The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan: Episode 2 – “Joy to the World”

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan is set in an alternate universe for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which sees Yuki as the president of the Literature Club. The other members of the club include Kyon and Asakura. In this universe, Yuki has a crush on Kyon.

Episode Two focuses on the Christmas party in the club room that Yuki spent so much time obsessing over in Episode One. Yuki, Asakura, Kyon, Mikuru, and Tsuruya work together to get everything ready for the party. Food and fun are to be had, but Yuki finds herself bashful around Kyon, especially after the girls have all changed into Santa outfits.

But intermixed with the party are flashback sequences, both of which focus on the Literature Club almost being terminated. The first flashback shows Asakura trying to motivate a defeated Yuki to find some confidence and work at recruiting new members. But with Yuki’s personality, Asakura’s tough style doesn’t seem to reach her.

The second flashback was much more interesting. Here, we see that Yuki has had a run-in with Haruhi Suzumiya in the past. In this flashback, we see the humor from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya that had seemed to be in short supply in this series up until now. Getting to see Haruhi in action started to help make this series feel a little closer to what I had liked from the original series. But it’s through this interaction with Haruhi that Yuki found the inspiration she needed to work at trying to save the Literature Club.

Near the end of the episode, there was a wonderful moment between Kyon and Yuki. The awkwardness between these two characters was very enjoyable to watch, and I’m hoping to see more moments like this as the series progresses.

Before I started watching Episode Two, I decided to go into it without trying to compare this series with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I’m glad I went in with that mindset, because I think it helped me to better appreciate what I was watching. Of course, it also helped that this episode didn’t have to spend as much time establishing characters and concepts this time, so actual events were happening. While there was the occasional gag thrown into Episode Two, it was nowhere near as reliant on them as Episode One had been. I also felt like more effort was made to try to have an overarching story for this episode. And after watching Episode Two, I think I’ve also adjusted to the changes in characters and story between The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and this series.

With this episode, I have developed a better opinion of the series than the one I had after I finished watching Episode One. I’m hoping that The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan will be a “slow burn” series that can continue to improve as it progresses.

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