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Suzumiya Haruhi 2009 – 12 (Endless Eight)

OP Sequence

OP: 「Super Driver」 by 平野綾 (Hirano Aya)
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As I said in my earlier post, I think the animation to this is fun to watch, but the song itself isn’t that great.


One summer day, Haruhi calls up Kyon and forces him to meet up with her and the rest of the SOS Brigade. It turns out that they’re headed to the public pool, and Haruhi really enjoys herself there. Visiting the pool is just one of the things on her summer activity list for the group though, and she’s got plenty more written down that she wants to do in the two weeks left in summer. Mikuru even adds to the list by suggesting goldfish scooping. And so, the group embarks on completing each of the activities, and this begins with buying yukata for the girls as a precursor to going to a festival, scooping goldfish, and playing with fireworks. The day after that is bug catching, and Haruhi decides that they should see who can catch the most cicadas. Haruhi, of course, ends up being the winner.

Haruhi then sets them up to do part-time work for a supermarket dressed in frog costumes, and Kyon is dismayed to find out afterward that their pay is one of the frog costumes that Haruhi wanted. The group also does some stargazing, and Haruhi is disappointed that she can’t see any Martians, so she looks for UFOs instead. As the days go by, the group continues to embark on different activities based on Haruhi’s interests, including batting practice, a fishing competition, and karaoke. Toward the end of the two weeks, they finish all the activities on the list, and though Haruhi’s still somewhat unsatisfied, she lets it go. Kyon ends up spending his last day of summer at home doing homework, and he goes to bed five minutes before midnight.


For someone who wasn’t very familiar with this story, I originally thought that this was a fairly enjoyable episode with some humor (the Kakizaki scene made me laugh), fanservice, and slice-of-life summer activities stuff that you can find in a lot of other series, but I didn’t think all that much interesting happened plot-wise. That seemed a little odd to me given how most of the past Haruhi stories have had some sort of twist, and it got me curious enough to find out what’s really behind this. And now that I know, what the Kyoto Animation team did with this episode makes much more sense, as does the title Endless Eight. It makes me very curious how they’re going to show the events of next week’s episode, though part of me wishes now that I hadn’t spoiled myself because I probably would have had a much bigger enlightening moment.

June 18, 2009 at 8:20 pm
  • June 18, 2009 at 8:26 pmmegalith

    Wow.. Time sure does fly by quickly. I didn’t expect this. Need subs.

  • June 18, 2009 at 8:30 pmAmatsu


  • June 18, 2009 at 8:31 pmChimasternmay

    owahhaaaa a new episode. yippee uuu…. will be fun to watch

  • June 18, 2009 at 8:32 pmn3rf

    Does Haruhi Suzumiya come out every month?

  • June 18, 2009 at 8:40 pmItAintEazy

    Endless Eights Haruhi


    Lucky Star Haruhi

    I guess she did blow it up and rebuilt everything in order to give herself a bigger cup size.

    Or got a boob job, whichever works for you.

  • June 18, 2009 at 8:42 pmmagnumslinger

    I expect this to be subbed within a day. Some Toradora episodes were like that. Moreso Haruhi.

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  • June 18, 2009 at 8:42 pmzeropi

    man, i sure wish tey had subs for the 2 episode and so forth…………..

  • June 18, 2009 at 8:46 pmTokkan

    Uh, Omni, this is the 12th episode of the run.

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:00 pmstarss

    DUDE. *in Heaven*

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:04 pmItAintEazy


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  • June 18, 2009 at 9:12 pmmagnumslinger

    @ItAintEazy: Thanks.

    BTW, has anyone noticed that Haruhi’s *ahem*–you know–has gotten bigger than from the episodes made two years ago?

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:15 pmPhocus

    A TRUE fan would watch this 15 498 times, and then watch the next week episode.

    Then again, that’d be…

    15,498 x 25 minute episode / 60 minutes per hour / 24 hours per day …
    ~269 DAYS worth of material

    To think about it in another way, it’d be like watching a fetal embryo develop until it’s born. Constantly.

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:17 pmmagnumslinger

    @Phocus: LMAO

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:18 pmTokkan

    … And your opening video is also between 1 and 2 seconds out of synce. Not that it matters.

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:24 pmJR

    Yeah, unless there’s an Endless Eight 2 next week then it’s certainly divergent from the novel.

