For the first time in almost three years, Kodokawa/KyoAni did not troll us and actually episode 8 of the infamous re-run was new, covering the only chapters from volume 2 that did not get animated.
Here is the new ED.
|Timeline||2009 Airing||2006 Airing||Title||Volume||Chapter(s)|
|April & May||1-6||2, 3, 5, |
10, 13, 14
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
|1||Prologue, 1-7, Epilogue (all)|
The Boredom of Suzumiya Haruhi
Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody
Remote Island Syndrome
The Sigh of Suzumiya Haruhi
|2||Prologue, 1-5, Epilogue (all)|
|16**||1||朝比奈ミクルの冒険 Episode 00|
Asahina Mikuru's Adventure Episode 00
Live A Live
The Day of Sagittarius
Someday in the Rain
The Dissappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
|4||Prologue, 1-6, Epilogue (all)|
Charmed at First Sight Lover
Snow Mountain Syndrome
Where did the Cat Go?
The Melancholy of Asahina Mikuru
The Intrigues of Suzumiya Haruhi
|7||Prologue, 1-7, Epilogue (all)|
Editor in Chief Straight Ahead!
The Dissociation of Suzumiya Haruhi
|9||Prologue, 1-3 (all)|
The Surprise of Suzumiya Haruhi
* Speculation as of 22.5 (after the first new episode aired).
** Highly speculative, based on previous chapter to episode ratios.
*** Unlikely to air during the current run of the series.
screen-caps at the end of the post.
Hoping that this is not just a extra and that new episodes will air chronologically, we should expect The Endless Eight in four weeks, after Mysterique Sign and Lone Island Syndrome (originally episodes 6-8). Afterwards follows The Sigh, which has to do with the filming of Mikuru's Adventures, then the festival episodes (originally episodes 1 & 11-12) to finally reached The Disappearance, which was advertised a couple of years ago.
The episode itself was a welcome surprise, but it has some issues. First the art took a hit as all of KyoAni's latest productions. Animation was also minimal, compared with the treat of the first season. Especially the character designs of Mikuru and to a lesser extend of Haruhi, seem influenced heavily by 4-coma styles. Also the VAs seemed to struggle at parts to get back to their original characterization, but this is expected since three years have elapsed. Plot-wise, the episode was loyal to the novel, at least as far as I can remember since it's been quite some time since I read it.
All in all, if they continue to show new material, I am willing to forgive all this trolling and moe-crap they threw at us during the last three years, but both companies have a very bad record, so better don't get your hopes up.