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Suzumiya Haruhi 2009 – 20 (The Sighs of Suzumiya Haruhi I)


After the athletic festival in which the SOS Brigade wins a relay race thanks mostly to Yuki’s surprising speed, Haruhi sets her sights on the upcoming culture festival. Unhappy with what her and Kyon’s class is doing, she starts brainstorming and finds out that Mikuru’s class is doing a yakisoba cafe, Itsuki’s is putting on a play, and Yuki’s is doing fortune-telling. Haruhi ultimately announces though that the SOS Brigade will put on a screening of their own movie for the culture festival, and it all stems from how she saw a bad movie the previous night and thought that she could do better. She’s already thought up a script, and her goal is to win the festival’s best event poll so that the student council recognizes them as a club. As for production costs, Haruhi plans to use the literature club’s budget thanks to Yuki.

The next day, Kyon arrives in the club room to find that Haruhi has already assigned roles for everyone. Mikuru and Itsuki are the female and male leads while Yuki plays a supporting character, and Kyon himself is supposed to do all the technical and labor-intensive work. Haruhi then drags Kyon and Mikuru along to go get equipment and props from potential sponsors. Their first stop is an electronics store, and after a discussion with the store manager, Haruhi emerges with a video camera. She doesn’t explain exactly how she convinced the guy, but once Haruhi does the same at another store, Kyon figures out that it has something to do with how she’s pointing at Mikuru each time. Haruhi is thus able to procure some toy weapons for the action scene, and she has Kyon hold onto everything for the time being.



Thanks to Endless Eight for eight weeks, I had a very weird feeling while watching this episode. I had gotten so used to each character’s exact mannerisms in the Endless Eight arc that I had forgotten how they interacted with each other normally. This episode thus served as a good reminder and as a refreshing change of pace. As I said earlier, it was mostly a set-up episode for the Mikuru movie/episode which we’re all familiar with, and, knowing what the final product will be like, it was interesting seeing how everything came together. There was also the athletic festival scene at the beginning that was amusing thanks to Yuki, so overall I thought this was a decent episode. If you hate KyoAni and/or this series thanks to the previous eight weeks, then this episode alone probably won’t make you significantly better about it, but the material might be a good start. In any case, since they’re still going chronologically, the next few weeks should be more of how the movie was made and then finally episode 00 itself.

August 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm
  • August 13, 2009 at 6:04 pmdszx


  • August 13, 2009 at 6:06 pmCanaan rocks

    Thanks for the post! Well. I had pretty much given up on this series, but I peeked at this and found this entertaining. Nevertheless, I generally am not fond of series that essentially rehash old subject matter, which is why I was not a fan of Shuffle Memories. Still, it is good for a laugh or two, and Yuki was a pleasant surprise. And I am dying to know what exactly Mikiru did to help secure the discounts. I’m guessing she looked like she was going to cry or Haruhi did something to emphasize the moe factor.

  • August 13, 2009 at 6:07 pmShizor


  • August 13, 2009 at 6:11 pmkorak


  • August 13, 2009 at 6:15 pmHalcyon

  • August 13, 2009 at 6:15 pmOrange

    You can (not) advance.

  • August 13, 2009 at 6:53 pmActarus

    i don’t remember guns in episode 00. i need to see again that episode after the end of this arc

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:17 pmFullMetalQAF

    This was a cute episode. Nothing worthy of season 1, but still nice to see something new. XD

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:20 pmPhocus

    I want Disappearance… T_T
    But this is still good. After reading Sighs a few years back, I can’t wait to see how it turns out in the anime!

    Good to see Taniguchi is alive and well, lol

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:40 pmShin

    Lots of Haruhi smiles… 5 out of last 8 in particular.

  • August 13, 2009 at 8:25 pmSavofenno

    How can Haruhi use Literature Club`s budget for her movie, when that club has only one member, Yuki and probably no official club status at all.

  • August 13, 2009 at 8:26 pmRhine


    You don’t remember the AK-47? Well, that wasn’t a handgun so the mystery prevails.

  • August 13, 2009 at 8:27 pmThose3Words

    Is it just me, or does Haruhi’s face in 2nd season look a lot like Yui from K-ON! ?

  • August 13, 2009 at 8:28 pmSavofenno

    Then again, Yuki herself seems to have a lot of money when needed.

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:02 pmdamian

    i still dont understand the fascination people have with this anime

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:22 pmChimasternmay

    nice refreshment. besides that don’t want to share my opinions

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:25 pmMeery

    It’s good to be back on track. I like Kyon’s face on the tenth picture and, of course, Haruhi eyebrow action in number 6. Also, where’d everyone go. If this was E8, there’d’ve been, like, 81 posts by now. >_>

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:33 pmpromotions

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:38 pmMeery

    WTB SOS-Dan nobori.

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:46 pmGene

    Long live HARUHI!

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:58 pmEmphraim

    A decent start to adapting the novel to anime. My only complaint was that the toy guns were assault rifles(it’s even an ak-47 in the Mikuru movie episode) so the boxes Haruhi bought shouldn’t have Deagles on them.

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:02 pmSomeKindaNick

    You can (not) advance.

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:06 pmAir

    I envision a lot of cosplayer with SOS flags on their back in the very near future.

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:29 pmS_1

    In the ‘movie’ itself Mikuru uses the double desert eagles on Yuki. The AK was just the commercial bit.

    Also – there goes Disappearance…

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:37 pmJubserz

    wtf!? i still cant find it subbed! did everyone here just watch the raw? and i download for christ’s sake!

