Thursday 5 May 2011

Book Review- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya vol 1 by Nagaru Tanigawa

Title: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (aka Haruhi)
Author:  Nagaru Tanigawa
Series: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya #1
Published: October 2008 by Yen Press
Length: 208 pages
Warnings: Fanservice, aliens, time travel etc
Other info: This has a huge fanbase, theres an anime series, theres also a set of novels behind it. This is actually one of Katy’s reviews that I said I’d post for her, but forgot.
Summary from Goodreads : Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn't know it!
Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her.
Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers.
Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.
Review:   A unique story about a boy (Kyon) who finds out that the girl (Haruhi) who sits near him in class not only is not only eccentric, but 'God' as well. To make matters worse, Haruhi doesn't know what powers she holds and unconsciously destroys the world during her bad moods. But there is hope for Kyon as ESPs, time-travelers and aliens have come to investigate Haruhi to try and solve their various problems (but then again, perhaps there isn't with the help he gets from them). The characters look younger than they are (they are 15-16 and they look 10 years old) which is a little bit off putting. However the author makes up for this by giving each character contrasting personalities and special powers (apart from Kyon, who has nothing). The SOS brigade are constantly taking part in different activities and cultural festivities that are unique to Japan which makes it engaging (and makes me jealous. I want a golden week too! XD) . Some panels are in the 'not-suggestive-but-something-like-it' category.
Overall:  Strength 4 tea for the reasons above.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds hilarious! I must read more Manga books, I used to be obsessed with it.


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