The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 3

HARUHISUZU3What’s on the back: The SOS Brigade gets browbeaten into entering a baseball tournament to help their fearless leader stave off boredom. But Haruhi has no intention of losing…and she’s ready to pitch a fit if her team doesn’t step up to the plate!

Review: I have a love/hate relationship with Haruhi. For example, I hate the anime, but I kind of love the manga…sometimes. I got to say, volume three was probably the best the series has to offer so far. This is just such a quirky manga series. I was just constantly confused through out the whole anime, so I’m glad that the manga clears up some of the story for me.

Haruhi is extremely bored, and somehow coerce her club members (which consists of an alien, time traveler, and an esper) to join a baseball competition. Their team lack members, so Kyon’s sister and friends were recruited. Their team was probably the worse team in the competition, but that didn’t stop Haruhi from wanting to win. In fact, Koizumi warns Kyon, that if their team loses, Haruhi’s emotions would caused a close space to appear, and all hell would run loose. The team ends up winning, after some unusual powers were used. After winning one game, the team quits because Haruhi’s boredom was quench for the day.

We gets to see a little bit of slice of life this volume. Mikuru entering her first “Cute and girly clothing shop”. Haruhi being jealous that Kyon and Mikuru went shopping, so decided to go shopping herself.

The most interesting thing about this volume, is the little flash back, where Mikuru takes Kyon back to the past. He meets middle school Haruhi, and helps her make a crop circle in order to make a wish for Tanabata. At this point, Kyon’s existence is not yet known, since the present haruhi has yet to meet him. It’s kind of interesting that Kyon’s meeting with Haruhi in the past, may have caused Haruhi to be the way she is now. I like the little bit where Kyon and Mikuru slept three years in Yuki’s house in order to reach the present again.

Character development, was actually great this volume. We get to learn more about Haruhi’s past. This volume does hint that Haruhi may have a soft side. In a sense, her two wishes of the earth revolving around her, and for the earth to rotate the opposite direction has already kind of come true. Haruhi is basically like God. All these aliens, time travelers, espers are here to monitor her actions and movements because she holds the threat of destory the whole world. So in a way, the earth does revolve around her. Her other wish, is a bit more abstract. I believe that Haruhi wished that something exciting, or fun would happen. It doesn’t matter if it causes harvoc, in Haruhi’s eyes, that would be something she would enjoy. She lives for something different to happen in her life. In a sense, it’s the same thing as the earth rotating the opposite direction. Because if that happened, the climate, the whole world would be pushed into chaos. But at least something different would happen.

Art-wised, I’ve got nothing to complain. The art is kept very close to the anime and novel. The manga itself is very easy to read, but it does have a lot of moments where you go “Wtf, how did that happen,” throughout the whole series.

Final Thoughts: So the final verdict is that fans of the anime or the novels, should probably pick this manga up. But for those of you who are interested in watching the anime, I would even suggest reading this manga first, before going into the anime. The anime is probably one of the most confusing thing I’ve ever watched. The manga does an excellent job of clearing up all the questions that are created throughout the whole series. So even if you new to this Haruhi fandome business, be sure to pick up this manga for it’s quirkyness and lack of normacy.

Overall Grade: B