The Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody of three weeks ago was but a teaser to whet appetites, but this week the God Empress Herself makes an emphatic return. And how! It has been three years since the first season burst out from obscurity to capture the imagination of an entire generation of otaku, and things have changed a lot since then. The franchise is no longer the surprise cult hit it started out as; it has become the most anticipated thing in the industry. The iconic dancing ED is a thing of the past. The assorted fan-created media is not as widespread as they used to be, even though they had a good long run. It may no longer be a one-of-a-kind series; it may instead be the original that spawned an entire genre of anime in the 21st century. But though these three years have brought about a host of changes from the heady days of 2006, there are some things that remain the same. And for one, it’s still the same Haruhi we came to love 3 years ago. The SOS Brigade is back for good.
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (2009), Episode
12 13 14: Endless Eight.
Coming off the events of Lone Island Syndrome, to Haruhi it is of course clear that summer vacation is the time to do all the fun stuff that is usually associated with it, and who better to enjoy summer vacation to the fullest with than with her friends? And this is but just one of the reasons she is so loved; she truly lives life to the fullest.
And first on the itinenary is a trip to the local swimming pool; which means another chance to showcase the girls in their flattering swimsuits, of course.
Though I’m wondering how Haruhi can keep her ribbon intact in the water; is it easier than it looks or something?
You know, somehow it feels like I’ve been here before….oh never mind, it must be my imagination. With all of the trolling that Kadokawa has foisted on us since they first made an announcement about Disappearance, I’m probably just worrying too much.
Yuki’s been looking a little weird lately. I mean, she’s a humanoid interface, so she’s supposed to be acting differently from normal humans, but still….there’s something different even from her usual self. I mean, look at her. When was the last time we ever saw her not reading a book? If she would read a book with one hand while water-skiing with the other, you’d think she’ll be reading again here.
Come to think of it, Haruhi is the type to drag lazy bums off their couches, out of their houses to really live life in the outside world; certainly a very different type of character from the kind that get love from today’s anime fans nowadays. Yet, she remains the most popular of them all even to this day despite that, and one must wonder why. Is it because it’s precisely because of her proactive attitude towards life? Are we all Kyons who secretly wish for a Haruhi to drag us out of our comfort zone to really live life?
Okay, seriously, something feels a little….off. There’s this inexplicable feeling that I just can’t put in words, but it’s there. I mean….how do I put it? It’s like, well, this is the second coming of Haruhi. On top of that, this episode covers the Endless Eight storyline, definitely one of the better short stories in the Haruhi canon. You’d think I’d be more excited about this, but for some reason I’m….not. Meh, I dunno. Maybe it’s just a succession of late nights recently. I should probably sleep early tonight for once.
Kyon always getting stuck with the tab is a running gag that never gets old, but sometimes I wonder why the rest of the SOS Brigade don’t pity him once in a while. I mean, Yuki can create money out of thin air if she wants, and certainly both Mikuru and Itsuki must have an "operational budget"; why is it always the poor "normal guy" with a student’s limited budget?
Next is an O-Bon festival, which means yukatas, of course! And they look mighty fine in yukata, all right.
You know, I keep getting this weird feeling all episode that I’ve seen this festival scene before. As if I’ve already blogged about it before; the last time I can clearly recall, it was one in Misae’s arc in CLANNAD ~AS~, but it feels as if it was more recent than that. Why is that….bah. Maybe it’s just that festival scenes are a dime a dozen in anime these days.
Is it just me, or is there something different about the way Yuki is looking at the masks? It’s a wonder as it is that she could be interested in such a thing in the first place; it must signify something to her, the question is what. A reminder of "home", perhaps?
I can sympathize with Kyon, and I’ll bet most others can too. There’s always this one guy or girl who’s so good with homework, they always manage to finish off the vacation assignments very early somehow, while the rest of us have to slog through it for the entire period, with probably quite a bit of procrastination to the last day thrown in for good measure. Vacation homework is the bane of student life alright; how do these people deal with it so easily?
Next on the itinenary, cicada catching. Haruhi sure is plowing through all the signature summer activities here.
Next is a one-day part-time job. Must be a bitch to be stuck inside these walking furnaces in the height of summer.
So….that’s the same frog costume that appeared in Someday In the Rain, right? At least now we know where it came from….
As if all the summer activities Haruhi keeps dragging them around to wasn’t enough, the SOS Brigade sans Haruhi herself suddenly decides to have meeting in the dead of night, just to have a meeting regarding…..wait, what? WUUUUUUUUUUUUT.
So….the deal here is, the SOS Brigade has become stuck in an endless recursion of time, starting from the 17th of August to the 31st. And when they reach the end of this timeframe, everything resets to the "save point" of the 17th, and all the activities they’ve done so far and will do until the 31st will be repeated once again. Which means….I’ve done all this before. Urgh, I’ll probably have to go back and change the episode count….including this time, that’s how many times have they repeated time now?
…..15,499 times. What. The. Fuck. That means I’ve been writing about Endless Eight for this many times? Over and over again? Rinse and repeat? Wow, I think my head is hurting like fuck just thinking about something like this. On the other hand….at least I know now why I wasn’t as enthused over this episode as I thought I would be; seeing the same thing over and over for 15,499 times will do that to anyone, even if all that comes of it is deja vu. You have to pity poor Yuki though, since she’s the only one who would remember anything….I probably said something like that as well, too. In any case, let’s see….screw this, I’ll call this Episode 13. Actually, just to be safe, make that Episode 14.
And it’s all because, despite all of the activities that Haruhi has been dragging the rest of the SOS Brigade around, there still ends up something which she always never got around to doing, despite only subconsciously having any clue as to what that could be. And if she herself doesn’t consciously know, what less the rest of the Brigade….you know, Kyon has always been pretty quick to get pissed at Haruhi, but I think that if there’s actually a good reason to be so, this would be it. Heck, I’ll bet even Yuki’s patience would be tested at something like this.
You know, I’d comment on how good the two looked sleeping together like that. I’d compare the two lookers, comment on which one I’ll choose if I had to pick between the both of them, and comment on how different people might have different tastes in girls. I’ll probably even mention that I’ll be cool just to see them bond with each other, if you know what I mean. But, I get the feeling I’ve already said all of that most out of 15,499 times before, so I’ll just leave it here.
And despite looping itself over and over at the behest of the God Empress’s will, time still flies all too fast, and already it’s near the end of the current loop. Alright, if there ever is a time to stop all this, it’s now, guys….
….no good, huh? Bah. Excuse me for a moment while I go make myself taller.
Well, I guess that’s how it is, then? We’re going to end up in the 15,500th loop at this rate, so…..oh, whatever. I don’t care anymore. If all this is going to happen again, there’s no meaning in finishing this article up properly. Whether a new episode ever comes or not, well, I guess I’ll leave it to the "me" then.
Lights out, later bitches.