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Suzumiya Haruhi 2009 – 08 (Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody)


It’s July 7th, which means that it’s Tanabata, and Haruhi wants to commemorate the event by having everyone write their wishes for 16 years and 25 years down the line. Her reasoning for those lengths is because the two stars/gods that grant the wishes are that many light years away from Earth, so wishes will take that long to reach them. She even turns this into a competition to see whose wishes will come true in 16 years, and her own two wishes are for the world to revolve around her and for the world to rotate in reverse. Kyon hears Haruhi mutter wistfully to herself afterward that 16 years is a long time, and she spends the rest of the afternoon staring out the window. During that time, Mikuru passes Kyon a note asking him to stay late, and he gets another one from Yuki as well as she leaves. He only gets to briefly glance at the latter though before Mikuru reveals that she wants him to go with her back in time to three years ago. Weak to Mikuru, especially when she looks like she’s about to cry, Kyon agrees without knowing why they’re going.

Mikuru sits Kyon down, and the next thing he knows, he’s in the park three years ago with his head on her lap. She had to knock him out because she couldn’t let him see how they time travel, but Mikuru herself then falls asleep. This is because adult Mikuru is also here in this time period, and she can’t let her younger self see her. Adult Mikuru directs Kyon to a nearby school and asks him to help someone at the gate, and she herself walks off into the distance after making him promise to keep her a secret from her younger self. When Kyon reaches the junior high school, he finds a younger Haruhi trying to climb over the gate. She immediately recruits him into helping her, and fortunately for Kyon, it’s nighttime, so Haruhi can’t see his face very well. Haruhi has prepared some chalk, and she makes Kyon draw on the field with it exactly as she directs, in the process making him realize that the strange message that Taniguchi once told him about would be written by himself.

Afterward, young Haruhi asks him if he thinks there are aliens, people from the future, espers, and sliders. Kyon says yes to all except for the final one, and he goes on to tell Haruhi that his name is John Smith and that Mikuru is his narcoleptic sister. He also surprises her by guessing that the message she had him write is for Orihime and Hikoboshi since it’s Tanabata, and Haruhi becomes interested in his high school after he mentions that he’s familiar with someone who does something similar. Haruhi then leaves, and Kyon goes to wake Mikuru up. Mikuru panics when she realizes that she’s lost a time machine-like device called a TPDD, and Kyon suspects adult Mikuru is responsible. Staring at the message that Haruhi had him write, Kyon suddenly remembers the note that Yuki had given him, and since the two match, he decides to pay a visit to Yuki’s apartment building. She lets him in after he mentions knowing Haruhi, and he and Mikuru explain everything to her and show her the note. Revealing that she’s synchronized with her future self, Yuki mentions that she’s on standby for three more years, and she notes that there is more than one way to travel through time.

Inside one of the rooms in her apartment, Yuki prepares two beds for Kyon and Mikuru and gets them to sleep. Kyon barely closes his eyes before Yuki turns the light on again, and Mikuru realizes via her watch that they’re already back in their own time period. It turns out that Yuki was able to stop time inside that room for three years, meaning that the first time Kyon came here, he and Mikuru were already in the next room. Yuki also gives Kyon the now-frayed note and explains that it’s a message saying, “I am here.” She doesn’t, however, inform him if it’s an alien language or not. Afterward, Mikuru apologizes to Kyon and tells him that she’s only following orders of her superiors, making him wonder if her superior is her older self. Kyon goes to school the following day like normal and finds Haruhi reminiscing about Tanabatas past. Later, he talks to Itsuki and Yuki about timeline continuity, and Itsuki ends things by wondering if Kyon prefers something happening instead of things remaining peaceful.

ED Sequence

ED: 「止マレ」 (Tomare) by 平野綾, 茅原実里, 後藤邑子 (Hirano Aya, Chihara Minori, Gotou Yuuko)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Show Spoiler ▼

There’s no OP this week, but there was an ED. I found it to be a decent song and pretty good animation sequence, but I don’t think this is going to launch thousands of fan videos like the original Haruhi dance ED did.

It’s been three years and tons of rumors since the first series, but the time has finally come for new episodes of Suzumiya Haruhi. I don’t see why they had to keep everything so under-wraps like they did, but it certainly generated a ton of hype and speculation. Anyway, this first new episode brought back a lot of memories of what was great about the first series. I especially enjoyed seeing Kyon’s attitude again in the face of all the things that Haruhi comes up with. The story was fun as well, though a little overwhelming thanks to all the time travel. It also reminded me of the viral video that was released two years ago, and now everything in that video makes sense (at least for me who has tried to keep myself from being spoiled). And as for the animation quality, it’s about what I thought it’d be in terms of Kyoto Animation works, though certain shots of Kyon looked odd, and the broadcast quality definitely wasn’t the best.

