Suzumiya Haruhi 2009 – 12 (Endless Eight)
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.