The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S2 – Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody [impressions]

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Randomness aside. Sarcasm aside. Overall I was very pleased with the first episode titled Bamboo leaf rhapsody.  It was really refreshing to see the old cast back and that they still are their usual selves after three long years. At some point, it seemed too good to be true. Luckily, it was true and not a troll this time. Yes, after all these years Haruhi Suzumiya still one of our best heroin I mean heroine against boredom. Am I overjoyed to see that Haruhi is back? Hell yeah. Do I feel that I’ve been terribly unfair towards Kadokawa and KyoAni all this time? You gotta be kidding me here. Of course not. Not in the least. But that’s not what’s important right now, I’ll make separate post for those. What’s important right now is this new awesome episode. And so this review begins.

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The episode starts Haruhi bringing a bamboo tree to the SOS room and wish cards for everyone to fill out for Tanabata. Haruhi explains that according to Theory of relativity, we can’t travel faster than the speed of Light. That’s almost as fast as fansub releases for this ep. considering that there was almost no adverstisement for this ep. I hope that fansub groups that work on it release their work as fast as they did with R2. Like bang. Nexrt thing you know it’s out!

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3 years ?

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Kodak moment

Anyhow, the SOS brigade members write down their wishes, some of them wish for material things while others are wishing for world peace. Haruhi stares outside the windows realizing that 16-24 years is a lot of time to wait after all, wondering what will happen to her, the SOS members or the world after all those years? It’s not called the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for nothing ,you know.

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Haruhi is the first to leave the room then Itsuki and finally Yuki, not before giving Kyon a small card before she leaves. Meanwhile, Kyon is rejoiced now that he’ll alone with meido Mikuru who has also gave him a message earlier saying that she wants to talk to him about something important. What could it be?

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Using her moe powers Mikuru convinces Kyon to go with her three years back in time. The thing is that she doesn’t want to reveal why or who gave her those orders. He accepts (not that he wasn’t planning on turning down her offer) to go with her anyway. Plus, since he’s only taken Mikuru’s word that she was a time traveler before now it’s the perfect time to confirm that. Not to mention, you’ll be going back in time for the first time with a red-headed moe meido. What could go wrong?

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*touch* *touch*

Unfortunately for Kyon, he isn’t able to see how time traveling is done after all. He wakes up with his head resting on Mikuru’s lap on some bench near Yuki’s appartment. Their conversation is soon cut by grown-up Mikuru who puts little Mikuru to sleep before she makes her appearance. She roughly explains what Kyon must do here in this time. His task is to get to the nearest school, help the person he finds there and carry Mikuru over there too. Of course, grown-up Mikuru-nee-san isn’t telling Kyon that his real goal is to meet Haruhi Suzumiya from three years ago.

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Tsk tsk tsk

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*stares*

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And very soon the two of them meet. Kyon spots Haruhi trying to get onto the school grounds, without a doubt that girl is Haruhi Suzumiya from three years ago when she drew those weird symbols on her school. The funny things is that Kyon ends up being the one drawing the symbols instead of Haruhi. After the work is done Kyon and Haruhi chat for a bit, she asks Kyon if he believes in the supernatural. Kyon answers that it’s possible that they might exist after all. Furthermore, he tells her that someone from his school does these types of things which greatly catches Haruhi’s attention. After her objective is complete Haruhi goes home. Now we know why Haruhi decided to attend that certain high school.

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Mikuru regains consciousness and Kyon misses his chance to claimed his reward for carrying her. Mikuru freaks out when she notices that she’s lost something important while she was sleeping. The TPDD or time traveling device that she uses is gone so they have no way of getting back to the present! Kyon figures that this it must’ve been older Mikuru who took it for a reason. They decide to go to the only place where they might get some help, Yuki’s place. Kyon manages to explain the situation to Yuki and ask her how they can go back to their own time.

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Yuki reads the scripted message that her future self gave Kyon on that day and she’s able to synchronize with her future self and get the information she needs. She tells them that there is a way for them return to the present. The only way is for Kyon to sleep with Mikuru. Well, to be more precise is to share a room and rest there while Yuki messes up with time and space as well as our minds.

