Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu 08 (?)

Or should I title it as season 2 01?

Well, regardless of the title, she’s back!

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haruhi-tards rejoice!

Its honestly a bit nostalgic to see the SOS Dan animated again. Hearing Sugita Tomokazu voice Kyon in that deadpan voice of his, and seeing the SOS Dan room, is probably the otaku equivalent of reliving one’s childhood fantasies. I know I know, very gay description.

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the usual suspects

KyoAni picked the Tanabata arc to animate. Remember back in the very first episode of season 1 (well, technically the 2nd episode) Kyon was having this conversation with his two friends?

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what were those two’s names again?

Well, after a particular day of club activities, Mikuru (as always, cute as a button!) drags Kyon 3 years back in time. Once there, adult Mikuru show’s up and tasks Kyon with helping a certain idiot. While the instructions are vague, Kyon soon comes across a young Haruhi trying to break into her school. He gets strong armed into helping her, and as a result draws this in the school field.

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lol crop circles lol

After that, Kyon has a talk with Haruhi, apparently putting into her head the idea of studying at North High (I think the novel elaborated on how Haruhi wanted to meet John Smith or something in later chapters). Anyhow, this creates a time paradox on the scale of the Terminator: If Kyon didn’t go back in time he wouldn’t have caused Haruhi to go to North High and found the SOS Dan in which case Kyon wouldn’t even know Haruhi. *boggle*

KyoAni manages to slip the hare hare yukai dance into the episode by the way. Pay attention when Mikuru searches for her TPDD.

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dance Mikuru dance!

With the time travelling device lost and potentially being stuck in the past for good, who else does Kyon turn to but Yuki, who is already dressed in the North High uniform and waiting for the next next next school term to start. Yuki puts Kyon and Mikuru to sleep for 3 years, and when they wake up they’re back where they started! Problem solved!

Somehow I’m still very drawn to Yuki, especially her eyes. I wonder how they make that effect.

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reminder: Chihara Minori will be coming to DaiCon!

The episode winds down with a talk on paradoxes, but also kinda hints that the next major arc to be animated will be the ‘Kyon time travelling’ arc, which is actually one of the more interesting arcs. Definitely something to look forward to.

Some after thoughts. 3 years down the road, and all that fuss about Haruhi, makes me wonder how good the series actually is. Watching the new episode was a pleasant way to spend half an hour, but to be honest it wasn’t that amazing. If one were to approach Haruhi as a new fan, would one actually care so much about the series? If the characters are the selling point, then K-On!, with its Mio and Yui and Ritsu and Mugi, may very well beat the shit out of Haruhi. If you think the plot is awesome, I can tell you that the plot in the light novel gets quite… stagnant as the series goes on. Its more or less of the same thing: time travelling, time travelling, lost in a snow mountain, time travelling…

Ah well, all the above is moot. Fans (including your’s truly) will still consume everything Haruhi with rabid fervor. Lets just hope we actually get more new episodes. Imagine if this was the only new episode for this rerun. Epic rickroll.

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