Unfortunately, assuming they keep airing the series chronologically (a pretty same assumption at this point), the next new episodes won’t be for another four weeks. The Mysterique Sign and the Lone Island Syndrome episodes from the original series come next, and after that should be a whole slew of new episodes starting June 18th. It should be an interesting summer…

May 21, 2009 at 9:29 pm
  • May 21, 2009 at 9:31 pmdeezanimenutz

    First in a show I don’t like

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:33 pmair

    Mio who

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:38 pmJoshua

    That was a great episode… I like how they are integrating them into the old episode order…

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:38 pmv1cious

    “first in a show i don’t like”

    then why post?

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:38 pmWcastro


  • May 21, 2009 at 9:39 pmMaka

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:42 pmLQY

    Well, it looks better than I thought…

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:48 pmyoshikee

    Really glad these new eps are coming out, I think I’ll watch the re-runs as well, it;s been a while after all

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:49 pmMaimeDaifuku


    … actually, not really. Kadokawa just screwed with us for 3 years, they lost many viewers to K-ON….

    thankfully, I’m not in any boat (given that I will watch Haruhi when I want to, not now, and that K-ON fever has not taken root in me yet).

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:52 pmRosserfth

    A great episode after all, I specialy like this part of the story and more the 4th novel, I hope, after this episodes, the 10th novel, sorry for the bad english

  • May 21, 2009 at 9:53 pmMinnie

    I love hearing Kyon again. :) Though, I still dislike KyoAni for being the trolls that they are…

    Oh well~ More Kyon please! ^___^


  • May 21, 2009 at 10:11 pmUSHICHAN


  • May 21, 2009 at 10:11 pmahelo


  • May 21, 2009 at 10:21 pmcbhl

    Well, that was certainly an interesting episode.

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:23 pmLeon

    YES, Haruhi-sama!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:24 pmllxwarbirdxll

    Brings back memories. Haruhi was the reason I started visiting this site in the first place.

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:26 pmRickyMack

    wow folks did a quick work with the subs! i did like this story. it’s been awhile since i read the translations for the novels, i had a curious suspicion they might have left out some of kyon’s inner dialogue. low and behold they did =D

    Show Spoiler ▼

    my speculation is the next arc they’re gonna do is disappearance, well i guess everyone who checked out their site two years ago would assume that.

    dammit two years and they still haven’t announced volume 10 of the light novels!

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pmanonymous

    and here comes the eternal newfag summer….

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pmKahiry

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O///O
    I love to see Haruhi again!!!

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pmmegalith


    Well it’s here. After 3 years…. Worth the wait? I don’t know…

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:44 pmbigfire

    Re: RickMack

    unfortunatley not. According to the leaked schedule, Disappearance does not come around until much much later:

    Apr 02 ep01 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
    Apr 09 ep02 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
    Apr 16 ep03 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 3
    Apr 23 ep04 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4
    Apr 30 ep05 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 5
    May 07 ep06 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6
    May 14 ep07 The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
    May 21 ep08 Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (New)
    May 28 ep09 Mysterique Sign
    Jun 04 ep10 Remote Island Syndrome Part1
    Jun 11 ep11 Remote Island Syndrome Part2
    Jun 18 ep12 Endless Eight (New)
    Jun 25 ep13 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (New)
    Jul 02 ep14 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (New)
    Jul 09 ep15 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 3 (New)
    Jul 16 ep16 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 4 (New)
    Jul 23 ep17 The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru Episode 00
    Jul 30 ep18 Live A Live
    Aug 07 ep19 The Day of Sagittarius
    Aug 14 ep20 Someday in the rain
    Aug 21 ep21 The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (New)
    Aug 28 ep22 The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (New)
    Sep 03 ep23 The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya 3 (New)
    Sep 10 ep24 The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya 4 (New)
    Sep 17 ep25 The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya 5 (New)
    Sep 24 ep26 Charmed at First Sight Lover (New)
    Oct 1 ep27 Snow Mountain Syndrome Pt 1 (New)
    Oct 8 ep28 Snow Mountain Syndrome Pt 2 (New)

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:45 pmSamurai Pumpkin

    Man after rewatching episode one you will be amazed at how much sense it makes. Like every couple of minutes there is a reference back to the original episode. There is some very good content in this episode that touches on the source material.

