Nagato, or, Pinocchio Foiled
So basically Kyon is playing a harem eroge, he hits the wrong button and ends up with one of the girls (Nagato). Thankfully he’s saved the game so he goes back a few steps and continues playing. You see, he still hasn’t decided who he wants to end up with.
It’s a pity because Nagato had done such a marvelous job: shipping Haruhi off to another school, and then shipping Itsuki with her (the feelings he felt for her in the new world IMO were brand new, they weren’t there in the original world, therefore one can assume Yuki implanted them). Asahina gets disposed off by being paired up with Tsuruya (I’m not suggesting yuri, though maybe it’s there). And so Nagato had Kyon all to herself. But Kyon didn’t go for it.
Or you could say Nagato was Pinocchio, and Kyon was some evil wizard that transformed the doll that had turned into a human back into a doll again. I guess the evil wizard had his own priorities.
I really enjoyed The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was visually stunning, the voice actors were all brilliant as usual and the plot kept getting better and better as it went along (though I’m confused about Asakura’s and Nagato’s last actions). I don’t criticize Kyon per se, I can see why he chose to stay in the original world, but sometimes I wonder if this isn’t the most outrageously blatant male fantasy in the history of Japanese animation!!
I can be persuaded that Haruhi fancies Kyon.
I can be persuaded that Mikuru fancies Kyon.
I can perhaps be persuaded that Nagato can overcome her extraterrestrial, interfacial nature and somehow fancy Kyon.
But that all three of them do??? To the extent of destroying and recreating worlds???
Well, as a Matsumoto fan I deal daily with the fact that Emeraldas loves Tochiro, so I guess I can live with this as well Wait, hold on, Tochiro built the friggin’ Arcadia! What are Kyon’s credentials again?!
P.S. I guess if I went to Haruhi’s school I’d ask Tsuruya out, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out she was madly in love with Kyon too…
P.P.S At no time during this film does Kyon actually think “Oh, Haruhi must like me lots to sleep on the floor so many days” or “Oh, Yuki must really love me lots to have changed the world”. Instead we get Kyon thinking “Oh, the world is more fun with Haruhi around, and that’s why I want her around” and “Oh, Nagato is sick and tired of the S.O.S. brigade, so that’s why she changed the world”. Is this self-deception or some infinitely manly coolness that mere mortal men can never aspire to??