The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
is a very different anime from the get go what with it being broadcasted in the wrong order.
I felt I was piecing together a puzzle which I really quite enjoyed (although I do feel the first episode is a bit to cringe worthy especially when you don't really know what going on! I'd suggest if it put you off like it did me come back to it at the end).
I felt the story itself suffered an identity crisis because it kept swapping between comedic everyday school life to science fiction drama. Although the science fiction episodes aren't bad I do not think they stand up as well as the comedy ones. Plus the whole idea of Haruhi
being a bored Goddess was great and all but I do not think they really pushed the idea to the limit and just when they do (and the Science Fiction part starts to finally come together) the series ends!
The characters are good all in all even if we seem to learn very little about them apart from a few exceptions. So saying that this could be a plot device so we only feel we can relate and sympathize with Kyon
as he is the only 'normal' member of the SOS Brigade
. Thats not to say the characters weren't like able however. They are all stereotypes to a certain extent but then again they all have something special about them (apart from Kyon of course). This is all part of the series unique brand of humor that is genuinely funny from the get go (especally Kyon's reactions to all of Haruhi's eccentric ideas)
What I found most interesting was Kyon and Haruhi's relationship with one another and I was disappointed when this as well wasn't well fleshed out. They leave us clues to what could've existed between them but apart from that nothing.
The musical score was great and what you would expect from the guys who brought us Angel Beats!
With a very memorable opening and ending (with dances to fit) that I was left humming ages after the series had finished.
The animation is of just as high caliber as Angel Beats! although the palette seems a lot more 'normal' apposed to the bright neon colors. Thats fine though as it fits with the show as like the characters its trying to seem normal but when you look closely you realise it's pretty crazy (that's in a good way)
All in all I think the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a great anime that tries to do something different although I felt if it was longer and the characters where more fleshed out and the story was a tad more structured it would be more enjoyable, with that in mind I will give this three stars.