirtless Scene - Twice by Itsuki, and both completely unnecessary. He even gets called for one of those by Kyon.
- One to a particular Epileptic Tree - that of Kyon being the real deity in the series - in episode 1. It's even lampshaded.
- There's also "Yasu is the culprit" at the end of the second episode, a Shout-Out to The Reveal of a much beloved in Japan PC/NES mystery game, which had undergone Memetic Mutation. The reference thoroughly confused much of the western fanbase. The English dub replaces it with "The butler did it."
- That lion that's seen with Mikuru looks a lot like Sakutaro from Umineko.
- "Tuxedo Beard" anyone? Let's not forget Supernatural Ranger Team was mixed in.
- 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).
- Kyon shouting "Hikari ni naru~" (see Disappears into Light) is a direct Shout-Out to GaoGaiGar.
- That ghostly Santa looks suspiciously like that red-eyed Santa Claus in Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu.
- One of the lines in the intro is KA-ME-HA-ME-HA!
- The fighting game that Nagato offers to play with Kyon is Street Fighter II with all the characters as cute girls
- Sinister Silhouettes - Parodied with Asakura claiming to be a member of the Radical Big Four, which is quickly revealed to be under the three leaders, all of whom are shown as generic featureless silhouettes. Kyon proceeds to call it cheesy and blame it on Yasu.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender
- Slow Motion Pass By - In episode 12.
- Spinning Clock Hands - While Haruhi and the other girls prepare chocolate sculptures.
- Spit Take - Kyon's understandable reaction to finding out what Yuki was doing on her laptop.
- He has another one when, while trying not to laugh at Mikuru's attempts at a cosplay war with Yuki, she sneaks up behind him in her frog suitnote . He turns to look, and subsequently laughs.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad - Mori-san, although moreso in the comics than in the animation. Just read any of the mangas and you'll see.
- 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.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- When Nagato ties Achakura to a bunch of hydrogen-filled balloons, they float to the ceiling, hit the lights, and blow up the apartment.
- Also, Kyon blows up during the filming of a drama. Haruhi's comments indicate that he does this on a semi-regular basis.
- There's even a Time Bomb involvement in episode 24.
- Super-Deformed - The predominant art style.
- Super Window Jump - Via Ninja Maid.
- Surreal Theme Tune
- Warning! The following song has been known to cause violent head explosions! Proceed at your own risk. The lyrics may or may not be relevant to the show. Nobody's really sure.
- 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.
- Sweat Drop
- Theme Tune Cameo - In episode 4, Mikuru hums "Hare Hare Yukai".
- Tsundere - Achakura.
- 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.
- Wall Jump - Achakura attempts this in episode 10. Guess how it turned out.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids? - In-universe: In the subbed version, Kyon protested that the game Yuki lent him was rated E... but that didn't stand for "everyone" in this case.
- Wiki Walk - Lampshaded, complete with step-by-step explanation.
- Wire Dilemma - Yuki sets one up for Achakura and Kimidori to solve in episode 24. They don't even bother.
- Written Sound Effect - All the time.
- Unwilling Suspension - Mikuru in episode 25.
- Visible Sigh
- Vocal Evolution - A version of it. Haruhi's voice is more high pitched and sounds more similar to Konata then her main anime counterpart.
- X Meets Y - Haruhi Suzumiya meets Lucky Star.
- Yaoi Fangirl
- 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!
follows the adventures of Tsuruya's super deformed counterpart Churuya as she quests for smoked cheese, almost always unsuccessfully.
Also featured is Ashakura, Ryoko's counterpart with a massive, but ultimately doomed crush
Everyone besides Churuya and Ashakura is rendered with the same generic, non-super-deformed body with Eyes Always Shut
, and they're all general jerk asses
. Still, Churuya usually gets a happy ending after enduring some hardships throughout the rest of the episode.
Nyoron Churuya-san provides examples of:
Tropes in Churuya-san
- All-CGI Cartoon
- Ascended Meme / Promoted Fanboy - Nobody could have guessed when the comics were first published as doujinshi that they would be officially animated by Kyoto Animation with the original voice cast.
- Blank White Eyes - To the point of being downright creepy.
- Brick Joke: In episode 1, Churuya asks Mikuru how to make smoked cheese, only to be told to go Google it. In the very next episode, Churuya looks up smoked cheese on Google, only to be denied by Kyon.
