Yuki Nagato

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Yuki Nagato
Haruhi Suzumiya character
Yuki Nagato.jpg
Yuki reading a book in the library.
Created byNagaru Tanigawa
Noizi Ito
Voiced byMinori Chihara (Japanese)
Michelle Ruff (English)
Portrayed byAkiyo Yamamoto, Gina Lee, Alice (ASOS Brigade)
Profile
SpeciesHumanoid Interface
Human (Disappearance)

Yuki Nagato (長門 有希, Nagato Yuki) is a fictional character in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. She is an artificial human created by the Data Overmind (情報統合思念体, Jōhō Tōgō Shinentai, translated as Data Overmind in the novels, but as Data Integration Thought Entity in the anime), and possesses supernatural powers as a result. She is initially portrayed as an introverted, taciturn bibliophile. She did not act to join Haruhi Suzumiya's SOS Brigade, instead coming with the room that Haruhi appropriated, and then being listed on the forms Kyon filed to establish the club. She observes and takes part in club activities on the behalf of the Entity while still being the only member of the Literary Club. She is officially present only to observe Haruhi, but aids the other Brigade members in stopping forces that cause Haruhi to use her godlike powers. The alternate Yuki established in the fourth light novel, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, is the main character of the spin-off manga The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan.

Appearance[edit]

In the original light novels, Kyon describes her face, neck, hands, or fingers (as she flips the pages of the book she is reading) as "white". Kyon always comments on Yuki's uncanny ability to walk "soundlessly" (this can be seen in the anime when Yuki is exploring a public library with Kyon, who appears puzzled by it). Yuki is attractive enough to earn an "A-" grade from Taniguchi and, as Taniguchi states, has a lot of secret admirers. She initially wears glasses, but forgets to regenerate them after they are broken while she is protecting Kyon from Ryoko Asakura.

Background[edit]

Yuki Nagato is a quiet high school freshman. She was a member of the Literary Club, whose other members were all seniors who graduated, leaving Yuki the sole member of the club.[1] She lives alone in the same apartment complex as Ryoko Asakura, in room 708. She wears her school uniform almost all the time (even on non-school days). She wears a different outfit for the first time when the SOS Brigade goes on vacation to the remote island in "Remote Island Syndrome".

Yuki is a "humanoid interface", or artificial human, created by the Data Overmind, a god-like alien figure. Nagato and Asakura say that it has existed since the Big Bang. For eons it has been frustrated and despaired at the slow pace of evolution. Three years ago it noticed an explosion of data originating from Haruhi Suzumiya. Hoping to gain insights into an increased rate of evolution, it created humanoid interfaces and placed them on Earth near Haruhi Suzumiya in order to observe the phenomenon. Three interfaces have been shown so far: Yuki Nagato, Ryōko Asakura and Emiri Kimidori. The interfaces have free will, and must "transmit" to communicate with the Data Overmind.

Though Yuki was created three years ago, by the calendar in Kyon's time-space plane, she is in fact about 1,319 years old, taking into account the time she has spent outside of Haruhi's universe.[2] As an artificial human, she has numerous paranormal abilities. She is capable of manipulating the properties of the environment and any materials within it at any scale to her desire. For instance, she can modify the "elemental boost information" of a baseball bat to hit only home runs,[3] nullify data links (removing other artificial interface connections from their bodies),[4] and reconstruct a classroom, down to the last detail, after everything in it was completely destroyed.[4] She is capable of feats of superhuman strength, agility, and stamina. In one instance, she was unfazed while impaled by multiple metal spikes, and effortlessly reconstructed her body afterwards.[4] Her state also affords her an extreme level of intelligence. She can comprehend the rules and concepts of a game instantaneously, as well as create flawless strategies based on her observations. Yuki has a lack of understanding towards social norms and earth technology, as demonstrated by her clumsy attempts at using a computer mouse. This is likely due to her self-imposed state of near-total isolation in order to interfere with as little of the environment around Haruhi as possible.

