Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu: Episode 3 (#2)

You know what this blog needs? More Haruhi.
And that’s why I’m here with another episode of my rewatch through The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, an absolute anime classic that I’ve managed to forget many details about over the years since I first watched it.

I realized after posting that my last post was actually of episode 2, not 1. Episode 1 is apparently just titled “Episode 0”, but in reality it’s episode 1, which confused me at first, but now we’re back on track with the episode numbers. No more confusion from here on out, hopefully.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Bullying Kyon Edition

Brief Synopsis

With the SOS Brigade a semi-official club (still lacking a 5th member), Haruhi decides that she wants a computer for the clubroom. So, Haruhi grabs Kyon (literally), and brings him and Mikuru to the computer club to procure a computer. When the computer club president refuses to donate a computer to Haruhi, she proceeds to frame him as sexually harassing Mikuru by pushing him onto her and taking pictures. He concedes, and Haruhi gets her computer.

Haruhi then tells Kyon to make a website, because “it’s not possible to be an active club without one”. She then moves on to the next phase of her plans. Haruhi gets two bunny girl outfits and forces Mikuru to wear one with her – they proceed to hand out fliers at the school’s front gate but then get caught by some teachers. Finally, Yuki gave Kyon a book, which had a bookmark hidden within instructing him to meet her in a park at 7pm. Kyon follows Yuki to her apartment where she proceeds to tell him that she is an alien.

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Forgotten Moments

The Computer Procurement

I had forgotten how sinister Haruhi was in getting that computer. I remembered that the club had one, but for some reason I failed to remember how they got it, until now. Haruhi really hates when she doesn’t get her way, it’s pretty amazing the lengths she will go to in order to get what she wants. It’s also a bit concerning, considering the computer Haruhi took was the computer club’s newest computer, either purchased with club funds, or the club president’s own money. Maybe a combination of both. Either way, Haruhi really is quite the thief here!

Other than this, the rest of the episode was memorable enough that I hadn’t forgotten it. Who could forget about those bunny girl outfits, or Yuki being an alien?

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Favourite Moments

Thirsty Kyon

You know, sometimes its the simple gags that get me. In this case, it’s Yuki not being able to read the situation, socially. After Yuki takes Kyon to her apartment – they sit down and she pours him some tea. So he drinks it, saying it’s good. She fills his cup again, so he drinks it. She then fills up his cup for a third time, so he uncomfortably drinks that as well.

It’s like this type of conversation:

Person A – Hello, how are you?
Person B – I’m good, you?
Person A – Good, you?

Or when you say “thanks you too” to a waiter / waitress after they tell you to enjoy your meal.

I just love how this scene plays out like an awkward social interaction.

Haruhi Locks the Door

Just as Kyon finishes assuring Mikuru that he will protect her from future sexual harassment, Haruhi enters the clubroom and proceeds to lock the door, causing a very distressed look from both Kyon and Mikuru. Short but very funny little moment. It’s also funny how Kyon’s words fall flat just moments after, as Mikuru is forced to wear a bunny girl outfit and he fails to protect her.

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Other Thoughts

Yuki’s Apartment

I noticed that the colour style in Yuki’s apartment is different, like the contrast is different, creating a dark and weird environment. If I remember correctly, her apartment specifically is usually like this? Either way, it’s an interesting choice and gives her apartment a different feel, which is pretty neat.

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In Conclusion…

I feel like this episode would have caused outrage on social media if it were released today, given the reaction people had to the first episode of Shield Hero (which I still haven’t seen, but I know about the outrage part…). So I guess it’s good that it came out when it did. Personally I loved the episode, lot of fun moments, and we got to see a more more sinister side of Haruhi.

Until next time!
Thanks for reading.


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2 thoughts on “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu: Episode 3 (#2)

  1. The episode numbering is so whack with this series since there’s like five different ways to watch it, but I think that officially The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina is episode 0, and then Melancholy starts as episode 1. I know that on the DVD release they put TAOMA first as basically a prologue and then the rest of the episodes were chronological after that, but I don’t know if they kept that order for the later Blu-Ray reissues. I still have my old Bandai DVDs so the only thing I re-purchased when the Blu-Rays came out was Disappearance. My Disappearance DVD was a discarded library copy I bought used that was prone to skipping in a couple of places. It was better than nothing when the movie was out of print, but I was happy to upgrade that.

    Anyway, I think this is one of the biggest make-or-break episodes for whether or not people stick with this series, since it’s basically Haruhi at her worst (only Sigh can really compete with it as far as her abusive/bullying side goes), and it’s tough to watch. Even I skip this episode sometimes on rewatches if I’m not in the mood for it, so I never blamed anyone back in the day who sat through this and went “Nope, no thank you.”

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    1. That’s what I thought, but from what I’ve seen the official TV broadcast order has The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00 as episode 1. They really messed things up with how they did it haha.

      Yeah I can see how some people may be turned off from Haruhi and her treatment of Mikuru. I’m not too keen on it myself, but I also realize that anime back then did this sort of thing way more often too.

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