- Butt Monkey - Churuya and Ashakura being the butt monkies is pretty much the entire point of the series.
- Catch Phrase
- Churuya - "Nyoro~n".
- Ashakura - "Sore Muri" ("Not Possible").
- Kyon - "Da-me" ("No No"), with his arms making an X when he says it.
- Cat Smile - Churuya and Ashakura's default expression.
- Clingy Jealous Girl - Ashakura towards Kyon.
- Crapsack World - In the extremely strange world of Nyoron Churuya-san, everyone is a complete Jerkass except for Churuya and Ashakura, who are just adorable.
- Creepy Monotone - Everyone except Churuya and Ashakura, moreso in the dub. Mikuru gains a completely deadpan, borderline masculine voice.
- Deranged Animation / Widget Series - Very much.
- Disney Acid Sequence - The dream sequence in the final episode. "Sumochi Banzai! Sumochi Banzai! Sumochi Banzai..."
- Dull Surprise / Eyes Always Shut - Everyone other than Churuya and Ashakura. Including Shamisen.
- Failure Is the Only Option - Churuya says "nyoro~n" whenever she can't get what she wants, which is all the time.
- Festival Episode
- Fun Size - Churuya and Ashakura.
- Goldfish Scooping Game - Guess whether or not she catches one.
- Gratuitous English
- "Made in Japan?"
- "Merry Christmas."
- "Hey, taxi~."
- "Google it."
- "One, two, three..."
- Honest Axe - Episode 7.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl - Kyon with Churuya and Ashakura.
- Not-So-Hostile Show Takeover - Ashakura attempts to rename Nyoron Churuya-san in the beginning of episode 8, holding up a sign saying that the new title is Sore Muri Ashakura-san.
- Image Song - Six for Churuya - two solos and four duets. D'awww~
- Keep It Foreign - The "Why?" -> "Naze?" line by Kyon to Ashakura in episode 7, a direct reference to the main series.
- Mandatory Line - Yuki, Itsuki, and Mikuru don't get enough screentime and some episodes have them say just one line. Others don't have them present at all. Even Haruhi fails to appear sometimes.
- Monochromatic Eyes - Churuya and Ashakura have solid black eyes.
- Only One Face - Literally everyone but Churuya and Ashakura have the same exact face. Even Shamisen, the cat.
- Even the Goldfish have the same face.
- Plucky Girl - Churuya.
- Portmanteau: Starting with episode 2, Churuya refers to smoked cheese as "sumochi".
- "Nyoro~n" is itself a portmanteau of canon Tsuruya's Catch Phrase, "nyoro~", and "shobon", an expression of disappointment.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter - Hokori-chan is a ridiculously cute dust-bunny.
- Rule of Cute
- Running Gag
- Hokori-chan getting sucked up by Churuya.
- Churuya finding Taniguchi or Kyon in random places.
- Kyon's "No-No" signs.
- Spear Counterpart - The dust bunny Hokori-kun. Appears to protect Hokori-chan from the vacuum, but fails.
- Stalker with a Crush - Ashakura towards Kyon.
- The Stoic - Surprisingly, not just Yuki.
- Super-Deformed - Churuya and Ashakura.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics - Hokori-chan wears pink hairbows on her Girlish Pigtails.
- Teru Teru Bozu: When Churuya notices it raining outside, she sets this on the windowsill. After it stops raining, she pats the doll on the head and tells it that it did a good job.
- Throw the Dog a Bone
- Kyon decided to give Churuya some smoked cheese for Christmas.
- Also, in one incident of the chain-yanking example, Churuya gets to see the sakura tree blossoming.
- In the final episode, Churuya invites Ashakura to have a sleepover at Kyon's house.
- Took a Level in Jerkass - The whole cast except Churuya and Ashakura. Especially jarring with Mikuru.
- Trademark Favorite Food - Churuya and smoked cheese. The whole thing got started because the creator of the yonkoma happens to like it.
- Verbal Tic - You know the one. :3 nyoro~n...
- Also the dust bunnies end their sentences with "hokori" ("dusty" in the dub).
- Yank the Dog's Chain - Poor Churuya expects to go on a trip with the SOS Brigade, but Haruhi cancels it when she's already at the place.
- Yonkoma - What the series is based on.