The melancholy of the Haruhi Suzumiya collector

July 8th, 2009

There’s no denying that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is one of the anime series I’ve enjoyed the most over the past few years. Heck, the computers on my home network are named after the three female leads — Haruhi’s the “leader,” Yuki’s the laptop, and Mikuru’s the parents’ computer.

That love for the series extends to some of the swag that’s been released — including, of course, the figures. Now, I’m not one of those people who has to have EVERY SINGLE FIGURE VARIANT EVER MADE — I’m looking at you, thoroughly unnecessary Yuki in cat suit — but I have a small collection that I keep on my desk at work. Those of you who read my articles and columns regularly might have caught the cameo my Haruhi and Yuki figures made in this year’s Kawaii Kon preview spread.

Conspicuous by its absence is a Mikuru figure. That’s because there haven’t really been many Mikuru figures that caught my eye … and even fewer Mikuru figures that were in scale with the two other SOS Brigadiers. This was true until last week, when a deal proved too irresistible.

But there’s still something a bit … off … here. Have a look at the figures on my desk now:

Please pay no attention to the Nendoroid of Miyuki from "Lucky Star" for purposes of this discussion. ^_^;;;

That would be Haruhi in her school uniform. Yuki in her school uniform. And … Mikuru in a nurse’s uniform WAIT WHAT WERE YOU THINKING SEGA

Now I realize that Mikuru’s the token cosplaying moe blob of the series. As such, there are dozens of figures with her in costumes both in and out of series canon — the bunny suit, the fighting waitress costume, the cheerleading outfit. But geez, would it have killed someone at Sega to make a figure of her in her school uniform? (Yes, school uniform Mikurus exist … but not on the same base, or on the same scale, as the Sega figures.)

This, my friends, is how you know you’re a fan: You’re obsessing over how coordinated your figures look. And you write a blog post about it. Expect me to check into Otaku Anonymous any day now.

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