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Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

Now, I've been watching (and reading) a series called Suzumiya Haruhi no yuutsu (and as you can tell from the title, that's what it means in Japanese).

Most people think this is a great series, because you cannot really narrow down the genre. Is it SF, or F, or is it a slice-of-life, or with a mythic arc? Yes, pretty much all that and more.

Suzumiya Haruhi is God - except she doesn't know that. This is the premise of the entire series in a nutshell. If Haruhi wants something, Haruhi gets something. Which is a really neat way of explaining omnipotence. She has the ability to rewrite all of existence, so when she wanted to meet up with aliens, ESPers, time travellers and sliders, she meets up with them.

The anime adaptation was done some years back, mid-2000s, of one or two of the light novels. This year, the news that they would be adapting a second season was met with hails of great joy, because the studio had been trolling the fans for years now concerning the second season.

Guess what? They're trolling the fans again, and in Magnificent Bastard, grand-scale, Haruhi-style trolling of epic proportions. They started off with repeating the first season, but then they slipped in a new episode. But after that, 6, count 'em, SIX entire episodes of the new anime was pretty much the same episode repeated over and over.

Now, the storyline they're adapting actually specifies that time has been looping August for 10k+ times, due to Haruhi not wanting to finish summer vacation. But the storyline only exposes the last loop. The anime has gone through 6
loops, and shows no signs of abatement.

That's how you troll, guys!

Edit: Make that seven. 7 loops. Of the same day. Over and over. This is trolling to incredible heights. It had better be worth it. You hear me? Make it worth it!

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