    Phocus has it right. There was very little “endless” about this one.

  • June 18, 2009 at 9:49 pmAriesboy

    Animation art seems better on this episode.

  • June 18, 2009 at 10:23 pmNarutodesu

  • June 18, 2009 at 10:28 pmajt

    @magnumslinger and itainteasy
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  • June 18, 2009 at 10:36 pmItAintEazy


    Almost missed what’s on Haruhi’s shirt.



    Well, the episode didn’t end conclusively enough, so it will probably definitely happen.

  • June 18, 2009 at 10:54 pmKim

    I had forgotten what the twist was until I read this post. Nothing you said gave it away of course it just sparked my memory so to speak.

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:03 pmwhitey-chan

    oh Haruhi.. Nice shirt.. :D

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:37 pmbob

    her shirt says 69….

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:39 pmAnonymous

    How is this episode 8?

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:42 pmMeery

    Yuki screams exuberance in each scene. Love the scenes; vivid colours.

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:42 pmTokkan

    @Anonymous: I’ve already brought that up, but since we’re on the second page it helps to have another bring it up too.

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:52 pmbgsm

    Ahh… Need subs nao.

  • June 19, 2009 at 12:29 amOmni

    Episode number corrected. The eight in the episode title threw me off.

  • June 19, 2009 at 1:06 amPeanutbutter003

    That’s really some great Haruhi fanservice, hmm….

  • June 19, 2009 at 1:41 amDelwack

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  • June 19, 2009 at 2:12 amGrant

    It’s actually strange, if memory serves then this story should have a serious twist in it before the end of summer. They either saved it for another episode or it got cut altogether (which would be a shame).

  • June 19, 2009 at 3:21 amSmith

    Yuki’s always in her school uniform *v*

  • June 19, 2009 at 5:10 amConfusedGirl29

    the way you write about next episode makes me more anxious to see it >.<

  • June 19, 2009 at 7:13 amBK-110

    WHAT?! Damn, they screwed up one of my favorite short stories of the Haruhi novels. After the stargazing they completely deviated from the story! Damn you, KyoAni, you better make up for this!

  • June 19, 2009 at 7:23 ammagnumslinger

    GOOD NEWS!!!! The sub just came out 9 minutes ago! 13 hours after the raw came up.

  • June 19, 2009 at 7:32 amZwei

    Wow so can we expect new Haruhi next week too?.

  • June 19, 2009 at 10:42 ampachi

    ooh espero ver ya encontrar el subtitulado por que no tengo acceso a torrent !!

  • June 19, 2009 at 1:24 pmillu

    Haruhi’s shirt says 69. xD

  • June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pmvexx

    Next week is going to blow some minds (of those who haven’t read the novels….)

  • June 19, 2009 at 5:27 pmDukeTheGold

    Now this is an unexpected treat.

    I haven’t checked out Haruhi’s broadcast schedule yet. But does this mean I can expect more Haruhi II in the incoming weeks?

  • June 19, 2009 at 6:06 pmOh my…

    Bugger, really bigger…

  • June 19, 2009 at 6:12 pmDarkWind

    Just for people who’d like to know the broadcast schedule for the new episodes (minor spoilers in terms of episode titles):

    05/21: Episode 8 – Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody
    06/18: Episode 12 – Endless Eight
    06/25: Episode 13 – The sigh of Suzumiya Haruhi I
    07/02: Episode 14 – The sigh of Suzumiya Haruhi II
    07/09: Episode 15 – The sigh of Suzumiya Haruhi III
    08/14: Episode 20 – The disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi I
    08/21: Episode 21 – The disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi II
    08/27: Episode 22 – The disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi III
    09/03: Episode 23 – The disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi IV
    09/10: Episode 24 – ‘Charmed at first sight’ LOVERS
    09/17: Episode 25 – Snowy Mountain Syndrome Part I
    09/24: Episode 26 – Snowy Mountain Syndrome Part 2
    10/01: Episode 27 – Where did the cat go?
    10/08: Episode 28 – The day after the disappearance

    Hope that helps some folks…

  • June 19, 2009 at 7:31 pmlolcookies

    Well, I only hope it doesn’t end like FMA did. D:

  • June 19, 2009 at 8:22 pmAwesome.

