Saturday, 7 March 2009

Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya - Episodes 7-8

It's time for another double-bill of The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya, and this series of brief web episodes really seems to be getting into the swing of offering a more Haruhi-esque experience in terms of both visuals and storylines (if you can call such short episodes stories) without losing the humour that made those first episodes pretty funny.

Episode seven sees some kind of hastily arranged SOS brigade "sports day" (or "wow, lots of girls day" according to Haruhi - She certainly knows how to market an event), which brings us a shocking, nigh-on literally world ending confession from Kyon (and Haruhi's priceless expression below), followed by perhaps the main attraction, a tug-of-Kyon in the absence of any rope for a proper tug-of-war. Mildly amusing and entertaining stuff.

Meanwhile, episode eight features a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" festival, where Haruhi makes the shocking revelation that she's decided to be nice to demons, while also featuring bean throwing and other Japanese customs that I don't really have a clue about. Mini-Ryoko also makes an appearance, getting captured and dressed up in a kimono by Nagato for Japan's Girls Day on March 3rd (a cultural reference that I do get).

Also, we finally... finally get another episode of Nyoron Churuya-san to enjoy, with episode four proving to be suitably bizarre yet hilarious. The highlight of this episode is Churuya equipping herself with a "silent mode", much like a mobile phone on vibrate. There's nothing more I can say about that, it just made me laugh. A lot.

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