The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya needs no introduction. A massively popular franchise that influenced a large chunk of the industry in its wake and set KyoAni up as a major player, it’s been conspicuously absent since The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya despite continued demand and plentiful source material. People have even gone so far as to read the light novels to get more!
You’d think then that the fans would clamour for anything even vaguely related, but the announcement of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan demonstrated otherwise. Broadly set in the same universe as the alternate one in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, this is a spinoff romantic comedy lacking any of the defining supernatural elements and instead centring around Nagato and her crush on Kyon. Hell, it’s not even written by the same author nor animated by the same studio. At least they kept the voice actors I guess?
This is pretty much not what Haruhi fans wanted, especially not after 4 years of longing. But after getting over the initial shock, I have to say that it’s actually not all that bad, surprisingly enough. Or at least, better than you might have expected.