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:49 pmKaisos

    @BigFire: And where, pray, is that schedule from?

    It’s not official, I know that much.

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:55 pmstarss

    K-On who?

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:09 pmkadian1364

    Every bit as good as I expected. At least something to look forward to this Summer.

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:16 pmondivate

    Yes, the colors of the pieces switched.

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:26 pmEspada


  • May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pmpenguintruth

    Our Haruhi has returned. Haruhi bless us all.

    It was like reuniting with an old friend.

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pmMichael | Low on Hit Points

    You gotta love a surprise like this one! Suddenly, I care a little less about every other show I’m following right now…

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:37 pmSnooSnoo

    Sync with her future self? Wouldn’t that mean that Nagato knows everything that will happen? Then what’s the point of observing Haruhi…..

  • May 22, 2009 at 12:04 ambaka~


    nice find even though that schedule is still questionable

    still it irks me to know that kadokawa pissed off millions thanks to the rerun announcement then slaps a new ep suddenly making a majority go back to them on their knees, crying words of praise

  • May 22, 2009 at 12:11 amoTAKu

    It’s seriously been a while now Haruhi *cough3years!cough*

  • May 22, 2009 at 12:16 amcalde

    Well, it’s finally out there. I knew this re-constructured series have 28 episodes so it wasn’t really much of a surprise to me.
    The episode was quite a fun. Kyon’s remarks really make me feel Haruhi show is now back indeed. However, the new ED seems just quite decent, certainly not as good as K-ON’s OP or ED.
    As for the schedule ahead, it’s all speculation and assumption by fans, but it seems KyoAni will very likely do it that way.

  • May 22, 2009 at 12:20 amPfft


  • May 22, 2009 at 12:41 amm00t


    what are you talking about?

    the eternal newfag summer has been around since the first season aired.

  • May 22, 2009 at 12:52 amMeery

    Great episode! It went by so fast, almost, too fast, considering a three-year wait. Gonna have to get used to the slight change in character art-design/style. *waits for the flood of loli-Haruhi doujinshi*

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:02 amMegas

    Well its time to go through another round of horrible raws. Kinda feel sorry for the translators out there.

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:19 amChris

    I wonder if the’ll skip ‘sighs’ and go straight into ‘dissaperance’ after they finish ‘boredom’ cuz you really dont get allllllllllll the jokes in epsisode 00 until youve read (or pssibley watched) ‘sighs’…like shamisen the talking cat….or the mikiru beam R…..

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:25 amlialiakicks

    WTF KyoAni? You make us think that there’s not gonna be another season and then you randomly air a new episode. In chronological order to boot? D:

    All I have to say is that this better be worth the 3 year wait. :/

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:29 amvin-nii

    Thank the Jap otakus who decided to re-watch Haruhi?

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:36 amomimon

    It was a good episode but I would trade it for more episodes of Churuya-san and Haruhi-chan.

  • May 22, 2009 at 2:06 amConsalvo


  • May 22, 2009 at 2:35 amJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    Ah, Haruhi has returned, to my great annoyance. As it turns out, just within the last month I’ve read most of the Haruhi novels (translated by Baka-Tsuki; I won’t include the link, because I have a tendency of getting flagged as spam by the comment filter on this site).

    Would have much appreciated season two last season :P

  • May 22, 2009 at 2:59 amExia

    loli haruhi yummm

  • May 22, 2009 at 4:21 amExia

    loli haruhi yummm
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  • May 22, 2009 at 4:22 amahelo

    after 3 yrs…… FINALLY!!!!!!!

  • May 22, 2009 at 5:07 ammi

    lol@bamboo leaf rhapsody

    where the hell did that came from!?

    i hope the op has dance
    when we talk of haruhi
    we talk of

  • May 22, 2009 at 8:35 amSaku

    Ok. Am I being nutty or is 3 years just a coincidence, or in correlation with the plot? Damn kyoani, you screw with my head.

  • May 22, 2009 at 9:20 amKev

    Kyoani just put us in the same shoes as Kyon and Asahina with the 3 years sleep. We’ve just been waked up by Yuki now that Haruhi(season 2) is back. =)

    Isn’t it just a coincidence? Or Kyoani really wait for 3 years just to release season 2 in order to synchronize to the story. LOL

  • May 22, 2009 at 9:38 amyuuji

    well actually it was kadokawa that trolled not kyoani..kadokawa decides when the anime gets to be published XD

  • May 22, 2009 at 9:44 amgeneva

    I just bought the first light novel at Amazon, but, from what I’m hearing, there are 10 volumes? Dang! I should have checked out baka suki first. I don’t like reading novels on a computer, but its better than waiting for all the volumes to be translated… Oh yeah, and I got the manga too. Are they basicly the same thing? this is my first manga or light novel, so I’m just getting the feel still.

