- Format: Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: Japanese, English
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Studio: Bandai Entertainment
- Release Date: Aug. 17 2010
- Run Time: 350 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B003RDPYBM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,008 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Season 2 Complete Collection
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Haruhi continues her search for exciting ways to keep her world from being boring. Unfortunately, for Kyon and the rest of the SOS Brigade, they are forced to go along for the ride.
On the night of the Tanabata Star Festival, Kyon is transported back in time by Mikuru Asahina to what may be the source of what led Haruhi to search for aliens, time travelers and espers.
In the last two weeks of summer vacation, Haruhi leads the brigade on a dizzying list of summer time activities that leads the brigade into experiencing what they think is dejavu but they're actually re-living the same two weeks of summer over and over again. It's up to Kyon to figure out what's missing to get them out of this endless loop.
As fall rolls around, everyone prepares for the school arts festival, but Haruhi isn't content with their classes survey project. She, instead, hatches her own plan for the SOS Brigade to film and screen their own movie. Step behind the camera to see what went on to create the cinematic 'masterpiece' that is The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00. Contains 4 DVDs and 1 CD.
The second season of the offbeat supernatural comedy The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is even odder than the first. High-school sophomore Haruhi retains her impatience with the ordinariness of everyday life--and her godlike powers to transform reality. In the multi-part adventure "Endless Eight," she tries to wring every possible bit of fun out of summer vacation. Unsatisfied, she traps the members of her SOS Brigade--Koizumi, Nagato, Asahina, and put-upon narrator Kyon--in a Groundhog Day-like time loop. Haruhi doesn't feel like she's had all the fun she can, so the days between August 17 and 31 repeat more than 15,000 times. It's a clever idea, but the filmmakers repeat the same episode with only minor variations; viewers can skip from episode 3 to 9 without missing anything. Once Kyon finds a way to break the loop, school begins and Haruhi decides the Brigade will make a film for the arts festival. Once again, things Haruhi imagines begin happening: Asahina shoots laser beams from her left eye, a cat starts talking, and cherry trees blossom out of season. Koizumi's comments to Kyon in episode 13 about the various organizations battling over Haruhi's powers suggest that a third season may already be in the works. The extras include promotional spots, video of location-scouting trips, behind-the-scenes clips of Aya Hirano's music video, and a CD. However they fail to include an explanation of Tanabata, a festival unfamiliar to most Americans, which is the focus of episode 1. In Japan, people celebrate the summer night when the stars Vega and Altair look closest together by writing wishes on pieces of paper and hanging them on branches of bamboo, which the Brigade members do. (Rated 13 and older: risqué humor, alcohol use, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
(1. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody, 2. Endless Eight Part 1, 3. Endless Eight Part 2, 4. Endless Eight Part 3, 5. Endless Eight Part 4, 6. Endless Eight Part 5, 7. Endless Eight Part 6, 8. Endless Eight Part 7, 9. Endless Eight Part 8, 10. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 1, 11. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 2, 12. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 3, 13. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 4, 14. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 5)
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I suggest buying it just for the sake of owning it, especially if you're buying the first season with it.
The three stories are Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (a fantastic episode), Endless 8, and The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya (the second novel). For some inexplicable reason, Kyoto Animation used eight episodes for Endless 8, and it's unfortunate (I can't figure out how they had the budget to pull that off). In the novel, you only read one iteration of it. It is a good story, actually, but it could have been achieved with one episode; the extra seven are really wasteful. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is the last five episodes, in the same manner that the first six episodes of the first season encompassed the first novel (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya). This is an absolutely excellent and entertaining story, and also takes place in the middle of the timeframe of the first season's stories.
The extras are great too, as they go through the real life city that the story takes place in, exploring the high school, the riverside, Nagato's apartment complex, the cafe they frequent, and so on. Frankly it makes up for the extra Endless 8 episodes.