Personality[edit]

Yuki has a very stoic and introverted personality. Her face maintains a perpetually neutral expression regardless of the situation. When prompted to speak, she does so in a very concise manner, and always in a monotone. In contrast to her fellow humanoid interfaces Ryoko Asakura and Emiri Kimidori, who successfully parrot normal human speech and mannerisms but lack actual understanding of human thought and emotion, Yuki is increasingly empathetic towards humans but unable to express her feelings in a naturalistic human manner, giving her the appearance of being cold and aloof. Her care and concern for her fellow SOS Brigade members, Kyon in particular, is conveyed only through her actual words and actions. She enjoys reading, and is seen reading a book in the majority of her appearances, typically of the science fiction or mystery genres. As the series continues, she displays an enjoyment of computer games. Despite her reserved manner, she is reliable and trustworthy.

In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, she becomes emotionally weary of her duties and reshapes reality so that there are no paranormal beings and she is an ordinary human. In The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya, a guy named Nakagawa supposedly falls in love with her, and she admits a slight disappointment when it turns out to be a misunderstanding involving the Data Overmind. Also, when Kyon and Haruhi are trapped in closed space in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki communicates with Kyon via the computer in the club room and tells him that "I, as an individual, also feel a desire for you to return."

In the alternate world depicted in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, she is a very shy girl, a polar opposite of her normal self. This Yuki is friends with Ryoko Asakura and is hinted to have feelings towards Kyon. This character is built upon in the spin-off manga, The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-chan.

SOS Brigade role[edit]

Haruhi describes Yuki as the SOS Brigade's "indispensable silent character." She was neither recruited by nor did she join the Brigade but was actually included along with the room when Haruhi arrived and declared it as her own. During club meetings, she is usually reading. Similar to Itsuki Koizumi, Yuki is obedient when orders are given.

In the SOS Brigade's amateur movie production The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina, Yuki is cast as the leading antagonist. She is portrayed as an evil alien, who can also use magic.[5]

Kyon realizes after the "camel cricket" incident that Yuki plays a "behind the scenes" role, as one of the puppeteers whose goals are to ensure Haruhi is fully satisfied and occupied. Her intentions are to monitor Haruhi and prevent her from feeling bored or greatly disappointed because it is generally believed by the Data Overmind that a drastic event that could end the universe would occur. It is also believed that Haruhi is the key to autoevolution and to stopping the evolutionary standstill they have come to.

Using the ability of Haruhi to alter reality, Yuki recreates the world such that no paranormal beings exist, due to her own emotional desires. The Data Overmind contemplates relieving her of her duties because of this,[6] which is an ongoing subplot for the remainder of the series. The Yuki from the alternate world stars in the spin-off manga, The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-chan.

Voice actresses[edit]

In the Japanese anime as well as in the radio dramas, the role of Yuki is played by Minori Chihara. Her English counterpart is portrayed by Michelle Ruff. Minori Chihara would reprise her role as Yuki in an episode of Lucky Star, as did Ruff. Moreover, Minori Chihara would go on to voice Minami Iwasaki, who has a similar personality to Yuki, in Lucky Star; Ruff also followed in the same path, portraying the English voice for Minami and Tsukasa. Minori Chihara and Michelle Ruff also sing the opening theme to Ga-Rei Zero, "Paradise Lost", which Yuki sings in an episode of the Haruhi spin-off series, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tanigawa, Nagaru (April 2009). The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. New York: Little, Brown and Company. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-316-03902-4.
  2. ^ Tanigawa, Nagaru (April 2009). The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. New York: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-316-03902-4.
  3. ^ Tanigawa, Nagaru (December 2003). The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya. Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten. ISBN 978-4-04-429203-4.
  4. ^ a b c Tanigawa, Nagaru (April 2009). The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. New York: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 127–131. ISBN 978-0-316-03902-4.
  5. ^ Tanigawa, Nagaru (September 2003). The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya. Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten. ISBN 978-4-04-429202-7.
  6. ^ Tanigawa, Nagaru (July 2004). The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten. ISBN 978-4-04-429204-1.