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The ANIME Situation in Japan Today 6/13


So I guess you’ve had enough of the facts and desktheories of anime, and a whole lot of you want to know what’s hot here or what kind of projects and works are coming up, right? Sorry it took long, but here it is!!

I know many of the Japanese anime and manga works have traveled abroad and have been shared with a fairly large population around the world, so I won’t go into that direction. Instead, I would like to introduce to you a “unique” piece which is gradually starting to catch attention here in Japan today.

The one I want to tell you about is an anime called Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu (literal translation: TheMelancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) especially popular among the Internet viewers. Well this one, how should I put it… I’ll just have to say that it’s the launcher’s complete success, and I’ll write more about what I mean by this.

This is a story taking place in a high school in Japan, with the main character Suzumiya Haruhi and her “SOS-dan (Sekai wo Ooini moriageru tameno
uzumiya Haruhi no tame no dan: an organization for Suzumiya Haruhi to boost the world alight)” established with the sole purpose of letting Haruhi find and have fun with aliens, future people and people with supernatural powers. It started this past April. If you are interested in having a look, you’ll probably find it on YouTube quite easily.

Anyway, what is interesting about this anime besides its storyline is the way it spread among people. The way it made its way could become the mainstream anime marketing in Japan, so although this is getting “facty” again you might want to read along.

TheMelancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya


  1. About the anime Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu

    There is an original story to this anime. Nevertheless, the original is not a manga (comic) like in most anime cases but a popular novel (there is also a manga version available now). The broadcaster for this anime was by no means a major one, and even within Japan very few people had access to this anime.

    What this means is that this work, although with great support from very few fans in number, was not at all treated as one of the royal road animes like NARUTO and ONE PIECE. The original novel despite the fact that it is said to have sold quite well, was still a minor one published in the genre of teenager’s novel. Unlike other well-known animes, its commercial was never aired on major channels and it never occurred that it happened to be on TV while you just kind of had it turned on.

    To put it the other way, it might have been that because it was not a major broadcaster the production side had less restriction imposed by the broadcaster.

  2. The Depth of the First Chapter

    The anime of Haruhi started with an unusual “anime original” also “fillers”. With absolutely no introduction and no explanation of the characters and background, it started out with a filler titled as “#0”. Fillers are usually stories that “fill in” original chapters whether to give some entertainment or simply to buy time, and thus the scripts are original to the anime. However, despite it was a filler the content of the filler was not exactly anime. It was a surprisingly precise re-creation of an access film made inside the novel Haruhi. This set fire on the hearts of original novel fans.

    In other words, the fans who knew what it was all about must have had a sense of superiority watching the first story on air. And this sense of superiority spreads across the web through threads in various forums and comments in a number of blogs such as, “Well, I knew it cuz I read the novel…” so on so forth.


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