The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol. 1 Paperback – 14 Jan 2014
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The cast of Haruhi Suzumiya returns, but not quite as you know them... A school romance featuring Yuki Nagato set in a universe apart from the shenanigans of the SOS Brigade.
About the Author
Nagaru Tanigawa (Author)
Nagaru Tanigawa is a Japanese author best known for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for which he won the grand prize at the eighth annual Sneaker Awards. Tanigawa is currently working on the tenth novel about Haruhi Suzumiya and the S.O.S. Brigade.
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The story is pretty much a "what if?..." for the main series were Kyon chooses to stay with Nagato instead of going back to Suzumiya. The style in some places is like The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya anime so if you don't like that then perhaps give this a miss but over all it the same as the regular manga.
Very funny and cute, a must read for fans!
Quite frankly, I felt the romantic approach this manga spin-off takes was a total surprise. Who would have thought that a fully human Yuki Nagato could be so shy yet so passionate? This is almost taken to the level of a Jane Austen romance story.
In all: very original, deeply touching and amazingly refreshing.
First of all, I have to say that from a character standpoint this is in many ways a 'What If?' manga, detailing what would happen if Kyon were in the Disappearance universe from the start. This includes a more emotive Nagato, a less cute yet psycho Ryoko, although Haruhi is more excitable but less prone to being a jerk as she had been in the original universe. Koizumi isn't ambiguously gay, and Kyon is a lot less of a snarker in general - although when he sees Haruhi, his snark comes back.
From all this though, it sets it up differently and runs it as a slice of life comedy with some romance in it. Part of change in setup includes how the characters interact - chapter 19 of this series has Haruhi acting as the sane man to Ryoko, who has become worried over Nagato and what may be happening... even though the situation was started by Ryoko. It's a harmless thing, but it makes sense when you see it.
There are though a few bits that some may dislike. Kyon for example is relatively flat, which may irk some readers. Koizumi can also be a little too much of a suck-up, but you'll likely get why later on, and it's not quite for the same reason as the original universe.
Still, I'd give this at least a try to anybody who wants something different from the main universe - it may well be a welcome change.
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Yuki is adorable, but not just an empty moe character. There's a deep, imagninative nature in her, as will be seen when the "disappearance" of the title occurs several volumes later. I loved this manga series, and I believe it's one of the few I'll keep (The other is "Spice and Wolf").
If you wanted more cameos, you got them. Ryoko Asakura is back! Well, technically, in this world, she never left. Often through the book, she becomes a motherly figure to Yuki and an inevitably equal rival to Tsuruya. She knows about Yuki's crush and even tries to push her along in asking Kyon about her cute little dream.
It's one book that you can't put down until you've finished it. If you've received and read every book so far, you're gonna be drooling when you get the next one. It's simply an adorable tale about romance and it comes with all sorts of humor, but with the comprehension Nagaru Tanigawa's been known to provide. Similarly to the Haruhi series, "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan" can become as clear as possible or leave you wondering what had just happened. A must-have for any otaku.
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan tells the story of a shy, first-year girl, who is the President of the Literary Club at her school; a club which is going to be disbanded due to lack of members. Nagato seeks help from her best friend to gain more members for the club, and to throw a big Christmas party in the club room at school. She meets a boy named Kyon, and they become good friends. Kyon is somewhat the envy of other girls in the school, and while Nagato is constantly referred too as the "Girl with the glasses" she is portrayed as being a nice-looking young lady.
The book itself is thick, and the pages are heavy, and the ink is dark (but not too dark) making this a great book that should last quiet a few reads. The manga features a glossy, full-color first two pages (one being an index). This was a nice treat, and the artwork on the glossy pages are very well detailed and vibrant.
The overtone of the book is fairly cheerful, I'm not sure if that will continue onto other volumes in the series. I bought the first three volumes and will definitely buy more if the series keeps up being interesting. I just don't know if it will be able to sustain it's own plot, it seems to jump from simple idea to simple idea, being a spin-off (based on the 4th book of the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya series) I see nothing really wrong with not having it's own serious direction.
I gave it 4-stars instead of 5 for the manga having quiet a few moments that are hard to get a good focus on. The panels just don't make a ton of sense in some places, but it's easy to get the idea from reading it again and working over the placement in your head.
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