I love it when I mention something in passing only to be proven almost 100% correct. (He lies) So the new news about the second Suzumiya Haruhi Season 2 (no that’s not a typo) came and went, leaving many in a state of confusion as to just what exactly is going on. You see, for those who don’t already know, apparently Kadokawa/Kyoani have decided to scrap their first draft for the second season (the one I mentioned way back in July 2007) and to go with an “All new Haruhi” as the Newtype article released apparently puts it.
This reminds me of something……something getting a new makeover that is already partway completed with a new engine…..HOLY MOTHER, It’s DUCHESS HARUHI FOREVER!! Well not quite, but really I mean for a franchise who’s main aim has always been light hearted fun and making people feel moe for the characters, Kadokawa seems to be working this like it’s going to be the rapture or something and Kyoani is just kind of sitting back and taking what I feel is the big brother once again interfering in the process of them producing an anime. It kind of reminds me of how Lucky Star was rewritten halfway through, and people know how I feel about that. Could Haruhi be in store for the same crass commercialism and characters advocating Kadokawa products that I feel greatly diminished the enjoyability of that franchise around the middle portion? Are we in store for Lucky Star references being made in the midst of the events of the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya? I’d like to say probably not, but from experience I’d also say any advertising is possible with Kadokawa involved until the curtain drops.
So really where we stand after almost a year since the first announcement is in the exact same place, with pictures proving (somewhat) that the second season exists and is underway, but with nothing tangible to go on as to what it might be like. Time really is a wastin’ Kadokawa and I can see more then a few people who are taking a somewhat lukewarm response to this latest announcement who seem like pretty big fans of the franchise. If Kadokawa is indeed trying to interfere in the product somehow then it really is a shame and I wish Kyoani had a little more strength to resist. Unfortunately they are stuck with one of the most comically money grubbing companies ever to grace the anime scene to provide the source material necessary for their very survival.
I guess we’ll just have to see how it all turns out…..whenever exactly that is.
Also apparently those Anime Blog Awards were announced and as I suspected there were no new blogs among the winners and thus no real promotion for any rookies was done in the end as was apparently supposed to be the goal here. That’s what you usually get when you put things in the hands of the masses though, a popularity contest, and something in me doubts it will even be all that different when the Bloggers Choice Awards hit. Also Derailed By Darry was credited as the funniest blog, which proves that you too can be funny by just repeating the same few one liners over and over and over ad infinitum until everyone caves. Get out there and make it happen! G’Day then.