    I think I would wait until the series is over. Since it takes a month for the new episodes to come out.

    So, yeah.

  • June 19, 2009 at 9:06 pmPeanutbutter003

    @Darkwind: That list is outdated. After this one is shown, surely there’ll be some changes.

  • June 19, 2009 at 9:18 pmahelo

    why is nagato wearing a uniform????

  • June 20, 2009 at 12:39 amFayted

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  • June 20, 2009 at 1:20 amChimasternmay

    @Phocus: haha watchign it for 269 days u just dared someone in to doing it.

  • June 20, 2009 at 5:54 amMikapon

    lol at Yuki’s bowling score.
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  • June 20, 2009 at 8:48 amKakashi_Crusade

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    @Phocus the fans who have done this could do that:
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    @ahelo: she’s a contact purpose interface, perhaps the uniform has something to do with the conditions of space-time in the arc…

  • June 20, 2009 at 11:15 amDazzer

    Can’t wait! AHHHHHHHHHHH

  • June 20, 2009 at 11:30 amDazzer

    I love how KyoAni manage to slip in little hints here and there.

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  • June 20, 2009 at 1:26 pmhuitzi

    Creo que esta parte la debieron haber sacado en un especial de 2 capítulos, ya que así parece un tanto difícil de comprender, ya que rompen muy feo el ritmo. Ojala se recupere el próximo capitulo. Viva el haruhismo!!!!

  • June 20, 2009 at 5:13 pmChibii

    I hope they take this season up to the 8th novel…

  • June 21, 2009 at 2:03 amSweetvictories

    Anyone notice that Yuki wasn’t in the scene when they were looking for aliens??

  • June 22, 2009 at 7:41 ammeh

    FAIL theyleft out the whole point of this part of the story i read the novels its called endless eight because they relived the last 8 days of the summer 15000 times till kyon got it right and asked haruhi to do his home work with him the next new ep is a different arc

  • June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pmMoony

    I really got dissapointed when i watched the chapter….it was really random..hope the next one continues to focus in the light novels..

  • June 23, 2009 at 2:16 ammutio

    A quich question on the novels: What is the current novel volume and how many will follow, or to say it in a different way, when will Haruhi end?

  • June 23, 2009 at 3:32 amahelo

    people expect way too much on animation quality of this series…. i rewatched the first season and it was almost exactly the same…. as for the story apparentely there’s a twist so next week should be fun.

  • June 24, 2009 at 4:18 pmmj

    Well, considering Endless Eight actually is a novel story and does include more than just “hooray happy summer time filler”, this must be a two-parter. Really, the title of the episode/story hints at what actually does go down… so this is only the beginning of it.

  • July 24, 2009 at 2:09 amMeery

    O one month ago Haruhi episode. How I miss the feeling I had when I watched you. Anticipation. Joy. Satisfaction. If only I knew what your clones would do to me…If only we knew.

  • July 27, 2009 at 1:43 pmSandor

    The reason this repetitive story arc is NOT cool while the movie Groundhog Day (or 12:01 pm – the one from 1990, not the one from 1993; the one from 1993 sucked) IS cool is precisely because Bill Murray’s character didn’t lose his memory every day, and so did something DIFFERENT every time around. That’s the critical plot element that the dorks who made this apparently were too dumb to realize. The same thing happens every time because no one does anything different because the only one who REMEMBERS what happened in loops past isn’t trying to DO anything differently from the time before. Save your hard drive space and bandwidth. If you want to experience it in all its horror, watch the first episode, then the second, and then watch the third episode 15500 times. You’ll never notice the difference!

    I guess if there are truly 8 episodes of endless 8, then the one that would air in a week and a half would be the last. It didn’t resolve with the 6th one, so there are certainly going to be 7, and why would they call it endless 8 if there weren’t going to be 8? Unless it’s because it ends on episode 8, which the 7th endless 8 episode. They shouldn’t have done any more than 2 episodes on this. Maybe 3, if they decisively resolved it by the end of the 3rd one.

    Me, I didn’t bother spending more than 30 seconds skimming through the 5th or the 6th Endless 8 episodes.

  • July 30, 2009 at 10:00 ambrotch

    E8 is driving Otakus to madness.

    E8 is driving Otakus to enlightment.