DVD Review: The Melancholy Of Haruhi-Chan Suzimiya & Nyoron! Churuya-san Collection 2
A comical spin-off of epic proportions!
The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya:
In these animated short episodes, based on the comical spin-off manga, the characters are presented in cute little versions of themselves and focus each of their unique quirks. Haruhi is even more outrageous with her twisted understanding of Valentine’s Day and Halloween, Mikuru is just as clueless as ever and Yuki is an ero-game addict.
Haruhi, the main character of the story, is charming and funny. In most episodes, she tries to do many things with 100% confidence but she succeeds in nothing. Even after making a few mistakes, she does not seem to care at all. Her character is tough and sometimes aggressive towards Kyon, Haruhi’s closest male friend (probably her sweet heart, but not shown clearly). Haruhi and Kyon’s combination is like salt and pepper. They influence each other and mix very well together. The relationship shows the classic comedy style from Japan, Boke and Tsukkomi. Boke is the one who says or does something very silly and Tsukkomi always points that out and gives lots of comments to Boke. Haruhi is mostly Boke and Kyon is Tsukkomi who reacts to Haruhi’s silly stuff. Kyon is appropricate as Tsukkomi because he is very calm and realistic. Haruhi can become Tsukkomi as well to other characters, but she is, most of the time, too enthusiastic about things around her. Being with Kyon makes Haruhi behave very naturally and freely and that makes the story funny and light hearted.
There are many attractive characters in the story. Among all the characters, the most recommended one to pay attention to is Mr.Kimidori, the yellow-green-dog- looking creature made of a balloon. He or It (not sure how to refer to the creature) appears in several episodes and every time it takes action, it is very funny. The reason is simple. Mr.Kimidori is originally a balloon, but he is so much like a human and talks like a middle aged man. The name is Mr.Kimidori and the meaning is Mr. Yellow Green, which is such an obvious fact. Stating the obvious is always funny and Haruhi’s story tends to do that in most episodes. The characters give lots of realistic and pragmatic comments to each other and its communication between them is the key of Haruhi chan’s story.
Another character to pay attention to is a little girl called Achakura. She appears in Mr. Kimidori’s episodes and she can be the most honest and cutest character in the story. She is always played by Mr. Kimidori and Yuki, a cool girl who never changes the tone of her voice. Yuki can be harsh on Achakura sometimes, but it is exactly the same logic as a school boy who bullies the one he fancies. Yuki actually enjoys playing with Achakura but she does not want to show it, which is cute as well.
There comical shorts were originally a fan drawn 4-panel parody manga and due to its underground success, chosen to be animated. Follow the whimsical adventures of Churuya-san (based on the character, Tsuruya-san) on her quest for her favourite food, smoked cheese.
The second half of the DVD is also a comedy with lots of repeats of the word, ‘Nyoro-n’. It is such an addictive and catchy word, and no doubt most people will copy it after watching it. ‘Nyoro-n’. It has no meaning, but it creates an atmosphere to make people’s mind relaxed.
The female characters from Haruhi’s story are all cute in lots of ways and funny at the same time. The male characters are also adorable as they are always realistic and try to get female characters to calm down by being calm themselves, which can happen in real life. The contrast of the sophisticated faces of great manga drawing and the black Japanese sense of humour shows the uniqueness of its story and that gained the popularity in Japan and worldwide. The image of manga can be betrayed in a good way like Haruhi’s work and that is what people call as an evolution of the manga industry.
Running time: 69 mins.
Released on 31st October 2011 by Manga Entertainment
Alika Mochida is an Enka (Japanese blues) singer. She started singing Enka at the age of three. She studied drama in Cambrige and contemporary music in London and began working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed at many occasions such as WOMAD 2010, HYPER JAPAN, and Japan Matsuri 2009 & 2010.