As I’m sure most of our longer term readers already know, I’m not much of one for reading manga or light novels. I dabbled in manga back in high school, but up until a few weeks ago I had never read a light novel. Maybe it has to do with the format or maybe I’m just a snob (it’s probably the latter haha), but I really disliked the experience. I started my foray out with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. This review is based on the first two light novels, I didn’t make it past those, but I think I at least gave the series a good shot.
I know this is supposed to be a great story and it’s classic and everyone loves it, but not this girl. Maybe my experience with manga and anime is just too similar to my experience with reading novels. I also tend to dislike the classics in that medium as well. However, for this one I think I can very clearly pinpoint why I hated the light novels and the series in general.
Good god (no pun intended) I don’t think I’ve ever hated a character quite as much as I hated Haruhi Suzumiya. Was she supposed to be funny? Entertaining? I don’t even know. What the hell was her appeal supposed to be? Do guys really like deranged, psychotic girls operating under the guise of quirky impetuousness? In that case give me a moment to go dye my hair green and force my next-door neighbor to dress up as horse so I can harness her to my chair and force her to drag me up and down the hallway. I’m sure I’ll have all the boys flocking to me in no time.
I have disliked, even detested many anime characters in my time, but this is the first time one has ever made my teeth clench and toes curl every time she did or said something. Never before have I wanted to punch a book so hard. The concept was interesting and the other characters were fine! It was just this Haruhi psychopath that ruined the entire thing for me. There’s no way in Hell that I’m the only one who feels this way. Surely some of the rest of you must have seethed in rage to watch her get away with crap under the ruse of her ‘being a god’. Bullshit. I call total and complete bullshit. The character reminds me of this fantastic webcomic by Hyperbole and a Half about how the author thought she was a god when she put on a dinosaur costume and used it as an excuse to do whatever the fuck she wanted.
The difference? The author was FOUR. Haruhi is not four and even if she was I’m still not sure that some of her behavior would be acceptable. On that note, I would be very much indebted to anyone who would kindly explain to me why these light novels/anime/manga are so popular when they contain such an odious character!
Seriously though, whether you care about my post or not you should read the webcomic. It is brilliant haha.