“People’s feelings aren’t something you can sort out so easily, either”
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu, is the alternate story focusing around Nagato Yuki from Haruhi. With the same mix of characters with slightly different but yet very similar portrayals and personalities of those same characters, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu is a great anime built on character development and relationships.
We follow Nagato Yuki as she comes to terms with her feelings for one, Kyon (no surname?). However the madness and comedy starts when Haruhi is introduced, as the Literature club gets dragged along with her easy going adventurous lifestyle. We see many different actions between Yuki and Kyon, with Asakura mainly playing the support role to give Yuki that little extra push. But as always with character interactions, misunderstandings arise as people aren’t able to get the point across the right way, or people don’t perceive it in the correct way. The show does a great job in developing those hurdles and jumping over them.
However, this show isn’t entirely about comedy with a mix of drama added into the story line, it quickly shifts towards the feelings between Kyon and a “disappearing” Nagato Yuki. This drama is key within the story and character development, and it was introduced at a nice time leading towards the end of the show.
Haruhi Best Girl!
OP/ED: The OP/ED really suited the theme or direction of the show, with an OP that was fun and energetic and a ED that was more soft and mellow. I believe Satelight did a great job in terms of animating this sequence and how it played out along with the story line.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu Was it Good?
This anime is an extension of the already existing Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu taking on a different “route” within the story. Overall this anime was one that I could watch happily with nothing much to worry about, with a comedic background and a shift to drama, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu does very well for itself.
Recommendations: With all ridiculousness aside, this anime provided quite a demonstration in character development. With the ridiculous though, I recommend the following:
- Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (both 2006 and 2009 versions if you haven’t watched them)