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Season 2 takes place in the middle of season 1 chronologically; and so does the movie. So if you've seen the last episode of season 1 that's the end of the anime. In episode 1 of season 2 Kyon and Mikuru go back in time. Kyon helps a middle school aged Haruhi draw lines on the quad of the school. The last part of season 2 is the making of the silly movie they showed at the culture festival.
I expected more than I got from season 2, but it was still fun to watch. And if you're a fan of this show you will probably like it too.
Despite what people have said about some of the episodes that has left them rather disappointed, I (personally) found it very engrossing and intense; esp. after figuring out what was missing during the conclusion. Without giving too much info about the season it can get dark and dramatic, depending on how you will react to these scenes.
What I can say is that since they are in highschool, it takes place sometime after the events of the first season so they do move up in their school years; closer to finishing school (something that happens to all of us). That is unless they continue with the story and make Haruhi endlessly repeating their school years but that's another story.
Great purchase and great season. I recommend it.
There are only three unique storylines in these fourteen episodes: the standalone "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody," the eight-part "Endless Eight," and the five-part "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya."
"Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" is ultimately the weakest episode of the season, though it does bring in some cool time skip elements that will only be further complicated by The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Adult Mikuru Asahina makes her second cameo in the series, and Kyon's encounter with a young Haruhi is great in establishing how Kyon inadvertently inspired Haruhi to go to North High and create the SOS Brigade, as well as finally resolving a puzzling comment Haruhi makes in the very first episode.
"Endless Eight" begins with a cute episode about the last two weeks of summer break, and what activities the SOS Brigade partakes in. Part 2 begins in exactly the same spot as part 1, but this time both Kyon and the viewer are having serious deja vu. As it turns out, Haruhi has set the world into an endless time loop, dooming everyone to repeat the last two weeks of summer seemingly indefinitely. Oh yeah, and then that episode repeats six times. And no, they didn't just use the same footage over and over. Each episode is newly animated (with different outfits on the characters and slightly changed background details) as well as newly dubbed. It was so hated in Japan during its original airing that Aya Hirano, the Japanese voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, felt the need to publicly apologize for it.
And, by the way, I enjoyed it. Yep, that's right; I actually enjoyed Endless Eight. When I first watched the series I was admittedly outraged at the way Endless Eight was handled, especially considering it was much different in the novel. However, going in to watch it after ordering this DVD, knowing what to expect, I found Endless Eight to be perfectly enjoyable as long as I didn't watch all eight at once. It was surprisingly fun to spot the differences in the arc's visuals and music, but even beyond that, I believe that Endless Eight is important to understanding several points about the series, most notably Yuki Nagato.
It's during the Endless Eight arc that Kyon begins to notice changes in Nagato. She becomes almost bored, and seems to develop something of a personality. This is only fully understood when one watches Endless Eight in its entirety. We, the audience, experienced the dull two week of summer eight times. Nagato experienced it 15000 times, which makes later plot twists, particularly in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, much more logical. It's easy to sympathize with Nagato, who retains memories of nearly 600 years' worth of summer vacation. That is why I believe Endless Eight is important, though I also believe eight episodes is too many and I can understand viewers' frustration--especially considering the amount of wasted potential in season two.
"The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya" tries to recover from that, and I think it succeeds marvelously. The making of "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00" is both hilarious and entertaining, and reminds of what was so lovable about the first season while maintaining its own unique storyline. These episodes are the true highlights of season two.
At the time of writing, the price on this item is $29.16, down about $35 from the previous price of $64. This is about as good as the price can get on this sort of item (especially considering its rarity and the bonus CD included). Even if the Endless Eights bug you, season two is definitely worth buying for anyone who liked season one. The Sigh arc will be the most enjoyable, and Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody will also be fun--heck, even Endless Eight will be cool if you just skip parts 2-7 and only watch the first and last.
Overall, Haruhi fans can't pass up this item, but more casual fans may not be so easily impressed. 8.0/10