Suzumiya Haruhi-chan – 05 & 06
Computer club challenges the SOS-dan to another video game – dodgeball – which somehow turns into a game of real dodgeball. Haruhi’s kamisama-ness takes over and everybody goes into seed break mode, but was there really any doubt who would win? A worthy successor to the baseball episode.
Mikuru tries to regain her dominance as SOS-dan cosplay queen, Nagato comes to a heartfelt ending in her eroge, and we spend a night with akachan Achakura and her psychologically abusive guardian Nagato.
A double release of Haruhi-chan today, but where’s Churuya-san! Ah well, Haruhi-chan has really picked up, and even the animation is at an appropriate level now. Haruhi makes some more Konata faces as she accepts the computer club’s offer of a… kappa skeleton (?), and the match doesn’t disappoint!
What’s really great about these episodes is that the characters retain their original personalities (for the most part), but those things that they are really defined by are turned up about twenty notches, and the author just runs with it. Then again, Kyon is almost exactly the same character (multiply 0 by 20 and you still get 0), and Haruhi was already so over-the-top that it’s hard to get any more extreme than she already was. Perhaps that’s what makes Haruhi-chan so fun – the focus on the other characters that didn’t get enough love in the main series – Mikuru the jealous cosplayer, Nagato the caring otaku, and Achakura the independent but hopelessly needy pet/baby… genius. I wonder what Achakura is going to be next?