Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol. 5 by Puyo

It's been a while since I stepped into the world of everyone's favorite anime religion, Haruhism. After basically devoting a few months to the books and anime and the spin-off manga The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan it really is amazing how much I forgot. That's why these blog posts are so important, though. Whenever I get blurry on something I can just go back to a previous post and hopefully what I jotted down last time is detailed enough to make me remember something. Of course, I have the books and manga on my Kindle and the anime on DVD, too. 

In the previous issue Nagato was more or less possessed by the more quiet alien version of Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. This all resulted from a car wreck that took place at the end of volume three. At the end of volume four the alien version of Nagato admitted her feelings for Kyon and before she left she made the "real" Nagato aware of this confession. This is where volume five starts. 

In volume five the "real" Nagato is back, but the situation between her and Kyon is a bit awkward. I mean, if you got a love confession from someone that was possessing the body of your friend you'd probably feel the same way. Kyon no longer knows how to make things seem like normal between Nagato and himself. He doesn't know if he reciprocates the same feelings that the "other" Nagato felt or if those feelings actually apply to the "real" Nagato. 

Of course, Haruhi and Ryouko are there to help the couple get going with some summer hijinks. Unlike the Endless Eight, this summer isn't an endless repetition of Hell. There are a few references, though. Like the part about Kyon not doing his homework until the last minute or the one about Koizumi's relative owning a private island.

This issue was a great feel good read after all of the depressing stuff that has been happening lately. Harold Ramis dying, Tim Wilson dying, my car getting screwed up, etc. Things have just been a real buzzkill lately. 

In some ways, I'm beginning to like this series even more than The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya because it doesn't try to be anything too deep. There's nothing wrong with being deep and dark, but there's nothing wrong with girls in swimsuits and lighthearted love stories, either. 

Unfortunately, I have to wait forever for volume six to see the light of day. I think it comes out in November or something like that. Another long wait. 

Well, I guess it's back to reading about the apocalypse and giants eating people. 

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