So I know I’m supposed to be orgasming here about the new Haruhi season, considering the title of this blog. Well unfortunately, the unbridled enthusiasm I had for this show has significantly waned in the 3 years since it last aired. Much of that has to do with the dipshit way in which Kadokawa has done the marketing for this show (remember kids, KyoAni is just the animation studio, they don’t do marketing), so I’m going to rant a bit before I get to the actual episode (which I nonetheless enjoyed), you have been warned.
Now I really loved the first season of the show, I even own all of the DVDs (buying anime? shocking I know!). That being said, the show aired from April to July of 2006. Now three years isn’t that long between seasons, but it’s more than ideal. The real problem has been the atrocious way in which Kadokawa has handled the show in the interim.
It’s important first to note that that the second season was announced right after the first season finished airing. Several months later they announced that the show was “canceled” and that there was a new show that was exactly the same as the old one or something! We heard that they were completely doing away with the idea of a sequel and starting a new series since a sequel would be too hard. And a few months ago, they put a tantalizing and purposefully ambiguous piece in a magazine that hinted of a new Haruhi season, only to later deny that fact and claim it was all a rerun.
I only hit the highlights, but I hope you get the general picture of douchebaggery that has been put upon us in regards to the show. Also throw in that a lot of us have already read all of the translated novels, only to find out that the author has stopped at volume 9 (published in April of 2007), right in the middle of a storyline, and rumors have surfaced indicating that he has lost interest. So, you’ll forgive me if I am a bit soured on the whole experienced and do not blow a load all over my keyboard while watching the episode.
The first thing I noticed was that the art was not the same quality as the first season (and it’s not just the lackluster raw), as the colors were noticeably duller and not as crisp. This is pretty surprising for KyoAni, considering the prominence of the show and the fact that they even made fightan animu colorful (see Munto TV version). The art style seems to have changed a bit as well, Kyon looks…different.
For future reference in case I actually blog pieces of this show, be aware that I love Nagato, a lot. Nerdy girls turn me on, what can I say. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Tsuruya’s genki antics, but she’s not #1. No matter how much I get miffed at bad marketing, I can never hate one of my top waifus. It’s those eyes too, those eyes…
Uh, I guess it’s good to see that he’s as…flamboyant as ever
The massively dramatic violin playing (I’m clueless as to proper musical terminology for the beginning of a piece of music) from this scene made me laugh ridiculously hard, it sounded more like part of a Shakespeare adaptation than anime. I couldn’t completely decide whether they meant to give the scene some drama or it was a bit of tongue-in-cheek, but I’ll lean towards the latter.
On the other hand, the music here was more like some slow, lovemaking music. Ohhhhhh yeah.
Warning, tsundere loli spotted. Bring proper protective equipment.
Much better without glasses, mmmmm Yuki.
Yes, I had dirty thoughts right there.
Well, despite my rant up front, I did enjoy the experience of watching the episode. However, it will not be viewed as the Second Coming or anything of the sort. I fully expect the show will deserve a pretty good rating when it’s all over, but it could have been much more~ Anyways, it’s rather impossible to predict when the next episode is going to be, as it appears that they are going to weave it back in to the original series to keep it chronological. That also makes it kind of hard to regularly blog, which is hard enough when you already know what is going to happen. However, I may drop in and fawn over Yuki on occasion, we’ll see.