When I watch Yuzuko Nonohara, I am oddly comforted. She also makes me a bit sad.
“But I’m in a bind…I didn’t bring an umbrella.”
“One will be enough.”
-A conversation between Kyon and Haruhi Suzumiya, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, episode 28.
I can still recall the days when it rained while I was in high school. The hallways sounded different, as shoes squeaked noisily against the floor, water dripped from jackets in lockers and coat closets, and bright yellow “caution” signs were quickly unfolded, placed in strategic locations to prevent students from slipping. Above all, there was a scent, specific only to rainy days; that undeniable “school smell” amplified by musty raincoats, and wet rubber. Rainy days stood apart from the days that preceded them in the week, isolating themselves, causing sunny days to blend together in comparison.
Hand in hand with this power to isolate, rainy days often carry with them a level of introspection. Some days, when it rains, it feels as if time has slowed, or come to a gentle stop. Yuyushiki uses this feeling to its advantage, effectively separating its main cast of Yui, Yukari, and Yuzuko from the rest of the series for a moment of reflection before the series comes to an end in the following week.
In this way, Yuyushiki has the perfect penultimate episode.
When I’m nervous, I point my feet in towards each other. This has to do with the fact that I’m naturally a bit pigeon-toed although, for the most part, one wouldn’t notice. Much like the Boston accent that I tried to rid myself of in third grade, my pigeon-toed stance is something that appears rarely. For those informed, as you are now, it says that I am ill-at-ease. For those uninformed, it more than likely belies discomfort, in spite of the fact that one seeing me may not know the full story of my stance.
We unknowingly inform others daily of our comfort levels, mood, and emotions through small physical indicators. Additionally, there are two different results that can be drawn from visible indicators, and Yuyushiki plays with them both.
“Everyone has a feeling they can’t give a name to. Everyone does. And it makes all of us hurt inside.”
-Kunio Yaobi, Tamako Market episode two.
Fumi Hasegawa, that’s who.