Suzumiya Haruhi-chan – 01
Yes, the pictures have mouse-over captions!
Episode opens with some Carl Sagan Google Earth type view, then mega fast zoom-in to nail Haruhi-chan square in the forehead. Except she’s probably got the hardest head in the universe, so she cracks the lens. So it goes. She’s also in Lego-esque CG. So it goes.
After pedaling up that hill he always talks about to return home, Kyon is welcomed by a pissed off drill-kicking imouto. Turns out he left her at home all day with nothing to do, except beat up on Shamisen. Oh yes, violent and clingy bagloli, a side we didn’t see in the real series. Afterwards, Kyon heads to bed, where the image of hitsuji Mikuru-chan and shepard wanko Haruhi-chan pops into his mind. I should mention at this point that while “hitsuji” means “sheep”, “shitsuji” means “butler”, like Hayate, Sebastian, etc. Ha ha.
Anyways, through some inexplicable transition, Kyon ends up in the dream world where sheep are moe and dogs are tsundere. And mountains talk, as Mt Fujitsuki floats up behind him and starts chatting it up. Curiously, there’s a “MADE IN” tag on his back, which begs the question – where? Japan, China, or by some poor kid in Cambodia?
So their conversation makes absolutely no sense, which I suppose is funny in 2009. There’s some talk about luckiness and Mt. Fuji and Kyon turns into one of those netherworld dudes that Itsuki’s boys beat up on routinely for a one-line tsukkomi response.
Then ‘Tsuru’ya-chan shows up, spouts a few lines of her idiosyncratic nonsense, and Kyon inexplicably starts to look for an eggplant (is this based on some old Japanese play that all Japanese know about?) and finds it on the ground, attached to a cell phone. Eggplant is “nasu” in Japanese, so I guess that’s close enough to “Nagato”.
Kyon decides that he’s had enough, and wants out – who else but Nagato to explain in that moenotone voice how to do it – go to sleep in the dream world and you wake up back in the real world. Naturally, Haruhinsomnia shows up again and counts some Mikuru sheep… and Kyon wakes up. Ughhhhh
I guess this is a good place to chronicle just what the hell’s been going on over at Kadokawa these past few days – after announcing in Newtype last month that there would be a BIG ANNOUCEMENT in this month’s issue about Haruhi (yes, they announced an annoucement), together with a caffeinated Hirano Aya CM mentioning NEW HARUHI ANIME, people were getting pretty excited, given the timing and the deeelaayyyys with season two – well, turns out the “new anime” was just a rerun for those people who didn’t get to watch it the first time around.
Seriously? How many people is that? Two? Perhaps the whole joke with “Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi” is that we’ll never actually get to see it.
So anyways, people were pretty pissed off at Kadokawa for trolling them hardcore, but it ain’t over yet… they had previously announced the Haruhi-chan anime, slated for YouTube release on Friday the 13th (should’ve seen it coming), and when it finally went up on Kadokawa’s YouTube channel, we were treated to none other than a NICE BOAT video.
At least School Days had a good reason for pushing their broadcast back – some batshit crazy schoolgirl went Higurashi on her dad the day before.
So anyways, suffice to say Kadokawa’s marketing team is at defcon 1 right now, and while they’ve since apologized for their recent transgressions, I don’t think anybody is going to take anything they say seriously anymore. Watch – next, we’ll have an annoucement that Haruhi is getting a blu-ray release, and it’ll just be DVD. It really conjures up images of the saying “don’t bite the hand that feeds”, but what if that hand is constantly giving you the middle finger? Bastards.
As for the episode itself, I’m not quite sure what to think – I haven’t read the Haruhi-chan manga but I hear it’s pretty good, and uhhh I guess they didn’t quite capture the quirkiness in the sub-5-minute episode. Like Lucky Star, they’re probably make a ton of cultural references that just fly over my head, so if anyone out there knows anything about wtf is going on, please enlighten me!
If anything, it’s pretty cool that the original seiyuu cast is all present – KyoAni probably has them all on speed dial (did you know the Munto girl has the same seiyuu as Minegishi in Lucky Star?), and as usual, they do a solid job. Kinda wished the art would’ve been better, given the voice cast, but I guess they’re busy divying up work between Clannad, Munto, K-ON, Haruhi-chan (clearly not Disappearance).