Odds and Ends. Also, Endless Eight Thoughts.

This post will be a rare collection of odds and ends. I’m just undergoing major crunch at school this week and will resume normal posting on Sunday. Also, some Endless Eight thoughts at the end.

So, what to expect in the week or two to come:

  • There will still be a Friday Figure post later today (it’s Friday here).
  •  There are a couple figures I have taken photos of which will go up sometime next week, I have three figures in the mail, and another magazine with an accompanying figure.
  • It is currently GenCon, the biggest RPG convention in the world, set in Indiannapolis, and there will be a post on stuff I found interesting from it after it ends (probably a Monday post, will probably give people a week to recover and tell us what’s hot, a Monday post could only be about the big news).
  • I am going to cover the Ribbon Drive game, where you tell the story of people on a road-trip, which can be played on an actual road-trip.
  • I will finish watching and hopefully make up a post about To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index).
  • I will finally set up the Links page on this blog.
  • I may cover “Meaningful Sentences” to me in books, such as Sabriel to a lesser degree, and anything by Glen Cook (The Black Company, A Chronicle of the Dread Empire) to a greater degree.
  • I may cover how something weighing characters down within a story can weigh the reader down, as in Eragon, or Interview with the Vampire (the movie).
  • Whatever else catches my attention enough to blog about.
  • I will try to finish some extra entries and put them in the “Drafts” section to ensure that if I suffer a crunch, there’s a ready-made entry to go up.
  • When you can’t let eBay go, when you really should.

Now, for a random anime thought, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime had finished its now infamous Endless Eight run, where the characters undergo a time-loop, and the watchers had to more or less undergo it as well, watching the same events unfold with minor variations over 8 weeks’ worth of episodes.

Now, I have not watched the episodes yet, and am waiting for the new season to end. I did however have a thought from the second week on how it should end. I don’t know if that’s how it did, but that’s how it should have.
Basically, the time-loop was caused by Haruhi enjoying herself so much she didn’t want the summer vacation to end. What was necessary was to make her await what’s to come in the school-year more than she enjoyed the vacation she just under-went.

Solution? Kyon should have asked her out, for a date next week, after the summer vacation ends. Of course, if she had enjoyed the date too much, or hated it too much… but that’s the dangers when you’re playing with someone who’s effectively God.

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6 comments on “Odds and Ends. Also, Endless Eight Thoughts.

  1. Ninjovee says:

    Wow. You’ve been quite busy XD
    SPOILER
    I agree with your thoughts about how Endless Eight should have been ended. That’s what I thought of as well. But, they had to end it with Kyon being lame: “LET’S DO ASSIGNMENTS TOGETHER SINCE WE HAVEN’T FINISHED OURS YET!”. Then again, that’s more in line with Kyon’s character than him actually asking Haruhi out for a date.

    • Guy says:

      That is a “date”.

      He promised her to spend time together. So, to put it another way, my thought was correct :)

      And I have been quite busy, but these posts will go up in the future, and aren’t written yet. Some of these posts had been in the planning for about three months.

      Also, edited your post to add a spoiler warning :)

      • Ninjovee says:

        Oops. Sorry about the spoiler.
        Well… I think a “date” would be a date with just Haruhi and Kyon. Not with the whole SOS-dan in Kyon’s room. LOL. But… that’s just me. I’m just glad that mini-arc is over. ^^

  2. FSF says:

    I had the conclusion to the Endless Eight arc unfairly spoiled by readers of the original light novel. While it wasn’t a ‘romantic date’ I have a feeling ANYTHING would have done, so long as Kyon acted as forward and engaging as he did. Having a last minute cram-session is a fitting end to a freshman summer and probably mentally redirected Haruhi back to the thought of school and away from the (endless) summer. Just showing how she’s basically the embodiment of the Butterfly Effect.

    • Guy says:

      Until I read Ninjovee’s reply above, I had no idea what actually happened. I had no idea what actually happened when I wrote my post.

      But you know, that’s the curse of being overly smart ;) I don’t remember which movie it was, but I knew the “Whoddunit”, which was more of a case of erasing your own memory, framing yourself, etc. about 20 minutes before it was revealed, I think. It made the movie a lot less enjoyable, that I figured it out so far in advance.

      Here I think it was less being smart (though I still am ;)), and it being just so obvious, genre tropes and all. And knowing Haruhi.

      And, hm, what do you mean by that, that she’s the embodiment of the Butterfly Effect? That her mind is all over the place, and anything can change her mind and thus the world?
      She’s more of God, the bona fide shaper of the world.

      • FSF says:

        By the Butterfly Effect comment, I mean to highlight how (nominated by the theory) the flap of a butterfly’s wings are enough to cause a hurricane. In the same way, the smallest change in Haruhi can effect something much larger.

        I’m hesitant to call her “God” per se, despite Itsuki’s suggestion that she can be thought of as such. I think Yuki’s identity as the Data Overmind is far more close to our traditional understanding of a god. Haruhi, if anything, is closer to Greek god: utterly flawed, a victim of circumstance, closer to a human in every way. Yuki is much closer to the Christian concept of God as omniscient and omnipresent. Haruhi is conundrum, supremely powerful, but a conundrum nonetheless.

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