As quoted off Canned Dogs:
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu new animation
Pics from Newtype
The reason why they cancelled 2nd season and started “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu new animation” instead was because they felt that they couldn’t just do a 2nd season and that they wanted to do a completely new “Haruhi” again. They’re still deciding on the concept for the new anime and how it’ll be like and having meetings for how the story will go.
It’s still probably going to be about disappearance, with those character designs that are shown.
What? Wow, that was interesting.
Checking out the picture on zepy’s blog reveals a long haired Haruhi (yay!!), a much amicable Kyon looking at Yuki with a Santa hat on her head, and Santarina Mikuru getting glomped by Haruhi. Looks pretty interesting, but I wonder if it’s a promo stunt again, since I don’t really see much changes.
Perhaps they decided that adapting 100% from the source material is a bit of hassle and maybe they’re taking the basic storyline, but changing it to a more conventional one? Just my conjecture at this point.
Anyways, long hair Haruhi looks 35% hotter to me. I sure hope we see that in the new work. I’m such a sucker for long hair.