12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 9: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya


If I were to list off my strongest memories, some of them would be moments of happiness and joy. Some would be moments of pain and sorrow. All of them would bemoments when someone else was there for me. They would be moments of friendship, fellowship, love, and unity. What could possibly fit better?

I love The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.  The story is okay, the animation is pretty, and overall  it is enjoyable, but what really hits home is something else. Something that words fail to adequately describe. It is the moment when your heart beats in tune with another. A rhythmic relationship that creates a harmonious melody. Then the song ends and you find yourself alone. Not sure what has changed. Unsure of what went wrong. The ache and longing persist. And you feel your heart start to grow cold. In desperation, you try to relive the lose. You search, but nothing matches up. Nothing fits like that moment did. And we shrink into the wallpaper and pray someone sees us. Then, like a rain drop in a famine, a glimmer of hope appears. We are so desperate that we chase after, with our minds saying it is no use. Our hope fades, and then another appears. We chase after. Then another, and another. And next time we look up we see a couple, andthen many, and then a multitude, and a rain drop becomes a lake and then an ocean. We open up our hearts to the hope we lost and the joy that has been misplaced. Our dessert turns into our dream. We are reluctant to open up. We fear more hurt. Yet, we are so in need that our fears are overwhelmed. We find that we have faith we didn’t know of. We learn that we can still stand. We find out that we weren’t ever alone.

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“Haruhi is…Haruhi.” Kyon goes on a journey to find Haruhi. Not just Haruhi, but all of the mysterious SOS Brigade. He is given the option to continue in a normal life, without Haruhi. He is given a chance to make everything crazy again. Can you guess what he chooses? There is something about the state of normalcy, that appears to thrive in apparent chaos. Like an adventure within safe confines, we chase our desires from our seats. We look to money, fictional greatness, human approval, and many other things that really don’t matter. My favorite thing about christmas is the fact, that for once in the year there is at least some focus on what is really important. Relationship. The most powerful force in a persons life is not nature, or chance, or fear. It is something greater. Something timeless.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

God is timeless, but also the perfect example of relationship. A God who is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Who created the entire human race for fellowship. The God who gave up everything, came to earth, died, and rose again to restore our relationship with himself for all eternity. A powerful love.

I can’t say for sure and I might just be crazy here, but I believe that Kyon is just like us. A character who thinks he’s plain. Complaining about where were at, while at the same time believing we are going to miss it. To busy yelling medokusai, we miss the beauty in front of us. To lost in our own affliction, we forget to share our affection. To busy dreaming, we loose our chance to change things. To busy surviving, we miss out on thriving. But Kyon received a It’s a Wonderful Life moment. I am a bit jealous to say the least, but I have decided, that I am really going to try to treasure this next few weeks. Next year, I will probably be half way around the world. And I am going to miss this. Will you?

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