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What happened next is what caught my attention the most because it was so freaky. After a mere couple of seconds Yuki opens the door again indicating that they’re back to the present. Mikuru has her watch again and her time traveling device with her again. The trick that Yuki did was to freeze time inside that room for three whole years. Meaning that when Yuki and  Kyon were having that conversation that she was an esper for the first time, his future self was sleeping next Mikuru in the next room. Now, that’s just freaking weird and kinda cool. Another thing  that I found fairly amusing was Mikuru’s  shinjirarenai! after witnessing Nagaso’s great powers. Mikuru still has a lot to learn. Maybe her real powers are stored inside that meido uniform for emergency situations only.

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I don’t know about that. Natsu no Arashi makes it look so easy

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The next day, Kyon goes back to the SOS room and asks Yuki about what happened the yesterday. Yuki still feels reluctant to tell Kyon about all the details and she tell him that he’ll eventually find out.

Oh yeah, the madness will continue.  End of ep 1.

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– Impressions –

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  • I rewatched the first episode and I’m so glad that I did because I saw some differences in translation with both subs. The other sub that I watched was a lot better.
  • Kyon’s great monologue is back! That’s the second thing I missed the most about this show. You already know what’s the first one.
  • Amusing as it was I couldn’t help but think that all these things were done on purpose: Wishing, years, too long to wait, froze in time, three years. I wonder if I was the only one actually sensing the irony behind them.
  • Nice ED (assuming that it’s an ending theme) but no dance ED this time around? The thought of it preocupies me in mysterious ways. Dance OP anyone?
  • It was great to see how the second season is introduced the same way that the first one was with that rumor about Haruhi making those graffiti to contact aliens back in middle school. Also it was cool to learned the truth behind this mystery.
  • The only thing the really worries me is how long this second season is going to run and in what order. What I’m wishing right now for is that we’ll have more Haruhi from now on.
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8 thoughts on “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S2 – Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody [impressions]

  1. Oh, don’t worry, you WILL get more Haruhi.

    Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody is a cornerstone for the second season. And with second season I mean the “Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi”, book 4 of the Novels. Let’s put it this way: July 7 “three years ago” is to Suzumiya Haruhi what November 12, 1955 is to “Back to the Future”. Could that date have some sort of cosmic significance, as if the entire world had been created that day?

    You betcha.

    Having read the 9 Haruhi novels so far, I was completely ecstatic about the first new Haruhi episode being “Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody”. This wasn’t just a new episode. This was _THE_ episode. It’s as if Kadokawa / KyoAni were telling us: “Guess what will be the plot for the new Haruhi episodes?” And all the fans cry at unison: “YEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!”

    Oh, yes. There WILL be more Haruhi. And much more Asahina-san (both teenager and adult versions), and above all, we will see Nagato Yuki as we’ve never, ever seen her before.

    Stay tuned.

    • I’ve tried to stay away from the manga and novel because I really wanted to appreciate the animated version once it was out. Of course, I didn’t think that they would took so long to animate the second season back then. Grrr. Well, it’s nice to hear that they chose that correct episode to start it. Personally, I have no idea what they have in store for us but that’s actually a good thing. One of the many things that I like about TMoHS is how unpredictable it can. I’m staying tuned :D

      I got to see a preview of the first novel when I bought the first manga volume. Cool stuff. I hope that I’ll be able to read the novels someday. I should pick up the next manga volume next time I go to the bookstore along with other manga I had my eye on the next month.

  2. Hau~ I missed Haruhi! I’m glad she’s back :’D
    It was a good eppie :D It also explains why when Haruhi and Kyon talked to each other at school, she asked if they have met before in the past :P

  3. Finally!

    I’m was so glad to hear that the second season came out….
    it took 2 and a half years and I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait.
    Now I’m hoping that the second season episodes come out every week.

  4. I can’t found any video online for season 2 episode 2. Has it come out? It’s taking a bit long, isn’t it?

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