The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, along with Azumanga Daioh, occupies a special spot in the ever-expanding library of anime that I’ve watched. This is because, when I first watched them almost simultaneously, they were my first exposure to anime beyond Gundam and popular shounen series.
I watched it not too long after it finished up its broadcast, so I also joined in the waiting for the next season to land. During that time, Haruhi became a polarizing force, dividing the world into those who worshiped Haruhi and those who loathed her, Kyoto Animation did several things which weren’t Haruhi, and Kadokawa got in a fight with Haruhi’s author, supposedly the reason for the holdup on everything Haruhi related. At the same time, we had them releasing bits of information and stepping back to watch the fans devour themselves for almost three years.
So of course, after three years of seeing people obsess over Haruhiism and reading flamewars proclaiming that Haruhi was overhyped, the question was ‘Is Haruhi really as good as I remember?’
Even though Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody was a one-shot chapter in the third volume and mysteriously didn’t get animated when every other chapter in that volume did, there’s a lot of interesting, and important, material here. Taken in casually, it’s interesting enough, but there are some really interesting tidbits if you do a bit of thinking. It’s pretty amazing how well everything that happens in the entire series fits together.
And I guess the other thing about Haruhi that needs to be addressed is whether it can still be considered a dancing animu. Unfortunately, the answer is no. I’m not too upset that they didn’t do another dancing ED. I mean, the current ED is fine, even though there is a lack of dancing. And if you wanted Hare Hare Yukai 2, it’s called Motteke Sailor Fuku. Otherwise, maybe they’ll surprise us with the OP, since it hasn’t been revealed yet.
So new Haruhi is simply more Haruhi. Look forward to a few months of Haruhiism sweeping over the Internets again.