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:45 pmender650

    Great to see a new episode (non endless 8) of Haruhi. It was pretty good but not quite up to the average of the first season. The last couple of episodes of this season should be pretty good- I have hope again.

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:48 pmRaso

    haruhi = epic evil smiles in this ep.

  • August 13, 2009 at 11:21 pmVortex Surfer

    Kyoani used to be good. Now they are shit.

  • August 13, 2009 at 11:28 pmmahaha

    Now they’re showing the production of mi-mi-miruku show!

  • August 14, 2009 at 12:22 ammegalith


    Yes probably.. A lot of people here watch RAWs. Including me when I just can’t bear to wait any longer. :)

    But I didn’t watch RAW of this ep.

    Anyway… Glad it’s a new episode. Let’s not bring up the dead subject and beat it with a baseball bat again. Smiles everyone. Psychotic ones will do. :)

  • August 14, 2009 at 12:31 amJubserz

    i stopped watching raws wen i kept spoiling code geass for myself and realized that watching the fleya blow up the whole damn settlement was a big deal in any language lol

  • August 14, 2009 at 12:38 amEmphraim


    If we are talking about continuity with the anime then you are indeed right. I forgot they used pistols in the anime and was thinking about the books, in which Mikuru uses a model machine gun against Yuki rather than pistols.

  • August 14, 2009 at 2:28 amAnonym

    The Yui faces and other crap animation will be fixed in the DVD. I’m pretty sure.

    That’s why there’s ugly animation. One of the reasons why someone buys DVDs.

  • August 14, 2009 at 4:51 amJason Isenberg

    Okay to people having trouble wondering why she has Desert Eagle .50AE’s in her arms was Mikuru had 2 of them during the 00 episode. The AK-47 was the first weapon used, and then when Mikuru was in her cafe waitress costume she dropped the dual desert eagles and did her mikuru beamu technique. Hope that clears peoples minds, besides why people have fascinations with this show is because it’s random and how Kyoto Animation makes 8 weeks of repeats that to me were pretty damn sweet (but that’s just me). It took guts and Kyoto pulled it off good. It’s random and it’s fun, especially 8 weeks of a repreat random! :D

  • August 14, 2009 at 5:29 amSpaxey

    Animation quality’s terrible. And something about Haruhi’s face is off.

  • August 14, 2009 at 6:20 amlawlmsp


    I agree, Haruhi doesn’t look like she’s drawn like usual in this episode.

  • August 14, 2009 at 10:28 amRex

    Is this K-ON or Haruhi? I can’t tell…

  • August 14, 2009 at 11:07 ammagnumslinger

    Has anyone noticed: 1st Season focused on Haruhi, 2nd seems to focus more on Mikuru and timetravelling (Bamboo Leaf Rhapshody time travel, Endless Eight, and now the movie thing). Ergo, the 3rd season will finally show the best of all three: Yuki Nagato.

  • August 14, 2009 at 11:41 amOmiruk

    @magnumslinger, watch Haruhi-chan ;p

  • August 14, 2009 at 2:46 pmAwesome.

    @ Spaxey, very true. Just compare to the animation quality to last episode to this one.

    There’s a difference there. Guess they put a lot of work into the Eightless Eight Arc.

  • August 14, 2009 at 4:53 pmremm

    It seems that I developed some sort of conditioned response. I was falling asleep around the middle of the episode just like in the last 7. Or perhaps it was simply boring

  • August 14, 2009 at 6:57 pmAnt

    something I’ve been missing are the previews they used to do. why haven’t they been doing those anymore?

  • August 14, 2009 at 8:53 pmMao

    DE.50s made me lol, cause those are actually pretty new releases from Tokyo Marui. Moar Advertisments?

  • August 14, 2009 at 10:29 pmsad

  • August 15, 2009 at 1:39 amahelo

    the animation quality of this episode was actually great

  • August 15, 2009 at 4:10 amvexx

    No, its not just some folks imagination…. there’s a definite “K-On” art style that’s been creeping into SHnY since the new episodes started. Can’t decide if I like it but it is what it is.

  • August 15, 2009 at 9:59 ambrianleung8912

    suddenly got the urge to search for my long lost deagle bb gun :/

  • August 16, 2009 at 4:46 amliborek3


  • August 16, 2009 at 8:58 amSirMuffin

    God… Endless Eight has failed to dull my pure fan-boy love for Haruhi! This episode has reminded me of why I became crazy about Haruhi in the first place!
    …Fan-boy juice refilled!

  • August 17, 2009 at 7:14 amBidlo

    Well, I’m glad the plot starts to move again, but I still have my complains.
    One of the things that is burnt onto my heart is Haruhi’s smile. The big arrogatn one she had while walking to sports ground in “Boredom” episode, the one that looks like ^___^. And that is why it hurts me so much to see that K-ON style used on Haruhi. These smiles just do not fit the image of Haruhi from Season 1.I still have hope they will use old-school style in season3.

  • August 18, 2009 at 7:40 amFidelDesu

    yeah,i got a weird feeling also after watching 8 eps of Endless 8!~ =3

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:37 amSkiks

  • August 18, 2009 at 12:19 pmNyte

    These reviews needs Jaalins screencaptions :(

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:50 pmvaniba12

    less k-on please.

  • August 24, 2009 at 3:21 aminnerchihiro

    Well, I’m happy about the continual adaption of the Haruhi light novels, and I do think this novel should be adapted. But I can’t say that this is my favorite novel and I’d be far more pleased if they were adapting the Disappearance. Still hoping that they will create a bonus arc or something. I’ve heard a rumor or two about a movie too.