Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody

Suzumiya Haruhi

Rejoice Haruhiists! The moment you’ve been waiting for three years has finally come! It’s a new episode of Haruhi!

Okay that’s enough of her. Now we continue to the awsm part of the episode, more Mikuru!!!

Suzumiya Haruhi

Kawaii…

Suzumiya Haruhi

Ah! Kawaii!

Suzumiya Haruhi

Oh wow oh wow oh wow. Adult Mikuru!

Suzumiya Haruhi

Oh god, kawaii!

Suzumiya Haruhi

Sexy, cute and fucking awesome.

Suzumiya Haruhi

Oh dear god.. kawaii!

Suzumiya Haruhi

And for the Nagato fans. Damn, the part where she takes off her glasses after synchronizing with her 3-years later self.

Suzumiya Haruhi

Yay! Let’s sleep together for three years, Mikuru.

Impressions:

  • Art looks more “chibi” than 2006. I guess animating all the Key and the 4-koma series has certainly made KyoAni more towards to that style. Kyon looks rather younger while Haruhi does look more… chubbier.
  • I’m glad Mikuru is still Mikuru.
  • Not a bad job for three years time. Now to hope they actually have done enough episodes to fill up one cour. Elsewise….. orz
  • Seriously, wtf is Kadokawa and KyoAni’s PR department doing with Haruhi. Oh well….

50 Comments

  1. DKellis Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:02 am

    It feels a little weird to watch the full-sized characters after Haruhi-chan.

  2. Kaisos Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:04 am

    Art was pure shit compared to the original episodes. Episode itself was good though.

  3. metalsnakezero Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:17 am

    YES! *Ripping shirt off due to excitement…….again(last time was when Hayate season 2 was confirmed)*

  4. Xellos-_^ Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:27 am

    ALL HAIL THE GOD-EMPRESS

    MAY SHE REIGN A THOUSAND YEARS

  5. Rawr Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:33 am

    One must wonder why the animation budget looks like it’s been cut in half and more cheaply produced that k-on when the fact that kyoani must have made a shitload of money off the original franchise, and more than enough for a well-animated installment… Did their art directors decide to quit? Or is it just that they’re getting lazy with keeping up the quality, seeing as crappy subpar art as K-on passes as good fluid animation in the eyes of nubcakes?

  6. Hirohata Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:40 am

    My tears… They’re still there… T-T

  7. The Hordesman Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 5:12 am

    …And no Duke Nukem Forever? Goddamn, I lost money there.

  8. Kuruno-logical order Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 5:27 am

    it’s in chronological order (in Kyon’s point of view of course)

  9. ithekro Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    First image: “Good news everyone!”

    The explosion of data from 3 years ago is being repeated in the present all across the Internet.

    Funny the the Kyoto Animation site, nor Haruhi.tv have been updated. Looks like the lid is still officially on until it airs on more stations.

  10. Kraker2k Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 5:57 am

    New episodes are going to be spliced in between older ones.

    01. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
    02. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
    03. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
    04. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
    05. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part V
    06. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part VI
    07. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
    08. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody part I (new)
    09. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody part II (new)
    10. Mysterique Sign
    11. Endless Eight part I (new)
    12. Endless Eight part II (new)
    13. Remote Island Syndrome part I
    14. Remote Island Syndrome part II
    15. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part I (new)
    16. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part II (new)
    17. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part III (new)
    18. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV (new)
    19. The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00
    20. Live Alive
    21. The Day of Sagittarius
    22. Someday in the Rain
    23. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part I (new)
    24. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part II (new)
    25. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part III (new)
    26. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV (new)
    27. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part V (new)
    28. The Disappearence of Haruhi Suzumiya part VI (new)

    So that’s 14 new episodes, a whole season 2. It’s a shame they’ve spliced it up like this.

  11. keikakudoori Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 6:10 am

    Thank you God!

  12. Vee Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 6:25 am

    WHERE CAN I FIND THIS *_*

  13. ithekro Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    Your oder is a little off since I believe they finishe Bamboo Leaf in this one episode. Eightless Eight will likely only be one episode and will take place after Lone Island (it is set the week after they get back from their trip).

