I finally did it. I brought myself to finish the part of Haruhi 2009 that I was saving up for last–namely, Endless Eight. It’s a strange thing for me to not have kept up with the show last year, thanks to the mania surrounding those infamous eight episodes. I know, I cheated. I wish I had experienced the agonizing weekly wait.
Having distanced myself from the polarizing opinions towards Endless Eight, I watched all of it in one sitting; quite a smooth experience given my degrading marathon skills. The fact that I knew how it would end helped greatly, but it’s the journey that counts. All the random mecha anime references were very welcome, and it’s tantalizing how the looping framework managed to play my emotions like a piano with all sorts of directorial tricks. I never realized how much I missed these lovely characters (esp. Yuki) until now, and that fueled me not to turn away. After all, this truly was the show that turned me from a casual fan to a rabid one.
Now the wait for Disappearance comes… I should drop by on the animated shorts to make it less agonizing.