Haruhi and Kyon visit Asakura Ryoko’s apartment, which Kyon finds out is in the same building as Yuki’s place. They get past the building’s locked front doors by waiting for a lady to come out and then rushing in while the doors are open. Since Ryoko’s apartment 505 is locked and empty, Haruhi decides to go ask the manager of the building about it. Though the man is a bit hard of hearing, he reveals that even though there were no movers, the room just suddenly became empty. He remembers that Ryoko had moved in three years ago, but that he never saw her parents. What’s more, the apartment was paid for in one lump sum. Haruhi takes this information and leaves with Kyon. By chance, the two run into Yuki outside as she is returning home. Yuki responds to Haruhi’s questions about living here and about Ryoko by nodding and shaking her head. Haruhi also asks about her glasses, but Yuki doesn’t answer and just looks at Kyon. After Haruhi starts walking off again, and Yuki finally opens her mouth to give Kyon a warning about being careful.
Haruhi doesn’t know where they’re going next, and she stops beside some train tracks. Turning around, she asks Kyon if he’s ever felt like he leads a tiny existence on Earth. Haruhi admits that she’s had this feeling before and goes into her story. When she was in the sixth-grade (elementary school), she had gone to a baseball game and seen all the masses of people. Her father had estimated around 50,000 people, which was a lot until Haruhi learned that Japan had 100 million people; all those people in the stadium made up only a small fraction of the population. Because of this, everything Haruhi did in her daily life didn’t feel special anymore. She knew that there had to be a person leading an extraordinary and interesting life, but why wasn’t that person her? Haruhi had decided to change herself so that she wasn’t just waiting for something to happen. But in the end, there still wasn’t anything.
After this long speech, Haruhi and Kyon part ways and head home. As Kyon rides up to his house, Itsuki walks up to him. Itsuki wants some of Kyon’s time to talk about something concerning Haruhi, and takes him for a taxi ride. Along the way, Itsuki explains that he’s going to show proof that he is an ESPer. He then starts talking about the the Anthropic Principle and eventually works his way back to the topic of Haruhi. According to him, Haruhi has the ability to make wishes and desires come true. The reason Yuki the alien, Mikuru the time-traveler, and Itsuki the ESPer appeared is because Haruhi wanted them to. Itsuki then recalls that three years ago, he suddenly figured out that he had a special ability and knew how to use it. There were others like him, all with special abilities given by Haruhi. But the girl with this power also finds that this world is uninteresting. Itsuki reminds Kyon of what he had said before about Haruhi being able to create and destroy the world. Kyon suggests that Itsuki should just reveal to Haruhi who he really is, because then she’d be really happy and wouldn’t do anything to the world. However, Itsuki thinks that if Haruhi starts thinking that ESPers are commonplace, then the whole world would become that way. As for why she hasn’t figured out what everyone is yet, Itsuki thinks that Haruhi is internally conflicted because her common sense tells her that those kinds of things don’t exist.
Haruhi has been calming down in past months, but a tornado is developing again. According to Itsuki, this is because of Kyon inspiring Haruhi to create the club, but that’s not the only reason. The taxi stops and the two get out at a busy intersection. They go about halfway on the crosswalk when Itsuki asks Kyon to close his eyes. Kyon does so, and Itsuki pulls him into a bleak world – a closed space. One of Itsuki’s abilities is entering closed spaces, and he estimates this one to be about 5 kilometers in radius. Nothing has changed in the outside world, which is separated from this one. As the two guys go up to the top of a department store, Itsuki further explains that the closed spaces occur randomly, but they’re also connected by the fact that they appear when Haruhi’s mind is unstable. Itsuki’s abilities include being able to influence Haruhi’s reasoning – if this world is like an acne created in Haruhi’s mind, then he is the acne treatment. Itsuki then points Kyon to something happening before them: a giant creature that looks like it’s made of blue goo rises up in the middle of the city.
While the monster starts to destroy the city, Itsuki explains that this giant arises when Haruhi’s irritation reaches a critical limit. The giant is relieving Haruhi’s stress by mangling its surroundings – the closed space is created so it doesn’t do this in the real world. However, Itsuki’s comrades – with similar powers as him – soon attack it. They look like bright red lights buzzing around the blue giant, and Itsuki joins them in the fight. The red lights succeed in slicing off one of the giant’s arms, and then cut apart the giant piece by piece. As quickly as it started, the battle is over and Itsuki returns to Kyon on the roof. But there’s one more thing Kyon gets to see: the termination of the closed space. The sky on this world starts to crack, and then the entire world goes back to its normal state. During the ride back home, Itsuki says that the blue monster is referred to as a person of god – a shinjin. Itsuki’s abilities are active inside the closed space, when the shinjin appear. The objective is to not let these shinjin cause destruction because that will enlarge the closed space, all the way to the point where it could cover the entire world. When the taxi delivers Kyon back home, Itsuki asks him to pay attention to Haruhi’s attitude. This reminds Kyon of how Yuki had warned him earlier to be careful.
Wow, that was a lot of complicated explanation on Itsuki’s part. Certainly not the most exciting episode of Haruhi, but I wouldn’t call it boring either. This being the next to last episode, they’re now explaining Haruhi’s motivations – revealing how insignificant she felt at one point – along with clarifying everything there is to know about closed spaces and the monsters inside of them. Haruhi’s speech had the most effect on me, especially if you think about what she said in a grander scale (you being one person out of many billion on this Earth). In contrast, a lot of the stuff Itsuki said in the beginning didn’t make that much sense to me, including how the 「人間原理」 (ningen genri – Anthropic Principle) relates.
Anyway, the final episode next week! I’m not quite sure what to expect in a finale for a series like this, but I’m keeping my hopes high 🙂