    Sighs might be that long. But there should be a few episodes after Dissapearance, (Snow Mountain, First Sight Lover, and Where did the Cat Go?) or else they will use the Haruhi Drama CD and anime original content to fill in the few remaining spots

  14. shaoron Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 8:01 am

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFINALLLY!!!!

  15. Catrophy Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 8:07 am

    Wheres middle school haruhi caps at kuro?! sighsighsigh

  16. lolcookies Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 8:15 am

    OH HELL YEAH.

  17. lala Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    sonofoabitch. now i have to rewatch haruhi just to make sense of this weird-assed episode overlapping layout.

  18. TJ Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    Uh what… jeez just when I was thinking of starting to watch Haruhi. I’m confused now.

  19. Kaisos Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    Which is exactly why this is episode 8 of the rebroadcast.

    It makes sense if you’ve been watching everything up until now.

  20. Tokkan Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    @Kraker2k

    They covered the whole of BLR in this episode, so no “part 2”.

  21. TJR Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    “One must wonder why the animation budget looks like it’s been cut in half and more cheaply produced”

    Kyoto Animation found a loyal following already, so there’s no need to maintain top standards (and as of now, the goal is to keep pump out more shows while they’re hot). As long as the company remains one step ahead of the average studio, few are likely to stop watching/buying their work.

    I already said it would happen back when they animated Kanon.

  22. Kaisos Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Or maybe there’s a recession and they’re producing two shows at once?

  23. Kanon_fan82 Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    I’m so confused…..I’ve been out of the blogosphere for the last month or so because of work….OTZ Are these OVAs or an actual 2nd season?

  24. Kaisos Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    They’re rebroadcasting the original 14 episodes, in chronological order, with 14 new episodes placed where they would be in the chronological timeline, according to the novels.

    The next new episode, Endless Eight, a story about summer vacation, will air in four weeks, followed by 2-4 new episodes, depending.

  25. TJR Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    “Or maybe there’s a recession and they’re producing two shows at once?”

    Recession might mean a bit less profit. However, considering how well the DVDs sell (they also negotiate relatively prominent positions on the production committees, which means a nice piece of the pie), they’re still making crazy amounts of money.

    As for two shows going at once, that’s what I mean by pumping out shows while the momentum is strong. They’re a larger company now, and they have a system to ensure regular output (this typically means less time per project since multiple contracts are lined up ahead of time…..there’s a constant obligation to meet whatever schedule the partners request), which is naturally a shift toward quantity over quality.

    This isn’t a criticism of Kyoto Animation. They employ many people, demand for their product is high, and comparatively sized studios do no better. However, it’s clear that KyoAni’s priorities and production structure are evolving.

  26. wath the Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    Just curious but…did this come out of the blue? I don’t follow anime news religiously…but this surprised me quite a bit. Was this a looooonngg time coming?

  27. Rawr Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

    Evolving in a negative direction so as to completely forget the reason as to why they gained a cult in the first place. They gained a cult because of the stunning animation found in most of their key adaptations (bar Clannad which was a mixed bag of both good and bad), and for their attention to detail in stuff like FMP and Haruhi.

    Also, the fact that they could stay loyal I think nearly 100% of the time to the source material, yet still find make it entertaining to watch because of the fluid animation was another reason people regarded the studio so highly.

    They’ve still managed to hold on to the second point, but their animation has clearly gone downhill in recent years. What I’m saying is that they had better realize that this cheap Lucky Star floppy distorted chibi shit that has seemed to evolve into their main style as of late isn’t going to satisfy people for long.

    Truth be told, the last thing I expected was for K-on animation to mimic Lucky Star, I was quite disappointed when I found they were using that chibi style, as opposed to a more solid, albeit more static one. Even then, I could forgive it because K-on wasn’t a show where animation was necessary to deliver the comedy. However, for Haruhi…. after 3 whole years of trolling, false marketing, and cryptic messages, what they deliver, while plot wise is worthwhile, was clearly a mediocre effort at animation.

