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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We have left the endless recursion of time...

We have left the endless recursion of time...

Song of the moment: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - Higeki no Heroine (Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou)


"Kyon-kun, denwa!" The fact that this unassuming line has been etched into my memory is testament to the effect of EIGHT different iterations of the episode, Endless Eight. For the non-Haruhiists (is this how you spell it?), the seconde season of anime "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu" A.K.A "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" has been subject to much controversy thanks to its broadcast of eight different iterations of the "Endless Eight" arc in the novels. This has resulted in much complaining and finger pointing among fans of the series, most of which were aimed at the license owners Kadokawa and animation company Kyoto Animation, or KyoAni for short.


I think what is undeniable is that this has been a particularly bad move for both Kadokawa and KyoAni, where they probably alienated everyone save for the most hardcore of Haruhi fans. The situation is being aggravated by their supposed DVD marketing tactic which might lead to serious backlash. I won't speculate on the why as what's important here is to put it in perspective. I really applaud KyoAni (be it as co-conspirators or reluctant victims) for putting in their full effort into animating each and everyone of the Endless Eight episodes. Admittedly, by the third of fourth iteration, I was getting bored out of my mind due to watching the same thing happen over and over again but with different clothes. The end result though, was pure awesomeness, for lack of a better word.


As opposed to a feeling of relief, the final episode was so good that it actually bought a smile to my face when Kyon finally remembered about his homework. Of course, this comes from the perspective of someone who had already read the novels and knew the ending. I won't pretend to be able to understand how the first-time viewer would have felt but I would say that it's worth the wait. In fact, I think Nagato fans like myself would probably appreciate this arc more than anyone. If anything, we probably understood how Nagato "might" have felt during this entire arc.


On more positive anime news, Fate/Stay Night fans can finally rejoice as a movie based on the Unlimited Blade Works arc in the game has been announced (coincidentally, I am playing the UBW arc in FSN now...). To my knowledge, most, if not all of the original seiyu of the anime will reprise their roles. Perhaps we can look forward to Heaven's Feel and Fate/Hollow Atraxia movies? I am still hoping for someone or group (mirror moon?) to start working on a translation of FHA...

To end off, this is my Hinagiku moment from last week's episode of Hayate no Gotoku!!...


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