  • May 22, 2009 at 9:48 amBK-110

    This is the broadcast order that a fellow Gametrailers members posted:

    Apr 02 ep01 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
    Apr 09 ep02 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
    Apr 16 ep03 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 3
    Apr 23 ep04 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4
    Apr 30 ep05 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 5
    May 07 ep06 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6
    May 14 ep07 The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
    May 21 ep08 Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (NEW)
    May 28 ep09 Mysterique Sign
    Jun 04 ep10 Remote Island Syndrome Part1
    Jun 11 ep11 Remote Island Syndrome Part2
    Jun 18 ep12 Endless Eight (NEW)
    Jun 25 ep13 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (NEW)
    Jul 02 ep14 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (NEW)
    Jul 09 ep15 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 3 (NEW)
    Jul 16 ep16 The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru Episode 00
    Jul 23 ep17 Live A Live
    Jul 30 ep18 The Day of Sagittarius
    Aug 07 ep19 Someday in the rain
    Aug 14 ep20 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 (NEW)
    Aug 21 ep21 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (NEW)
    Aug 28 ep22 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 3 (NEW)
    Sep 03 ep23 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya 4 (NEW)
    Sep 10 ep24 Charmed at First Sight Lover (NEW)
    Sep 17 ep25 Snow Mountain Syndrome Part1 (NEW)
    Sep 24 ep26 Snow Mountain Syndrome Part2 (NEW)
    Oct 01 ep27 Where Did the Cat Go? (NEW)
    Oct 08 ep28 Disappearance Epilogue (NEW)

    It looks pretty much like what I expected. I think this is believable enough, even if she/he didn’t post a source.

  • May 22, 2009 at 9:57 amfragbet

    This episode reminded of how much I miss Haruhi’s energy, Kyon’s sarcasm, Yuki’s silence, Itsuki’s senseless rambling, and Mikuru’s….well I don’t really care about her :P.

    After rewatching the previous series it just occurred to me that back in Ep.2 (Or Ep.1 in the chronological order) Haruhi asked Kyon if they met before. Turns out they did. What a small world.

  • May 22, 2009 at 10:27 amSoet

    That’s Haruhi alright. This is gonna make my summer :)

  • May 22, 2009 at 10:30 amWAHAAHAH~


  • May 22, 2009 at 11:27 ammiko86

    OMG!!! When I heard boards talking about it I thought it was bullplop but YAAAAAYYYY!!!!

  • May 22, 2009 at 11:36 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    Did any other Doctor Who fans notice the reference of Kyon calling himself John Smith? lol

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:17 pmZemBe

    God still remembers us… T_T

    what a great episode

  • May 22, 2009 at 1:42 pmDragonite88

    great episode.

  • May 22, 2009 at 2:15 pmChris

    hmmm i wonder if we’ll see new luckystar next season…..konata<3…..

  • May 22, 2009 at 2:27 pmstarss


    They’ll most likely wait a couple MORE years for that! LOL reviving old series is becoming more popular.

  • May 22, 2009 at 4:06 pmBigFire

    Re: SnooSnoo

    It’s a causality loop. The events in this episode will come into play much later on in The Disappearance arc.

  • May 22, 2009 at 4:43 pmShinSenshi

    Is anyone subbing it?

  • May 22, 2009 at 5:35 pmithekro

    A few groups are subbing it and it is already out.

  • May 22, 2009 at 5:45 pmShadow_Strider

    Wait, so this new episode takes place sometime in the time during the time frame of the first season?

    Or does it take place after season 1?

  • May 22, 2009 at 5:50 pmsue

    even though not much happened it was still great ^^ lookin forward to the next episode~!!

  • May 22, 2009 at 7:36 pmithekro

    This event is mentioned in Season One…in fact next week’s “rerun” will mention it specifically, though most people wouldn’t have noticed it the first time around. The other part (the drawing of the message) of course has been mentioned before.

    “Second Season” material will take place during Season One events until they run out of Season One events, then everything is new territory (should get there in August). In the meantime, enjoy the Full Series of Suzumiya Haruhi (2009).

  • May 22, 2009 at 11:00 pmDukeTheGold

    YES YES YES! Need the sub ASAP!

    Darn marketing techniques! Keeping the fans guessing just which episode is a rerun and which one is a new episode! They must have deep confidence in their fans’ loyalty to dare to pull off this tease!

