Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu

Title:Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
長門有希ちゃんの消失 (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - Satelight
R1 License - FUNimation
SUGITA Tomokazu
Taking place in the alternate reality of the world Nagato created, everyone finds themselves in different situations. Yuki Nagato, who is not an alien but a cute, shy bookworm is desperate to keep the Literature Club alive. With the help of her best friend Ryoko Asukura, who is no longer a psychotic killer and Kyon, a very sarcastic guy who is still very sarcastic whether he's in the old world or the new one, do all they can to help Yuki. Later on in the story, Yuki meets Mikuru Asahina, a cute moe blob and Tsurya-san who is Mikuru's best friend, along with Haruhi Suzumiya who is an eccentric girl with an interest in aliens, time travelers, and espers, and Itsuki Koizumi, a "mysterious" transfer student who attends the same school as Haruhi. The seven not only hang out together, but do all they can to help Yuki have hope and also help her blossom in personality.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

16 episodes

[edit] The ↗Suzumiya Haruhi franchise:
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 7 7 6 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:3030#1552]
Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan takes the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise into more traditional high school rom-com territory that Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya played out with its events. This leads a number of the franchise's characters to have some major changes in back story and personality without the sci-fi gimmickry in play such as Kyon being less snarky, Haruhi nowhere as self-absorbed and at another school, and our titular heroine being a shy bookworm crushing on Kyon. The series mostly plays out the typical shenanigans of high school slice-of-life comedies and rom-coms that offer nothing significant to break the mold, though the several-episode arc of episodes depicting Yuki's personality change following a near-accident to that somewhat similar of her alternate self from the main franchise adds something to break it out of the conventional funk played up in its first half. As this is more slice-of-life compared to KyoAni's involvement with the two TV anime and Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the artwork to the series reflects this with its more subdued color toning and cleaner lining on characters and scenery. Still as this plays out a more conventional high school rom-com compared to what earlier iterations of the Haruhi franchise offer, I don't really see what appeal this has unless fans are drawn to alternate depictions of the characters without the franchise's sci-fi gimmickry.

Last updated Friday, November 11 2016. Created Friday, November 11 2016.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:3030#628]
(Two episodes watched):

As I watched episode one, I got a distinct feeling that this show was repeatedly reminding me of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-—the title and the names of several characters sounded familiar, for one thing. But I concluded that no, it couldn't come from the same studio, since it wasn't nearly as clever or funny and lacked a fantastic twist. Maybe the characters were parodying it? As I did my research for this review, I was surprised to learn that this is in fact a virtual sequel to MoHS—apparently this is what happens in an alternate reality created by Yuki-chan in one of the original series or the movie (or somewhere else?). But that only makes it more of a disappointment than I already felt it was; it seemed rather boring to me. Even when I knew nothing about it but the title, that title had seemed to suggest an anime which would have some novelty to it, but that didn't seem to be the case. About the only positive thing I can say about DoYc is that it wasn't fanservice-driven, like many cheap anime these days. I guess we are supposed to be familiar with the personalities of the characters already(even though they don't look all that much like their original incarnations), because little effort was made to instil them with personalities here. My impression was of a show with lame, stereotypical jokes and not much of a story to tell (nobody 'disappeared', for one thing). The only theme seems to be that Yuki wants to muster enough courage to confess to Kyon, but somehow the different character designs make it difficult for me to consider these characters to be the same people as appeared in the original series. I recall that the second MoHS TV series was a major disappointment, and fear that this one will be as well. DoYc sort of reminds me of the recent attempt to revive the Tenchi Muyo franchise, although it isn't anywhere near as egregiously bad as that show was. Disappearance is just blah, neither good nor bad. The jokes are smile jokes, not laugh ones, and the plot is completely uninteresting. Once I became aware of the link between this show and the classic one, I felt I needed to watch at least one more episode in hopes that something of interest would happens; but it didn't, the show was just plain boring. The best thing for me, I concluded, would be to go rewatch the original MoHS, not struggle through this show.

Last updated Tuesday, April 21 2015. Created Friday, April 10 2015.

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