Beautiful. So beautiful.
A few days ago I found out Haruhi light novel #1 had been translated and released it in the US. So I immediately ordered it. Yesterday, I got it and read it all in a few hours. It reminded me of everything I loved about Haruhi all over again. So I was planning to write a pretty epic post (by my standards) about my first experience with Haruhi.
And then today…
A new Haruhi episode is released into the wild! Real f-ing deal!
The Interwebs EXPLODES.
Synchronicity – Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.
What perfect timing. Coincidence? Or something a little deeper? The Kyon in me thinks of it as coincidence. The Haruhi in me thinks about the little I read about Jungian psychology in my teen years, and wants to believe there’s something bigger going on.
I will give some credit where credit’s due: Kadokawa. I don’t believe their trolling of the Haruhi fanbase was a smart decision. I don’t think it made the franchise any new fans. It quite possibly lost them some. But all that starting, stopping, trolling, and fake-outs created a real, bubbling angst under the surface. So when Kadokawa eventually popped that cap, it guaranteed that reception to Haruhi 2 wouldn’t be normal. It would be a cause célèbre.
Kadokawa essentially created the anime otaku’s version of “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” For Harutards, because it was a dream finally come true. For Haru-haters, because everywhere they looked, all the Harutards were taking over: 2ch, 4chan, twitter, whatever.
I first found out about it when I ran across Random Curiosity’s post when I was checking out my Google Reader at work. It was a blessing and a curse. A curse, because I couldn’t freak out about it (as much as I wanted at least 😉 ) And a blessing, because I knew I wouldn’t have to drive myself crazy for the next few hours refreshing for fansub releases. It’s silly, but I think I’ll remember that moment, that excitement for a long time.
Where were you when you first heard? What were you doing at that moment?