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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.

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