Haruhi has now officially entered the picture, as an unofficial member of the literature club despite being a student from a different school. While it felt a bit unnatural the way she ended up here, it is what it is.
How will Haruhi affect the tone of the show?
The episode begins with Haruhi, Asakura, and Yuki in the club room. Tsuruya and Asahina then enter the room, and Tsuruya protects Asahina from Haruhi. Tsuruya and Asakura then have a competition over who is cuter – Yuki or Asahina, by telling stories of embarrassing things the two girls do. This is where we learn that Yuki had been secretly buying ingredients to make chocolate, in anticipation of Valentines Day.
The next day, club is called off. Asakura and Yuki go to Yuki’s place in order to make chocolate for Kyon. Haruhi arrives at the school to find Kyon waiting outside, to tell her that club was cancelled. Haruhi then drags Kyon to a river, where she wades in looking for a Kappa. Kyon eventually walks over to her “to help”, and ends up catching her when she slips. They leave together afterwards.
Valentines Day then arrives and Yuki has lunch in the club room with Asakura. They then create a plan for Yuki to give her chocolates to Kyon after school, in the clubroom alone. But after school arrives, Yuki gets to the clubroom, and finds Haruhi there giving chocolates to Kyon…
Haruhi is ruining everything! How could she? On a more serious note, I was worried that Haruhi would take over the show, considering her energy… and she technically still could. But for this episode at least I was pleased to see her less than I had thought. We still got a good amount of Haruhi, more than a background or secondary character would, but Yuki was front and center when it came to the overall story.
Hopefully it stays that way.
As for the episode’s content, there were some funny moments. The competition between Asakura and Tsuruya was the funniest part of the episode, as the stories they told were pretty funny and the reactions from Yuki and Asahina were also. There was also a funny joke with Taniguchi, Kyon’s loudmouth friend, not getting any chocolate for Valentines Day.
The art style for this anime is really growing on me too. I’m enjoying it, despite the differences from the other Haruhi content. Helps with the relaxed / slice of life tone of the series.
The episode kept its relaxed tone this time around, which I really liked. A relaxed slice of life with some comedy mixed in, that’s what I’m looking for in this show. Haruhi had me worried, and still does, because she has the potential to ruin that relaxed feeling, but so far so good.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.