  • May 23, 2009 at 12:38 amugly_1

    i hope you back track from the beginning

  • May 23, 2009 at 1:24 amcalde

    “Hey do you know what is the true reason we had to wait for 3 years?”
    “No clue”
    “Our male lead and one of the main characters have slept for 3 years. That’s why”

  • May 23, 2009 at 1:42 amlialiakicks

    I’m still running around in circles over this. @_@ KyoAni, wth are you doing to us? And can we trust you??

  • May 23, 2009 at 2:16 amSaku

    They have got the upper hand, I am addicted, all kyoani has kept me on my hands and knees. We cant trust them, but what choice do we have??
    I wonder if the difference in art will have an effect as the new episodes are being intergrated into the old ones. ooh well.
    K-on, has nothing on haruhi. Like I love it, Mio moe and Mugi is awesome. Its funny as. But Haruhi has deep roots within my Anime heart.

  • May 23, 2009 at 5:45 amzxclobber

    Anyone notice, the sign they used is different to the manga… wonder why they did that?


    Also, this episode made me realise… I prefer the characterisation in Haruhi-chan better, lol. Esp. Otaku Yuki

  • May 23, 2009 at 8:17 ammutio

    I definitely think, that Haruhi is a good anime. However I think this show is too hyped for what it is. Also I prefer reading the novel which, what is clear of course, offers me the full spectrum of the story.

  • May 23, 2009 at 8:43 amTheChief

    waiting for the 1st episode of the season 2 feels like a christian waiting for Christ’s resurrection lol

  • May 23, 2009 at 2:47 pmTadloS

    I have few words to say. “All Hail Harugu-sama!

  • May 23, 2009 at 11:33 pmB.K.

    I was wonder if this is related to real life time….it did say “three years ago” & we waited to 3 years XD…wonder if that got anything related to each other…..I Dun mind rewatching this! XD

  • May 24, 2009 at 1:22 amGimpi

    Wow, it’s freaky just how much in this episode is talked about in the episode 2 of the first season. Talking about how she became famous from the markings in jr high and other references made off hand hold a totally different context now. Man this is gonna get confusing because the second season commentary is already playing mind games with first season content. LOL

  • May 24, 2009 at 1:57 amberryzgamers

    OMGOMGMGOMOGMOGMOGMOGMGOMGOMGOGMOGMOGM its back YAAAAA im happy but i have a feeling i saw this ep before some how lol but still its such a good story line hopefully they finish teh series with sumthing awesome

  • May 24, 2009 at 11:30 amaas

    haruhi overhype.. otaku nerds get a life ^_^

  • May 24, 2009 at 11:32 amaas

    haruhi overhype otakufags

  • May 24, 2009 at 12:36 pmstarss

    That’s right, we can’t always fawn over Haruhi forever, so may I add some variety: WHERE THE **** IS THE K-ON! 08 POST!??!? I value your opinion!

  • May 24, 2009 at 2:38 pmNeo Horizon

    Awesome time travel paradox-y type stuff. :D

  • May 24, 2009 at 4:14 pmStory

    I leave for a week and come back to find new Haruhi episodes.

    Conclusion: I should leave for a week more often.

  • May 24, 2009 at 4:16 pmgeneva

    Waiting three years is ridiculous, but, sometimes anime gets old after watching it continuously over a long time, but still, 3 years! And plus it was only 14 episodes long. Even so, the first episode had like a nostalgic feeling in my opinion.

  • May 25, 2009 at 7:28 amHuitzi


  • May 31, 2009 at 1:03 amDFG


  • June 3, 2009 at 10:05 pmXiomay

    Nice ending. Hare Hare Yukai was cute and fun at first but, honestly, the whole dancing thing was getting quite tiring especially with all of the cosplayers replicating the dance. It seems as if they just squeezed the fun factor out of it, kinda like Caramell dansen, although that dance wasn’t catchy at all in the first place.

    But nice to see the Haruhi series getting back up on it’s feet again. A series to keep me entertained this summer.

  • June 9, 2009 at 6:04 pmichigo_daisuki

  • July 13, 2009 at 12:20 pmRina

    Is anybody else getting annoyed at the repeating of the episodes instead of getting on with it? Maybe it’s just me because I’m waiting each week for the new episodes coming out instead of watching them in the order they’re aired.. But I’m a little sick of the whole Deja Vu thing repeating itself. I wish they’d get on with the story >.>

  • November 21, 2010 at 7:57 amThe haeruman’s

    it’s more better…..i like