Remember the famous “Hare Hare Yukai” dance from the ending credits of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya? Of course you do.
Stuck at home thanks to COVID-19, Haruhi Suzumiya voice actors Aya Hirano (Haruhi) and Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon) have busted out their webcams and busted a move, recreating that legendary dance at home.
Hirano posted a short clip on Twitter, and the full thing (plus lots of warmup, with tips on how to pull the dance off perfectly) on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Sugita put his version on YouTube, and even cosplayed as Kyon for the occasion. Looks like he might’ve forgotten to warm up, though.
Remember when this dance was all the rage at conventions and online? In case you weren’t around when the show hit peak popularity (it is over 10 years old, after all), here’s a description courtesy Funimation:
Kyon is a cynical and sarcastic teenager. The first day of his first year of high school is filled with hopes of a normal school experience hopes that are immediately dashed after meeting the beautiful and eccentric Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi is athletic, brilliant, and completely bored with life. At Kyon’s accidental suggestion, she decides to create her own club dedicated to finding and observing life’s oddities like the aliens, espers, and time travelers she believes walk among normal people. Now, Kyon and a ragtag group of recruits are Haruhi’s right-hand men in the newly formed SOS Brigade. But all is not what it seems. The quiet bookworm? Alien. The busty sophomore? Time-traveler. The handsome transfer student? ESPer. And the biggest surprise? They’re all there because Haruhi herself has the ability to reshape the world as she sees fit. Maybe Kyon should have joined the literature club.