It’s not necessary to wax philosophical about Haruhi Suzumiya’s SOS Brigade to enjoy the clever, absurdist humor of the franchise. Yet, as the Brigade searches out the mysteries of the Universe, how could I resist joining them? Thus, in these coming weeks, I’ll be engaging with some of Koizumi’s philosophical theories from my own Thomistic tradition. How,… Read More Haruhi’s Five Ways, Way I: The Motion of Itsuki Koizumi
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” Haruhi Suzumiya, this bossy, unpredictable and overly energetic schoolgirl who wants nothing to do with normal humans or normal life, decides to celebrate a Christmas party with her insane club, the “Saving… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
For Fanime’s 25th anniversary, they managed to bring over a name that every anime fan knew back in 2007 but has since faded in popularity. Nonetheless, Aya Hirano, the voice of the heroine of the insanely popular The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, brought all the old fans out of the woodwork to attend her panel,… Read More Fanime’s Blast from the Past: Q&A with Aya Hirano
In my household this year, we’ve had so much conversation about how to really emphasize Christ in the season. As I mentioned yesterday, we do the whole Santa thing with our kids (I actually feel like I’m the only parent at my church that does!), but in spite of that, I think we keep a… Read More Kyon, Christmas, and a Humble Love
Several years ago, when I watched the Endless Eight series of episodes of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya , I jumped in without any warning. I hadn’t read anything about the arc and at the time, had no experience with the light novels. And as might can imagine, I was confused…were these episodes exactly the… Read More The Endless Eight and Glorious Infinity
In his unique style, Monsieur LaMoe discusses how karmic religions intertwine with Aquarion EVOL. I admit, he lost me before I was halfway through. I did enjoy his pronouncement of Maaya Sakamoto as an “animevangelist,” however. [Anime Diet] The author of the new Cyberpunk Otaku blog posts a bit about her religious beliefs. [Cyberpunk Otaku]… Read More Gnostic Haruhism, Buddhist Church of Madoka, and an Animevangelist
I remember when I first tried to watch the series of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. After the first episode, I dropped it like a hot potato. It just wasn’t my cup of tea and seemed too stereotypical at the time. Three years later, this year, I decided to give it another go and found… Read More The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya: Stepping outside into the cold to see the snow.