Oh KyoAni, you sly bastards you!
So I got the episode and start it to see the exact same scene from Ep 2. I forward a bit more and see the swimming pool scenes. I turn it off in seething rage thinking the fansub group screwed us over and went to bed. Started it again today evening to double check I got the right episode when I accidentally forward to the latter half of the show. I was facepalming myself as I realised I’d been had by KyoAni!
So basically what seemed like a waste of my time, that was episode 2 of the second season of Haruhi, was actually a trap. That whole episode was a setup for this one, where we were showed Haruhi and the gang having fun doing summer stuff while I was thinking to myself what the shit was this whole episode for?! And the first half of this episode shows almost the entirety of the last episode with quick cuts and leaving out the ‘happy go lucky times’ for Kyon to realise he’s having multiple deja vu sessions.
In a nutshell, Haruhi subconsciously (of course) enforced a ‘Groundhog Summer’. The gang, in the second half, realise that there must be some activity that she had not yet done for which she is forcing this time-repeat. While Koizumi had his suspicions, this time-repeat was discovered by Mikuru, who couldn’t time travel anymore. And then the bombshell was dropped by Nagato, that this summer has been repeated OVER 9,000! 15,498 TIMES!!! And the bitch kept quiet about it!
Yes, this truly was a mindfuck bigger than anything that was faced in season1. I remember thinking it really odd that on August 31st (last day of Summer vacations) Haruhi crossed out all items on her to-do list feeling that there was something she missed, yet they didn’t delve into this any further.
This feeling came back and bit everyone in the ass with 594 years of pain! So what is that one (?) thing that Haruhi has yet to do, causing her to repeat time over and over again? Could it be an unwilling confession of eternal love by Kyon as Koizumi suggested? Well, whatever it is, we’ll find out next week. So let’s follow Kyon’s advice and go to bed for now. See you next…
PS: Yes, I know there aren’t many pics this week. VLC was dieing on me 5 mins into the episode so I couldn’t get any further screencaps :p