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Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya-Chan Vol. #05 Manga Review

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Time for more zany adventures into a realm that may-or may not- boarder on the fine edge between genius and madness.

Creative Staff
Story: Nagaru Tanigawa
Art: Puyo
Translation/Adaptation: Paul Starr

What They Say
Say Haruhiiiiiii!
As if he doesn’t have enough to deal with during the day, Kyon’s dreams are becoming a regular haunt for his SOS friends! Once again, lucky(?) omens hawk, eggplant, and Mount Fuji (played respectively by Tsuruya, Nagato, and Koizumi) make an appearance, but their promises of fortune never seems to play out for Kyon. All he ever gets is more of Haruhi-chan’s antics!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

Return (or arrive for the first time) to the realm of the lucky New Year’s dream where Kyon is again visited by the visages of his fell club members- but does the fact that they appear as the fabled luckiest dream elements cancel out the luck factor? What trouble will the future hold when the dream Haruhi decides that it is time to start grilling…and while we are on the subject, just where has dream Mikuru the sheep vanished off to. Wait, it couldn’t be….

But not all is about Haruhi and Kyon and the time the two spend together even in his dreams as Achakura-san and Kimidori-san have to accept that they are no match for their intense rival, the neighborhood cat despite their fervent desire to defeat him. When all seems lost the appearance of a savior will arrive and the pair will find they have located a master to teach them the ways of defeating cats. As to the identity of that master, well let’s just say Kyon knows her fairly well and she is young enough to accept the rather slipshod lies the oddity of this pair she will be mentoring give for their appearances.

Now how much would you pay for such a book? Just wait, that isn’t all as inside its pages one will also discover acts of cosplay, cross dressing, swimsuits with name tags as well as the special appearance of future Mikuru. The tales don’t end here either as reality itself may be in jeopardy when Haruhi’s most character defining item is stolen and the cast is forced to try to come up with a new image for her that will save them all. But perhaps the biggest danger of all will present itself not to Kyon but to Koizumi as he may find himself completely replaced by a stand in. In any case, the world of Haruhi Suzumiya is one where logic is what she wishes it to be and even that rule may be bent more than normal in this spin off series.

It is kind of hard to really give a new description for this book when it falls into some of the same paths of outrageous and unexpected twists on the characters as the previous ones in the series. Those familiar with the series know that the author of this work grabs the original series’ materials by the horns and proceeds to shake it every which way they can like some colorful piñata filled with delicious story elements that can be pried loose and made into a sweet and laugh filled treat. To this end what one gets here are another collection of 4 Koma (~ish at times) stories to tickle the funny bone of both the hard core Haruhi fan as well as those who have a more casual acquaintance with the series and which are written well enough that they can brighten even some of the more dreary moods one may have.

In Summary
The Adventures of Haruhi-Chan blast into full gear once again and this time they add Kyon’s sister to their ranks. Whether one wants to see cats being fought, cosplay being worn, future Mikuru trying (and mostly failing) to confront her fear of Nagato or just what the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya might have looked like if the cast had been super deformed this book has something for you. It definitely is a fun little pick me up that franchise fans would be remiss to not give a look at to see if it can’t bring a smile to their face.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: March 31st, 2010
MSRP: $10.99

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