Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Meloncholy of Furukawa Nagisa - Prologue

While watching some videos regarding Suzumiya Haruhi's Endless Eight, a striking parallel tickled my brain. As a laid back male protagonist (who holds the story's point of view) is surrounded by a group of loli-like high school girls with varying personalities, I can't help but think of another highly successful series called Clannad.

To perform a thorough and accurate comparison, I've decided to re-watch both series. As you may know, both have 2 seasons. To make matters worse, the order in which you watch Season 1 of Suzumiya Haruhi is crucial to how you interpret the story.

Process in depth:

  • Watch Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu in broadcast order and chronological order at the same time
  • Watch the new season of Suzumiya Haruhi (and the annoying endless eight) and compare it with the old season
  • Watch Clannad
  • Watch Clannad After Story
  • Publish process notes in a logical fashion

Now at the surface both series seem different enough. However, as I started watching Season 1 of SHNY, I was able to spot some not so obvious parallels between itself and Clannad.

Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu Intro Notes

  • Was named the most popular series of 2006 by Newtype magazine
  • Won the Animation Kobe Award for TV Feature in 2006
  • Originates from Light Novels
  • Manga has 4 adaptations while the anime has 2 seasons

Suzumiya Huruhi Group picture

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu group picture

Clannad Intro Notes

  • Ranked 1st in Bishojo Games in the October 2007 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine
  • Originates from a Visual Novel (interactive graphic fiction)
  • Has four manga adaptations and 2 anime seasons
Clannad group picture

Clannad group picture

Now that we have gotten our feet wet with a brief overview of both series' popularity and accomplishments, we'll look at each series in depth.

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