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The Endless Eight Revisions of Haruhi Suzumiya

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So I just finished watching the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I can see why so many people consider it so good and also why I brushed it off. I read the translated light novel of the first volume when I was younger and while I thought it was interesting it didn’t really blow me away. Even to this day, I don't remember much about it other than Kyon and Haruhi running away from the giant monster. Needless to say, I wasn’t that impressed. But now that I’ve watched the anime, I kind of realized why it was so big. It was meta, it was experimental, and most of all it was stubborn. It didn’t really care that its story wasn’t original, or that its main character was just a few steps above a manic pixie dream girl. No, this anime was all about delivery and that’s what makes it great. There are two arcs? episodes? that really show the craft of the show, the first being The Endless Eight arc and second, The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina. Putting aside Asahina for now, let me talk about the …