How to Watch the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

All right. I’ve scoured all corners of the Internet, and it seems no one has made an actual list for this. For those of you that don’t know, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱) is an anime series, the first 14 episodes broadcasting in 2006 and the remaining 14 broadcasting in 2009 (Usually referred to as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)). However, the first 14 episodes were aired out of order, so watching the series became a jigsaw puzzle of sorts.

Cover art for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

There are two ways to watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya:

  • Chronological Order: Episodes are arranged so it’s less confusing to process what’s going on. However, pacing is irregular and the true finale happens way too early. Also combines both series into one giant list.
  • Broadcast Order: Original broadcast order. Usually considered the proper way of watching the series.

Most online sites list the series in chronological order, which can be frustrating for fans that wish to view the series in the broadcast order. If you’re watching the series and the first episode’s title card reads “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” (in English), you’re watching the chronological order. If, instead, the title card reads “The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina” (in Japanese), then you’re watching the broadcast order.

The following list is the broadcast order. The number beside each entry is which episode that is in the chronological order.

Broadcast Order

  1. The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina – Episode 00 (25)
  2. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya I (1)
  3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya II (2)
  4. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya (7)
  5. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya III (3)
  6. Remote Island Syndrome I (10)
  7. Mystérique Sign (9)
  8. Remote Island Syndrome II (11)
  9. Someday in the Rain (28)
  10. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya IV (4)
  11. The Day of Sagittarius (27)
  12. Live Alive (26)
  13. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya V (5)
  14. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya VI (6)

The rest is in normal order, chronological episodes 12 through 24.

 

The following list is the episodes in chronological order. Each episode has two numbers beside it. The first is the season (1 = 2006 airing, 2 = 2009 airing), and the second is the episode in that season. This is for if you want to watch the chronological order but the episodes are listed in broadcast order.

Chronological Order

  1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya I (1, 2)
  2. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya II (1, 3)
  3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya III (1, 5)
  4. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya IV (1, 10)
  5. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya V (1, 13)
  6. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya VI (1, 14)
  7. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya (1, 4)
  8. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (2, 1)
  9. Mystérique Sign (1, 7)
  10. Remote Island Syndrome I (1, 6)
  11. Remote Island Syndrome II (1, 8)
  12. Endless Eight (2, 2)
  13. Endless Eight (2, 3)
  14. Endless Eight (2, 4)
  15. Endless Eight (2, 5)
  16. Endless Eight (2, 6)
  17. Endless Eight (2, 7)
  18. Endless Eight (2, 8)
  19. Endless Eight (2, 9)
  20. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya I (2, 10)
  21. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya II (2, 11)
  22. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya III (2, 12)
  23. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya IV (2, 13)
  24. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya V (2, 14)
  25. The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina – Episode 00 (1, 1)
  26. Live Alive (1, 12)
  27. The Day of Sagittarius (1, 11)
  28. Someday in the Rain (1, 9)

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