-While the SOS Brigade’s movie is being shown at the school’s Cultural Festival, all the club members are off doing their own activities. Yuki is working in her class’ fortune-telling whereas Itsuki is giving a performance of some sort. Kyon joins up with Kunikida and Taniguchi and the three visit Mikuru’s class’ yakisoba stand. The big attraction there is the special uniforms that the girls are wearing.
-After parting with his friends, Kyon wanders around and ends up in the gymnasium listening to various bands play. He’s slowly drifting to sleep until he catches sight of Haruhi and Yuki getting on stage with two other girls.
-Haruhi starts by singing a song called 「God knows…」, a song that really gets the growing crowd cheering for her and the band.
-Afterwards, Haruhi introduces the band as ENOZ, which stands for Enomoto, Nakanishi, Okajima, and Zaizen. Haruhi and Yuki are replacing Enomoto and Nakanishi. Since they aren’t the full band, Haruhi tells the audience that they can come by later with a MD to get a recording of the full band.
-Haruhi then sings 「Lost my music」.
-Haruhi tells Kyon the full story later: Enomoto and Nakanishi were both unable to play because of medical reasons. Feeling bad for the remaining band members, Haruhi had stepped in and pulled in Yuki.
-The full ENOZ band comes to talk with Haruhi during class. She’s at first reluctant to go see them, but goes along and pulls Kyon with here. The ENOZ girls have become pretty popular and thank Haruhi for her help during the festival. They reveal that they’re holding a live before graduation and invite Haruhi and her friend (Kyon) to come.
-Haruhi is missing during lunch, so Kyon wanders around school and finds her lying beneath a tree in the courtyard. Haruhi is regretful that she didn’t have enough time to prepare the full version of the band’s song. She admits that she’s thinking about what she’s doing with her own life right now, and can’t figure out why she can’t calm down. Kyon thinks to himself that it’s because she isn’t used to being thanked by other people.
-Haruhi sees Kyon looking at her and returns to her normal state, wondering what he wants to say. When Kyon says nothing, she tries to throw some grass at him, but the wind blows it right back into her own face.
-With renewed energy, Haruhi asks Kyon if he plays an instrument. Her plan is to create a band out of the SOS Brigade to perform at the next festival. That’s in addition to making the sequel to their movie. Haruhi drags Kyon off to go see about getting a guitar, with big plans now in her head.
I had heard rumblings last week about how Haruhi would be singing in this episode, so that part didn’t come as a complete surprise. Still, Kyon’s face as he watched Haruhi get on stage was absolutely priceless. The ironic thing was that I had been staring at Amazon.co.jp’s listing for Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsumeawase last week wondering what songs 「God knows…」 and 「Lost my music」 were. Well, now I know…
Ultimately, this episode showed a more human side of Haruhi than the previous episodes have. It was almost a wondrous sight, watching as Haruhi enjoyed the attention and thanks that she got for playing in the band; quite different from her normal self. Actually, watching the end of this episode, I couldn’t help but think to myself that this was like the perfect finish to the series, with Haruhi having more ambitions and dragging Kyon along. But this isn’t the end because we’ve still got two more episodes worth left from the Yuuutsu novel.