Listening to: Furefure Mirai – Hokkō Bungei-bu Onagokai (The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan OP)
This review is free of major spoilers, in the interests of being helpful to those who are considering watching the show in question.
“This is the story of a somewhat shy, bookish girl.”
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (hereafter referred to as “Nagato” for the sake of convenience) is the latest spin-off of the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which I’ll call “Melancholy,” and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, which I’ll call “Disappearance,” are the other two animated features). As far as the franchise goes, it’s a bit of an oddball–rather ironic, seeing as it’s the only installment of the animated canon that doesn’t center around aliens, time travelers, espers, and other supernatural elements. This review is somewhat late in coming–the original airing finished in mid-July, but as a fan of Crispin Freeman and Michelle Ruff, I waited for the dub to complete before my viewing.
In contrast to its predecessors, Nagato is mainly a slice-of-life romantic comedy, focusing around the members of the North High Literary Club. Yuki Nagato, the heroine and president of the Literary Club, has a crush on her best friend Kyon, but is too shy to admit it. Matters between them are further complicated when Haruhi Suzumiya, an energetic and rather domineering student from East High, decides to appoint herself to the Literary Club as well.
Throughout the series, the Literary Club embarks on a series of adventures, from a Christmas party to a vacation in the mountains. As time goes on, Yuki begins to examine her feelings for Kyon more and more, and their friends take notice of it as well. Continue reading