Appingo decides to freak out about a new Haruhi Suzumiya episode in the form of a blog (long title, yes?)
After three years, tons of complaints and plenty of 'maybe it's going to air next season', Haruhi Suzumiya, otherwise known as God (if you're a follower of Haruhiism) has returned. Sneaked into a reairing of the 1st original season in Japan, Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (the 8th episode chronologically once you combine the first and second season) brings us back into the world of Haruhi in a nice, original way that will make fans of the anime series go 'wait what' and those that are supreme Haruhiists (like myself) will find themselves freaking out (if anyone has read the light novels, please discuss this episode with me >_<) Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody is just the beginning. With a scheduled airing of 28 episodes for Haruhi, we can expect 13 more episodes spread out within the next few months. When those will be (right now it looks like we won't be getting another new episode for about a month), no one can be sure yet--until KyoAni or Kadokawa releases new scheduling information.
All I can say before I start talking into detail about the episode(spoilers ahoy!): It's epic and amazing. I screamed a few times.
This episode, in a nutshell, brings everything back I love about Haruhi Suzumiya and KyoAni. Great animation, wonderfully dubbed voices, complicated plotlines and of course--the characters. Kyon is sarcastic as ever, Haruhi is up to her usual antics, Mikuru is dressed in the maid outfit, Itsuki continues to display awesomeness and Yuki just reads and fixes everything.
It's a quick episode that translated well from the light novels--some will complain that it should have been stretched out over two episodes, but it was easily enough pressed into one. It starts out with Haruhi and her making the SOS団 do something--Kyon thinks she's still mentally insane, Mikuru looks nervous, Itsuki smiles and Yuki follows along. Later on in the episode, when you get to actual time travelling--that's where it gets interesting and exciting.
Fans of the original series may remember Haruhi writing some weird symbols on the field in middle school during the Tantaba Festival. You are brought back to that event (thanks to Mikuru), and are given more insight into the event itself. And an idea why Haruhi goes to North High when she could have gone to a more elite high school (yes, image is related).
Yuki of course, fixes everything. Like she always does.
Overall, I'm not going to explain what happens completely--you have to watch it ;D However, only RAWs are out right now, but I'll be sure to provide the link once the subs come out.
It's going to be interesting to see who subs this by the way, most of the groups are going to be all over it. I know for sure gg and Coalguys will be subbing it (which is going to be difficult for me since I both love their subbing). There's apparently a sub out by a fangroup 'Mazui', but I have heard from others that it is in a bad quality.
Haruhi's back, and she's ready to restart a revival in Haruhiism. (This believer is off to reread the Haruhi bible--volume 4, Disappearance :3)