Kyle from Capsule Computers writes:
"Two characters go through interesting character development. Haruhi is shown to have an emotional and reflective side, which is caused by Kyon of all people. She even gives good advice to others on multiple occasions. Asakura’s development is perhaps even more significant than Haruhi’s. She is annoying in several scenes, at one point literally holding Tsuruya and Haruhi back just because she disagrees with their idea of fun, but she ends up being a surprisingly well-developed character."