Haruhi Suzumiya, Endless Eight, Part 3 – Been there, done that

Haruhi, Mikuru, and Nagato in yukatas

Having waited a couple years, put up with incessant trolling and numerous false starts, before finally getting a second season of Haruhi, only to have it air with a random schedule, should we be surprised that KyoAni and co. (I don’t even know if the enemy is KyoAni or Kadokawa at this point) have decided to emphasize the "endless" in "Endless Eight?

After sitting through an episode in which absolutely nothing new occurred, I decided to go back to the Baka-Tsuki translation to see if KyoAni was just being really faithful to the original. And lo-and-behold, I did not find reference to a 15,499th repetition of the end of summer. In fact, the story was resolved at the 15,498th repetition – which was what everyone was expecting to see this episode.

So will we get a conclusion in the next episode? I’m an optimist, so I’m going to say yes. But who the $%@# knows. If it is indeed another repeat, I think KyoAni should just go the whole hog and air Endless Eight for the rest of the season, so they can achieve the "it’s funny, oh it’s not funny anymore, hey it’s funny again" level.

Anyway, some random thoughts, just because:

  • If they’re just going back in time, is Haruhi generating new bikinis for each repetition? Or does she just have a large collection of them to choose from? Same with Mikuru.
  • The judge from Canada gives a 10.0 for Koizumi’s 360 twisting dive into the pool.
  • Kyon’s "excellent!" was indeed excellent. So was Koizumi’s "I love you" line.

Besides that, I’ve got nothing.

6 Replies to “Haruhi Suzumiya, Endless Eight, Part 3 – Been there, done that”

  1. I’m liking it – though mostly because so much buildup promises a very good payoff and KyoAni just might, maybe, have the smarts to pull it off. However, a trap even more evil lurks in wait. What if: next episode is about an unrelated situation, with following episodes hinting at big events offstage – and the final resolution of ‘endless eight’ is saved up for the very last episode.

    1. I’d consider the buildup good if they added new wrinkles into the story, but they didn’t because there really aren’t any new wrinkles to build in. Now maybe KyoAni will pull some rabbits out of their hats next week, but I think we’re going to see the same thing again for the first 20 minutes, and then they’ll reveal the payoff in the last 2. They could’ve easily wrapped this arc up in 2 episodes, and absolutely done so in 3.

      Now pulling a “Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus” would’ve been hilarious, if they did it after the 2nd episode and resolved it with the 3rd, but not to spoil anything, and I don’t think I am, but I’ll put the tag on anyway, the payoff is really not that special. So putting the resolution off to the last episode would lose everyone’s attention, IMO.

      But I guess we’ll see. Gotta give credit to KyoAni for keeping us on our toes or something like that.

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