Archive for May 30th, 2007

The Sales Booth of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Received word from Amazon.com that mine pre-order of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya special edition box set is winging its way to me even as we speak. (Well, as I type and you read, technically.)

This, after a weekend spent at Animania, where a very kind fellow member gifted me with a copy of the Newtype supplement from December 2006 that he had picked up somewhere. This was the Haruhi issue, filled from page to page with gorgeous pictures of the SOS Brigade and annotated in a language I did not understand, ie Japanese. I spent the past few days since then admiring the contents therein with the utmost care of a collector and fan. This was more than a simple magazine with pictures; this was Da Vinci's original notes, Shakespeare's First Folio.

My reputation for being a fanatical Haruhiist had apparently become common knowledge among the Animania crew. As this causes them to funnel the blessings of Haruhi onto this unworthy soul, I cannot complain.

I have thus spent the better part of a week hyping myself up for the R1 DVD box set. This is not something that will likely result in any disappointment, since all I really need for the payoff is having the DVD box set in my eager hands, watching the first few episodes in full DVD quality. Since that is the basic raison d'etre of the DVD box set in the first place, I cannot think of any way for the result to be able to actually disappoint me, save for it not arriving at all.

I have, thus far in my life, only been truly evangelical about three fandoms: Card Captor Sakura, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Discworld. Consider all the other fandoms and series which I liked, but not enough to want to spread. Consider all the effort I am willing to go through to obtain the latest Discworld book. Consider the time and money I have spent supporting my Card Captor Sakura collection.

Now imagine how excited I am about the box set of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

An idle thought occurs, that if Haruhi in her Melancholy can result in such conversion and devotion, what more can she accomplish if she ever progresses fully to Anger and Jealousy?

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