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Dark Anime Theory #1: What if the whole of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was a mere fantasy world concocted by the main character, Kyon? In real life, Kyon is just a mentally ill young man and he was taken out of school because of his mental illness and put in a hospital.  

Yuki is the shy, introverted and reclusive bookworm that Kyon secretly had a crush on.  Koizumi was the polite and friendly rich boy that seemed smug and obnoxious simply due to his high breeding.  Haruhi was extremely attractive and talented Chuunibyou that tended to drag everyone around her into her delusions, and Asahina was the shy but extremely attractive upperclassman that every boy wanted.  

The rest of them fall into varying places in Kyon's fantasy world, and now, all Kyon has are his warped memories of them and his school life as he receives treatment at a psychiatric hospital.

Mind blown.


Dark Anime Theory #2: Following up on #1, what if the real world for Kyon was the world that took place in Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, and by extension, Vanishment of Nagato Yuki-chan.  During the events of Disappearance, Kyon awoke in his own bed to find that the world had changed without his knowledge, and he had no idea where his former friends were.

However, the truth was that he had been on medication for long enough that he was discharged from the hospital.  Finding that all of his friends were technically still there, and the girl, Haruhi, whom he met once or twice, and in his delusional state, put into a godlike pedestal, was actually a student from another school.  Tracking everyone down, he found that the “real world” was not to his liking.  

He preferred the world that he had built up in his mind, and thus, the “travelling back” scene was him deciding to stop taking his meds.  Getting back to the world in his head, while it may have seemed, with his growing delusions, to have only taken seconds, actually took maybe a week and a half, and once again, he was happily living in a world of his own creation.

Please don't hate on me for these.
These are just the two I have right now.  Others may have thought of these, as they seem to be common sense.  More may be forthcoming.
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
My sympathies would be with Kyon's parents. As a parent who actually did have his 12 year old son in a psych ward for 6 weeks, I know how it feels.
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ErichZannIII Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Mental illness is a terrible thing, to think that your own mind could imprison you like that.  As for me, I understand mental illness to a degree.  I was hospitalized at one point.  So, to a certain extent, I'm theorizing about mental illness from a first person perspective.
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a healthy sign in these times that many people think into the plotlines and alternative universes of movies and TV series, coming up with well-constructed alt explanations of the stories/characters/settings. 
In my day (I'm 63), we just watched everything uncritically, and with little or no creative engagement. Now the younger generations delight me with their creativity, originality and insight. These are wonderful times.

Regarding psych illness - I guess I've lurched across that line a few times myself, becoming convinced at times of being pursued by a ... well, a ghost for want of a better word, and also on another occasion becoming convinced of 'dark forces' (effectively gremlins) gathered all around a particular party at a castle (already know to be haunted), and elsewhere (I lived near the castle) - tinkering with my stuff just to cause me grief. 

I've known people to have had 'full-body manifestations' in their living rooms  (one it was her guru (living), and the other a chap I used to know, deceased). The mind can do extraordinary things.
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ErichZannIII Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What haunted castles are there in Australia? I initially thought, upon hearing of a haunted castle, of Dracula's castle in Romania.
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dunedin, New Zealand

www.larnachcastle.co.nz/
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, yup, they both work. And both (being variations on the same theme anyway) actually being far more likely that the world presented. Also far more tragic, when you think about it. 

I don't know much about extreme psychosis but extraordinary states of mind, entire and very consistent fantasies, are possible.

I can also imagine that poor Kyon would have included some strong erotic details, but for the sake of a publishable story, they were edited out. 

One day: a mind-fucking new series awaits!
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ErichZannIII Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, and thank you for being the first to comment, I think there were several borderline erotic aspects of the anime/manga.  Namely Haruhi's practical molestation...  Multiple times...  Of Mikuru, which, as you say, would likely be a young man's fantasy.  Perhaps not the involuntary part, but the girl on girl part.

That said, I don't believe this, myself, less because it's not believable, and more because I don't want to.  I like Kyon and Yuki as a couple (In both Melancholy and Disappearance worlds) and I wouldn't like to think that it's all just a figment of a young man's mental illness.  However, even as I was writing it, I said to myself "goddamnit, this is more plausible than anything that shows up in the series."

I would like to think that Kyon would want to be healthy so that he could enjoy Yuki's company in the real world.  But the real world sucks more often than not, and I think I would understand all too well his desire to live in a fantasy life.
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