Suzumiya Haruhi 2009 – 23 (The Sighs of Suzumiya Haruhi IV)
Despite the fact that the pond is gated off-limits, Haruhi doesn’t let that stop her and leads the group to the water to shoot another battle scene. To everyone’s surprise, Haruhi has another contact lens for Mikuru to wear, and that leads to Yuki tackling Mikuru and removing it again. Kyon worries about what kinds of things will happen if they keep shooting, but Itsuki worries about what Haruhi will do if they refuse to continue. Haruhi then has Taniguchi, Kunikida, and Tsuruya throw Mikuru into the pond, and afterward, she decides that they should shoot the indoor scene between Itsuki and Mikuru. Since Mikuru is still wet, Tsuruya offers the use of her nearby home, and it turns out to be huge. Mikuru later emerges from the bath wearing only a t-shirt, and after gulping down the drink Tsuruya gives her, Haruhi has her shoot the next scene. In it, Haruhi tries to have Itsuki kiss Mikuru, but before they can, Kyon stops them. He gets even more angry when he realizes that Haruhi had Tsuruya put alcohol in Mikuru’s drink, and Haruhi’s treatment of Mikuru leads to an argument between him and Haruhi.
Kyon feels that Mikuru isn’t Haruhi’s toy, and when Haruhi declares that Mikuru is, Kyon nearly hits her. He’s stopped by Itsuki, but after Haruhi declares again that she’s in charge and that defying her isn’t allowed, Kyon wants to discipline her even more. The situation is ultimately defused by the drunk Mikuru who doesn’t want them to fight and falls asleep at Kyon’s feet. After leaving Tsuruya’s home, Itsuki takes Kyon back to the shrine and shows him the white pigeons that have suddenly shown up there, just like Haruhi had wanted. Itsuki goes on to suggest that their current world is a failure, and Haruhi’s mission is to correct this. He thinks that they might be the ones who are wrong and that they might not be part of the correct world. The next day at school, Itsuki explains to Kyon that Haruhi thought that he’d always take her side, and Itsuki wants Kyon to cheer her up. It’s not until Kyon hears Taniguchi complaining about yesterday that he realizes that he’s the same way, and this irritates him enough to find Haruhi and declare that they should make this movie a success. Haruhi is happy to hear this, but she acts as if he’s saying something that was a given.
Unfortunately, the next thing Haruhi brings into reality is cherry blossoms blooming even though it’s autumn. She also decides that they need a cat for Yuki.
This was another good episode, but I really wish Kyon had actually hit Haruhi. She really deserved it, and I would have loved to see her reaction and what would have happened to the world as a result. Then again, I would also love to see Kyon kiss Mikuru in front of Haruhi just to piss her off. In any case, I’m disappointed that Haruhi ultimately got her way again, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since we all know that the movie eventually got made. At the very least, this conflict certainly kept this part of the story from being boring, though I will say that some of Itsuki’s conjectures about Haruhi and the world came close. Along those lines, I also enjoyed seeing drunk Mikuru and was amused by how Yuki grabbed her face and tackled her again earlier in the episode, and I’m looking forward to seeing the cat Shamisen next week. As I mentioned last week though, that’ll probably be the last new episode because this broadcast run will likely finish out with four episodes from the original run.