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Posted 2/24/15
As many of you have already seen, a new Spin off for the Haruhi Suzumiya series will start soon and after so many years I have decided to re-watch the show and refresh my memory but came to a little problem. To those that are not familiar with it, there are several ways to watch it, from original order, chronological, to DVD order. My question is what is the best way to watch it and why? I would make this into a poll to make it easier but I have no idea how to do that
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Posted 2/24/15
Just close your eyes and pick one at random.
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Posted 2/24/15
chronological, makes the most sense when trying to understand it
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How helpful ^^ | (─‿─)
Posted 2/24/15
I didn't realize there was more than 1 way to watch it...
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I quite enjoyed the broadcast order but if you are rewatching it why not try chronological this time?
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Posted 2/24/15
Watch chronologically, and watch the dub this time if you haven't before.

Also I assume you've seen the movie?
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Posted 2/24/15
Endless Eight until your brain turns to mush.
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Posted 2/24/15

xxJing wrote:

Endless Eight until your brain turns to mush.


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Posted 2/24/15
Spin Off. Just heard about this.

Endless Eight was like, Really. I can't believe this took up most of the 2nd season, total let down because i bought the season 2 dvd for $40.
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15
Watch them in Chronological order. Broadcast order sucks because it doesn't work as well with the second season.

Also I recommend watching around 3 episodes of Endless 8. The first one, the second to last, and the last. Sorry I don't know specific episode numbers here but you can figure it out But by all means watch them all if you think you can handle it. They're a pain, but they really work to set up some of the things in the movie.

Really, anything painful or crappy in the series is worth sitting through because the movie is absolutely 10/10 fantastic. It's by far my favorite anime movie of all time.
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Posted 2/25/15

Balzack wrote:
Really, anything painful or crappy in the series is worth sitting through because the movie is absolutely 10/10 fantastic. It's by far my favorite anime movie of all time.


I just watched the movie the other day for the first time and agree, instant 10/10. All the lesser moments of the show are worth it to fully appreciate the movie.
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15
I think the books are in chronological order, and it is true that the plot becomes a little simpler to understand in that order. This is probably the way the author meant the story to be presented (Readers of the LN can correct me).

However, I think there is something to be said for the broadcast order, so I'll go through what I remember of my first experience of Haruhi, which was broadcast order. This might be construed as somewhat spoiler-y, but I would be fine with myself reading it before I saw the show, so I think it's fine -- if that make sense.

Essentially broadcast order skips around time, with one particular event at the focal point. This event is alluded to in later (chronologically) points, and foreshadowed in previous ones. There's sort of a build-up of sorts that something big is going to happen, and you get to see both the causes and consequences of the event, which probably makes the watching of this event, by itself, more interesting. There is something to be said for this event being placed at the end of the broadcast schedule.

Basically, I'll put it this way: There's different ways one can tell any given story. The chronological method makes it easier to understand the chain of events, and analyze what's going on, why it's happening, and what the consequences might mean in the context of the events. Generally speaking, most other forms will prioritize some other part of the story-telling experience. In Haruhi, the Broadcast order prioritizes the emotional impact on the characters. With the broadcast order, the viewer is sort of encouraged to look past the plot elements, and focus on the characters' developments and how the events have gradually affected their relationships. This helps the final climax, because rather than (I think) 5 episodes of getting to know the characters, you have (I think) 13.

TL;DR -- Either way is fine. Pick chronological order if you want clarity of plot. Pick broadcast order if you want to maximize attachment to the characters. And take what I say with a grain of salt -- I haven't watched the show in a few years.

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Also, I think endless eight really gave the movie a lot of impact, so consider patience. I think it was well worth it.

Edit: Just remembered that we're talking about a re-watch. Pick one that you haven't done yet. If your first watch was chronological, broadcast is essentially the series sorted more or less in order of emotional development of the characters, and might be cool to look at. If you watched broadcast, then chronological might help you see some things you might've not noticed the first time around, plot-wise. I can't speak to DVD order.
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15
Chronological order = Easier and arguably the more enjoyable order. However, it is simpler which means the show becomes really predictable at some points.

Broadcast order = A pain in the ass to arrange but it is the intended order the studio wanted you to experience the story in. Being that you actually have to connect the dots with this order the experience can be really enjoyable if you're into that or it will simply be confusing. With this you will find the revelations in the story are arguably more rewarding than the chronological order.

Conclusion: For first time viewers, watch the broadcast order. If you already know what happens in the end, just watch the chronological order.

Advice for all viewers: Only watch a 2-3 of the episodes from the endless eight arc, it will get the intended message over well enough without leaving the desire to tear your eyes out.
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