Title: The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
Author: Nagaru Tanigawa
Release Date: January 19, 2021
Publisher: Yen Press
The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is the second novel in the series, following right after The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Now that Kyon knows the truth about his colleagues in the SOS Brigade and how they all feel, Haruhi becomes a special entity.
Though some people would likely find that fun in his place, Kyon’s position is fear and wishing for normalcy. He wants no part with Haruhi’s troublesome antics, which have already been a source of big messes and things that have almost killed him. The previous book has already shown how dangerous her subconscious powers can be. So it’s easy to understand why Kyon can be harsh in the book.
Six months after Melancholy, the club’s establishment has already led to some phenomena. Despite these events, Haruhi still thinks of herself as an ordinary high schooler and craves some fun and action. However, it isn’t as if she has a good plan as to what to do, keeping the SOS Brigade as an unfocused group that seems to serve only for Haruhi’s self-satisfaction and isn’t even officially recognized by the school.
Now, the school festivals are coming, an excellent staple for many Japanese series that takes place in high school. The athletic one is just a quick sample of Haruhi’s and Nagato’s skills as the SOS Brigade becomes involved due to one of its boss figure’s whims. However, the cultural festival is the big focus of the volume.
As those who watched the anime will remember, Haruhi decides to make an indie film. Without planning, it’s out of one of her usual whims and completely endorsed by her crazy antics of wanting to meet ghosts, aliens, espers, time-travelers, and whatnot. The result is messy, to say the least.
Throughout the volume, Kyon, Asahina, Nagato, and Koizumi are dragged into various situations to make a movie that Haruhi finds entertaining. However, the girl doesn’t even have a plan of what it should be. No scripts, not even an outline of what it should be. They’re just following her whims.
But it couldn’t have been only that. Even though the story starts simple, Haruhi’s powers make everything a lot more complicated. With them at play, expect the small whims to have dire repercussions that could change reality forever if the group isn’t careful.
Even though Haruhi can still discern between reality and fantasy, the girl’s subconsciously mixing fiction and reality up leads to multiple circumstances that only give the SOS Brigade even more trouble.
As the story evolves, it’s interesting to notice Kyon’s evolution, though. He complains a lot during the whole volume, but it’s easy to notice how his perspective has been slightly changing. The guy isn’t a reliable narrator, with his bias open for any reader to see and criticize, which is an interesting aspect of the novel.
Overall, The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya feels a little simpler than the previous volume but still shows entirely how engaging its narrative can be. Even though it comes off a little stagnated in the plot points already presented in Melancholy, it’s fun to see Haruhi’s whims impacting reality as the SOS Brigade members try to overcome problems together.
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