⑨ Moments of Anime #7: Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu ep 01

by eternal on December 19, 2008

Not so much a precise moment as an overall experience, the first episode of this bizarre yet heartwarming little romance/comedy marked the beginning of what would become one of my favourite anime of the summer, and what has since become a far more memorable harem than most.

While we all had more than a few gripes with the ending and the overall lack of story, there’s one thing I always like to keep in mind when talking about Haruka no Himitsu, and it’s the fact that the show is a harem. I’d hate to tell you to keep your expectations low so as to enjoy the final product more, but if you’re looking for a masterpiece of slice-of-life or comedy, you definitely won’t find it here.

However, what you will find is a highly entertaining show filled with likeable characters, anime references, an overdose of moe and a sprinkling of romance. Add that to the fact that the premise itself is fairly original, and you get one of the best harem anime I recall seeing in recent time. After watching the first ep, I was left wanting more – I didn’t know why, exactly, but I knew that I wanted to keep on watching. It was cliche, predictable, and all-around simplistic, but perhaps that was what I loved about it. For being an ordinary harem and yet so much more than just an ordinary harem, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu remains as one of my more distinct memories of anime this year, and it was the straightforward yet refreshing first episode that triggered it all off. I’ll definitely be looking forward to the second season.


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CCY December 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I’ll definitely be looking forward to the second season.
Was this ever conclusively proved? I thought that was just a false rumor, but maybe I wasn’t paying attention. Wouldn’t complain though.

I still hesitate to call Haruka’s Secret a harem, since Mika shouldn’t really count (making it more of a triangle; I call it a shonen romance). But it’s cool like one anyway. XD One of the best parts of it, was how straightforward it was – a nice simple story about two awesome people falling in love. :D

CCYs last blog post..Twelve Moments in Anime 2008 – #07: Toradora 2


Optic December 19, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I gotta thank M12 for getting me into it because honestly, he wouldn’ t shut up about it. xD
Overall, it was cliche as I found there was no surprises in the series. Still, it was a good ED to dance to. xD

Optics last blog post..The Hong Kong Loot


ETERNAL December 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

@ CCY: I guess that’s right, actually; it’s just the setup and occasional fanservice (well, maybe more like the character designs) that instinctively made me categorize it as harem. You’re definitely right about the straightforwardness being a benefit though XD

@ Optic: Yep, I loved the show from the moment I saw the ED xD


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