    Frankly, I know they can do better, as do most people, because I’ve seen them do better. And if cutting down the number of shows means improving the quality of each show, I say they should do so, since increasing the quantity and forsaking the quality is equivalent to shafting their fanbase who loved their quality. While I didn’t find any noticeably jarring errors in the animation this episode, the quirks in proportion due to the style pissed me off because it was definitely not the kind quality I was expecting from one of my favorite studio. Call it whining or what not, but when the quality of animation falls from a studio known for excellent animation, I think it’s reasonable to complain.

    tl;dr: Animation style sucks compared to previous season. Bring back old style and quality, and we have ourselves an enjoyable ride.

  28. Jason Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    omg since when? @_@ I thought we’d need to wait half a decade moar~

  29. du5k Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    “11. Endless Eight part I (new)
    12. Endless Eight part II (new)”

    You mean “Endless August”?

  30. Kaisos Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    First off, rawr, the animation really isn’t THAT different. What is different is the camera and framing styles they’re using.

    I say eh. It’s still Haruhi.

    And no, they’re not going to give us the old style back. There’s a new animation director working on the new episodes.

    And du5k, it’s “Endless Eight”, although the “Eight” does indeed mean “August”.

  31. cmlim Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    OH THE PAIN!MORE HARUHI?!NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    WHERE’S MY FULL METAL PANIC?!WHERE IS IT?!!!!!!!

    Seriously,I just hope the fanbase is not overactive towards Haruhi again………………………………….

  32. Water Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    What? Tsundere loli Haruhi is the WIN.

  33. Phil Collins Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

    I do, i’ve got more than a few original resin figures that I wouldn’t mind selling if the fanbase is as crazy or crazier than before. XD

  34. Ipsod Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    People trying to justify the first run’s art style against the latest aired Episode 8 are fooling themselves into idiocy. How can you forget the already varied art quality in the first run? There’s a discernible difference, especially if you remember Remote Island Syndrome. KyoAni is notorious for using different episode directors and key animators.

    Anyone complaining about the art now must retrofit their complaints to the original run because there were some pretty horrendous dips in quality if one were to compare it internally in KyoAni. Any comparisons to another anime is redundant unless they were aiming for the exact art style that Suzumiya Haruhi utilizes.. in which there are zero.

  35. Patches Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    Hmm… Troll post? Sure!

    What I think you are all experiencing is a change in yourselves. Sure, the animation isn’t spectacular, but the problem isn’t that you were expecting animation of equal quality. You were expecting MUCH MUCH BETTER.

    Sush!

    All of you who teased out the chronology and explained why I should be looking forward to this: Thank you. The rest of you should be quiet. We are NOT paying for this, ATM. If you object to the animation quality, distribute your fansubs, don’t buy merch and DO NOT BUY THE DVDs when they come out here…

    That said, I agree with Water. Tsun-tsun Middle School Haruhi WAS made of win.

  36. shaoron Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

    need to wait another 3 weeks for new stuff

    Mysterique sign and Remote Island Syndrome are next.
    and according to Baka-tsuki’s time line, endless 8 follows the near death of the mansion owner…

  37. shaoron Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    crap… should’ve posted the before…
    http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Suzumiya_Haruhi:Timeline

  38. Tremere Said,

    May 22, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    It took them 3 years because Kyon had to time travel 3 years back.

    See ? It all made sense.

    Let nobody complain about KyoAni not following source material 100% anymore. Splicing new episodes into the first season is exactly what is needed to fix that jumbled up sequence of events.

    By splicing, they are fixing the entire Haruhi anime sequence to present events and situations exactly like the light novels have covered.

  39. Michael | Low on Hit Points Said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 1:15 am

    The new episode was animated more than just fine. It was great. People knocking the animation need to get their eyes checked. Sounds to me like people are just looking for something, anything, to bitch about. Either that or their “standards” have long since left reality.

  40. Kaioshin Sama Said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    @Tremere: Except no because the light novel chapters never got released sequentially in The Sneaker or the volumes anyway. It’s not even a matter of following source material, it’s just how Kadokawa chose to have the episodes aired.

