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So will Haruhi takeover K-ON! now?

May 22, 2009

KyoAni’s biggest assets this year are definitely through firstly K-ON!, and now with Haruhi S2 finally airing this early this morning. Will Haruhi’s return kill off K-ON!’s current claim to the fandom? Most likely yes, but hey… it’s the Haruhi we’ve waited three years for.

Haruhi is back!

So where to begin? This episode is Bamboo Rhapsody which is technically episode 08 chronologically and for those of you who have yet to read the light novels, it basically explains the events from three years ago that they had been continuously hinting at over the first season. Tanabata, July 7th, is a special “festival” day celebrated in Japan to do with sending a message to the gods Orihime and Hikoboshi, who will grant your wish. (It’s actually quite a nice story, if you’d care to look it up. Haruhi would tell you to!) Anyway, Haruhi comes in to the SOS-dan room having stolen some bamboo for the brigade to write up their wishes to send. Mikuru asks for Kyon to stay behind and they end up timetravelling back to the Tanabata three years ago.

Umm... how about you instead? :3

Umm... how about you instead? :3

There, adult Mikuru appears once more and tells Kyon what he needs to do: Go help the Haruhi from three years ago write the mysterious sign that appeared on the school grounds; which is actually a message to Orihime and Hikoboshi. This is really the key point where Haruhi decides to go to North High, simply because of Kyon (under the alias of John Smith in order to not create a paradox) after their talk about Tanabata and aliens, time travellers, ESPers and sliders. Mind you, I still have no idea what is meant by “sliders”. Haruhi then leaves, saying that her mission is complete.

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Kyon goes to wake up Mikuru-chan so that they can return back to their original time but Mikuru finds that she’s lost her TPDD (some sort of timetravel device – doesn’t beat the TARDIS, you can’t lose that however hard you try). Kyon comes up with a solution and they go to find Nagato for help. That Nagato then syncs with the future Yuki’s memories and she helps the two go back to the original time by sealing them off in a room to sleep. In essence, she stopped time for that room for three years.

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Thoughts:

Haruhi is god. And Haruhi’s return is more than enough to make me happy. But, I felt that this was a reasonably average episode. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t amazing. Maybe it’s because I already knew the plot? I don’t know; but I’m certainly staying away from the light novels until at least the season finishes.

Something felt different about the episode. I’m not sure why, but Kyon’s narration certainly felt a bit different from the old sarcastic personality that he presented three years ago. Maybe it’s just this episode, but it certainly was a little weird. The constant “Asahina-san is kawaii” comments felt like something the old Kyon would never had said. Haruhi-chibi also reminded me a little of Konata; her higher pitched voice and that slight demanding tone. But all and all, the air of Haruhi was clear in her words.

After going through a few of the subs that had been released, I could only find three in total: Mazui, DB_L-E and CoalGG. I ended up watching the CoalGuys-gg sub and although I don’t usually comment on the subs, I have to say it didn’t feel like the quality of translation that CG usually give. Don’t get me wrong, I like CoalGuys’ work especially on ToraDora and the more recent K-ON! episodes, but the “casual” language used in the translations wasn’t that good compared to a.f.k’s from three years back. I was also expecting HD quality (I think they may have had a budget cut) but meh, I’m just happy that there’s Haruhi so I just looked past all that. :3

The only other thing I was disappointed about was when it aired. 4AM in the morning for me is not a good time for anime. ;_; And I have school on Fridays. Guess you can’t have everything, at least there’s Haruhi and K-ON! in a double dose to look forward to coming home after school.

This episode also came with a new ED! Strangely enough there was actually no OP for this episode but the new ED that replaces Hare Hare Yukai is called Tomare and is catchy, but I don’t think it beats the dancing. The photo montage is quite nice. Oh and watch out for strokes. ;D

So, three years on and after Kadokawa’s ridiculous “trolling“, let Haruhi S2 continue! As there are 28 episodes, with 14 reruns, it looks as if the schedule that will be followed is as follows, with new content bolded:

01. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
02. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
03. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 3
04. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4
05. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 5
06. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6
07. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
08. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (NEW)
09. Mysterique Sign
10. Remote Island Syndrome Part1
11. Remote Island Syndrome Part2
12. Endless Eight (NEW)
13. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (NEW)
14. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (NEW)
15. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 3 (NEW)

16. The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru Episode 00
17. Live A Live
18. The Day of Sagittarius
19. Someday in the rain
20. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (NEW)
21. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (NEW)
22. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 3 (NEW)
23. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 4 (NEW)
24. Charmed at First Sight Lover (NEW)
25. Snow Mountain Syndrome Part1 (NEW)
26. Snow Mountain Syndrome Part2 (NEW)
27. Where Did the Cat Go? (NEW)
28. Disappearance Epilogue (NEW)

Although I’d have preferred all the new episodes in a row… this is certainly better than nothing! But honestly, if KyoAni were extremely clever and out to make more money, they should have waited until K-ON! had finished before releasing S2. This will most certainly drag the attention from MioK-ON!, no?

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. fangzhao permalink
    May 22, 2009 10:29 pm

    Sliders are people who make streetlights act weird. I don’t know why they’re so special.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_light_interference

    Also, @title: need you even ask?!

    • May 22, 2009 10:34 pm

      Oh. Okay… I don’t see why they’re special either. That’s a really weird “power”.

      It was rhetorical. The result is obvious unless K-ON! brings something huge; you never know.. Azusa-chan next week could do it (but probably won’t).

    • nigerte permalink
      May 23, 2009 3:15 am

      Read moar fiction.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliders
      Lrn2internet.

      • May 23, 2009 12:18 pm

        I’ve seen that page before, but didn’t really take it as what was in this.. considering that it’s a separate show.
        異世界人 means something like “strange people” though.

  2. May 23, 2009 6:15 pm

    NEVAAAAAAAR!!!

  3. digi permalink
    May 23, 2009 7:45 pm

    huh? wait a tick, wasn’t Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody completely covered during this ep? How would there be a part 2?

    • May 23, 2009 7:49 pm

      Yeah, I only just edited the schedule as you commented. The previous one was from earlier fan speculations and I didn’t realize it said Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody twice when I made the post.

  4. May 24, 2009 12:56 pm

    Sliders are those individuals that travel to a parallel universe or world, intentionally or otherwise.

    On the fansubbing, a mix of the [DB & Live-Evil] and [CoalGuys & gg] scripts may give the desired “novel” effect. (I saw the raw and all 3 subs.)

  5. May 26, 2009 2:07 pm

    It’s TPDD. Short for Time Plane Destruction Device.

  6. May 29, 2010 2:11 am

    If only I had a buck for each time I came here.. Great post.

  7. May 31, 2010 5:08 am

    If only more than 45 people could hear about this!

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