From the last chronological episode.

There are times when it is best to avoid certain parts of the Internet, specifically the locales populated by the more excitable features of fandom. Like a gathering storm, one might be able to see the dark clouds in the distance, forming an eldritch vortex centered around the site of momentous events, often enshrined in a multi-stage boss fight with pseudo-Latinate choirs. The wisest course of action in these cases is to Be Somewhere Else.

I feel oddly detached from what has been described as Kyoto Animation's "god-level trolling". I am entirely satisfied with the first and thus far only season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, being a fairly complete story of reasonable quality. The rumours of a second season are welcome, but not essential, like the much-touted need for New Fans, or Fans Who Need To Keep Their Interest Up. Personally, I believe that if a show is good, then it is good, and does not require constant infusions of new content to be enjoyable. This is not a MMORPG, paid for monthly; it is a regular game, paid for once (with a rather larger amount of cash) and done. Theoretically, at least: the endless stream of patches most games go through are a worrying sign of the times, and the analogy breaks down somewhat, since by the time you get to pay for an anime (putting aside digital distribution), it has already been "patched" to a final-ish version with the animation corrections on the DVDs.

My blase attitude could be due to my self-identification, among others, as a gamer: if I were affected intensely by every delay and cancellation, I would not be able to see the humour in the developer definition of "soon". I know I am not alone in this, as I've heard Haruhi S2 described as anime's Duke Nukem Forever, with some wondering if it would turn into a Starcraft Ghost.

Comments about "leaving the franchise to die" are equally misguided, as my favourite anime of all time bar none is Card Captor Sakura, now coming on to a decade of existence, and I certainly don't believe that it has been abandoned. My love of the show is not ephemeral and weak. When I named The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as my second favourite anime, it will remain my second favourite anime until something even better comes along, but it will not lose any of its lustre with age.

Besides, I'm still busy with the side project of genderswapping the characters, so I will be in the fandom for a very long time to come.

5 Responses to “The Perspective of Haruhi Suzumiya”
  1. steelbound says:

    I'm actually more excited about seeing K-On!, KyoAni's spring project, then the second season of Haruhi. It's something new from them and seems like a good fit to their strengths. I figure when they're ready to do Haruhi, they'll do it – I don't want to see an inferior product.

    Watching the second season of Clannad, I'm noticing that they're slipping in different animation techniques and looks on occasion and it's been to good effect. I think then as time goes on, KyoAni is getting better and the more we wait – the better the second season will be.

  2. GreyDuck says:

    The very notion of "leaving the franchise to die" is absurd. It's an anime series, not the gorram Batman or James Bond movies.

  3. Silverdragon15 says:

    I'm kind of surprised we are having a rerun. I mean…why bother? Oddly enough, this isn't the only Haruhi production that's being released this year. I'm curious what they are up to.

    Or it could be a really badly planned out marketing gig.

  4. Travis says:

    I don't know… I mean, the story really isn't over, though. I can see why we won't have a second season of Air or Kanon, or a third season of Clannad, or any more of CCS. But with Haruhi, the source material spans quite a bit more than what was originally adapted, and I think there's more than enough to make a good and interesting second season.

    That being said, I really have the same mindset; it'll be out when it's out, and I'm sure they will get a lot of my money when it does.

  5. I liked the Haruhi anime, but I'm perfectly content with there only being one season. The light novels are finally going to get release in North America this year, so I'll still get to see what I've been missing. No big deal.