The Sighs of Kaioshin Sama
This past week has been quiet interesting when it comes to Haruhi and some of the raging, defensive and just plain bizarre reactions to Haruhi Second Season’s fourth episode (the one that many feel is one repeat too long) that I’ve seen, and I’ve found that a lot of them keep repeating and getting recycled as well, as if to try and match the nature of the arc itself. Obviously being the fandom watcher that I am I’ve come to feel that there’s enough material here to warrant an article. And so here we begin with:
#5 Kyoani is trying to make the viewer feel like the characters (Yuki) feel
How can one be so sure I wonder? People interpret things in different ways, but I’m pretty sure Kyon feels desperate as opposed to outraged (fan reaction) at the idea of an endless summer and I’m not entirely sure if Yuki feels much of anything at all other than perhaps pity if she’s capable of it. Outrage doesn’t come to mind as something that I would imagine the author intended to make readers feel in relation to these events or when reading the original novels, and I doubt it’s what Kyoani intended either.
#4 If this keeps repeating I’m going to consider dropping the show
Haha, strikes me as an empty threat. So many people have waited to long on a new season to give up less than halfway through because of a stubborn drawn out arc. Then again stranger things have happened and I’ve seen people drop a show after less, but still……
#3 Higurashi and Star Trek had repeating arcs/episode segments and weren’t this criticized for it
I don’t think the issue is that of repeat so much as what many consider a rehash. Essentially it’s that little progress made tends to make people think of an episode as wasted. Higurashi accomplished something new in the narrative with each iteration, and so did the Star Trek episode Cause and Effect. Haruhi on the other hand…..I’ll just say it’s debatable.
#2 The DVD sales are the only true measure of whether this episode was a success/good or not
Really….people have gone down this road now. I don’t know but this REALLY seems like it’s reaching for a justification when the best option I can think of lies in examining ones own personal values. DVD sales do not necessarily equate with critical acclaim and overall quality (Some shows no matter how critically acclaimed they are will never sell more DVDs then an Isshoni Training), they primarily equate more with popularity and desirability of the product, just like any other consumer item. This statement also shirks the issue and puts the show on a level of materialistic value rather then personal value and what an episode or show means to one as a viewer. It’s like disavowing any real appreciation one has for the show and looking for the nearest exit. Very silly.
#1 Only Kyoani could get away with this
*Looks up and around the internet* Ummmmm……it doesn’t look like they are getting away with much of anything from what I can see. People are RAEGING left and right, showing their distaste for this episode and generally making a big stink about it. By far this popular comment has given me the most consistent WTF reaction to discussion about this episode. It just borders on flat out denial as to how controversial this episode has been for the Haruhi fandom.