Going back to the main issue, the online anime community has been abuzz this week over leaked images of an unreleased Newtype issue featuring new images of the upcoming "new" season of Suzumiya Haruhi. First reported on Canned Dogs and subsequently picked up by Kurogane, apparently translations from Canned Dogs state that the production staff at Kyoto Animation felt that they could not just do a second season, so they canceled it to start on a "new" season instead.
Naturally, being the long-awaited and greatly-hyped phenomenon that it is, any announcement on the second season of Haruhi was bound to elicit a flurry of responses at this point, and this time was no different. As there have been no information revealed apart from what had been published on Canned Dogs so far, as well as the fact that the second season of Haruhi has been two years in the waiting and counting, it might therefore come as no surprise that there have been several other reactions apart from the usual ‘squee’ from Haruhiists. Let’s take a look at a couple of these;
As I thought, it’s Kadokawa behind this.
They’re up to their money-grubbing tactics again, this time interfering with KyoAni’s production schedule in order to hype this up as far as they can go. They did it with Hirano Aya, they did it with Lucky Star, and they’re going to do it with this second season of Haruhi! I will love it if I’m right, love it!
Yep. We’ve heard all of this before, and it’ll probably not be the last time we’ll hear it from certain people. Moving on…
OH NOES, THEY’RE REMAKING HARUHI INSTEAD OF GIVING US THE SECOND SEASON, THAT’S IT I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT, I QUIT.
Unfortunately, two years of waiting seemed to have become too much for some, having caused them to crack and overreact to what can only be considered as incomplete information. Apparently, a lot of people have assumed from the Canned Dogs announcement that KyoAni have ditched the original script for the second season in order to "remake" a "new" Haruhi. Wait, what?
For one thing, the Canned Dogs announcement was somewhat vague, to be honest. All it mentioned was the KyoAni production staff’s reasons behind why they cancelled the "2nd season" for a new "Suzumiya Haruhi new season"…and that’s it. It didn’t mention anything about them ditching the script to make a new one now, and considering that translations may not be 100% accurate, it could very well mean the announcement that was made approximately one year ago. This would make even more sense for those who are familiar with the content in Volume 4, The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi, and knows that KyoAni couldn’t possibly direct the coming 2nd season the same way they did with Volume 1 in 2006. After all, judging from the images in the scans, they’re most likely going to be basing most of the season on Volume 4; anyone who recognizes the different uniform Haruhi is wearing in the Newtype cover page for what it is should understand.
Lastly, unless I’m entirely mistaken, the scans are from an as-yet unreleased Newtype magazine. It is entirely possible that whatever information Canned Dogs provided in its announcement is not the whole thing; is a full translation even out yet? Until it is, there’s still no cause for panic as yet; even if it turns out that we won’t be seeing the second season until 2009, so what? One can always watch other anime in the meantime, there’s really no cause for rush there.
(Although considering recent anime seasons where the most watchable types of anime are those that try to pass off million costume masqerades as part of the plot point, I somewhat understand the anxiety…)
Well then, all we can do is to wait until a full translated version of the upcoming Newtype magazine appears, for only then will we have complete information to speculate upon. However, I have been wondering about something; how many of those who are expecting The Second Season of Suzumiya Haruhi actually have an idea what’s coming, and how many have not actually spoiled themselves as yet? What are you looking for in a Second Season, and how do you expect Kyoto Animation to handle the direction and execution? Will it be anything like the random-episode-order of the first season, or will it become more conventional to suit the darker mood of Volume 4? I hope to hear from you guys.