Save Otakus, Suzumiya! 5 Reasons to air The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on local Philippine TV


Whew! That’s a mouthful and it’s only the title.


It’s been a while since Haruhi and the rest of the SOS Brigade took the world by storm. So why the heck hasn’t it reached Philippine shores, huh!? Is it because we refuse to believe in aliens, ESPers and supernatural occurrences? Maybe we’ve been driving Haruhi away.

But now it’s time to believe in the unbelievable. For a country comprised mostly of Catholics, we surely believe in miracles, right? So here are five (out of a hundred) reasons why the SOS Brigade should invade the boob tube soon:


1. Unique storytelling

It’s the first of its kind to employ a unique twist in airing of its episode. One has to pay close attention to what character do and say and what happens to fully understand the entirety of the series. A quite risky move for the production crew to have done this, yet the story closes dramatically and perfectly despite following an irregular pattern. Sheer genius!

2. Topnotch animation


For a rather small animation company behind this series, the animation of TMOHS is incomparable. The smooth flow of the charaecter’s movements is too obvious not to be noticed. Spolier: The action scenes with Kyon and Yuki versus Ryoko was absolutely jaw-dropping!

But the best way to see the fluid animation is with the show’s ending theme. And on that note…

3. Infectious Music

People from all ages danced to the music of TMOHS’s ending theme Hare Hare Yukai. And every pinoy otaku should do so soon. It’s contagious!
There are also a number of musical numbers from Haruhi during the school festival. Haruhi rocked on that one.

4. Fan-service and funny outtakes

Whoopee, fan-service! Eherm.
TMOHS has quite some fan-service stuff but it’s balanced with the funny outtakes that come with it. Like Mikuru and the bunny suit or Haruhi constantly plaguing her by…uh…nevermind. I won’t be explaining further on this topic.

5. Expect the unexpected, believe in the unbelievable

If you think the story of a girl who faithfully believes in the supernatural and forms an org to support it is a pretty simple plot, well, TMOHS is something more. An entire dimension more in fact. Packed in only fourteen episodes, it’s a pretty big story for a small amount of airtime.


Otakus have got a lot more to say just to convince local channels in this island country to air this one-of-a-kind anime on free TV. And don’t get them started on dancing their way to get an approval. But if we otakus have to, I don’t think anybody would complain.


Surprisingly, even the CPDRC (Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center) danced their edited version of Hare Hare Yukai: