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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Revisited

Since we’re having The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on air this season, I think it will be good if someone writes about why the very name of ‘Haruhi Suzumiya’ is so big in the ACGN World. It was no doubt a sensation when it came out in mid-2000s, causing quite a cultural stir that very few other anime managed to cause before. A good one could explain to the newer viewers why this anime was such a sensation, from the legendary live band performance, the episodes being broadcast in no particular order, the experimental approach, the never-ending Summer, the ED dance, and how Haruhi popularized the trend of adapting light novels into anime.

  • A word to the wise: tread carefully here because it's pretty close to sacred ground to some people. I have one article on the topic, one that dealt with a lesser aspect of the show, and I got absolutely blasted away by an avid fan on reddit. On the flip-side, reddit is probably a really good place for information. As for why it's so popular, I have no clue. Something about cross-media interaction, but that kind of stuff is probably best left to the people at /rHaruhi. Best of luck! – Austin 6 years ago
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  • I would love to see more written about Haruhi Suzumiya. There are so many interesting rhetorical choices in the show that it could be interesting to tackle them one at a time and try to discern the purpose behind each. It's a fairly unique show in a number of ways, and that it was very deliberate. Maybe this isn't what you were going for, but I would love to see a the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya analysed from a rhetorical and literary point of view. – OddballGentleman 5 years ago
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