This could've been near perfection, instead, it makes the viewer feel uncomfortable.
There are many, many, many things to like about Haruhi. It is well written, often creating highly amusing Sci Fi
stories out of what would seem to be mundane situations. This is greatly aided by the fact that the show has generally likeable characters, including the deadpan snarker protagonist
Kyon, the gloriously sociopathic antagonist
come main character Haruhi, and the strangely likeable Rei Ayanami Expy
that is Yuki Nagato. However, the characters also provide my primary issue with Haruhi, with the way in which Mikuru Asahina's character is handled.
I felt highly uncomfortable as a result of the unfortunate implications
the show allowed itself into here, with poor Mikuru suffering from constant molestation from Haruhi. This unfortunately detracted from my overall enjoyment of the series, and I believe would put many people off of the series altogether. Haruhi was never called out for it anywhere near as much as she should have been, and the series instead seems to act as if Haruhi forcibly removing Asahina's clothes and making her put on a Playboy Bunny
costume is sexy, something which it most certainly isn't.
This is a great shame, as I feel that everything else in the series has a broad appeal similar to that of the earlier Harry Potter
novels, although with older characters and set in an ordinary college. Of particular note is the quality of the Japanese dub, with performances standing far above that of other anime. The English dub is also laudable, however I personally find that having anyone other than Aya Hirano
playing Haruhi is just outright wrong to my ears, such is the quality of her performance.
The movie 'The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya' is highly worthy of note, and is something completely different to the TV series, focusing primarily on exceedingly well executed character development. Even if you hated the TV series, give it a try. Over the course of just under 3 hours, it beautifully tells a grand story reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life
, with the quality of the animation, the wit of the narration, and the fantastic use of music all ramped Up to Eleven
in comparison to the already startlingly high standards of the TV series. My only issues were that I felt it was too short
, and that it relied too heavily on continuity from the TV series to be accessible to newcomers.