The last couple of exhibitions by me have concentrated heavily on Japanese anime: Tokyo Mew Mew/Mew Mew Power, Shugo Chara… and now The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, or simply Haruhi Suzumiya. (Because The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a bit of a mouthful.)

Haruhi Suzumiya is a series of ‘light novels’ and manga comics, later adapted into an anime (with only 2 seasons so far: Melancholy and Disappearance), based around the antics of Haruhi Suzumiya, a high-school girl who possesses a love of all things supernatural and paranormal, like aliens, UFOs, espers and time-travelling. Her stories are narrated from the viewpoint of Kyon, a fellow student, who sees Haruhi with suspicious scepticism and cynicism, and so tries to maintain the illusion to other people that she is just a ‘normal’ girl.

Be warned: if you haven’t read the books or watched the anime, then spoilers are definitely coming up.

While there are four main characters in the series, I’ve only drawn three of them here. Haruhi has obviously been drawn first as she’s the ‘star’ of the show (it’s named after her, so why wouldn’t she be?) The girl in the middle is Nagato Yuki, a chronic bibliophile (in other words: bookish) who is in fact a robot known as Data Overmind. (No wonder she always looked cold and unemotional.) She’s sort of the ‘nerdy’ type in the series as she always seems to be reading and she wears glasses (though not all the time – unlike me!) Kyon is the third in line, as he is sort of the ‘sidekick’ to Haruhi in that he’s always watching her for any paranormal activity she might be into. But the fourth main character is Mikuru Asahina, a shy and neurotic girl who is actually… a time-traveller. (This fits in with the supernatural theme of the series.) She is submissive to all of Haruhi’s orders and often gets embarrassed by her, usually by being dressed up in silly outfits. Watch out for her powerful ‘Mikuru Beam’, though – a small girl can have big powers!

Mikuru Asahina

If by now you’re thinking I’m only going into fan-art now, don’t worry – I’ll be back to looking at my own characters next week!