Posted by meronpan on August 19, 2009
I think I’m in the minority, but I loved it ^^; Guess that’s just me living the yotsuba way, “Enjoy Everything”. ^^;
Could they have used those episodes to more effectively dole out haruhi goodness? Well, certainly. Was it an utter disappointment to countless fans across the globe? No doubt. Was there anyone involved who actually supported the insanity? Not the seiyuu nor many others it seems.
Despite all that, as a one off, epic wtf arc that I was really only half watching anyway while doing other things… excellent! I had already given up on there even being another season of haruhi so as a casual fan, anything new was agreeable. Loved how kyon’s helplessness at the end of each episode was practically palatable. And to boot, a haruhi tsundere moment at the finale ^^
My biggest gripe was mostly that given the title, after episode 2 you had a pretty good idea that it was gonna be 8 episodes of insanity. There was maybe a slight chance it’d be a 3 or 4 episode arc… but definitely after 4… I’m sure everyone assumed correctly that it was going for 8. On the one hand, that should’ve helped set expectations that the 8 episodes were actually just 1.05 new episodes of content. On the other it really made the later episodes predictable and even more difficult to sympathize with kyon’s struggle.
If kyoani had just announced that they were only going to do 4 new episodes instead of a full season (with 1 of the episodes actually being the 8 episode endless arc) perhaps it would’ve gone over better. I kind of see it that way, which, combined with my haruhi apathy, is why I don’t really feel outraged and enjoyed it. Or maybe I enjoyed it the way reading forum flame wars is amusing… ^^;;
At any rate, it’s gonna be interesting to see how dvd sales are (and if they don’t bundle all 8 episodes for the price of 1, the person in charge of sales marketing is an utter idiot). Niconico users who haven’t seen it yet or want to relive the glory can watch all 8 episodes simultaneously in this glorious video.
My peculiar tastes aside, the question just begs to be asked… who the hell is at the helm of this accursed haruhi ship and why are they sailing it to obscurity and ruin? I just don’t see how this could be good for the franchise in any way. Perhaps the folks in charge are under the illusion that they have some ace up their sleeve to redeem themselves with? Can’t really see that happening at this point but if somehow… somehow, someway they made an epic comeback… well, at that point maybe I’d put it on par with #37.
p.s. it’s funny that this blog actually has quite a bit of haruhi fandom built into it, despite my aforementioned apathy. Not only the name of the blog itself, but you’ve probably noticed i end each post with 「以上！」, (ijyou!) which is taken from the very first episode — haruhi’s weird way to end her weird introduction ^^; (not a weird thing to say, just in that context it’s weird. usually means something like, “that is all.”)