    Also, it taking them three years has little to do with Kyon going back in time in the story. Especially since it actually took them 3 years and 19 days. If they really had some sort of tie in to the story planned with all of this then it would have been three years to the day. Not that I would have ever believed they did anyway because I’m not into seeing numbers and plans in things when they aren’t actually there like Jim Carey in The Number 23.

    @Michael: It’s kind of hard to ignore things like the chess pieces changing to the opposite colours for Kyon and Itsuki right in front of my face when they did the cut away from the close up of a white rook to a suddenly black one that Kyon was moving. Trust me there are some issues with animation consistency in that scene alone and no I don’t need to get my eyes checked. It wasn’t as bad as some people are making it out to be, but it was far from great just the same.

  41. Kaioshin Sama Said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    Scratch that, three years and 50 or so days.

  42. Kyon Said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    I watched the TV Series and I watched this just because of all the buzz.

    I can’t see what’s so good in it. It simply bored me to tears. Can anyone tell me what they found so good that I have missed or are Haruhi fans just pedos?

  43. vinson Said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    welcome back kami-sama. so this means that season2 is some what or really[?] connected to season1

  44. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    May 23, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

    Ahem…

    FINALLY OH MY GOD I THOUGHT IT WOULD TAKE FOREVER FOR THEM TO CONTINUE THE SERIES I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE OTHER EPISODES AND BOOK 10 AND EVERYTHING ELSE!

    *cough*

    Okay, there, I got it out. :D

    It’s looking good so far. I’m not gonna nitpick unless it turns really bad, which I doubt it will. Now that Haruhi episodes are coming out again, all these world economy troubles and unknown animal diseases don’t seem to matter as much anymore. ^o^

  45. Michael | Low on Hit Points Said,

    May 24, 2009 @ 4:48 am

    @ Kaioshin Sama

    Wow, so you find one slight continuity error in one scene and that means the animation quality has dropped? There wasn’t a single continuity error in season 1? You have to be kidding me! Who in the world unconsciously nitpicks at that level? Are you then even watching the anime, or only watching for the animation? I didn’t see any appreciable drop in animation, and yet people are exclaiming that KyoAni is going down the dumps. lol

  46. Komidol Said,

    May 24, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    Kurogane, you’re a Mikuru fan…ugh…

  47. Shingbat Said,

    May 25, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    I think what most people are confusing is that there wasn’t a huge drop in animation quality, there was a very noticeable change in style. A lot of people were expecting at least an approximate or similar style as the first season, which had less “chibi” and lucky-star style character proportions.

    But really, it’s the coloring that sticks out the most in my mind. S1 made frequent use of overlays and screens, (something Clannad did to an extreme in a lot of cases) but so far, on this one episode I see a lot of flat coloring ala Lucky-Star. Take a look at the scene where Kyon and Mikaru are leaving Nagato’s apartment, it will pop right out at you. Something just looks off.

    Despite this, it’s still Haruhi, and it’s still Kyon’s sarcastic monologues. Which means that it’s great, but the littlest change in style tends to be glaring when the rest of it is so spot on.

  48. Svynn Said,

    May 29, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    I think the art is not as good as the original one… But the new stories are good… Phew! Mikuru is so kawaii!!! Waaaa

  49. ~xxx Said,

    May 30, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    …ALL Hail Haruhi!

    But I guess I had to start all over again I finish the old one.

  50. Strafe Said,

    July 1, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

    Thanks Kraker2K I’ve been going nuts trying to get a proper listing of the new episodes. So Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody and Endless Eight are divided into 2 parts. My entire family are hooked on Harui and I’m their only source of information now I can let them know what is the real deal with the episode splicing. I think I like it, it somewhat an innovation in anime concept and it’s really fun hunting down episodes, (but of course I would never approve if this is applied to all anime shows). Funny how Harui Suzumiya is always a part of the credits displays as the Ultra Director, now I know. At first the Episode mix of Season 1, then the splicing of Season 2. Makes me feel like we are all Kyon’s having to deal with Harui’s fantasies. . .I guess we all should be in the credits too for keeping up with her don’t ya think?

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