SMH 8 Episode Time Loop

The melancholy of suzumiya haruhi time loop

Breaking down the 8 episodes of tedious time loops

If you’re wondering why I took so long to write something about this it shouldn’t be a surprise that the reason was that I was completely bored with these repetitive episodes. At first I thought the series was being its usual subversive self, but it quickly became apparent this was not the case. Even if this ran for 3 episodes it would have been tedious but to have 8, it is definitely unimaginative filler and I can’t imagine what the creators thought to justify this. You would imagine a popular series like this would be handled better.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about here’s a recap –

The second season of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi involves an 8 episode arc that is an infinite time loop. The same scenario and dialogue involving their summer vacation are repeated for each of the 8 episodes with different animations of the same events. The only major change between these episodes are from the first to the second where Kyon, Nagato, Aaahina and Koizumi realise their situation of being trapped in a time loop created subconsciously by Haruhi. Episode 3 deals with the 15,498th loop, 4 (15,499), 5 (15, 513), 6 (15,521), 7 (15524), 8 (15,527), and finally 9 (15,532).

The problem was that there was something else they needed to do during summer vacation. Haruhi’s list of things to do during summer vacation were – swimming, festival, fireworks, bug cicada catching, part time job, star gazing, test of courage, fishing event batting practice, and bowling. By the 15,532 time they manage to break the loop when Kyon realises that the only thing that they haven’t done is their summer homework 😐

What’s Next – I guess now I will watch the rest of the series just out of curiosity as I hate to leave a show mid season. The rest of the series has been subbed so expect a review or some impressions of the final 4 episodes within the week.


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