If you are currently watching or plan to watch one of Kyoto Animation’s famous anime shows, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, you’ll experience a section of the show called Endless Eight.
If you don’t know anything about this show, I suggest you look it up on Google or read up about it on one of my Currently Watching posts here. It’s best if you at least get the gist of this show before continuing on with this post. Also, I believe I won’t be spoiling a lot in this post, I personally haven’t finished this anime so I don’t think I can spoil a lot anyways. Just read at your own risk and I’ll try my best to not ruin the story.
The background behind this post is while I was waiting for a video of mine to finish rendering, I decided to try to finish this show, Haruhi Suzumiya. After finishing the episode before Endless Eight, in my mind, while I heard that watching all eight episodes of EE was not recommended because it’s essentially the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, I said to myself, “is it really THAT bad?”.
Endless Eight is an eight-part arc in “Haruhi Suzumiya” season 2 about how Kyon, Haruhi and the rest of the SOS Brigade use the two weeks, August 17th to August 31st, remaining in the summer break. After making an itinerary on what they should do to have fun, they actually participate in a bunch of things. I won’t list everything but some were goldfish scooping, stargazing, playing with fireworks and even karaoke.
After Haruhi and the gang finish their list of things to do and nobody has any ideas on what else to do, everyone then waits for school to start again.
Except that the day back from summer break would never come.
Mikuru, the time traveler, found out that she cannot go back to the future anymore, due to the classified way she time travels not working or something, she couldn’t explain a lot it cause… that’s classified information.
But pretty much, how Koizumi explains it, a sector of time that happens at 12:00 am on August 31, resets everything in the world back to August 17th, when Haruhi gathered everyone to start this fun end of summer event. People’s memories restart to the beginning and even September and the whole future, ALL GONE. Just because of Haruhi being not completely satisfied with all the fun stuff they did before summer was over.
Yes, that means everyone has been looping over and over and over again these specific two weeks. The yukata shopping, the bon festival, the fireworks, the goldfish scooping the bug catching and the stargazing, in reality, Kyon and the gang has been in an infinite loop of doing all those things.
Basically, Kyon absolutely needs to find a way to make Haruhi satisfied with her summer vacation or else they’ll never escape this infinite loop.
So, why is watching this story eight times bad?
Well, unless you enjoy experiencing things over and over again, I and many other people do not.
While the first episode introduced us to the summer vacation happenings and the second episode gave us the details on the endless time loop, episodes 3-7 are exactly the same thing as episode two. Other than the clothing change and the different cinematographic shots, the story and even most of the dialogue was essentially copied and pasted multiple times.
Throughout watching the non-important episodes, I got extremely bored and it got tedious to watch anymore. To ease the tension, I went back and forth to the subbed and dubbed versions and funny thing is, the English dub helped me fully understand what the fuck was going on in EE. There were, of course, some different elements each episode, but it was VERY minor. A more major difference was that Kyon’s deja vu feeling increased more and more and made him start predicting some things such as knowing what Haruhi is going to say next.
Endless Eight got a lot of criticism and generated controversy when it was first aired. I heard that many people got extremely mad at the studio and the story writer or someone from KyoAni had to apologize for what they did. I don’t know how people when the show was airing felt when they were expecting something else than the same story over and over again for eight straight weeks. I would assume they got fed up with it and complained and yeah, I would too, to be honest.
In conclusion, my curiosity made me regret doing something. If you haven’t seen Endless Eight and eventually get to it, you have a couple of choices:
1) Watch episodes 1, 2 and 8, the last one. Those three are the most important episodes and basically gives you the whole story/premise of Endless Eight without you watching five more unnecessary episodes.
Or, 2) you can just watch all eight for your own pleasure.
Just know that I am not forcing a decision on you, you can decide on your own how you want to watch Endless Eight, I just wanted to help you make a decision with my opinion. Thanks!
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