A new series of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya it ain't, but for us Haruhi fans we have to take what we can get these days. So, after a stalled start featuring a "nice boat", we finally get the four-panel manga based Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in streaming video form.
With only five minutes per episode, the focus is of course on getting laughs, and if this first episode is anything to go by in a suitably surreal fashion - This particular vignette features Kyon going to sleep, and waking up in some dream world with all of the other major characters "disguised" in various ridiculous fashions. With such simple animation, much of the core of the episode's humour is in the dialogue, and it actually worked pretty well at getting a few smiles out of me, proving to be amusing enough for my particular tastes.
Also released alongside this episode is another two minute short in the form of the first instalment of Nyoron Churuya-san - All I really have to say about this is "smoked cheese". It's random, but again it made me smile, so I can't really fault it for that.