The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Episodes 11-14 (Broadcast Order): The Bittersweet Ending

That's right Taniguchi and Kunikida, Tsuruya-san is better than Mikuru.

That’s right Taniguchi and Kunikida, Tsuruya-san is better than Mikuru.

It’s now on to the final part of this strange journey into what was at the time of airing one of my favorite shows of all time. The second season put a bit of a dent into it, but the memories of the feelings caused by something linger longer than the actual events themselves. Or something along those lines anyway. This last set of episodes includes two filler episodes where Yuki does awesome stuff and the concert scene that was the greatest in anime until White Album 2 was a thing before the final two episodes of the main story. And ponytails. So on with the show.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Episodes 6-10 (Broadcast Order): The Middle Part No One Remembers Until The End

Free was always destined to be made.

Free was always destined to be made.

It’s back to watching the same old show as last time in weird order. The first segment wasn’t good enough to get a comment, so I will try to do better next time. Maybe I have to trash characters for no reason and wait three years for anyone to care. As alluded to in the title, this is the middle portion of the original series run which only covers one episode of the main story and is otherwise just filler with random plot points thrown in.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Episodes 1-5 (Broadcast Order): Remembering a Different Kyoto Animation

So I haven’t died or fallen off the face of the Earth in maintaining this blog, though the reason for my long absence and reduced posting this year has been related to death itself. So to pass some time, I went back and watched an old DVD copy of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi in the original broadcast order because that’s how I remember it best. The reason I picked this and not any of my other favorite series is because I’ve been catching up on The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki, and it’s already in the discussion of what Satelight’s 2nd best anime is since nothing will ever match White Album 2.

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The DVD Collection Part 8: Neon Genesis Evangelion (Marathon Rewatch Live Blog)

Series Aired: October 3, 1995 to March 27, 1996

Why this Format? I thought it would be an interesting thing to try doing a live blog rewatch. In addition, I recently had a bit of surgery done, and really have nothing particularly going on for the next several days. I could have theoretically done some more LoGH posts in this time, but I think I’m a particular creature of habit. I’ll try to update this entry as I think of stuff throughout this marathon this. So if anyone out there actually stumbles across this in the next 10 hours or so feel free to post comments or send an e-mail.

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The DVD Collection Part 1: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

nausicaaI’ve decided to do this DVD collection thing in chronological order of production. Series will run continuously as swaping discs constantly would just be annoying.

Premiere Date: March 11, 1984

What I would have been doing then: I was seven months old and I was probably crapping all over the place and being anti-social to my peers.

First Watched: October 2004

DVD Purchased: September 2007 along with The Last King of Scotland at a Best Buy.

Thoughts: Representing the only pre-bubble piece in my anime collection, it’s pretty much impossible to say this represents what things were like before massive budget movies.

Overall, it’s a fairly solid movie that many people consider a classic. That said, there are probably a few people out there who don’t like the in-your-face environmentalism presented throughout, but I’d rather have that approach than a post-apocalyptic tale composed entirely of calming effects and the passage of time.

So in all, we have an excellent story, a female lead that is neither annoying or overtly sexualized, and something that is not really commercialized at all. What the hell happened after 1984?

Part 2: More post-apocalyptic 80s cinema, Kanye West references and bidding for the Summer Olympics.