The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009) Episode 2! Talk about SUMMER!!!!!
Garrick: Alright! I’m here ON TIME, with the second new episode of the ever-hyped SHnY… Second season, no less! I’m totally ready to review this episode! And of course, with my ever robust knowledge of the series outside of the anime itself, say… the novel, and other things…
Oh wait. This wasn’t based on the novel? If it was, please tell me which chapter this was… because I can’t for the life of me, remember a part of the novels that involved what you’re about to see in my post.
Garrick: Of course, like any other episode, this is mainly about Haruhi pushing Kyon around and making him do whatever she wants. Not that they’d (and I, for that matter) would have it any other way. And Kyon’s even given up in trying to talk sense into Haruhi. Defeatism? I think so. We still get plenty of his trademark sarcastic remarks that without would leave SHnY unfulfilled…
Garrick: And we start with a day, nearing the end of the yearly summer vacation… With a call to Kyon out of the blue from… who else but our beloved Brigade Leader, Suzumiya Haruhi. For what? We’re going to go swimming!
Garrick: Yes, it’s fanservice, yes, it’s kinda annoying… but it’s Haruhi. Every anime’s gotta have it, a swimsuit scene, and, we get ours today. Yes, we’re all swimming at the public swimming pool, and of course, Kyon’s (and, well, Itsuki, but, whatever) responsible for transportation… by bike. Keep on trucking (biking), Kyon, just keep going.
Garrick: As it turns out Haruhi’s got a whole list of trademark Japanese summer events to go to, including cicada capturing (and releasing), goldfish grabbing, fireworks firing… All that good stuff that I want to do some day.
Garrick: And, as you can guess, we have our menial-task worker, Kyon who is responsible for the funding for all these club events. I feel sorry for him. Where does he get these deep pockets? Able to pay for the SOS Brigade through all these days? Whatever he had is all gone now, I bet. Or, at least the rest of the events…
I’ll be honest now. I am ROYALLY pissed at myself right now. I was unnerved by the fact that I didn’t know which chapter this came from. I read over the chapter that this episode was named after… Endless Eight, and when I read it… it all made sense.
I remember it all, and I am sorry for that failure of an opening paragraph. Yell at me all you want… I am losing my hope as a Haruhi fan… Not remembering this… I’m going to leave that opening paragraph there, just as a testament to how 3 years can dull a Harutard’s memory.
Garrick: Which makes me totally anticipate the next episode a lot…
Garrick: But I can say nothing about that. So… yeah.
Garrick’s Rating for Episode Two: 9/10
Garrick’s Anticipation Scale: 11/10
Garrick’s Random Input: New OP!
Allright, I was saying how they would end up showing us their new OP a week later? Here it is. Yeah.
It’s not as good as Bouken Bouken Desho. Or Hare Hare Yukai. Or Tomare! for that matter. Super Driver… just isn’t that good of a song. Some of the melodic strings in the song are really… well… they sound quite bad, and, while, like always, Hirano-sama’s voice is awesome, it seems… almost… overpowering… almost unfitting to the song.
But that has nothing to do with the visuals. Me and Minnie were talking a while back about the animation sequences for this season’s OP’s… she said that Eden of the East was one of the best, and I agreed with her.
Except, this, in my own opinion, of course, is better. How about a picture?