Sometimes I wonder why Haruhi chose the people she chose as her "friends." As far as her directorial debut goes, I have some empathy for her. Her lead actress can barely get dressed on her own, her main villain is about as emotive as a coffee table, her do-everything camera man is a grumpy naysayer and Koizumi is well… Koizumi.
Haruhi wielding two guns is pretty damn hot. The pigeon scene and the subsequent escape scene had a slapstick style to it that TMOHS hasn’t had too much of. I actually got a good laugh out of it. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why Haruhi didn’t go down the director/actor route. Her and Koizumi are the only ones I’d trust have any acting skills.
To be honest, the Kyon stock exchanged has really collapsed since the first season, and he’s been pissing me off during this arc (not to mention his complete FAIL during E8). So maybe Haruhi putting Mikuru in a headlock and bopping her on the head was wrong, but I really didn’t like Kyon manhandling Haruhi to get her off of Mikuru. That’s not all though. It seems like Kyon’s been a lot more negative and aggressive against Haruhi than I remember from the first season. I also feel like Tomokazu Sugita’s performance has had a bit of a harder edge too. Maybe my memory of the first season is a bit hazy, but I just don’t remember Kyon being so overwhelmingly anti-Haruhi. It really makes you wonder why Kyon continues to follow Haruhi’s bidding… Which is admittedly a real nice dovetail into the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya – an arc I hope gets animated sometime in the very near future with minimal trolling.
Finally, we get to the weird stuff when Mikuru actually shoots a photon beam from her eye. The highlight of this episode was Nagato tackling Mikuru, and I loved hearing what I’m going to call Nagato’s theme song when she, Koizumi and Kyon are talking about what happened. Hearing that song brought back some good memories. Again, thank goodness for Koizumi. Between Kyon’s blockheadedness, and Nagato’s one word answers, I wonder how any of them would communicate any of the strange Haruhi-related activities without Koizumi-kun. Season 2 – Kyon stock way down, Koizumi stock way up.
It’s a shame they didn’t animate the Nagato x Mikuru bite scene, but I suppose megas-Tsuruya-san glomping Mikuru in all her fang-tan glory is an adequate replacement scene. If I remember correctly, I’m looking forward to seeing Shamisen get in on the Mikuru Beam action next week.