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Gah! I forgot to put Haruhi Suzumiya in the title. >.<

So, for the unaware the original run of Haruhi in 2006 broadcast in an achronological order to give the series a similar feeling of disjoint like the novel series. I got the Fundimation re-release of the complete series these past few months and I've been thinking about how to introduce people to the series without the movie being available. I thought it might be a good idea to make up a viewing that gives a similar feeling to the original run but with the stories from the second season mixed in (skipping some Endless Eight for sanity). Hence I'd like some thoughts on what I've come up with and some critiques and suggestions.

My thinking and preferences are to try and start and end on the same build up of the 2006 run but to try and hit the beats better by how they are grouped and also present it in a way that makes the character development more apparent. Finally with the movie as an optional part at the end (but if you CAN watch it of course you would)

For reference here is the Achronological Original 2006 Run:


And here is the Chronological 2009 Run (with the movie Included in the timeline:


So without further delay here's what I've got:

Complete Achronological Order (For Introducing Newbies to Everything)
You can ignore all but the last Endless Eight (8.8), 8.1 gives a greater effect though

1 The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00
2 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
3 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
4 The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
5 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 3
6 Remote Island Syndrome 1
7 Remote Island Syndrome 2
8.1 Endless Eight 1 (So it's the Eighth episode and before you get to the good stuff)
9 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4
10 Mystérique Sign
8.2 Endless Eight 2 (This is the ONLY loop in the books but you could just ignore it)
11 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
12 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 2
13 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 3
14 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 4
15 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 5
16 Live Alive
8.8 Endless Eight 8 (You should watch this here right before "The Day of Sagittarius")
17 The Day of Sagittarius
18 Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody
19 Someday in the Rain
20 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 5
21 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6
22 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

By the time you hit "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 4" you have seen all the episodes you can still pass off as "normal" (without obvious otherworldly things being seen). This way you still get the shock and most impact of that episode and just how real the crazy actually is while introducing the characters. Specifically I tired to highlight that while Haruhi initially comes off terrible (and she is bad at first) that she still not so uncaring as to want someone hurt or not care about others at all. (I've had the benefit of owning and reading all the novels so I can safely say that- don't look at me like that! If you give her the benefit of the doubt because of Mr. Unreliable Narrator she's actually just really really immature most of the time... most, look just roll with it for the sake of argument, okay?).

After that the idea is to ramp up the crazy to see just how bad things can get by following up with "Mystérique Sign" then and optional "Endless Eight 2" or straight into "The Sigh" and "Live Alive." I thought it was important to follow up "The Sigh" with "Live Alive" because I think if you're gonna tolerate Haruhi as a character at all you need to be able to see that she's maturing and learning from her mistakes (even if horribly, terribly slowly; hey if Kyon can rip on her that much and snark about it in her head, so can we).

After that I thought it was good to put the final "Endless Eight" and "The Day of Sagittarius" together to show Nagato's struggles and development, and a bit of Haruhi's character. (It's important for the movie after all). I also put "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" and "Someday in the Rain" together specifically to highlight Haruhi's development, as a build up for the last two episodes and the movie.

Lastly doing things like this I spread out Adult Asahina appearances as much as possible and correct me if I'm wrong but because of how the ending of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6" is handled in all the rest of the series you don't actually know what happens or what Kyon did until the very end.

Edit: I have found one issue with this though, At the end of "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 5" there is the scene at the cafe that has no context to go with where that comes from because the first part of that scene is at the end of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6." The Best idea I have for dealing with that would be to just stop the video before that scene plays then come back to it after "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6" but that doesn't flow well. It causes an issue where if you want the series to end on the same note as the original run then you that scene showing the results of the cafe meetup are going to be out of place not matter what you do.
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Maximus_Light wrote:

Gah! I forgot to put Haruhi Suzumiya in the title. >.<


Fixed it.

I'm pretty sure I watched it in original broadcast order, and I liked it that way, even though I didn't see the movie.

BTW, I adore the Endless Eight.

So, I don't have any real suggestions.
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lorreen wrote:
Fixed it.

I'm pretty sure I watched it in original broadcast order, and I liked it that way, even though I didn't see the movie.

BTW, I adore the Endless Eight.

So, I don't have any real suggestions.


Thanks for that, not having the series title in there would have been bad...

Someone who adores the Endless Eight?
For the lulz/trolling or for artistry? Those are the two reasons I've heard before. I made myself sit through all Eight of them when they first got a fansub all at once and it made me cry and go a little nuts. I've never been able to sit through them all since, although I did particularly like the Dub-Kyon's snark more than usual and I wish there was a good way to get the little extra pieces of context from the multiple looping scenes in without watching each episode all the way through like a fan-cut version.
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I watched all of Endless Eight in one night but barely remember it. I was watching it drunk (which is probably the best way to do it)

That was a sad night.....
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Posted 1/2/17

Maximus_Light wrote:


lorreen wrote:
Fixed it.

I'm pretty sure I watched it in original broadcast order, and I liked it that way, even though I didn't see the movie.

BTW, I adore the Endless Eight.

So, I don't have any real suggestions.


Thanks for that, not having the series title in there would have been bad...

Someone who adores the Endless Eight?
For the lulz/trolling or for artistry? Those are the two reasons I've heard before. I made myself sit through all Eight of them when they first got a fansub all at once and it made me cry and go a little nuts. I've never been able to sit through them all since, although I did particularly like the Dub-Kyon's snark more than usual and I wish there was a good way to get the little extra pieces of context from the multiple looping scenes in without watching each episode all the way through like a fan-cut version.


I myself adore it because it's a perfect example of what a time loop should be.

A time loop is meant to go on everything is the same with little deviations over and over they did this well.
Sadly alot of people hate time travel and time loops
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Ryulightorb wrote:

I myself adore it because it's a perfect example of what a time loop should be.

A time loop is meant to go on everything is the same with little deviations over and over they did this well.
Sadly alot of people hate time travel and time loops :(


I think it was how they went about showing it more than people hating time loops, especially how they released it. Imagine back in 2009 you're watching this show you like and looking forward to new episodes every week, then you watch what is effectively the same plot for eight weeks in a row, almost two months! That's a bit much, if they would have kept the literal repeating material more to a minimum and rather focused on the differences after establishing the similarities it would have gone over a lot better. Accurate though it may be there were likely better ways to go about showing it that would have been just as accurate.

That's why I've got the first and second Endless Eight in that viewing order and not just the last one. I can't really think of a good way to put all eight in there in a way that's manageable to watch because other than the instances in the episodes were you actively see events repeat themselves right after they just happened the repeats don't add anything to the story. I mean that's why the novels only covered the story once but took about the same amount of space to explain it and "Remote Island Syndrome," the novels just emphasized the déjà vu Kyon was getting more.

But enough of what could have been and what was, this is what we've got for good or ill.
Any thought on the viewing arrangement? If there any suggestions for putting more Endless Eight in that don't cause massive trauma to the average anime fan I'd like to hear them.
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I thought of an issue today, at the end of "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya 5" there is the scene at the cafe that has no context to go with where that comes from because the first part of that scene is at the end of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6." The Best idea I have for dealing with that would be to just stop the video before that scene plays then come back to it after "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 6" but that doesn't flow well. It causes an issue where if you want the series to end on the same note as the original run then you that scene showing the results of the cafe meetup are going to be out of place not matter what you do.
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