I’m so excited about this anime that I actually just watched episode 1-6 again to tide me over ’till episode 7, which is something I usually never do, but I think this is one of those animes I can watch over and over again. Anyway the episode was released a few hours ago and I was NOT let down, I mean wow, what an episode. I was blown away by the animation this time and all in all everything just got weirder and weirder. I can definitely understand why this anime is sweeping Japan, and it really has! I’ve seen 5-10 different live versions of the strangely addictive ending, among others a group performing it on the streets in Japan or Gundam figures, which came to live because of 700+ pictures. Anyway the episode ROCKED and again I’m simply blown away by the animation, that was really great and unexpected.
Next episode is episode 8 (episode 10 chronologically) and will be part 2 in the Remote Island Syndrome story. I’m glad it’s already the next, because episode 6 (the first part in Remote Island Syndrome) really ended on a cliffhanger.
Oh yeah and the ending song is doing pretty well in Japan.
The Hare Hare Yukai (ハレ晴レユカイ) CD single, ending theme of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, was released at various storefronts in Akihabara on May 10. By the end of the same day, all stores were sold out, the scene was repeated the next day when stores that received more stock again sold out.
The CD is also sold out at many online retailers, including Amazon Japan, where it reached #1 on their CD sales chart and is now listed as shipping in 4-6 weeks.
Bouken Desho Desho?, the opening theme of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was released on April 26 and is ranked #10 in Amazon Japan’s CD sales chart.
It’s also pretty impressive that the novels that this anime is based on are all ranked in the top only surpassed by the Harry Potter books and The Da Vinci Code.
The anime is almost a religion to some fans out there and so somebody on a forum has explained just how to define “Haruhiism”.
Haruhiism is an inexplicable (for non-Haruhiists) devotion to one of the following enitites:
1) Suzumiya Haruhi
3) Any other member of the SOS団
4) The SOS団 itself
5) Derivative works of the SOS団, or involving the SOS団.
This includes, but is not limited to, the serialised novels that detail the SOS団, including the anime and manga derivatives of those novels. It also includes the members of SOS団 themselves, and to a lesser degree those members’ friends.
Typically, Haruhiists (those who practice Haruhiism) experience a strong desire to understand, to share or to observe details involving the above entities. Typical Haruhiist activity includes speculation and discussion of the SOS団 and its derivates, its members and their peers. Examples include, but are not limited to, the posting of such speculative material, the discussion of the most recent SOS団 activities, and the desire to capture as many images of the SOS団 as possible, displaying them in a hypnotic jumble that, while frightening to the outside observer, creates a feeling of peace and/or devotion in a Haruhiist.
The requirements of Haruhiism are not stringent; all that is needed is a belief in the SOS団 or one of its derivates, and membership is self-declared and [s]@A*(’;72KJ[/s] entirely voluntary. Members are, technically, free to leave at any time; however, this is a very rare occurence. It has been said that noone can truly cease to be a Haruhiist. Further speculation points to a theory stating that everyone is, in fact, a Haruhiist; they just have not come to realise it.
This is often cited as the reason for the strong bonding between Haruhiists and the rapid exansion of the religion as a whole.
Haruhiism is not officially recognised as a religion by any major country, and does not receive tax benefits. However, that does not prevent its practitioner’s desire to share or eagerness to receive Haruhi-related goodness.
I’m glad I found out about The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, even though it was sheer luck, because I’m really not a fan of anime at all. But now that I know about it, it’s nice to have something to look forward to every week :-)
Waiting for the next episode is gonna feel like years though, I can feel it.