Streaming site offers the "Yuki Nagato 1/9077 Experience"
Brace yourselves... Niconico is going to make Endless Eight a reality. Well, kind of.
The video website has announced that they will be running an 88-hour marathon of the eight-episode Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya story arc, starting on August 28 at 8 am JST.
The marathon will run simultaneously via seven different URLs, totaling up to (technically) 616 total hours of Endless Eight broadcast during the three and a half day block. By Niconico's reckoning (and to be fair, they show their work), this event will total up to 1/9077 of what Yuki Nagato went through during that fateful summer vacation.
Sadly, anyone outside Japan looking to hear "Kyon-kun, denwa" a couple hundred times will have to make their own marathon on DVD or here on Crunchyroll. But using the official Endless Eight hashtag — #エンドレスエイト — will pop up a cool little infinity symbol next to it on Twitter. So there's that, at least.
Originally a single short story in the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, Endless Eight surprised viewers when it spun out without warning into eight separate, individually produced but almost entirely identical episodes. Nearly a decade since it aired, fans are still divided, but many have warmed to the creativity of taking "time loop" storytelling to its extreme.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos. Her latest book, Black Archive #21 – Heaven Sent, is currently available from Obverse Books.